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Motivated Engineering Transfer Students/STEP after Six Years

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

7

Page Numbers

26.1169.1 - 26.1169.7

DOI

10.18260/p.24506

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https://peer.asee.org/24506

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159

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Mary R. Anderson-Rowland Arizona State University

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Mary Anderson-Rowland, Arizona State University
MARY R.ANDERSON-ROWLAND is the PI of an NSF STEP grant to work with five
non-metropolitan community colleges to produce more engineers, especially female and
underrepresented minority engineers. She also directs an Academic Success and Professional Development program, with an emphasis on transfer students. An Associate Professor in Computing, Informatics, and Systems Design Engineering, she was the Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU from 1993-2004. Anderson-Rowland was named a top 5% teacher in the Fulton Schools of Engineering for 2009-2010. She received the WEPAN President’s Award 2014, WEPAN’s Engineering Educator Award 2009, ASEE Minorities Award 2006, the SHPE Educator of the Year 2005, and the National Engineering Award in 2003, the highest honor given by AAES. In 2002 she was named the Distinguished Engineering Educator by the Society of Women Engineers. She has over 190 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 multivariable control. Dr. Rodriguez has given over 70 invited presentations - 13 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. Personal Web site: http://aar.faculty.asu.edu/

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Anita Grierson

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Ms. Grierson holds Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration. She has served as Director of the METS Center for Motivated Engineering Transfer Students at Arizona State University for five years.

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Abstract

Motivated Engineering Transfer Students/STEP after Six YearsAbstractOver six years ago, an experiment was launched: Could two engineering professors from a largeuniversity in the West successfully interact with five rural community colleges (CCs) in a win-win partnership? The results were successful enough after a one year experiment with three CCs,that a five year effort was funded by the National Science Foundation STEP program for fiveCCs in 2009. The effort is still successful and evolving in spite of administrative changes at allfive CCs. This paper will describe the results of this program and some of the lessons that havebeen learned.Major goals of this program are to interest and encourage more CC students to considerengineering and computer science for majors. Henceforth, in this paper, engineering shallinclude computer science. Next, we seek to facilitate the transfer process for these CC students toa large, Research I university. This also includes encouraging and supporting transfer studentsafter they have transferred. This support includes a center for transfer students, center employeeswho are transfer students to help other transfer students, scholarships, and a two-credit AcademicSuccess and Professional Development Class.The graduation rate is 95%, half of the students are going to graduate school, and the number ofstudents who have transferred from these five schools has increased from 80 to 160 in the pastfive years. This paper will summarize program results for the past six years, including successesand major challenges and barriers.

Anderson-Rowland, M. R., & Rodriguez, A. A., & Grierson, A. (2015, June), Motivated Engineering Transfer Students/STEP after Six Years Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24506

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