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Proposing a Structured Graphical Model Using IDEF that can be Used for Storing, Organizing, and Studying Factors that Influence Girls and Young Women to Consider a Career in Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



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Descriptions of Curricular and Model Development

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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22.1199.1 - 22.1199.9



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David E. Culler Oregon Institute of Technology

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2007 - Present: Associate Professor of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering and Technology, Oregon Institute of Technology.
Ph.D., Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Emphasis, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
American Society of Engineering Education Member.
Faculty Advisor, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

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Marcella K. Minster Oregon Institue of Technology (Student)

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Irina Demesko-Prosnik Oregon Institute of Technology

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Developing Tools and Projects that Demonstrate Diverse Perspectives, Abilities and Opportunities for the Purpose of Encouraging Women to Enter into a Career in EngineeringAbstractEngineering, like just about all work environments, improves with diversity in its workforce.Different backgrounds and varying approaches to conundrums can create many benefits in theengineering field. The potential for greater creativity and innovation should direct us all towardspromoting diversity in every context. Unfortunately, though enrollment has been increasing ingeneral at universities due to the economic climate and other factors, the same cannot be said ofenrollment into engineering programs by women. Engineering remains a predominantly malefield in the United States but not in the rest of the world, so we must ask ourselves, „how can weincrease interest in these programs for women‟? The objective of this project is to raiseawareness, and therefore interest among women in pursuing an engineering career. This caninclude everything from financial stability to interesting and fulfilling job assignments.As a basis for this effort, a team of men and women at the Oregon Institute of Technology arecurrently working on a project related to micro and nano manufacturing and its application toproduct development and inventions in the medical fields. The idea directly combines a fieldwith many professional women with the engineering discipline responsible for turning new ideasinto prototypes and finished products. It will be a very important tool to have when visitingregional high schools or hosting groups and individuals on the university campus that show aninterest and/or abilities in areas related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).One of the goals is to nurture the interests of female high school students in challenging andcreative ways. They‟ll also have a chance to meet with supportive female professors andstudents and experience the hands-on nature of applied engineering first hand. At the same time,a real project currently underway at the school and information related to preparing for andattending the university can be described and demonstrated, thus linking important points suchas; the need for creative thinkers, job opportunities and lifelong learning, the changing role ofwomen, financial security and the growing number of world-wide women leaders in engineeringcompanies. We want to provide a conduit for the exchange of ideas between each level ofengineering; pre-college age, current students, professors and professionals.The benefits of this project are numerous; 1) provide a foundation for future work, 2) documentfeedback from participants and school administrators, 3) encourage community outreach byexisting students and faculty, 4) create a “show and tell” tool that can be reused and 5) strengthenthe current Society of Women Engineers (SWE) club on campus and combine the efforts of twoprofessional societies (SWE and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Ultimately wehope to provide a template that can work for other universities. As Helen Keller once said,“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Culler, D. E., & Minster, M. K., & Demesko-Prosnik, I. (2011, June), Proposing a Structured Graphical Model Using IDEF that can be Used for Storing, Organizing, and Studying Factors that Influence Girls and Young Women to Consider a Career in Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18789

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