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METSTEP: Third Year Review

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013

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2153-5965

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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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14

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23.903.1 - 23.903.14

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https://peer.asee.org/22288

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Mary R. Anderson-Rowland Arizona State University

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Dr. Mary R. Anderson-Rowland is the PI of an NSF STEP grant to work with five
non-metropolitan community colleges to produce more engineers, but especially female and underrepresented minority engineers. She also directs two academic scholarship programs, including one for transfer students. An associate professor in Computing, Informatics, and Systems Design Engineering, Dr. Anderson-Rowland was the associate dean of Student Affairs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU from 1993 to 2004. Dr. Anderson-Rowland was named a top 5% teacher in the Fulton Schools of Engineering for 2009-2010. She received the 2009 WEPAN Engineering Educator Award, the 2006 ASEE Minorities Award, the 2005 SHPE Educator of the Year, and the National Engineering Award in 2003. The National Engineering Award is the highest honor given by AAES. In 2002, Dr. Anderson-Rowland was named the Distinguished Engineering Educator by the Society of Women Engineers. She has over 180 publications primarily in the areas of recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minority engineering and computer science students. Her awards are based on her mentoring of students, especially women and underrepresented minority students, and her research in the areas of recruitment and retention. A SWE and ASEE Fellow, she is a frequent speaker on career opportunities and diversity in engineering.

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Armando A. Rodriguez Arizona State University

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Prior to joining the ASU Electrical Engineering faculty in 1990, Dr. Armando A. Rodriguez worked at MIT, IBM, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Raytheon Missile Systems. He has also consulted for Eglin Air Force Base, Boeing Defense and Space Systems, Honeywell and NASA. He has published over 200 technical papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings–over 60 with students. He has authored three engineering texts on classical controls, linear systems, and multi-variable control. Dr. Rodriguez has given over 70 invited presentations–thirteen plenary–at international and national forums, conferences and corporations. Since 1994, he has directed an extensive engineering mentoring-research academic success and professional development (ASAP) program that has served over 500 students. These efforts have been supported by NSF STEP, S-STEM, and CSEM grants as well as industry. Dr. Rodriguez' research interests include: control of nonlinear distributed parameter, and sampled-data systems; modeling, simulation, animation, and real-time control (MoSART) of Flexible Autonomous Machines operating in an uncertain Environment (FAME); design and control of micro-air vehicles (MAVs), control of bio-economic systems, renewable resources, and sustainable development; control of semiconductor, (hypersonic) aerospace, robotic, and low power electronic systems. Recently, he has worked closely with NASA researchers on the design of scramjet-powered hypersonic vehicles. Dr. Rodriguez’ honors include: AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellowship; Boeing A.D. Welliver Fellowship; ASU Engineering Teaching Excellence Award; IEEE International Outstanding Advisor Award; White House Presidential Excellence Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring; Ralf Yorque Memorial Best Paper Prize. Dr. Rodriguez has also served on various national technical committees and panels. He is currently serving on the following National Academies panels: Survivability and Lethality Analysis, Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Autonomous Systems. Dr. Rodriguez received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990.

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Anita Grierson Arizona State University

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Anita Grierson is the Director of the METS Center in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. She guides the activities of the METS Center and oversees its staff of engineering transfer students. Ms. Grierson has over twelve years corporate experience in Program Management, Business Development, and Biomechanical Engineering, with products as diverse as air bag systems for helicopters, body armor, and orthopedic implants. She received her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1990, her master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1994, and a master's in Business Administration from Arizona State University in 2000.

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Richard A. Hall Jr. Cochise College

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Dr. Richard Hall is the dean for Mathematics, Sciences, and Health Sciences at Cochise College. Under his leadership, Cochise has implemented and grown its engineering program. The college's partnership with Arizona State University's Motivated Engineering Transfer Students (METS) program has been an integral part of this growth.

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Phil Blake McBride Eastern Arizona College

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John H Bailey Eastern Arizona College

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Dr. John H. Bailey is the engineering instructor at Eastern Arizona College and he has been there since 2006. Prior to joining EAC, Dr. Bailey was the engineering coordinator at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. Previously, he worked as a consulting engineer at ARINC,Inc in Annapolis, Md. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, and a Doctor of Science in Operations Research from George Washington University.

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Rakesh Pangasa Arizona State University

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Clark Vangilder Central Arizona College

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In 1985, Clark Vangilder entered the Navy and became a nuclear submarine propulsion plant operator, serving for approximately six years. Vangilder has acquired degrees in Mathematics and Physics, and taught both subjects at the college level since 1998. Vangilder has been a professor of Physics at Central Arizona College since 2008. To promote and establish a new theory of learning, Vangilder began working on earning his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in September 2011.

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Russell Cox

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Abstract

METSTEP: Third Year ReviewThis successful National Science Foundation supported five-year STEP program has come a longway in three years. Built upon several years of working with urban community colleges (CCs),this program was built primarily on a one-year preliminary study of a large university workingwith three rural community colleges. Specifically this program has a university and five non-metropolitan CCs working together to increase the interest, retention, and graduation of studentsin engineering and computer science who, before this program, had never interacted withuniversity faculty and students. Females and underrepresented minority students are especiallyencouraged through this program. A large emphasis is also placed on having the students goright on to graduate school upon receiving their BS or BSE. The program includes scholarshipsfor upper division transfer students from these five schools. The program is also supported bytwo NSF S-STEM grants which provide scholarship money for urban upper division transferstudents and scholarship money for four semesters of graduate school. In addition, this past year,urban transfer students were supported with largely with scholarship money provided by aWomen & Philanthropy group.Major accomplishments will be outlined, with an emphasis on the work that has beenaccomplished in the last year. During the second and third years of this grant 14 eligible studentswere awarded scholarships. This fourth year, we awarded 23 scholarships due to the increaseddemand and increased number of transfers from the rural CCs. Last year one of the collegesestablished an engineering program for the first time in the school’s history. Several CCs areadded the option of an Associate Degree in Engineering and/or Science which allows students tobetter prepare for an engineering major and still earn an Associate Degree.This paper will also report on other advances including “METS Pathways” to help the studentsand counselors at the CCs know exactly which classes will transfer for a particular major. Thechallenges that remain and future plans will also be discussed.

Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Rodriguez, A. A., & Grierson, A., & Hall, R. A., & McBride, P. B., & Bailey, J. H., & Pangasa, R., & Vangilder, C., & Cox, R. (2013, June), METSTEP: Third Year Review Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22288

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