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Mentoring is a Full-Contact Activity in Engineering Education

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Two-year College Potpourri

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Two-Year College

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Dan G. Dimitriu San Antonio College

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Dan G. Dimitriu has been practicing engineering since 1970 and taught engineering courses concurrently for more than 20 years at various institutions. In 2001, he joined San Antonio College full-time as the Coordinator of its Engineering program. He has been involved with several engineering societies and became a member of the Two-year College Division of ASEE in 2002. His research interests are in engineering graphics, 3-D Visualization, fuel cells, plastics, and engineering education.

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Diana Carmen Dimitriu University of Texas at San Antonio

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Diana Dimitriu is a senior at the University of Texas at San Antonio, UTSA. She will be graduating with two bachelors' in both Computer and Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics in the Fall of 2018. She has mentored students through the Early Development of General Engineering, EDGE, Program at San Antonio College, the Roadrunner Transition Experience, RTE, at UTSA, and the Toyota Ambassadors program at UTSA. She is a Lead Mentor at RTE and is responsible for 60+ mentees and all the data on the back end, i.e. a datasheet that keeps track of over 600 students involved in the program. She also manages the YouTube channel for RTE. In addition to school and work, she is a College of Engineering Ambassador, Public Relations Chair for Tau Beta Pi, and mentor a robotics team at STEM Early College High School in San Antonio. This past summer she completed a 10-week internship at Kennedy Space Center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA.

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Mentoring is a Full Contact Activity in Engineering Education

Abstract The San Antonio College College in San Antonio, Texas is an urban, state-supported college and the engineering program at this institution has been instrumental in providing educational opportunities for under-represented groups of minorities. In a society that becomes more and more dependent on technology the engineering schools must be focused on providing a strong education to students in technical fields. Our college takes this issue seriously by providing students with a very strong foundation of engineering education that allows them to transfer successfully to four-year engineering programs. Engineering students in an academic setting do not have the environment, the responsibilities, the demands, or the interactions with other members of an engineering team, nor do they face the real-life situations and challenges that a practicing engineer faces every day. Therefore, our program decided that our mentorship initiative must have as many professional engineering aspects as academic ones. We built the mentoring role to be part coach preparing students for their big game after graduation, part adviser to help them choose the right courses for their career path, part trainer to improve their skills, part counselor to help them in hard times, part cheerleader to celebrate their successes and, above everything else, to be a role model. The paper will present the details, the actions, and the results of this initiative as a work in progress that is continuously adapting and improving as required by the new generations of students arriving at San Antonio College.

Dimitriu, D. G., & Dimitriu, D. C. (2018, June), Mentoring is a Full-Contact Activity in Engineering Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30806

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