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Introducing High School Students to Engineering Disciplines: Activities and Assessment

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Around the Water Cooler: Ideas and Issues in Civil Engineering Education

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Nicolas Ali Libre Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Nicolas Ali Libre, PhD, is an assistant teaching professor of Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He received his BS (2001), MS (2003) and PhD (2009) in civil engineering with emphasis in structural engineering, from University of Tehran, Iran. His research interests and experiences are in the field of computational mechanics, cement-based composite materials as well as innovative teaching techniques.
Dr. Libre is the manager of Materials Testing lab at Missouri S&T, teaches mechanics of materials and develops digital educational resources for the engineering students. He had the opportunity of leading several scientific and industrial research projects and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Over the span of his career, Dr. Libre authored and co-authored 3 chapter books, 17 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 60 conference papers. He has advised and co-advised 8 graduate students and mentored over 30 undergraduate students. He has collaborated with scholars from several countries, including Iran, China, Slovenia, Canada, and the US. He also served as a reviewer for 6 journals and a committee member of 5 conferences. He is the recipient of the University of Missouri President Award for Innovative Teaching (2018), the Teaching with Technology Award in the Focus on Teaching and technology conference (2018), Joseph H Senne Jr. Academy of Civil Engineering Faculty Teaching and Service Achievement Award (2017) and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success (2016).

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Stuart Werner Baur Missouri University of Science and Technology

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A registered architect and civil engineering doctorate, joined the faculty of the University of Missouri Rolla in 2002. Dr. Baur spent seven years in the architectural/engineering firms of Arquitectonica, The Nichols Partnership, and Bermello Ajamil and Partners in South Florida. Baur’s notable projects included the American Embassy in Lima, Peru, the Banque of Luxembourg, the Sawgrass Mills Mega Mall, and the American Airlines Concourse A expansion at the Miami International Airport.

In 2002 Baur became part of the university’s solar house project and since then has continued working with the 2005 solar house and on the 2007 solar house project as their main faculty advisor. He continues to work with the solar house team as a faculty advisor for the 2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017 solar decathlon as well. Some of his related endeavors include the development of a solar village which also serves as a student housing and research facility that educates the public about renewable energy technology including various methods techniques that involve energy efficient lighting design and daylight integration.

As an educator Baur has participated several session on various lighting design techniques including the Philips’ Lighting Application Center. He has also co-authored a book entitled, Civil Engineering and Architecture to be used as a textbook for all Project Lead the Way CEA curriculum. The book highlights some of the drivers to energy-efficient design including the use different types of lighting systems including daylighting.

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Mark Fitch Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Mark Fitch is an Associate Professor and Assistant Chair for Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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William Eric Showalter P.E. Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Pre-college summer camps are part of the successful recruiting efforts at (removed for blind review); The undergraduate enrollment at (removed for blind review) has increased 23% in the past 10 years. This paper documents and describes the educational summer camp program developed for high school students. The overarching, broader impact goal of the summer camp is to introduce students to various engineering disciplines and help them to make a better decision on choosing a career or discipline within engineering. Several activities are designed to achieve the goal. The summer camp attracts about 300 to 400 high school students across the country every summer. This research study focuses on the hands-on activities offered by (removed for blind review), College of Engineering and Computer Science programs. Activity details in the Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering and Environmental Engineering programs are described in this paper and the results are discussed. Students showed success in implementing the engineering principles into basic engineering problems through a problem-based learning activity. Students enjoyed the activities and showed improved learning after the hands-on program. A survey is also conducted at the end of the activity to understand the students' perception of the conducted activities and to enhance the program based on students feedback. Overall the summer camp was very positive for both the participants and their mentors.

Libre, N. A., & Baur, S. W., & Fitch, M., & Showalter, W. E. (2020, June), Introducing High School Students to Engineering Disciplines: Activities and Assessment Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34874

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