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Learned Lessons from the First Year Research Experiences for Teachers Program

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

17

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23.850.1 - 23.850.17

DOI

10.18260/1-2--19864

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https://peer.asee.org/19864

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55

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Tolga Kaya Central Michigan University

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Dr. Tolga Kaya currently holds a joint assistant professor position in the School of Engineering and Technology and the Science of Advanced Materials program at Central Michigan University. Prior to joining CMU, Dr. Kaya was a post-doctorate associate at Yale University from 2007 to 2010, a research and teaching assistant at Istanbul Technical University from 1999 to 2007. In 2007, he was a consultant at Brightwell Corp. Dr. Kaya was also a senior VLSI analog design engineer and project coordinator at Microelectronics R&D Company in Istanbul from 2000 to 2006, and a visiting assistant in research at Yale University from 2004 to 2005. Dr. Kaya received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.
His research interests in electrical engineering and applied sciences are analog VLSI circuit design, MEMS sensors and energy harvesting systems. His research is also involved in biomedical engineering where bacterial hydrodynamics are studied under various shear flow regimes to enlighten the bacterial infections in catheterized patients. He is also working in Engineering Education research.

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Kumar Yelamarthi Central Michigan University

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Dr. Kumar Yelamarthi received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in 2008. He is currently an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. His research interests are in the areas of embedded systems, mobile robotics, RFID, VLSI design, and engineering education. He has served as a technical reviewer for several IEEE/ASME/ASEE international conferences and journals, and has written over 75 publications in both technical and educational fields. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society.

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Brian P DeJong Central Michigan University

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Qin Hu Central Michigan University

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Dr. Qin Hu received her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, China and received her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk in 2004. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at Old Dominion University from 2004 to 2007. In 2007, she joined Central Michigan University as an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering. She teaches in the area of microelectronic circuits, microprocessor, probability, statistics and random process in engineering. Her main research interests have been in the areas of numerical bioelectromagnetics, semiconductor devices modeling and simulation, electrical properties of materials, therapeutic applications of electromagnetic fields, and software engineering and development. She has authored/co-authored 26 journal papers and several conference papers published in prestigious, international, peer-reviewed journals. She is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Biophysical Society (BPS) and a member of the Society of Woman Engineers (SWE).

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Shaopeng Cheng Central Michigan University

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Dr. Shaopeng Cheng received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1995. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Michigan University. Dr. Cheng teaches courses in the areas of robotics and automation for both engineering and engineering technology programs. He is the coordinator of the Robotics and Automation Laboratory in the school. His research interests include robotics, mechatronics, controls, and industrial automation. Dr. Cheng has published his research developments in refereed journals, proceedings, and book chapters. He is a member of IEEE and IAJC.

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Steve Kettler Alma High School

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Steve Kettler has been a Math/Physics teacher at Alma High School in Alma, Michigan for eight years. He has been an advisor for FRC team #3570 for three years which has helped to strengthen his love for STEM education. During the summer of 2012, Steve participated in the Research Experience for Teachers program at Central Michigan University. During the program, Steve learned many new practices and techniques to apply to his own teaching.

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Daniel Chen Central Michigan University

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Dr. Daniel M. Chen received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1984. Currently, he is a professor at Central Michigan University, where he teaches a variety of courses in both mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology. He served as the chairperson of Department of Engineering and Technology from 2001 to 2007. Dr. Chen is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan. His research interests include computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering, with a focus on their applications in kinematics, dynamics, and machine design. The current research topic is in constraint-based kinematic/dynamic analysis of machines.

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Abstract

Learned Lessons from the First Year Research Experiences for Teachers ProgramWe have successfully finished our summer program in our National Science Foundation (NSF)supported Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site entitled “Multidisciplinary EngineeringResearch for Rural Michigan's Future.” The summer program was 6 weeks long and hosted 7 in-service teachers (high school science) and 5 pre-service teachers (integrated science majors).Participants are split into 6 groups and teamed up with an engineering faculty and an engineeringundergraduate student each. During their 40 hours/week work schedule, participants haveworked on faculty supervised research projects for half their time and the rest was reserved forclassroom unit plans that participants would work on developing. Several guest speakers andprofessional coaches helped us during the professional and curriculum development activities.We are currently working on developing follow-up plans during the academic year where pre-service teachers will implement classroom activities under in-service teachers’ supervision andthese activities will be used during high school visits to the campus.In this paper, we will give the details about the RET Site’s management and discuss ourexperiences from lessons learned during the first year. Weekly survey results will be analyzedand interpreted. Reflections from participants, faculty, and undergraduate students will bepresented. External evaluation scheme will be introduced and results will be given. Each projectwill be briefly introduced and outcomes will be shared. Finally, we will conclude with theoverall lessons we learned from this experience and discuss next summer’s plans as a result ofour analysis and self-reflections. We hope that our shared experiences (struggles,accomplishments, and mistakes, etc.) will help the engineering education community developmore effective relationships with K-12 by using the models we implemented.

Kaya, T., & Yelamarthi, K., & DeJong, B. P., & Hu, Q., & Cheng, S., & Kettler, S., & Chen, D. (2013, June), Learned Lessons from the First Year Research Experiences for Teachers Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19864

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