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Pre-Engineering Options at Florida Community and State Colleges

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Engineering Transfer Issues: Two-year College to Four-year College

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Two Year College Division

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Elizabeth W. Schott Florida SouthWestern State College

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Dr. Elizabeth Schott received a PhD in Industrial Engineering and a MS in Mathematics from New Mexico State University, a MS in Industrial Engineering from GA Tech, and a BS in Mathematics from West Point. Prior to becoming a Professor in the School of Pure and Applied Sciences at Florida SouthWestern College (FSW), she served as a Quartermaster officer in the United States Army, where she retired as an Academy and Associate Professor from the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She currently teaches math and engineering courses at FSW, as well as an operations management course for the University of Arkansas. Her research interests include optimization and engineering education.

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Cynthia Jane Wilson Orndoff Esq. Florida SouthWestern State College

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Dr. Cynthia Orndoff received a J.D in 2014 from Ave Maria Law School and a B.S. in 1984, an M.S. in 1997 and a Ph.D. in 2001, all in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to Florida SouthWestern College, she was an Associate Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has taught courses in infrastructure management, planning, transportation and construction management. Dr. Orndoff has more than ten years of engineering field experience. Her application-based engineering research incorporates sustainability, policy, legal issues, economics, decision-making, planning as well as public administration, policy, finance, and their stakeholders. She is active in engineering leadership and management practice issues. She has also served on several professional committees, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the NSF Transportation Research Board, American Society of Engineering Educators and economic development initiatives.

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Students often attend community and state colleges as a first step to attaining their goal of earning an engineering degree. These options are ideal for a wide range of students for a variety of reasons. Some are non-traditional students who are returning to the classroom from the work force to go to school while still being employed full-time; some are unable to afford tuition at larger universities; and some are dual enrolled high school students; and some desire a smaller class size that provides additional educational support. Most of these students start their education program by enrolling in an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. These programs, however, are often not specifically designed to transfer into an engineering Bachelor of Science degree program. The goal of this paper is to promote the study of engineering in the state of Florida and potentially nationwide by those students who do not choose, for possibly many reasons, to enroll in an engineering program as a freshman student at a university. Thus, the first step is to survey the different options available to students who desire to pursue an engineering degree by first attending Florida community and state colleges. The research conducted here investigates the current Florida community and state college curricula in order to determine the degrees, programs, and courses currently available to students interested in pursuing a degree in engineering at the bachelor’s level.

Schott, E. W., & Wilson Orndoff, C. J. (2017, June), Pre-Engineering Options at Florida Community and State Colleges Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28750

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