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Louisiana State University and Baton Rouge Community College – A Partnership for STEM Student Success

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

Tagged Division

Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.875.1 - 24.875.7

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Summer Dann Louisiana State University

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Jo Dale Ales


Karim Elkholy Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC)

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Karim N. Elkholy, Ph.D.

Professional Preparation:
Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), Egypt, Mechanical Engineering, BS 9/1994, MS 7/1999
Louisiana State University, Mechanical Engineering, Ph. D. 12/2007

Professional Appointments:
8/2011 – Present Engineering Program Manager / Assistant Professor, STEM Department (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Baton Rouge Community College
9/2007 – 4/2011 Supervisory Mechanical Engineer, Southern Regional Research Center, Louisiana
8/2000 – 9/2007 Research Assistant, Louisiana State University, Mechanical Engineering Department
8/2005 – 7/2007 National Science Foundation Fellow, K-12 Program, Louisiana State University (NSF GK-12)
1/2001 – 12/2005 Teaching Assistant, Louisiana State University, Mechanical Engineering Department
10/1996 – 8/2000 Teaching Instructor, Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt
3/1995 – 10/1996 Assistant Barge Engineer, Santa Fe International Drilling Company

Relevant Publications:
James Rodgers, Karim Elkholy, Xiaoliang Cui, Vikki Martin, Michael Watson, 2009, "Improved Spectrophotometer Fiber Sampling System for Cotton Fiber Color Measurements," Beltwide Cotton Conference, San Antonio TX

Iordanoff, I., Elkholy, K. N., and Khonsari, M.M., 2008, “Effect of Particle Size Dispersion on Granular Lubrication Regimes”, Journal of Engineering Tribology – V. 222, pp. 725-739

Elkholy, K. N., and Khonsari, M.M., 2008, “On the Effect of Enduring Contact on the Flow and Thermal Characteristics in Powder Lubrication”, Journal of Engineering Tribology – V. 222, pp. 741-759

Elkholy, K. N., and Khonsari, M.M., 2008, “Experimental Investigation on the Stick-Slip Phenomenon in Granular Collision Lubrication” , ASME Journal of Tribology – V. 130, pp. 1-7

Elkholy, K. N., and Khonsari, M.M., 2007, "Granular Collision Lubrication: Experimental Investigation and Comparison with Theory," ASME Journal of Tribology – V. 129, pp. 923-932

Synergistic Activities:
Engineering Program Manager, Baton Rouge Community College, August 2011 – Present:

LA-SiGMA EPSCoR - collaborate with LSU engineering and mathematics faculty to develop modules to train community college students to use sophisticated materials research instrumentation, assist with the Beowulf Boot Camp for high school students and teachers and facilitate the participation of BRCC students in the research experiences for undergraduates (REU) programs focused on computational and experimental materials science

NSF S-STEM Scholarships – collaborate with faculty in the LSU College of Engineering to select students for scholarships to LSU who have completed the AS degree in pre-engineering at BRCC

Managing the engineering program at Baton Rouge Community College to make AS Engineering transition to a 4-year college as smooth as possible and to support and enhance the chances of students’ academic success

Develop new engineering courses, strategies, and activities to increase the student population in STEM disciplines

Emphasis critical thinking in all courses and increase the tutoring sessions, and have well-structured teachers for advising engineering students

Improve ability to communicate science to a vast number of students by bringing real science and research problems and by working with them in tutoring sessions which will stimulate their interest in the STEM disciplines

Identify community needs and establish partnerships by conducting meetings with 4-year colleges as well as K-12 schools to maximize the impact of the education and outreach efforts

NSF GK-12 Fellow, K-12 Program, Louisiana State University, 2005 – 2007:
Established great relations with all faculty, other Scholars, and high school teachers/students and served the community to better prepare the students of the public schools to meet the high standards of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines colleges

Worked as a liaison between Mathematics and Science departments providing guidance and direct assistance to the teachers of Calculus, Math, and Physics to build bridges between subject matters providing a professional learning environment

Designed a laboratory manual for the physics course with several hands on activities and increased the science aptitude of teachers by providing some presentations in different science topics which had an immediate and direct impact

Improved ability to communicate science to a vast number of students by bringing real science and research problems and by working with them in tutoring sessions which stimulated their interest in the STEM disciplines

Louisiana State University: Warren Waggenspack, Summer Dann, Kelly Rusch, Randall Hall, Dorel Moldovan, Su-Seng Pang, Frank Neubrander
Baton Rouge Community College: Jo Dale Ales, Monique Cross, Dennis Taylor

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Warren N. Waggenspack Jr. Louisiana State University

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Adrienne Steele Louisiana State University

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XX/XX – A Partnership for STEM Student Success NSF STEP Project # xXThis STEP Type 1B project enhances the existing partnership between Baton RougeCommunity College Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division (XX-STEM) and Louisiana State University College of Engineering (XX-CoE) to fosterSTEM students’ completion of two year Associates Degrees at XX and four yearBachelor of Science degrees at XX. Particular emphasis is placed on Engineering andConstruction Management (E/CM) disciplines for which XX-XX have recentlyformalized articulation agreements.One project goal is to increase the number of XX AS/AAS E/CM graduates by 5 per yearto an annual rate of 25 students, all with strong academic foundations for further E/CMstudy at XX. At XX, the goal is to improve the overall 2nd-3rd year retention andultimately improve the cumulative 6th year graduation rate by 2-3% per year so that itapproaches the current university average for all entering freshmen (59%). Building uponthe lessons learned from first STEP grant, these goals will be accomplished through thefollowing actions: 1) development and implementation of a pre-engineering learningcommunity at XX; 2) integration of supplemental instruction/academic in coreSTEM/Engineering courses at both institutions; 3) provide opportunities for facultydevelopment and engagement across institutions to improve student learning and providebetter faculty student interaction; 4) provide the environment and training necessary todevelop mentoring relationships between students (particularly transfer students), and 5)establish mechanisms for effective monitoring and continual improvement.Although the project is in its first year, several program objectives have been met. Thejoint team (XX-XX personnel) hosted the Project kick off meeting in January with aninternal and external advisory board, hired several project personnel including a transfercounselor, project coordinators for both institutions, and a coordinator to work with theundergraduates to implement the peer led team leaders, and hosted the 7th annual FacultyDevelopment Workshop. Xx and Xx gateway-engineering courses have been aligned andfaculty at both institutions are collaborating frequently to ensure that students are beingprovided the best learning experiences.In addition, five upper-class students in the XX College of Engineering and 2 studentsfrom XX were hired to be Undergraduate Learning Assistants (LA). The XX STEPhosted 12 hours of Peer Mentor training for new mentors; training includes boundaries,appropriate behavior, leadership, mentoring, cultural awareness and generationalcommunication differences. Peer tutors are providing tutoring at XX for students in mathand science courses. To maintain networking and collaboration among peer learningassistants, SI Leaders are holding weekly sessions for engineering students at XX.Surveys have been developed in conjunction with a PhD student in psychology and anoutside evaluator. Pre program surveys have been given to the LA and peer mentors.Annual retention and other pertinent data will be gathered and reviewed on the 14th dayof fall each year. XX surveyed continuing and graduating STEM students in April, 2013.

Dann , S., & Ales, J. D., & Elkholy, K., & Waggenspack, W. N., & Steele, A. (2014, June), Louisiana State University and Baton Rouge Community College – A Partnership for STEM Student Success Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana.

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