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Promoting STEM Education and Careers among Hispanics and Other Minorities through Programs, Enrichment, and other Activities

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Preparing Minority Students for Undergraduate and Graduate Research

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Page Count

17

Page Numbers

24.1021.1 - 24.1021.17

DOI

10.18260/1-2--22954

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https://peer.asee.org/22954

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238

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Mahmoud T. Khasawneh Texas A&M International University

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I currently work as an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at Texas A&M International University. I got my Ph.D. in Engineering Management in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University in August, 2012. I received an M.E. degree in Systems Engineering from the same department in May, 2009. I received a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the department of Business Administration at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at the Hashemite University, in Zarqa, Jordan, in 2007.

My research interest are focused on Engineering management and systems engineering applications in healthcare, manufacturing, operations management, business, and other industries; modeling and simulation of complex systems; distributed networked operations.

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Rafic Bachnak Penn State Harrisburg

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Rafic A. Bachnak is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Penn State Harrisburg. Previously, Dr. Bachnak was on the faculty of Texas A&M International University, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Northwestern State University, and Franklin University. Dr. Bachnak received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Ohio 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.

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Rohitha Goonatilake Texas A&M International University

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Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake, professor of mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Kent State University, in Kent, OH in Fall 1997, three masters in the areas of applied mathematics, mathematics, and actuarial sciences, and a bachelor’s in mathematics/science. He joined TAMIU in the Summer of 1999 and has completed 14+ years of service for TAMIU. He and his team was recently awarded a $1.2 million NSF award to promote mathematics education in the area of need in Laredo through providing scholarships to juniors and seniors at TAMIU to prepare talented, skillful, and highly qualified teachers to teach immediately after graduation. Dr. Goonatilake was a recipient of the Scholar of the Year Award in 2006 and the University Honors Faculty of the Year in 2013. He was a PI for more than three program-funded grants and Co-PI for more than 10 different program grants since joining TAMIU. He has a very active research agenda that involves network anomaly detection, probability, disease prevalence, and microeconomics. He was extensively involved with many STEM activities throughout years for local high school and middle school students, outreach efforts with local high schools, and other community involvements for many years through enrichment workshops and summer opportunities for the local community.

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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 Associate Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX. Dr. Lin’s research interest is in Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics. He has published more than 20 articles in numerical analysis and education in peer reviewed journals.

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Pablo Biswas Texas A&M International University

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Dr. Pablo Biswas received Ph.D. and M.S. in in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX. Dr. Biswas’s research interest is in supply chain management, inventory control, lean production systems, and information systems.

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Sofía Carolina Maldonado Texas A&M International University

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Sofía Carolina Maldonado is a graduate student at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), currently completing a M.S. in Information Systems. She obtained her B.S. degree in Systems Engineering from the same University in Fall 2011. Sofía was a Distinguished Student Scholar and Student Respondent at the Fall 2011 Commencement Ceremony. Throughout her TAMIU education, she has been a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Vice-President and Treasurer of the Society of Engineering at TAMIU. In addition, Sofía was a Research Assistant for the project “Topography of an Object: Detection and Display (Software and Hardware)” and was Project Manager of the Engineering Senior Project Design entitled “New Classroom Propulsion Demonstrator.” She is presently a Special Program Aid at the Department of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics at TAMIU.

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Abstract

Promoting STEM Education and Careers among Hispanics and Other Minorities through Programs,Enrichment, and other ActivitiesAbstractHispanics are the fastest-growing and youngest ethnic group in the United States. It is estimated thatHispanics will comprise 30 percent of the U.S. population by the year 2040 and will become the largestethnic group by then. Nevertheless, low enrollment of Hispanics in STEM disciplines and lack ofprofessionals in STEM-specific careers is a major concern to many.As a major Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in southern [state name withheld], our institution,[institution name withheld] has been engaged in providing quality education in STEM disciplines toHispanic and other minority communities. [project name withheld] project, funded by the USDepartment of Education, is part of such effort, which was established in 20XX with activities plannedfor the following three years. Several project components including XXXX-Education and EnrichmentProgram (XXXX-XXX), XXXX-Transfer and Retention Program (XXXX-XXX), XXXX-High School OutreachProgram (XXXX-XXX), XXXX-Mathematics Enrichment Program (XXXX-XXX), XXXX-Internship andResearch Programs (XXXX-XXX), and XXXX-Professional Development Program (XXXX-XXX) have beenimplemented.This paper will highlight the success of this project in its second year with detailed components and howthey were implemented.

Khasawneh, M. T., & Bachnak, R., & Goonatilake, R., & Lin, R., & Biswas, P., & Maldonado, S. C. (2014, June), Promoting STEM Education and Careers among Hispanics and Other Minorities through Programs, Enrichment, and other Activities Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22954

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