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Mentor Training Program for a Peer-to-Peer Learning Environment: Leadership vs. Curriculum Balance

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Assessment Methods and Learning Pedagogy II

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Engineering Technology

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8

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22.1059.1 - 22.1059.8

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https://peer.asee.org/18654

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Farrokh Attarzadeh University of Houston

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Farrokh Attarzadeh earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1983. He is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Technology Department, College of Technology at the University of Houston. He teaches software programming and is in charge of the senior project course in the Computer Engineering Technology Program. He is a member of ASEE and has been with the University of Houston since 1983. Dr. Attarzadeh may be reached at FAttarzadeh@central.uh.edu.

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Deniz Gurkan University of Houston

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Deniz Gurkan received her B.S. (1996) and M.S. (1998) in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey and received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2003. She has been a member of the faculty in Engineering Technology Department of the University of Houston since 2004. Her research interests are in measurement and instrumentation networks, sensor networks and standardization, and optical networking. She has over 50 peer-reviewed articles in her field. She has been the Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement since 2010. She has been a member of the technical committee for the IEEE Sensor Applications Symposium since 2008.

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Mequanint A. Moges University of Houston

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Mequanint Moges earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and M.Sc. degree in Communication Systems from the University of New South Wales in Australia. His research interests are in the areas of wireless sensor networking, load scheduling in parallel and distributed systems and grid computing. Currently, he is working as an instructional assistant professor at the Department of Engineering Technology. He has been teaching courses including Electrical Circuits, Telecommunications, Data Communications, Computer Networks and Advanced Wireless Networks. He is actively involved in curriculum development and revision. He has worked on a successful project funded by FDIP to enhance instructional excellence of part time faculty and teaching assistants using hybrid orientation programs. He has also been involved in two recently funded instructional research grants from NSF-CCLI (Co-PI) and NSF-REU (senior personnel). Prior to his current position, he was involved in the design of electrical systems of different nature viz. industrial, public as well as low voltage communication systems.

In 2008, he received the College of Technology’s Fluor Daniel Award for teaching excellence. He is also a recipient of Stony Brook Presidential Fellowship for the academic year 2001-02 and an AUSAID scholarship from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia for the academic year 1996-97.

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Victor J. Gallardo University of Houston

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Victor J. Gallardo is the Instructional Lab Manager for the Computer Engineering and Electrical Power programs (also he is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering). He has had experience at the industry, education and research institutions. He worked at Texas Instrument as hardware applications engineer in TMS6000 DSP group. He has been a consultant for Houston Independent School district where he developed Computer-Based Lab Experiments for Science and Mathematics. Mr. Gallardo current research interest includes Adaptive Optics, Real Time Image Processing with applications in Human and Computer Vision, as well as Intelligent Reconfigurable Instrumentation. His has several years of experience in hardware design for high speed digital systems, robotics, control, sensors and multiple interfaces to microprocessor, DSP, and microcontroller-based systems. He is cofounder of CORE (Coordination Of Robot Education) and has authored and coauthored more than 30 technical papers, technical reports, and applications reports. He is a member of IEEE. Mr. Gallardo may be reached at vjgallardo@uh.edu.

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Mehrube Mehrubeoglu Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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Dr. Mehrubeoglu received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from Texas A&M University. After working as a research engineer and software engineer at Electroscientific Industries, where she developed new algorithms for machine vision problems, she joined Cyprus International University as the Chair of Department of Computer Engineering. After returning to Texas, she taught at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. She has been with Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi since fall of 2005, and assumed Program Coordinator responsibilities in spring of 2010. Dr. Mehrubeoglu's areas of research include machine vision and image processing applications (digital watermarking, degraded fingerprint recognition, object detection and tracking), instrumentation, applications in biomedical engineering, and effective teaching pedagogies.

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Morteza Sameei Houston Community College Northeast

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Morteza Sameei,
Faculty, Interim Chair,
Electronic Engineering Technology,
Houston Community College Northeast,
555 Community College Drive, #214A Codwell
Houston, Texas 77013.
Phone: 713-718-5251. Email:
morteza.sameei@hccs.edu.
Education: Master of Science Degree in Computer Applications,
University of Houston, Clear Lake, May, 1982.
Concentration in Computer Hardware.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Technology,
University of Houston, Central Campus, December 1980.
Experience: Department Chair / Department Chair Associate and
Full Time Faculty member instructor, Houston,
Houston Community College System, Electronic
Engineering Technology,1984 to present.
Industrial Experience:
Senior Electronic Engineer, University of Texas Medical Branch, 1983 to 1984.
Instructor, Computer Architecture and Applied Electronics, University of
Houston, Central Campus, College of Engineering Technology, 1982 - 1983.
Instructor, San Janice College, Department of Technology, 1982 - 1983.
Instructor, University of Houston, Clear Lake City, College of Science and
Technology, 1982 - 1983.
Systems Hardware Quality Engineer, Schlumberger Well Services, Product
Quality, 1980 - 1983.
Membership:
Member of Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA).
Member of Institute of Electric Electronic Engineers.

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Abstract

Mentor Training Program for a Peer-to-Peer Learning Environment: Leadership vs. Curriculum BalanceAbstractIn a computer engineering technology program, mentors are expected to have a high level oftechnical knowledge and skill. However, mentors must also be able to serve as guides and rolemodels for their mentees. A key dynamic in the mentor training process is finding a balancebetween technical knowledge and the intrapersonal skills necessary to create a supportivelearning environment. The College of Technology – Computer Engineering Technology (CoT –CETE) program at the University of XXX has implemented an undergraduate peer mentoringmodel as part of an NSF-sponsored program examining the impact of concept mapping andundergraduate mentors on student learning. The training for this mentoring model has beenadapted from a peer-led team learning program and incorporates concept mapping as a primarypedagogical tool for increasing mentee understanding of key concepts. The paper describes theCoT – CETE undergraduate mentor training process and explores the implementation challenges,learning, and experiences from the first stages of this program.The training has been mapped from Peer-led Team Learning program to concept mappingmentor-mentee relationship. There has been some shift of the leadership roles to combineteaching with mentorship in order to make room for concept maps to play a role.Expected challenges include: social issues among mentees, possible tension between mentorsand mentees. Since a mentor candidate may become a mentor in one’s mind when there is actualfeeling of taking him/her as a role model, the interaction is purely psychological. Hence there isan element of best effort to create this environment. The paper will present challenges andexperiences from the second deployment of this concept.

Attarzadeh, F., & Gurkan, D., & Moges, M. A., & Gallardo, V. J., & Mehrubeoglu, M., & Sameei, M. (2011, June), Mentor Training Program for a Peer-to-Peer Learning Environment: Leadership vs. Curriculum Balance Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18654

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