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Mentoring Prospective Engineering Students Through the After School Program “Girls in Engineering” Focused on Building an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Best Paper, Best Diversity Paper

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Ocean and Marine

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Diversity

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12

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Vukica M. Jovanovic Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8626-903X

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Dr. Vukica Jovanovic is a Batten Endowed Fellow and an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology Program. She holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering Technology, focuses on Digital Manufacturing, Magistar (Ph.D. candidate) degree in Industrial Engineering and Management, focused on Production Systems Design, and dipl.ing. degree in Industrial Engineering focused on Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation. She went through engineering pathways herself, completing master electrician degree when completing Technical School in Uzice, Serbia, focusing on pre-engineering program on high power voltage systems and maintenance of electro-mechanical systems. Her research is focuses on engineering pathways, career and technical education, digital thread, cyber physical systems, mechatronics, digital manufacturing, broadening participation, and engineering education. She is a Director of Mechatronics and Digital Manufacturing Lab at ODU and a lead of Area of Specialization Mechatronics Systems Design. She worked as a Visiting Researcher at Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Disputanta, VA on projects focusing on digital thread and cyber security of manufacturing systems. She has funded research in broadening participation efforts of underrepresented students in STEM funded by U.S. Department of Education, focusing on computer science and cybersecurity pathways, and from Office of Naval Research, focusing on mechatronic pathways. She is part of the ONR projects related to the additive manufacturing training of active military. She is also part of the research team that has multiple projects funded from NSF focusing on veteran pathways and their success in engineering. She leads the team that delivers the summer program to nine graders that focus on broadening participation of underrepresented students into STEM (ODU BLAST), funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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Deborah Marshall Norfolk Public Schools Career & Technical Education Dept.

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Jeff Warren Larson Jr.

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Abdul Rahman Badawi Old Dominion University

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Abdul, Granby Girls in Engineering's mentor, is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and expected to graduate in December 2020. Abdul is also a Research Assistant with the department in addition to the National Institute of Aerospace. His focus is on Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters. Abdul is very interested in robotics, control systems, and mechatronics.

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Neil R. StClair Old Dominion University

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Neil St. Clair is a recent graduate of Old Dominion University where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, with a concentration in Nuclear Systems, and a minor in Engineering Management. While at ODU he helped to reestablish the university's chapter of ASNE (American Society of Navel Engineers). He also served as the founding president of the chapter.

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Otilia Popescu Old Dominion University

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Dr. Otilia Popescu received the Engineering Diploma and M.S. degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania, and the PhD degree from Rutgers University, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research interests are in the general areas of communication systems, control theory, signal processing and engineering education. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and serves as the Program Director for the Electrical Engineering Technology Program. In the past she has worked for the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at San Antonio, Rutgers University, and Politehnica University of Bucharest. She is a senior member of the IEEE, served as associate editor for IEEE Communication Letters, and has served in the technical program committee for the IEEE ICC, WCNC, RWW, VTC, GLOBECOM, and CAMAD conferences.

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Murat Kuzlu Old Dominion University

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Murat Kuzlu (Senior Member – IEEE) joined the Department of Engineering Technology, Old Dominion University (ODU) in 2018 as an Assistant Professor. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Kocaeli University, Turkey, in 2001, 2004, and 2010, respectively. From 2005 to 2006, he worked as a Global Network Product Support Engineer at Nortel Networks, Turkey. In 2006, he joined the Energy Institute of TUBITAK-MAM (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey – The Marmara Research Center), where he worked as a senior researcher. Before joining ODU, he worked as a Research Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech’s Advanced Research Institute. His research interests include smart grid, demand response, smart metering systems (AMR, AMI, AMM), home and building energy management system, co-simulation, wireless communication, and embedded systems.

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Petros J. Katsioloudis Old Dominion University

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Petros J. Katsioloudis is a Professor, Department Chair and the Industrial Technology Program Leader, Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. His research focuses on improving teacher and student performance in STEM education, and enhancing the development of a national STEM-educated workforce.

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Linda Vahala Old Dominion University

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Dr. Linda Vahala received her B.S..degree from the University of Illinois in 1969, an M.S. degree from the University of Iowa in 1971, and a Ph.D from Old Dominion University in 1983. Her publications include articles in both plasma physics and atomic physics with an emphasis on laser interactions with plasma and with neutral/rare gas collisions. She has presented her work at various international workshops and meetings, both in Europe and in the United States. She is currently Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at ODU. In 1995, she received the Peninsula Engineer of the Year award.

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Michael Anthony Crespo Granby High School, Norfolk Public Schools, Norfolk, VA

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Department Chair,
Career and Technical Education
Granby High School, Norfolk, VA
I teach AP Computer Science Principles, Cyber Security Fundamentals and Cyber Security Software Operations
Code.org & codevirginia.org Computer Science Discoveries Facilitator

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Abstract

A number of studies by engineering education researchers have pointed out that all-female teams, rather than mixed teams, result in better forms of participation and interaction in engineering related after-school programs and clubs. In particular, for after-school programs or clubs that form in response to a STEM competition, all-female teams have better chances of developing. One such competition, which will be discussed in this paper, is a regional Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) competition in which students from Blind_Review High School have been participating for many years.For each year’s competition, an all-female team of students enrolled in the Career and Technical Education program at Blind_Review High School, City, State build an underwater autonomous robotic vehicle, for which the robot specifications and competition rules are formulated each year by the MATE regional competition. Any team participating in the competition must have a mentor, and the students must be enrolled in courses within the engineering studies program. This paper will discuss the collaboration developed between the high school and college students, how the mentorship program was delivered, and how the program successfully helped future engineering students to establish their engineering and future STEM identities.

Jovanovic, V. M., & Marshall, D., & Larson, J. W., & Badawi, A. R., & StClair, N. R., & Popescu, O., & Kuzlu, M., & Katsioloudis, P. J., & Vahala, L., & Crespo, M. A. (2021, July), Mentoring Prospective Engineering Students Through the After School Program “Girls in Engineering” Focused on Building an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37501

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