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Promoting Academic Excellence Among Underrepresented Community College Engineering Students through a Summer Research Internship Program

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Two-Year College Division Transfer Topics Part II

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Two Year College Division

Page Count

16

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23.997.1 - 23.997.16

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https://peer.asee.org/22382

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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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Hamid Shahnasser San Francisco State University

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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
interests 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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Promoting Academic Excellence Among Underrepresented Community College Engineering Students through a Summer Research Internship ProgramAbstractA recent report prepared by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technologyindicates that the United States needs to produce one million additional STEM professionals in thenext decade in order to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology. The reportproposes that addressing the retention problem in the first two years of college is the mostpromising and cost-effective strategy to address this need. Among the Council's recommendationsis to engage students in research early in college by implementing research courses for students inthe first two years, and establishing collaborations between research universities and communitycolleges to provide all students access to research experiences. This paper is a description of acollaborative project between a small Hispanic-serving community college and a large urbanuniversity to address the retention and completion problems among underrepresented communitycollege students through a summer research internship program. Developed through a three-yeargrant funded by the NASA Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration ofResearch (CIPAIR) program, the ten-week summer research internship program providesopportunities for freshmen and sophomore community college students to participate inengineering research under the supervision of a university professor and a graduate studentmentor. Research topics covered during the internship program include performance-basedearthquake engineering, circuit design for biomedical applications, embedded systems design, andtransistor reliability issues in nano-scale circuits. The first two years of implementation of theprogram have generated high quality research outcomes from the participating community collegestudents. Post-program surveys also indicate success in strengthening students' identity asengineers, in increasing student interest to further engage in research activities, and in enhancingstudent self-efficacy for successfully transferring to a four-year university, completing abaccalaureate degree in engineering, and pursuing a graduate degree.

Enriquez, A. G., & Pong, W., & Shahnasser, H., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, H., & Chen, C. (2013, June), Promoting Academic Excellence Among Underrepresented Community College Engineering Students through a Summer Research Internship Program Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/22382

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