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Learning to Conduct “Team Science” through Interdisciplinary Engineering Research

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Potpourri: Various Issues and Topics in Graduate Studies

Tagged Division

Graduate Studies

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

24

DOI

10.18260/p.25543

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https://peer.asee.org/25543

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84

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Catherine G.P. Berdanier Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3271-4836

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Catherine G.P. Berdanier holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from The University of South Dakota and her M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. Her research interests include graduate-level engineering education, including engineering writing, inter- and multidisciplinary graduate education, innovative and novel graduate education experiences, global learning, and preparation of engineering graduate students for future careers.

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Ekembu Kevin Tanyi Norfolk State University

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E. Kevin Tanyi started his career in Oldenburg in East Friesland, Germany. There he earned his bachelor degree in engineering physics with a focus in medical physics and finished with honors. During a four-year sabbatical, he worked as a Call Center Agent and finally as a Web-programmer/ designer. Returning to his field, he pursued a Professional Science Master degree in applied physics at Towson University. There he carried out research in the fabrication and characterization (AFM, XRD, and four-point probe resistivity measurements) of colossal magneto resistant perovskite thin films. He also embarked on a teaching career by teaching several labs as a graduate teaching assistant and later on as an adjunct faculty. While at Towson University, he also cultivated good friendships with his advisors and now mentors: Dr. Rajeswari M. Kolagani and Dr. David Schaefer. His research led to his first publication a few years later. Forced by destiny, he ended up at Norfolk State University where he is now pursuing a PhD degree in Material Science focusing on optical characterization of materials for energy harvesting. Through the IGERT fellowship, he is pursuing his ultimate goal of becoming a professor and intends to carry on research in optical materials. - See more at: https://www.asee.org/public/person#sthash.lcrL5s3P.dpuf

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IRVING K CASHWELL Jr Norfolk State University

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Irving Cashwell Jr. was born and raised in Chesapeake VA. His introduction into electronics engineering originated in HS via an electronics coarse at Indian River highs School while playing sports year round; basketball volleyball and tennis. Irving began his college career close to his family at Norfolk State University (NSU) obtaining an undergraduate and master’s degree in Electronics Engineering while also focusing on becoming better in mind, body and spirt. He enjoys sharing his unique perspective of life through the art of photography. Irving’s master’s work at Norfolk state university, under Aswini Pradhan, focused on high-k dielectrics, high electron mobility transistors and thin film devices. Irving carried out the fabrication process for the MOSCap devices in its entirety, from substrate preparation through device characterization. His current research interests includes modeling and simulations, solar cell technology, characterization of both electrical and optical properties of devices and device processing. In addition to research, he is also interested in education. Irving is currently a PhD candidate student and IGERT-MNM trainee at Norfolk State University. Under IGERT, he has obtained a unique skill set in interdisciplinary collaborations and professional development that will assist him further his career in industry and education. - See more at: https://www.asee.org/public/person#sthash.T8HrbsqL.dpuf

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Tasha Zephirin Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Tasha Zephirin is a Ph.D. student in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She is currently a participant in the National Science Foundation sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training in Magnetic and Nanostructured Materials (IGERT-MNM) program—a collaborative effort between Purdue University, Cornell University and Norfolk State University. Her research interests include the development, evaluation, and assessment of co-curricular and extra-curricular STEM programs to diverse audiences across the education continuum (e.g. community members, K-12 students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and industry professionals) in varying contexts.

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Monica Farmer Cox Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Monica F. Cox, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair in newly created Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. Prior to this appointment, she was a Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, the Inaugural Director of the College of Engineering's Leadership Minor, and the Director of the International Institute of Engineering Education Assessment (i2e2a). In 2013, she became founder and owner of STEMinent LLC, a company focused on STEM education assessment and professional development for stakeholders in K-12 education, higher education, and Corporate America. Her research is focused upon the use of mixed methodologies to explore significant research questions in undergraduate, graduate, and professional engineering education, to integrate concepts from higher education and learning science into engineering education, and to develop and disseminate reliable and valid assessment tools for use across the engineering education continuum.

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Abstract

Today’s science and engineering graduate students will work in collaborative and multidisciplinary research in their future careers. The solutions to the greatest scientific global challenges rest on the productivity and success of diverse teams of specialists working together. Recent work has begun to explore the optimization of collaborative interdisciplinary efforts, paying attention to factors such as interpersonal dynamics and teaming. This emerging field has been dubbed “Science of Team Science,” and has been studied mainly in professional research settings. This exploratory study seeks to understand how graduate students learn to conduct team science across institutions and disciplines. The teams who participated in this research were comprised of graduate students at different levels of their graduate programs who had differing disciplinary expertise associated with materials science engineering, and experience with independent laboratory research. Senior graduate students were responsible for facilitating an interdisciplinary research project and delegating research work tasks to teams of other students. We present findings from a mixed methods study which evaluates individual and team successes in collaborative multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research. Implications of this work include helping programs develop competencies for their graduate students that include “team science” and collaborative skills.

Berdanier, C. G., & Tanyi, E. K., & CASHWELL, I. K., & Zephirin, T., & Cox, M. F. (2016, June), Learning to Conduct “Team Science” through Interdisciplinary Engineering Research Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25543

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