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Preparing Underrepresented Students for Success in Engineering: Results and Lessons Learned from Four Years of the Summer Engineering Institute

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Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Beyond the Classroom: Summer and Scholarship Programs to Engage Minorities

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Page Count

25

Page Numbers

23.980.1 - 23.980.25

DOI

10.18260/1-2--22365

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https://peer.asee.org/22365

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106

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Amelito G Enriquez Canada College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-1259-0680

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Amelito Enriquez is a professor of engineering and mathematics at Cañada College. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests include technology-enhanced instruction and increasing the representation of female, minority and other underrepresented groups in mathematics, science and engineering.

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Wenshen Pong San Francisco State University

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Wenshen Pong received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He joined the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University in 1998. He teaches courses in Civil/Structural Engineering.
Dr. Pong is a registered Professional Engineer in California. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of California. He has published over forty technical papers in the areas of Structural Control and Earthquake Engineering.

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Nilgun Melek Ozer San Francisco State University

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Nilgun Ozer, Ph. D., is the MESA Engineering Program and Student Resource Center Director for the College of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University, California. She received her B.S. in Physics from Istanbul University, M.S. in applied physics
from Bogazici University, and Ph. D. in Physics from Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey.

She joined the faculty of Bogazici University in 1979 and Istanbul Technical University in 1983. Afterwards, she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in both materials science and physics departments at various universities in Europe and USA. She worked as a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and as a research faculty at UC Berkeley in USA before starting as a MESA Engineering Program director of San Francisco State University in the School of Engineering
in 2001.

Her research focuses on the switchable thin film coatings and optical coatings deposited by wet chemical deposition techniques.

She has received UNESCO’s awards and honors for her commitment to engineering and engineering education. These include: UNESCO Theresa MacKay Award, 1994; Outstanding female faculty Professor award from UNESCO in 1997, Fulbright Research Fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville, 1989-1990; a listing in Cambridge Who’s Who in 2011.

She serves as an editorial board member for Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, and on the review panel of US Department of Energy since 1998. Dr. Ozer’s also serves as faculty advisor for Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) collegiate chapters.

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Hamid Mahmoodi San Francisco State University

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Hamid Mahmoodi received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1998 and the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran, in 2000. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2005. He is currently an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering at San Francisco State University. His research interests include low-power, reliable, and high-performance circuit design for nano-scale technologies. He has many publications in journals and conferences and 5 U.S. patents. He was a recipient of the 2008 SRC Inventor Recognition Award, the 2006 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society VLSI Transactions Best Paper Award, 2005 SRC Technical Excellence Award, and the Best Paper Award of the 2004 International Conference on Computer Design. He is a technical program committee member of International Symposium on Low Power Electronics Design and International Symposium on Quality Electronics Design.

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Hao Jiang San Francisco State University

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Hao Jiang received the B.S. degree in materials sciences from Tsinghua University, China, in 1994 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 2000.
Hao Jiang has been with San Francisco State University since August 2007 as an assistant professor in electrical engineering. Prior joining SFSU, he worked for Broadcom Corporation, Jazz Semiconductor and Conexant Systems Inc. His research nterests are in the general area of analog integrated circuits, particularly in ultra-low-power circuits for biomedical applications.

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Cheng Chen San Francisco State University

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A. S. (Ed) Cheng San Francisco State University

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Preparing Underrepresented Students for Success in Engineering: Results and Lessons Learned from Four Years of the Summer Engineering Institute Abstract:Despite increasingly urgent calls for investment in science and technology education to meetcurrent and future demands for more engineers needed to retain economic competitiveness andinnovation capacity of the United States, trends in engineering enrollment show that, over the lastdecade, undergraduate degrees awarded in the fields of engineering have declined from 6.3 to 5.4percent of the total degrees conferred. An important strategy for increasing the number of futureengineers is to engage students from traditionally underrepresented groups in engineering,including women and ethnic minorities. To be successful in expanding the pool of potentialengineers, the needs of these underrepresented students have to be addressed. A majority of thesestudents have low-levels of preparation for college-level course work, especially in math andscience, and most have little or no pre-college exposure to the engineering profession. In 2009, asmall Hispanic-serving community college in the San Francisco Bay Area and a largecomprehensive urban university collaborated to develop the Summer Engineering Institute (SEI),which targets female students and underrepresented ethnic minorities. Funded by a grant from theUS Department of Education, the SEI is a two-week residential summer camp that offers studentsthe opportunity to gain insight into the engineering profession and the engineering educationalsystem through a combination of lectures, hands-on laboratory activities, field trips, workshops,panels, and projects. The program also aims to provide students with the skills and resourcesneeded to be successful college students. Initially developed for community college students andincoming college freshmen, the program has been gradually evolving to target younger highschool students and, eventually, middle school students. This paper presents the results and lessonslearned from four years of implementation of the SEI, and how the program has succeeded inenhancing interest in engineering among program participants, and in improving persistence andretention among those who have decided to pursue an engineering degree.

Enriquez, A. G., & Pong, W., & Ozer, N. M., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, H., & Chen, C., & Cheng, A. S. E. (2013, June), Preparing Underrepresented Students for Success in Engineering: Results and Lessons Learned from Four Years of the Summer Engineering Institute Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22365

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