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Prevalent Mathematical Pathways to Engineering in South Carolina

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Mathematics Division Technical Session 4

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Mathematics

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Diversity

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16

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Eliza Gallagher Clemson University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-9579-8777

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Dr. Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University, with joint appointments to Mathematical Sciences and Education & Human Development. Her research interests include student cognition in mathematics, development of teacher identity among graduate teaching assistants, curricular reform to foster diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, and development of mathematical knowledge for teaching.

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Christy Brown

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D. Andrew Brown Clemson University

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Kristin Kelly Frady Clemson University

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Kris Frady is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Educational and Organizational Leadership and Development and Engineering and Science Education at Clemson University and Faculty Director for Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD) and the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES). Her research and experiences include implementation of digital learning solutions, development of career pathways including educator professional development, and analysis of economic development factors impacting education and workforce development.

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Patrick Bass The Citadel Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6495-6202

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Patrick Bass is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Citadel, in Charleston, SC. He received his B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, in 2005, his M.E. degree in space operations from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO, in 2009, and his Ph.D. in materials engineering from Auburn University, Auburn, AL, in 2016. His main areas of research interest are electroactive polymers and space mechanics.

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Michael A. Matthews P.E. University of South Carolina

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Professor Matthews received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 1986. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Wyoming from 1987 to 1993, and has been at the University of South Carolina since 1994.

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Thomas T Peters South Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics & Science

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Dr. Peters serves as Executive Director of South Carolina's Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS) founded by BMW Manufacturing Co., DuPont, Michelin North America and Duke Energy and hosted by the College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Science at Clemson University.

Among the initiatives managed by SCCMS are the S2TEM Centers SC statewide support network for STEM education and two regional STEM Collaboratives focused on community engagement and out of school time learning.

Dr. Peters is a recipient of the Outstanding Leader in Science Education award from the National Science Education Leadership Association. He has applied his expertise and passion for STEM learning in a variety of settings including middle school, high school and university classrooms.

Tom holds Doctorate and Masters degrees in Science Education and Bachelors degrees in the Teaching of Biology and in Ecology, all awarded from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Robert J. Rabb P.E. The Citadel

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Robert Rabb is an associate professor and the Mechanical Engineering Program Director at The Citadel. He previously taught mechanical engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy and his M.S.E. and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests are in mechatronics, regenerative power, and multidisciplinary engineering.

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Ikhalfani Solan

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Ikhalfani Solan is a Professor of Mathematics at South Carolina State University. He received his B.Sc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina. At South Carolina State University he teaches several mathematics courses to engineering students. He is also very interested in the effects of small learning communities on learner motivation, commitment and strategies.
Email: Isolan@scsu.edu

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Ronald W. Welch P.E. The Citadel

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Ron Welch (P.E.) received his B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Military Academy in 1982. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1990 and 1999, respectively. He became the Dean of Engineering at The Citadel on 1 July 2011. Prior to his current position, he was the Department Head of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Tyler from Jan 2007 to June 2011 as well as served in the Corps of Engineers for over 24 years including eleven years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy.

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Anand K. Gramopadhye Clemson University

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Dr. Anand K. Gramopadhye’s research focuses on solving human-machine systems design problems and modeling human performance in technologically complex systems such as health care, aviation and manufacturing. He has more than 200 publications in these areas, and his research has been funded by NIH, NASA, NSF, FAA, DOE, and private companies.
Currently, he and his students at the Advanced Technology Systems Laboratory are pursuing cutting-edge research on the role of visualization and virtual reality in aviation maintenance, hybrid inspection and job-aiding, technology to support STEM education and, more practically, to address information technology and process design issues related to delivering quality health care.

As the the Dean of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences he has been involved in the initiation of programmatic initiatives that have resulted in significant growth in Engineering and Computing.

For his success, he has been recognized by the NAE through the Frontiers in Engineering Program, and he has received the College’s Collaboration Award and the McQueen Quattlebaum Award, which recognizes faculty for their outstanding research. In addition, Dr. Gramopadhye serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and on the editorial board for several other journals.

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Abstract

National data indicate that initial mathematics course placement in college is a strong predictor of persistence to degree in engineering, with students placed in calculus persisting at nearly twice the rate of those placed below calculus. Within the state of South Carolina, approximately 95% of engineering-intending students who initially place below calculus are from in-state. In order to make systemic change, we are first analyzing system-wide data to identify prevalent educational pathways within the state, and the mathematical milestones along those pathways taken by students in engineering and engineering-related fields. This paper reports preliminary analysis of that data to understand trends in major selection and mathematics preparation within the state.

Gallagher, E., & Brown, C., & Brown, D. A., & Frady, K. K., & Bass, P., & Matthews, M. A., & Peters, T. T., & Rabb, R. J., & Solan, I., & Welch, R. W., & Gramopadhye, A. K. (2018, June), Prevalent Mathematical Pathways to Engineering in South Carolina Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30890

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