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Kansas State University’s Elite Scholarship Program:Enhancing Lives Through Technology And Engineering

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

Recruitment & Retention in ET Programs

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Engineering Technology

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13.824.1 - 13.824.7



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Raju Dandu Kansas State University at Salina

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Raju S. Dandu is the program coordinator and professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Kansas State University at Salina. He teaches courses in CNC Machine Processes, Material Strength and Testing, Advanced CAD/CAM, Industrial Instrumentation and Controls, and Automated Manufacturing Systems II. He is active in offering workforce training in reliability centered maintenance, CE certification, process instrumentation and PLCs. His areas of interest are: Product risk analysis, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Energy Efficient Lighting, CAD/CAM, and Industrial Automation. He is a member of ASEE, ASME, SAE, and SME.

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John DeLeon Kansas State University at Salina

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Dr. De Leon is Professor and Head of Engineering Technology at K-State at Salina. He worked 10 years in industry prior to joining academia where he served 11 years as a faculty member teaching in areas of computer aided design, quality control, industrial ecology and industrial safety. He has published several manuscripts on subject matter related to these curricula. His scholarly pursuits include securing extramural funding for assisting traditionally underrepresented students in engineering complete their education.

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Kansas State University’s ELITE Scholarship Program: Enhancing Lives through Technology and Engineering

Abstract Kansas State University’s Engineering Technology programs are receiving far more employer requests for graduating students than students available to fill the need. This is not merely a local trend. The National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council2 confirms that domestic supply of qualified workers is not keeping up with the skill demands in fields that require strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation, Scholarship-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant1, Kansas State’s Enhancing Lives through Technology and Engineering (ELITE) scholarship program will help ensure the increase of associate and baccalaureate degrees among the academically talented but financially needy students of Kansas. Our proposal fosters a mechanism that will enable qualifying students to secure an Engineering Technology degree from K-State at Salina. By building on current partnerships with high schools and enhancing those with community colleges, the ELITE program will provide a bridge inviting interested students from around the state to submit their applications to become an ELITE scholar. Thus, ELITE scholars will comprise freshmen, transfer or current K-State students.

This presentation will provide insight into the structure of the award winning proposal. Furthermore, information related to application demographics and the selection process will be disseminated.

Introduction K-State at Salina Engineering Technology Department applied for S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grant in 2006 and has been named the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its Enhancing Lives Through Engineering and Technology (ELITE) Program. The NSF program solicitation1 states that “S-STEM program provides institutions with funds for student scholarships to encourage and enable academically talented but financially needy students to enter the workforce following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degree in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.”

The ELITE scholarship grant program started in fall 2007 and runs through 2011. With this grant the engineering technology department will be able to award 15-25 scholarships annually (up to $5,000 per scholarship) for the next four academic years for students majoring in construction engineering technology, computer systems technology, electronics and computer engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology. The ELITE scholarship grant will facilitate recruitment, retention, graduation, and placement of diverse group academically talented but financially needy students in engineering technology fields in the high technology industries in Kansas. In fall 07, 27 scholarships were awarded in the amount of $1800/semester. Administering the grant in its first year has been rewarding and challenging. This paper will provide insight into the structure of the award winning proposal and information related to application demographics and the selection process.

Dandu, R., & DeLeon, J. (2008, June), Kansas State University’s Elite Scholarship Program:Enhancing Lives Through Technology And Engineering Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3848

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