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Program for Student Retention and Success in Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Developing Young MINDS in Engineering: Part I

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Minorities in Engineering

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22.1183.1 - 22.1183.8



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Rafic Bachnak Texas A&M International University

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Dr. Bachnak is a Professor at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical from Ohio University in 1983, 1984, and 1989, respectively. Prior to joining TAMIU in 2007, Dr. Bachnak was on the faculty of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Northwestern State University, and Franklin University. His experience includes several fellowships with NASA and the US Navy Laboratories and employment with Koch Industries. Dr. Bachnak is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a senior member of IEEE and ISA, and a member of ASEE. During the 2009 - 2010 academic year, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Notre Dame University, Lebanon.

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Runchang Lin Texas A&M International University

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Dr. Runchang Lin received Ph.D. in Mathematics and M.A. in Statistics from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and M.S. in Computational Mathematics and B.S. in Mathematics from Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN in Spring 2009. Dr. Lin’s research interest is in Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics. He has published 17 articles in numerical analysis and education in peer reviewed journals.

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Rohitha Goonatilake Texas A&M International University

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Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake, Associate Professor of Mathematics, holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics (December 1997) from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Dr. Goonatilake severs as a PI for several grants, including NSF South Texas Border Mathematics and Pre-Engineering Graduates CSEMS scholarships program from 2006 - 2008 and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Education Agency Teacher Quality Higher Education Type B Grants Program under No Child Left Behind Act from 2005 - 2006. He is also a member of American Mathematical Society, Mathematical Association of America, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and an invited member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. He has several articles in peer review journals including The Proceedings of American Mathematical Society, Southwest Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Journal of Applied Mathematics and Stochastic Analysis. His main areas of research are Probability Theory and Analysis.

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Program for Student Retention and Success in Engineering xxxx, xxxx, and xxx xxxx xxxx, xxxx AbstractThe world is facing challenges that require a highly-skilled and creativeengineering workforce. This paper describes a recruitment and retentionprogram that is designed to improve the recruitment and retention ofhighly motivated minority students and to keep their interests alive inengineering. The program involves recruiting a Pre-Engineering Cohortthat participates in a number of enrichment activities, including a SummerTransfer Engineering Workshop (STEW). STEW is a two weekresidential program that introduces cohort participants to the engineeringdegree programs offered by the xxxxx University. Participants live incampus residence halls during the program and interact with departmentfaculty, staff and students through several activities, including informationsessions, field trips, laboratory tours, and design projects. While studentsare exposed to the various engineering fields, they also improve theircritical thinking and problem solving skills. The paper will presentdetails about the 2009 and 2010 workshops, together with the extent ofwhat worked and what did not work in achieving the goals.

Bachnak, R., & Lin, R., & Goonatilake, R. (2011, June), Program for Student Retention and Success in Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18878

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