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The Creation, Development, and Implementation of the Cultivating Adolescents in Systems Engineering Habits (CASH) Program for Outreaching to Inner-City Baltimore Middle School Students

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Attracting Young Minds: Part II

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Minorities in Engineering

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22.1437.1 - 22.1437.6



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Carl White Morgan State University

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In 1987, Dr. Carl White joined Morgan State University's School of Engineering in Baltimore, Maryland, as an assistant professor. He is currently the Associate Dean for Research & Development and Graduate/Professional Programs, as well as a full professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. White has over ten years of experience in the management of funded research, both technical and educational. Dr. White’s most recent award was from NASA’s University Research Center program to establish the Center of Excellence in Systems Engineering for Space Exploration Technologies. As the Associate Dean for Morgan State University’s School of Engineering, Dr. White’s primary tasks are to provide support for the research endeavors conducted by faculty and associate researchers within the School of Engineering, to oversee the quality of the graduate program offerings, and to manage recruitment and retention programs in order to establish and sustain a pipeline of quality engineering graduate students and research professionals.

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Clifton Sean Martin Innovative STEM Foundation (ISF)

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The Dean of STEM Programs at Bluford Drew Jemison Academy is Mr. Clifton Martin, who received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and is presently working on his Doctorate Degree in Math Education. Mr. Martin has worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as a Power System Engineer. He has taught high school Mathematics in the Baltimore City Public School System as well as Mathematics at several colleges and universities. Just before coming to BDJ, Mr. Martin worked for the Maryland State Department of Education as a Regional Coordinator for Career and Technology Education, where he assisted many local school systems with their implementation and management of pre-engineering and technology programs.

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Maisha Drew Innovative STEM Foundation (ISF)

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B.S in Electrical Engineering 2007 from Morgan State University
M.E in Industrial Engineering 2009 from Morgan State University

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Givon Forbes Innovative STEM Foundation (ISF)

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Givon Forbes is the Communications Officer for the Innovative STEM Foundation (ISF). He is currently an engineering major at Morgan State University's School of Engineering. He graduated from the Science and Technology program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County, Maryland.

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ASEE MIND Focus Area:  Attracting young MINDS - outreach and recruitment of minority engineering students (including K-12);The Creation, Development, and Implementation of theCultivating Adolescents in Systems Engineering Habits (CASH)Program for Outreaching to Inner-City Baltimore Middle SchoolStudents This paper outlines the development and implementation of the Cultivating Adolescents in Systems Engineering Habits (CASH) program. The United States faces a significant problem. There is currently a shortage of STEM professionals needed to address U.S demand. As the country continues to increase its technology requirements and needs, the demand for qualified and trained STEM professionals will continue to grow. However, the STEM pipeline that supplies the professionals is insufficient and shrinking. In response to these challenges, the CASH program was created. CASH and its partners, Morgan State University School of Engineering and NASA-JPL, have collaborated to present this innovative program design for inner-city Baltimore, Maryland middle school students. CASH program participants are placed in a student-centered learning environment for five- weeks over the summer and are exposed to critical thinking principles, system engineering basics, research fundamentals, and team-working skills. Based on the results of Summer 2010 pre and post surveys, students have realized the importance of STEM in our country, they have gained a better understanding of engineering, specifically systems engineering, and have indicated an increased interest in pursuing a STEM major and/or career.

White, C., & Martin, C. S., & Drew, M., & Forbes, G. (2011, June), The Creation, Development, and Implementation of the Cultivating Adolescents in Systems Engineering Habits (CASH) Program for Outreaching to Inner-City Baltimore Middle School Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18884

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