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STEM Workshops for Transfer and Retention Program at a Hispanic Serving Institution

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Assessing URM Programs Targeting the K-16 Continuum

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Minorities in Engineering

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26.1398.1 - 26.1398.18



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Pablo Biswas The Mercer University

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Dr. Pablo Biswas joined the Mercer University as an Assistant Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management Program in the fall of 2014. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor in the Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics Department at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. He received Ph.D. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He began his professional career as a Technical Business Consultant. Dr. Biswas’s research interest is in the area of supply chain management, lean production systems, simulation, inventory control, operations research, and information systems.

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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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Gerardo Javier Pinzon P.E. Texas A&M International University

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Mr. Pinzon is the STEM Advisor & Laboratory Manager in the Engineering, Mathematics and Physics Department at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). He is currently a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University at Kingsville (TAMUK). He holds a Masters of Environmental Engineering from TAMUK, a Masters of Business Administration from TAMIU and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Texas.

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Mahmoud Khasawneh Texas A&M International University

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Mahmoud T. Khasawneh is as an Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at Texas A&M International University. Dr. Khasawneh got his Ph.D. in Engineering Management in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University in August, 2012. He received an M.E. degree in Systems Engineering from the same department in May, 2009. He 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. His 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; Engineering Education

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STEM Workshops for Transfer and Retention Program at a Hispanic Serving Institution   AbstractIn recent years, it has become a challenge to improve the recruitment and retention of highlymotivated Hispanic and other minority students and to keep their interests active in theengineering discipline until their graduation so that they can join the workforce as professionalengineers. The STEM - Minority Outreach and Retention Enhancement Program for Transferand Retention (STEM-MORE-TRP) and the Serving Youth in Science, Technology,Engineering, & Mathematics Program (SYSTEM) are designed to recruit the engineeringstudents through a number of enrichment activities, including two-week residential EngineeringWorkshops at a major Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in southern Texas. Both STEM-MORE-TRP and SYSTEM introduce participants to several engineering disciplines and allowsthem to interact with engineering faculty and staff through several activities, includinginformation sessions, field trips, laboratory tours, and design projects. Based on the TRP andSYSTEM curriculum, The Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics, Biology and Chemistrydepartments at a major Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in southern Texas, developed two-week long “Transfer and Retention Program (TRP) workshop” and “Summer Engineeringworkshop (SEW) during the summer at the university. Also, this provides the extent of what hasworked in achieving the goals set out for the cohort. Both of the platforms funded by the U. S.Department of Education envisioned at transferring and retaining highly motivated Hispanicstudents into the new Bachelors of Science in Systems Engineering at the university. Theactivities were done in three different stages: recruit students and provide the theme of theprogram, provide a series of enrichment activities, including advising and faculty mentoring, andparticipation in the workshops at the university.

Biswas, P., & Goonatilake, R., & Pinzon, G. J., & Khasawneh, M. (2015, June), STEM Workshops for Transfer and Retention Program at a Hispanic Serving Institution Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24735

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