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Pilot Programs for Veterans Transition to Engineering Fields

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Developing an Academic Framework Supportive of our Military Veterans

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Military and Veterans Constituent Committee

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

13

DOI

10.18260/p.25901

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Vukica M. Jovanovic Old Dominion University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8626-903X

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Dr. Jovanovic received her dipl.ing and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering - Robotics, Mechatronics and Automation from University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, while working as a PhD student in Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence. Dr. Jovanovic is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology at ODU. She is teaching classes in the area of mechatronics and computer aided engineering. Her research Interests are: mechatronics, marine mechatronics systems education, product lifecycle management, manufacturing systems, engineering education.

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Anthony W Dean Old Dominion University

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Dr. Anthony W. Dean has had several roles in academia. His previous appointments include Associate Professor of Engineering Technology and as Associate Director of the Institute for Ship Repair, Maintenance, and Operations at Old Dominion University (ODU). He is currently on assignment with the Office of the Dean, Sponsored Programs and Associate Professor of Practice Engineering Fundamentals Division, Batten College of Engineering and Technology (BCET) at ODU. His research has focused mostly on control systems (integration and testing) and the reliability and maintainability of complex systems. He has been selected as both a NASA and an ONR Faculty Fellow. He regularly teaches courses in Marine Engineering and in Maintained Systems. Most recently Dr. Dean was on the Headquarters Staff the American Society of Naval Engineers. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, and a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering Technology, from the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. Additionally, Dr. Dean received an MBA from the College of William and Mary. Prior to is academic career Dr. Dean was Director of Operations and Business Development for Clark-Smith Associates, P.C., and served as an Electrician in the US Navy aboard the USS South Carolina and the USS Enterprise.

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Carol L Considine Old Dominion University

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Carol Considine is an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology at Old Dominion University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. She has fifteen years of industrial experience and is a LEED AP BD+C. Her area of specialization is construction.

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Karina Arcaute Old Dominion University

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Petros J Katsioloudis Old Dominion University

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Petros J. Katsioloudis is an Associate Professor, Department Co-Chair and the Industrial Technology Program Leader, Department of STEM Education and Professional Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. His research focuses on improving teacher and student performance in STEM education, and enhancing the development of a national STEM-educated workforce.

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Mileta Tomovic Old Dominion University

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Dr. Tomovic received BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Belgrade, MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan. Dr. Tomovic is Professor and Director of Advanced Manufacturing Institute, F. Batten College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA . Prior to joining ODU Dr. Tomovic had seventeen years of teaching and research experience at Purdue University, with emphasis on development and delivery of manufacturing curriculum, conducting applied research, and engagement with Indiana industry. While at Purdue University, Dr. Tomovic served as W. C. Furnas Professor of Enterprise Excellence, University Faculty Scholar, Director of Digital Enterprise Center, and Special Assistant to Dean for Advanced Manufacturing. He has co-authored one textbook on materials and manufacturing processes that has been adopted by over 50 national and international institutions of higher education. In addition, he has authored or co-authored over 60 papers in journals and conference proceedings, focused on applied research related to design and manufacturability issues, as well as issues related to mechanical engineering technology education. Dr. Tomovic made over 20 invited presentations nationally and internationally on the issues of design optimization and manufacturability. He has co-authored four patents, and over 100 technical reports on practical industrial problems related to product design and manufacturing process improvements. Dr. Tomovic is also serving as Honorary Visiting Professor at Beihang University, Beijing, China.

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Thomas B. Stout Tidewater Community College

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Thomas Stout is the Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia. Previously he was the Program Head and Associate Professor of Electromechanical Controls Technology at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has worked in industrial maintenance, mechatronics and safety. He earned his BS degree from Old Dominion University in 2004 and his MS in Electronics Engineering from Norfolk State University in 2007. He served 20 years in the United States Navy working on aircraft and surface ships.

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Connor Schwalm Old Dominion University

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Connor Schwalm earned his B.S. in Physics from Old Dominion University in 2014. Currently, he is an Graduate Student in the Engineering Management and System Engineering Program at Old Dominion University working towards his M.E. in Systems Engineering with an expected graduation of August 2016. Currently, he works as a Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Tony Dean on Stern2STEM, a pilot program to increase the student veteran population and retention rates in STEM disciplines. His interests include, Cyber Security Resiliency, Risk and Vulnerability Governance, Academia-Industry Connections, and Broadening Participating in Engineering and Engineering Technology.

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Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli P.E. Old Dominion University

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Dr. Jennifer G. Michaeli, PE is the Director of the Naval Engineering and Marine Systems Institute (NEMSI) in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University. NEMSI’s focus is to develop and promote government-academia-industry partnerships to further the advancement of naval and marine engineering and foster the future professional engineering workforce. Dr. Michaeli, a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia, spent 15 years as a Naval Engineer and Program Manager, both in the government sector and in the shipbuilding industry, where she provided leadership and technical expertise on the design, construction, testing and fielding of high-performance marine vessels and advanced technologies for U.S. and foreign navies. For her contributions to naval engineering, she was honored with the Rosenblatt Young Engineer of the Year award by the American Society of Naval Engineers and the RADM Melville Award for outstanding technical achievement by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. Dr. Michaeli completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ODU, her MSc in Ocean Systems Management from MIT, and her BSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute. At ODU, Dr. Michaeli oversees the marine engineering curriculum, teaches courses in ship design and construction, and is actively involved in funded Navy research and STEM initiatives to encourage students to pursue careers in naval engineering. For her contributions to ODU and Batten College of Engineering and Technology she was the College’s nomination for the Provost's Award for Outstanding Faculty Research Mentor for 2014-2015 and is the University’s nominee for the State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) Rising Star award for 2016.

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Yuzhong Shen Old Dominion University

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Yuzhong Shen received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, M.S. degree in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. His research interests include computer graphics, visualization, serious games, signal and image processing, and modeling and simulation. Dr. Shen is currently an Associate Professor of the Department of Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Old Dominion University. He is also affiliated with Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC). Dr. Shen is a Senior Member of IEEE.

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Abstract

Veterans, through their active service, frequently receive training in highly skilled technical areas. However, they may lack a theoretical background in underlying engineering principles. They also need additional support with the transition from a highly structured military environment to an environment with more ambiguous time constraints and different sorts of responsibilities. Moreover they are facing challenges which are specific for their student population. Therefore, enabling multiple mechanisms which would support them and provide them necessary guidance are especially important at universities with large veteran populations such as at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Hence, there is a need for programs which build on the specialized training that veterans received and aid in their academic journey. This paper will introduce three pilot programs for advancing engineering education for military veterans focusing on forming a support base for veterans to assist them in overcoming traditional educational barriers.

Jovanovic, V. M., & Dean, A. W., & Considine, C. L., & Arcaute, K., & Katsioloudis, P. J., & Tomovic, M., & Stout, T. B., & Schwalm, C., & Michaeli, J. G., & Shen, Y. (2016, June), Pilot Programs for Veterans Transition to Engineering Fields Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25901

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