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NSF Grantee Presentation: Challenges of Implementing a Peer Mentoring Program to Support STEM Learning

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

22.1110.1 - 22.1110.9

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https://peer.asee.org/19005

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Farrokh Attarzadeh University of Houston

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Farrokh Attarzedeh earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1983. He is an associate professor in the Engineering Technology Department, College of Technology at the University of Houston. He teaches software programming and is in charge of the senior project course in the Computer Engineering Technology Program. He is a member of ASEE and has been with the University of Houston since 1983. Dr. Attarzadeh may be reached at FAttarzadeh@central.uh.edu

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Deniz Gurkan University of Houston

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Deniz Gurkan received her B.S. (1996) and M.S. (1998) in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey and received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2003. She has been a member of the faculty in Engineering Technology Department of the University of Houston since 2004. Her research interests are in measurement and instrumentation networks, sensor networks and standardization, and optical networking. She has over 50 peer-reviewed articles in her field. She has been the Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement since 2010. She has been a member of the technical committee for the IEEE Sensor Applications Symposium since 2008.

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Mequanint A. Moges University of Houston

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Mequanint Moges earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and M.Sc. degree in Communication Systems from the University of New South Wales in Australia. His research interests are in the areas of wireless sensor networking, load scheduling in parallel and distributed systems and grid computing. Currently, he is working as an instructional Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering Technology. He has been teaching courses including Electrical Circuits, Telecommunications, Data Communications, Computer Networks and Advanced Wireless Networks. He is actively involved in curriculum development and revision. He has worked on a successful project funded by FDIP to enhance instructional excellence of part time faculty and teaching assistants using hybrid orientation programs. He has also been involved in two recently funded instructional research grants from NSF-CCLI (Co-PI) and NSF-REU (senior personnel). Prior to his current position, he was involved in the design of electrical systems of different nature viz. industrial, public as well as low voltage communication systems.

In 2008, he received the College of Technology’s Fluor Daniel Award for teaching excellence. He is also a recipient of Stony Brook Presidential Fellowship for the academic year 2001-02 and an AUSAID scholarship from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia for the academic year 1996 - 1997.

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Miguel Angel Ramos University of Houston

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Miguel Angel Ramos is the assistant dean for assessment and accreditation for the College of Technology at the University of Houston. His primary focus has been the practical application of assessment and evaluation strategies to enhance educational quality in the college and university. Prior to joining the University of Houston, Dr. Ramos worked as a researcher for the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, and as an Evaluator for Boston Connects. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation from Boston College in 2004.

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Victor J. Gallardo University of Houston

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VIictor J. Gallardo is the Instructional Lab Manager for the Computer Engineering and Electrical Power programs (also he is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering). He has had experience at the industry, education and research institutions. He worked at Texas Instrument as hardware applications engineer in TMS6000 DSP group. He has been a consultant for Houston Independent School district where he developed Computer-Based Lab Experiments for Science and Mathematics. Mr. Gallardo current research interest includes Adaptive Optics, Real Time Image Processing with applications in Human and Computer Vision, as well as Intelligent Reconfigurable Instrumentation. His has several years of experience in hardware design for high speed digital systems, robotics, control, sensors and multiple interfaces to microprocessor, DSP, and microcontroller-based systems. He is cofounder of CORE (Coordination Of Robot Education) and has authored and coauthored more than 30 technical papers, technical reports, and applications reports. He is a member of IEEE. Mr. Gallardo may be reached at vjgallardo@uh.edu

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Mehrube Mehrubeoglu Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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Dr. Mehrubeoglu received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering, respectively, from Texas A&M University. After working as a research engineer and software engineer at Electroscientific Industries, where she developed new algorithms for machine vision problems, she joined Cyprus International University as the Chair of Department of Computer Engineering. After returning to Texas she taught at Texas A&M University, Kingsville. She has been with Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi since fall of 2005, and assumed Program Coordinator responsibilities in spring of 2010. Dr. Mehrubeoglu's areas of research include machine vision and image processing applications (digital watermarking, degraded fingerprint recognition, object detection and tracking), instrumentation, applications in biomedical engineering, and effective teaching pedagogies.

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Abstract

NSF Grantee Presentation: Final Results of an Innovative Approach to Learning via Peer-to-Peer Undergraduate Mentoring in Engineering Technology LaboratoriesAbstractThe paper presents the final implementation of mentor-mentee meetings, concept mapping as atool of peer-to-peer learning, and hands-on laboratory practices.Outline of preparatory work includes: concept mapping training, mentorship training, hands-onlaboratory implementations, and assessment-related data collection methodology.(1) Concept mapping training has been provided by leader faculty in the department. In addition,learning experiences related with concept mapping has been presented. Mentors and researchassistant, laboratory teaching assistants, and most project faculty and staff have attended the one-day training.(2) Mentorship training has been inspired from the peer-led learning approach. A leadership androle model ideal has been taught to the mentors and the research assistant before their mentor-mentee meetings have started.(3) Hands-on laboratories have been deployed as part of the CLABS approach in the EngineeringTechnology Department.(4) Assessment-related activities such as “initial perception of students towards what a rolemodel can be” have been conducted. Also, demographic and background knowledge of studentshave been investigated to create a basis of this work.(5) Expansion of the project to implement in partner institutions will also be presented.This project has been funded by NSF-CCLI program grant number DUE 0737526.

Attarzadeh, F., & Gurkan, D., & Moges, M. A., & Ramos, M. A., & Gallardo, V. J., & Mehrubeoglu, M. (2011, June), NSF Grantee Presentation: Challenges of Implementing a Peer Mentoring Program to Support STEM Learning Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/19005

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