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Sophomore Unified Core Curriculum for Engineering Education (SUCCEEd) at Cal State L.A.

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Curricular and Non-curricular Models for Diverse Learners in Engineering

Tagged Division

Minorities in Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

14

Page Numbers

26.1385.1 - 26.1385.14

DOI

10.18260/p.24722

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https://peer.asee.org/24722

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160

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Gustavo B. Menezes California State University, Los Angeles

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Menezes is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering Department at CalStateLA and president of the International Society for Environmental Geotechnology (ISEG). Since becoming part of the faculty in 2009, Menezes has taught 9 undergraduate courses, is the current adviser of the American Society of Civil Engineers student organizations and has participated in several teaching workshops, including one on “Excellence in Civil Engineering Education” and another in “Enhancing Student Success through a Model Introduction to Engineering Course.” He is currently the PI of TUES project to revamp the sophomore-year experience at the college of engineering (esucceed.calstatela.edu). He has developed an open access, web-based audience response system (educatools.com) and is currently the ABET coordinator for his department.

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Adel A. Sharif California State University, Los Angeles

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After finishing his BS in Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles, Adel A. Sharif continued with graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering at University of California, Irvine. He earned his MS and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Upon graduation, he accepted a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Lab, where he worked on development of ultra-high temperature structural material among other things. In 2000, he accepted a tenure track faculty position at University of Michigan, Flint and stayed there for two year. Finally he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles in 2002 where he is currently a full professor. Dr. Sharif’s expertise in materials science is in deformation mechanisms, specifically at high temperatures.

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Arturo Pacheco-Vega California State University, Los Angeles

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Arturo Pacheco-Vega did his undergraduate studies in mechanical and electrical engineering at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Leon, Mexico. His graduate work was at Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico, and at University of Notre Dame, as a Fulbright scholar, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2002. From 2003 to 2008 he was a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi in Mexico. In 2008 Dr. Pacheco-Vega joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles, where he is currently a full professor. His research interests are related to the thermal and fluid sciences, and include thermal/energy systems, thermal control, system optimization, soft computing techniques, heat transfer enhancement, nonlinear dynamical systems, micro-scale thermal/fluid devices, and biological systems.

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Deborah Soonmee Won California State University, Los Angeles

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Deborah Won is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. Her specialization is in Biomedical Engineering and her scientific research area focuses on neuro-rehabilitative technology. Her educational research interests include use of Tablet PCs and technology to better engage students in the classroom as well as pedagogical and advisement approaches to closing the achievement gap for historically under-represented minority groups.

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Tonatiuh Rodriguez-Nikl California State University, Los Angeles

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Tona Rodriguez-Nikl is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Rodriguez-Nikl earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. He is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in California. Dr. Rodriguez-Nikl has worked in industry performing structural evaluations, forensic investigations, and seismic retrofits. His research interests include resilient, durable, and environmentally-responsible structural designs; blast loading of structures; and structural applications of fiber reinforced polymers. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI), the American Concrete Institute (ACI), and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Dr. Rodriguez-Nikl is active in SEI and ACI committees for sustainability.

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Gisele Ragusa University of Southern California

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Gisele Ragusa is a Professor of Engineering Education at the University of Southern California. She conducts research on college transitions and retention of underrepresented students in engineering and also research about engineering global preparedness and engineering innovation. She also has research expertise in STEM K-12 and in STEM assessment. She chairs USC's STEM Consortium.

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Crist Simon Khachikian California State University, Northridge

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Dr. Crist Khachikian moved to the U.S. (Los Angeles) in the 8th grade and attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies, earning a B.S. in 1995. In 1996, he earned an M.Eng. (part of the inaugural class) from MIT, returning to UCLA to earn a Ph.D. in 1999; all degrees were in Civil and Environmental Engineering. For 13 years, he served as a faculty of engineering at CSU Los Angeles, where he developed the environmental engineering undergraduate program and research facilities, as well as a campus-wide interdisciplinary M.S. in Environmental Science. He received $13 million of federal grants to conduct research and to broaden participation in STEM fields. Most significantly, he was the director of an NSF CREST Center for Energy and Sustainability. Along the way, he was awarded the departmental outstanding professor award thrice and the campus outstanding professor award. He also won a national teaching award form ASCE. In 2013, he moved to CSUN to serve as the Associate VP for Research and the Graduate Dean. Most recently, he lead the effort to garner an NIH BUILD grant ($22 million; 2014-2019). His area of expertise is the fate and transport of organic contaminants in the environment.

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Abstract

Sophomore Unified Core Curriculum for Engineering Education (SUCCEEd) at CalStateLASUCCEEd program at CalStateLA was designed within an integrated curriculum context to overcome thelow success rate with respect to graduation and professional licensing, a common problem inengineering programs at minority serving institutions. The curriculum design has been driven byoutcomes established to help Engineering majors acquire a strong foundation in core competencies in 1)analysis, 2) applications, 3) design and modeling, 4) communication, and 5) professionalism. Thecurriculum has also been designed to provide cohesiveness between the different courses in a givensemester so that students can focus on common topics from the perspective of each of the fivecompetency areas and see the interconnectedness of the material they are learning in all five classes.Although, the integrated curricula approach was developed in the late-80s, it has not been widelyimplemented due to the number of obstacles at individual, departmental and institutional level hasmade the widely implementation of such methodology not been possible. Many of these obstacles arecommon to strategies that require major transformation in the engineering program. The paper reportson the programmatic and administrative challenges encountered at CalStateLA and the strategies usedto overcome them during the implementation of the pilot program. The pilot consisted of onintegrating/contextualizing 9 quarter units of lower division engineering courses (i.e.: statics,programming, matrix algebra, and CAD). The paper concludes by providing recommendations toengineering programs at other minority serving institutions that are looking for strategies to retain andgraduate students through innovative teaching methodologies.

Menezes, G. B., & Sharif, A. A., & Pacheco-Vega, A., & Won, D. S., & Rodriguez-Nikl, T., & Ragusa, G., & Khachikian, C. S. (2015, June), Sophomore Unified Core Curriculum for Engineering Education (SUCCEEd) at Cal State L.A. Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24722

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