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Mini-Workshop Series for Minority Serving Institutions with ECE Programs

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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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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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Kenneth A. Connor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Kenneth Connor is an emeritus professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he taught courses on electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, plasma physics, electric power, and general engineering. His research involves plasma physics, electromagnetics, photonics, biomedical sensors, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. He learned problem solving from his father (who ran a gray iron foundry), his mother (a nurse) and grandparents (dairy farmers). He has had the great good fortune to always work with amazing people, most recently the members and leadership of the Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC) from HBCU and HSI ECE programs and the faculty, staff and students of the Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) ERC, where he was Education Director until his retirement in 2018. He was RPI ECSE Department Head from 2001 to 2008 and served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) from 2003 to 2008. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

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Craig J. Scott Morgan State University

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Dr. Craig J. Scott received his Ph.D. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He is currently serving as professor and chairperson of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at one of the nation’s preeminent public urban research institutions, Morgan State University. His career spans over twenty-eight years of progressive scholarly experience in such areas as research administration/ implementation, pedagogical innovation, international collaboration, strategic planning, promoting community engagement and academic program development. He instructs courses in computer vision, computer graphics, electromagnetics and characterization of semiconductor materials.

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Russell Korte George Washington University

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Russell Korte is an Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University. Dr. Korte studies the socio-cultural systems in the professions and organizations, along with the effects of these systems on learning and performance in school, business, and industry. This work specifically focuses on the professional socialization of engineering students, faculty, practicing engineers, medical students, and teachers, as well as the entrepreneurial efforts on innovators to change organizations. Prior to GWU, Korte was at Colorado State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he helped design and implement an innovative first year engineering program. Korte has over 15 years of experience in marketing and advertising, including the introduction of new products for various clients, and he started his own consulting company 20 years ago. Additional research interests include theory, philosophy, social science, workplace learning and performance, entrepreneurship, socialization, professional education, and organization studies.

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Barry J. Sullivan Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Heads Association

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Barry J. Sullivan is Director of Program Development for the Inclusive Engineering Consortium. His 40-year career includes significant experience as a researcher, educator, and executive in industry, academia, and the non-profit sector. He has developed and delivered continuing education courses in communications technologies, and he guided the technology strategy for a start-up company delivering packet voice services. He was a full-time member of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern University for more than six years, and has taught there as an adjunct faculty member. He also worked as a member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories. He received the B.S.E.E. and M.S. degrees from Marquette University, and the Ph.D. degree from Princeton University, all in electrical engineering.

Dr. Sullivan has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, publications chair of the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, and local arrangements chair for the Digital Signal Processing Workshop. He was also editor of THE BRIDGE, the magazine of Eta Kappa Nu. He has published over forty papers on topics in signal reconstruction and image processing.

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Miguel Velez-Reyes P.E. University of Texas at El Paso Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6983-7250

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Dr. Miguel Velez-Reyes is the George W. Edwards Distinguished Professor in Engineering and Chair of the ECE Department at University of Texas at El Paso. He received his BSEE degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (UPRM) in 1985, and his SMEE, and PhD from MIT in 1988 and 1992 respectively. He was a faculty member of the UPRM ECE Department from 1992 to 2012. He is the UTEP Campus Coordinator for the NOAA Center for Earth Systems Science and Remote Sensing Technology. He was the Founding Director of the UPRM Institute for Research in Integrative Systems and Engineering, and Associate Director of the NSF CenSSIS ERC. His research interests are in integrating physical models with data driven approaches for information extraction using remote or minimally intrusive sensing. He has over 160 publications. He is Fellow of SPIE and the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico. Received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers award from the US President in 1997. He chairs the SPIE Conference on Algorithms, Technologies and Applications for Multispectral, and Hyperspectral Imaging. He is board member of the Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC).

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The {organization name deleted} planned a full-day workshop for its members in March 2020 to test ideas developed within the organization to more fully and productively engage joint PWI-MSI teams in the US education and research enterprise. {organization name deleted} is a novel collaboration among nearly 20 MSIs, most of whom participated in an NSF funded multi-year, engineering education project. This new organization was built on the idea that this collaboration can be leveraged and moved to the next level to provide higher capacity building at each of the consortium members. The hypothesis is that there are windows of opportunity open through establishment of research and educational collaborations between its HSI members with PWI research-intensive institutions. This is especially true since its member institutions serve a unique population of minority students. {organization name deleted} is developing the infrastructure and programs to facilitate collaborations between faculty, students and staff in its member departments, based on lessons learned from the previous educational program and, more generally, on the Science of Team Science. It is also addressing how best to build a different type of team structure with PWIs, industry, and other external constituencies. For each type of partner, a process is being defined and tools are being addressed. The purpose of the planned workshop activities was to test the collaboration process and tools by actively engaging partner faculty with PWI department heads and other faculty. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the original plan to hold an in-person workshop. There was no choice but to transition to an environment where interactions, engagement, and networking could still be achieved, albeit virtually. Discussion topics were developed for 10 online, mini-workshops, to be held over several months, with contents and aims similar to the original project. The notable exceptions related to the switch to online education experienced by all partners when their campuses closed in the spring. The overall {organization name deleted} vision is to be a collaboration of Minority Serving Institutions Working as One to Advance the ECE Enterprise. It is organized as a virtual super department with broadly based strengths in education, scholarship and service. Collectively, it can function as the equal of any ECE program, accomplish more and have a greater impact on its students, faculty and staff through access to resources and opportunities not available individually. It is essential that both its partners and representatives of PWIs work together to realize its grand vision of research and educational collaboration of teams from its partners working as equals with faculty, staff and students from PWIs. This workshop series is a major step in testing out ideas developed within the organization to more fully and productively engage joint PWI-MSI teams in the US education and research enterprise; graduate more and better prepared minority engineers; increase efficiency and productivity at MSIs; and develop a sustainable and effective infrastructure to support minority students, faculty and staff at all universities. In time, the group will grow and the model being developed can be replicated and implemented for other disciplines.

Connor, K. A., & Scott, C. J., & Korte, R., & Sullivan, B. J., & Velez-Reyes, M. (2021, July), Mini-Workshop Series for Minority Serving Institutions with ECE Programs Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37508

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