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Offsetting Gender Bias in Engineering: Gender Equity Internet Controlled Fish Farm Curriculum Activity

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

New Research and Trends for Minorities in Engineering

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Minorities in Engineering

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25.989.1 - 25.989.11



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Presentacion Rivera-Reyes Utah State University

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Presentacion Rivera-Reyes is currently a graduate research assistant and a Ph.D. student in the Engineering Education Department at Utah State University. He formerly held a position as professor of telecommunication engineering at Technological University of Honduras. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Honduras. He has experience in the telecommunication industry where he worked training engineers and technicians in high-speed transmission system for backbone networks.

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Raymond Edward Boyles Utah State University

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Raymond Edward Boyles has an associate's in specialized, avionics, May 1992, from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, and a B.S., information technology, May 2008, and M.S., technology education, Aug. 2009, from California University of PA. Most Relevant Papers: Santoso, H., Boyles, R., Lawanto, O. & Goodridge, W. (2011). A Preliminary Study of Conducting Semi-Structured Interview as Metacognitive Assessment in Engineering Design: Issues and Challenges. American Society for Engineering Education. Presentations, five most relevant: TeleRobotics: The Internet, a Physical Sensor 73rd Annual Conference Program, ITEEA 2011. Dr. Kallis, J., Boyles, R. Implementation of Microgravity Experiments in the Classroom 73rd Annual Conference Program, ITEEA 2011 Teaching STEM Concepts with Agile Robotics. Dr. Kallis, J., Boyles, R. 73rd Annual Conference Program, ITEEA 2009. Tremaux’s Algorithm with Recursion 73rd Annual Conference Program, ITEEA 2009. "Normalcy" 2008 Intercollegiate Art Show, Best of Show, California University of PA, April 3rd, 2008. "Die Verfeinerung von Sustainability” Create the Future Design Contest, NASA Tech Briefs and Solid Works, Oct. 14, 2008. "Teaching by strong interest through analogous Java Software," 56th Annual TEAP Conference. Harrisburg, Penn., Nov. 6-7, 2008. "G.S.Ohm: Electrical Innovation in Industry." Poster presentation at National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 17, 2006. “Societas crescit: Invention and Innovation through Team Teaching.” Panel presentation at National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, Philadelphia, Penn., Nov. 16, 2006. Major Collaborators: Prof. John R. Kallis (California University of Pa.) Graduate Advisor: Prof. Gary Stewardson (Utah State University). Military: U.S. Army, Fort Carson, Colo. Unit Administrative Specialist (Dec. 1998-April 1999), duties: Created and maintained databases for 231 soldiers; responsible for processing all information on incoming and outgoing personnel databases implementation saved 18% manpower. Nuclear Chemical Biological Specialist (Jan. 1998-Dec. 1998), duties: Maintained, overhauled and calibrated all chemical equipment; trained soldiers in how to React in certain NBC situations. Fire Control Repairer, duties: Served as a shop foreman; supervised eight personnel which were responsible for repairing electronic fire control equipment; repaired all electronic equipment on the M!A! and Bradley tanks; and maintained records of cost and requisitioned funding from battalion. Saved 65% in cost by performing office computer repairs. Military Achievements: Two Army Achievement medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Lapel Button, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Grenade Bar, and Marksman Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. Work Experience: Utah State University, Jan. 2010 to present, instructor for ETE 1020 energy, power, transportation systems control technology exploration of the concepts and processes relating to the control and automation (both hard and programmable) of technical systems in the areas of energy and power, transportation, and agricultural and related biotechnologies. California University of PA, Jan. 2008 to May 2009, Teaching Assistant. Assisted the professor in class preparation, lesson plans, and distribution of materials Also gain teaching experience by lecturing the class section which deals with programming robots. Managed a laboratory, which allowed students to complete experiments. AT&T Broadband, Pittsburgh Penn., May 2000 to Dec. 2002, Head end Technician, responsible for all aspects of high speed data, telephony and cable operations, hybrid fiber to coax transmissions, programming in Visual Basic, C++, Java scripting, and M.S. Office. Experience with systems such as Cheetah, Path Tracks, and Cornerstone. Access Bandwidth Technician, responsible for implementing and maintaining telephony network systems for the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Data basing and systems programmer for repairs on nodal analysis and problem solving, Heilig-Meyers Furniture Company, Richmond, Va., Aug.1994-Nov. 1994, Network/Telephone/Alarm System Installer, traveled throughout the United States to install computer networks, telephone and alarm systems, which also included maintenance and repair. Guardian Glass Corporation, Floreffe, Penn., Electrical Maintenance Technician, Nov. 1993-June 1994, installed PLC systems (Allen-Bradley); repaired and maintained laser systems, photo helix, pyrometers, and integrated control systems for network operations. WLTJ-WRRK radio station, installed and calibrated all transmission equipment for this radio station.

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Oenardi Lawanto Utah State University

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Oenardi Lawanto is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University. Lawanto holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in human resource education. His research interests include areas in cognition, learning, instructions, engineering design, and e-learning. Currently, he is working on two research projects that investigate students’ cognitive and metacognitive activities while learning engineering. Both projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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New Topic Session Offsetting Gender Bias in Engineering: Gender Equity Internet Controlled Fish Farm Curriculum Activity The purpose of this paper is to suggest ideas that may balance gender bias in engineeringfields, and how to address a nationwide problem of the U.S. industrial competitiveness in regardsto population participation. The Census Bureau has estimated that 50.9% of the population in theU.S. is female and only 11% of the engineering workforce. The National Science Foundation(NSF) reports that, overall, women earn the majority of bachelor degrees in fields other thanscience, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There exists research, based on an existingphenomenology that engineering is a man’s’ domain. Because of this phenomenology;environmental issues exist that divert women’s’ interest toward engineering careers. However,research demonstrates a trend that women are more likely to participate in environmental issuessuch as bio-engineering. Significantly, bio-engineering enlist a larger percentage of females. One suggestion could be made to implement an Internet Controlled Integrated Fish FarmEnvironmental curriculum activity to entice female participation and combines many types ofengineering core concepts. This curriculum activity can be described as a project to raise fishindoors while maintaining a garden environmental through integrated sustainable systems.Female students will involve in water quality and chemical components processes, part of thecurriculum activity, and they will apply fundamentals of chemical engineering. They willmanipulate the water recycling system, and they will have to bring into operational conceptsrelated to civil engineering. Female students will work to implement the integrated sustainablesystems with the intention of to apply concepts and principles related to electronic and computerengineering concepts. Working in this curriculum activity, female students will be exposed to diverse categories ofconcepts, principles, and fundaments associated to different types of engineering. Femalestudents will be exposed to opportunities to discover and expand knowledge about the varioustypes of engineering including mechanical, computer, and civil engineering. The female studentscould connect their interest in environmental issues with different types of engineering concepts.Female students will be exposed to engineering fields because they will identify that theseintegrated sustainable systems are crucial for the life of an Internet Controlled Integrated FishFarm Environmental curriculum activity.

Rivera-Reyes, P., & Boyles, R. E., & Lawanto, O. (2012, June), Offsetting Gender Bias in Engineering: Gender Equity Internet Controlled Fish Farm Curriculum Activity Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21746

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