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Research Experiences for Undergraduate Engineering Students

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Manufacturing Partnerships

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23.1040.1 - 23.1040.13



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Sheng-Jen Hsieh Texas A&M University

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Sheng-Jen (”Tony”) Hsieh is a professor in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include engineering education, cognitive task analysis, automation, robotics and control, intelligent manufacturing system design, and micro/nano manufacturing. He is also the Director of the Rockwell Automation Laboratory at Texas A&M University, a state-of-the-art facility for education and research in the areas of automation, control, and automated system integration.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduate Engineering StudentsNational data show there is a shortage of U.S. students who move on to attend graduate school.In addition, there is a shortage of highly educated skilled workers in the manufacturing sector.The paper will describe program activities, student research projects, outcomes, and lessonslearned from a summer research program for undergraduate engineering students. Students wererecruited from colleges throughout the U.S. from disciplines such as mechanical, manufacturing,electrical, and biomedical engineering and computer science. Special effort was made to recruitstudents who had limited opportunities to participate in research on their home campuses orbelonged to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in engineering and science. Programobjectives were to help participants to understand the research process, to acquire laboratoryskills, and to be well-positioned for graduate school and career success. Participants spent 10weeks working on a research project with a mentor and a graduate student. Opinion survey datasuggests that students enjoyed the program and learned from the research experience. Eleven outof 16 students who have graduated are currently attending graduate school, and eight papers havebeen published.

Hsieh, S. (2013, June), Research Experiences for Undergraduate Engineering Students Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22425

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