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Optimizing Summer Externships

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Cooperative & Experiential Education Division Technical Session 2

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Cooperative & Experiential Education

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

24.960.1 - 24.960.14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--22893

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https://peer.asee.org/22893

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Hans J. Thomas P.E. U.S. Military Academy

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Hans Thomas is a Major in the US Army, and is currently an Instructor in the Civil & Mechanical Engineering Department at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He has his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy (2002), his Master of Science in Engineering Management from Missouri Science & Technology (2008) and his Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington (2012). His teaching focus is thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and aerodynamics.

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Michael Nowatkowski U.S. Military Academy

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LTC Michael Nowatkowski currently serves as an Associate Professor and Research Scientist with the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Since graduating from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1990 with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, he has served on active duty as a Signal Corps officer in the United States Army at various posts including Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Bragg, NC, and West Point, NY. He attended graduate school at Georgia Institute of Technology, earning an M.S. degree in 2000, and a Ph.D in 2010, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has served on the faculty at West Point in the Department of Systems Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research interests include cyber security, wireless networks, and simulation.

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Brodie K. Hoyer U.S. Military Academy

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Major Hoyer received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Officer of Engineers in 2003. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2013 and is currently serving as an Instructor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering.

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Michael J. Benson U.S. Military Academy

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Michael Benson is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He has his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy (1994), and his Master of Science (2003), Degree of Engineer (2003), and Ph.D. (2011) from Stanford University all in Mechanical Engineering. He has authored/co-authored papers in Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Heat Transfer, along with Engineering Education.

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Bruce Floersheim U.S. Military Academy

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Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Floersheim graduated as an Engineer officer from the United States Military Academy in 1989. He has served in the U.S. Army in the United States, Turkey, Bosnia, Germany and Iraq during a career spanning over 24 years. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. His research interests include optimization using agent-based modeling techniques, response surface methodology utilizing generalized polynomial chaos, design process methodology, and engineering education pedagogy. He is currently serving as the Director of the Center for Innovation and Engineering.

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Luksa Luznik United States Naval Academy

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Wesley Anderson U.S. Air Force Academy

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Steven J. Condly United States Military Academy

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Steven J. Condly received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Southern California in 1999. Dr. Condly is a research psychologist in the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a senior associate with HSA Learning & Performance Solutions, LLC. He specializes in the design of surveys, statistical analysis, and the examination of cognitive and non-cognitive factors associated with learning, motivation, and human performance. He has consulted with organizations such as the Building Owners and Managers Institute, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives, and Daimler-Chrysler on issues such as certification testing, improving the effectiveness of training, the design and implementation of incentive systems, and improving salesforce effectiveness. Presently he is working on validating various personality and ability instruments as they pertain to the US Army's efforts at identifying, developing, and retaining talent. Dr. Condly can be contacted at scondly@gmail.com.

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Abstract

Optimizing Summer Internships Summer immersive experiences provide students the opportunity to explore the limits oftheir engineering education and develop a depth in a field of study. For institutions that centrallymanage these experiences ranging from experiments conducted at other academic locations, toresearch and development with industry partners, to procurement and development withgovernment laboratories and program offices, it can be difficult to ensure that all participants arereceiving quality experiences. A survey had previously been conducted to capture the value ofstudent’s summer immersive experience based on ABET Student Outcomes. Much of the dataproved inconclusive due to the structure of the questions. However the data was used a baselinefor follow on research and guided the development of future surveys. Following the summer of 2013, a new survey was conducted of students majoring inaeronautical, electrical, and mechanical engineering at three different liberal arts colleges whohad participated in institution-sponsored immersive experiences. The goal of the survey was todetermine why students chose their summer experiences, what made these experiencessuccessful, and how to improve experiences in the future to maximize return on investment.Success was measured not just in whether they experienced the ABET Student Outcomes (a)-(k)but to what level they were challenged in those domains. The results of the survey will be usednext summer to influence which experiences are offered and refine how cadets are paired with asummer experience.

Thomas, H. J., & Nowatkowski, M., & Hoyer, B. K., & Benson, M. J., & Floersheim, B., & Luznik, L., & Anderson, W., & Condly, S. J. (2014, June), Optimizing Summer Externships Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22893

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