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The Impact of Authentic Complex Engineering Design Experience for K-12 Students on 21st Century Attributes and Perceptions Towards STEM Fields (Evaluation, Strand 3)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Research to Practice: STRAND 3 – Principles of K-12 Engineering Education and Practice

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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26.1539.1 - 26.1539.15



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Bassant Mohamed Yasser Qatar University

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A research assistant in VPCAO office in Qatar University and have my masters degree in quality management with thesis project about "utilization of Lean six sigma in enhancement of sterile suspensions manufacturing".
Being working on pharmaceutical manufacturing field in Glaxosmithkline Egypt as section head for quality assurance and validation I have a great experience in quality management system tools and application and having also total quality management diploma and being quality master holder dealing with all quality systems as documentation , CAPA management , RCA , facility maintenance and also ISO 9000/2008 expert in addition to being certified from Bernard Castle in UK as sterile area facility Design expert as per ISO regulations .
Egyptian pharmacist graduate of 2007 who started my career as a research and development pharmacist in SEDICO pharmaceuticals in EGYPT for about 2 years dealing with new dosage forms formulation and then rotated to Methodology and stability department in which i dealt with dosage form analysis and innovation of new methods of analysis dealing with all laboratory instruments (HPLC, UV,TOC,GC, KF---etc.) and also monitoring drug shelf life through both accelerated and shelf life stability programs.

After which started at GlaxoSmithKline Beecham Egypt in which i was a laboratory senior analyst analyzing all dosage forms as finished products dealing with all laboratory instruments with very good experience on HPLC and GC in addition of GLP and GMP knowledge, SOP writing and audits carry out internally then i was promoted to a section head of validation and quality assurance for the pharmaceutical industry for both Lactam and non-Lactam areas in which i was responsible for sterile and non-sterile areas qualification, validation and periodic verification dealing with process validation, cleaning validation and finally was assigned as GSK sterile area expert dealing with sterile area validation(air system, facility design, tunnel and autoclave qualification, sterile process validation, sterile cleaning validation) in addition of the quality assurance activities of products release, out of specifications handling and drug store auditing.

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Mahmoud Abdulwahed Qatar University

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Dr Mahmoud Abdulwahed has completed BSc (Syria), MSc (Germany and Sweden), and PhD (UK) degrees in electrical, control and systems engineering. He has multidisciplinary research expertise is in e-Learning, engineering/STEM education, and leadership & entrepreneurship; He is also interested in organizational change, disruptive/transformative innovation, development studies, strategic planning, and public policy. Mahmoud has authored/co-authored 50+ peer-reviewed published papers in well-reputed international conferences and journals, in addition to 25+ institutional/curricular frameworks and internal reports. Mahmoud has attained a number of research funding grants from the UK, Malaysia, and Qatar, and won a number of awards and scholarships during his studies and professional career. After finishing his Doctorate, Mahmoud worked as a researcher at Loughborough University, UK. In Fall 2011, he moved to Qatar University (QU), Qatar, as a faculty member with the Dean’s Office, College of Engineering. In Fall 2012, Mahmoud has been appointed as an Acting Head of the College Requirements Unit (CRU), a semi-departmental entity, which is responsible for managing the General Engineering Program. In April 2013, Mahmoud has become, partially, an adviser for innovation and strategic initiatives to the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Qatar University, parallel to his other duties at QU. In September 2013, Mahmoud has been fully working with the Office of Vice President and Chief Academic Officer in addition to being a faculty member with the College of Engineering, he is in particularly focusing on large scale high impact strategic initiatives in his current role. Mahmoud is competent in Arabic and English, and is knowledgeable of German.

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Rashid Alammari Qatar University

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Dr. Rashid Alammari obtained his BS degree from Qatar University, MS from Washington State University, USA, and Ph.D. from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK (1996), all in Electrical Engineering, majoring in Power Systems. Dr. Alammari was appointed a chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering (2000 – 2004). In 2013 he became the Dean of College of Engineering at Qatar University.
Dr. Alammari is a published author of many academic studies on Power Systems and Engineering Education. He received the University Distinguished Faculty Research Award in 2004, and in 2012 achieved the State of Qatar Incentive Award in Electrical Engineering.

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Saud A Ghani Qatar University

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•Associate Professor
•Associate Dean for development and industrial relations.
•Ph.D., in Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (UK), 2002.•
•Research: Thermofluids, CFD, Experimental Fluid Mechanics and Flow Visualization, Biomedical Engineering, Airflow Through Human Airways, and CSF flow. Engineering Education

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Mazen O. Hasna Qatar University

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The Impact of Authentic Complex Engineering Design Experience for K-12 Students on 21st Century Attributes and Perceptions towards STEM fieldsKeywords:Engineering in K-12, Outreach, 21st Century CompetenciesAbstract:Implementations of various forms of engineering education at K-12 level can be traced to the early1990s (White et al., 2010). Engineering activities are used as a way for showing an authenticapplicability of taught math and science in K-12. An outreach activity, namely Life is EngineeringProgram (LIEP) was launched in 2009 by the College of Engineering at QU with particular focuson Qatari male students. In LIEP, K-12 students in the 10th and 11th grade work on assemblingracing cars over a period of six months throughout an accompanying program of activities,engineering workshops and seminars, and finally a race is conducted in an international racingcircuit located in Qatar. Four rounds (LIEP 1, 2, 3 & 4) have already been conducted and very wellreceived by schools, students, teachers, and parents; they were paid high attention from localmedia. Pilot assessment of LIEP 5 was carried out. Initial findings of the pilot assessment haveshown a research evidence of its positive impact on school students, and resulted in a number ofactions for improvements to be taken into consideration for future cycles.The methodology of the assessment included analysis of 2 surveys each of 16 questions (includingdemographics, open-ended, and like-scale hart type of questions). Surveys were delivered to bothLIEP participating students (Sample no. N= 57) and LIEP non-participating Qatari students(sample no. N= 60).Experimental group outcomes against Control group outcomes were analysed, findings indicatestatistical significance in perceptions towards development of significant set of 21st centurycompetencies. Perceptions towards STEM fields was more positive for the experimental groupthan the control group for the majority of measuring items, however statistical significance wasdetected in fewer items.The paper provides further details on the LIEP outreach program, as well as the pilot assessment,its methodology, initial findings, lesson learned, and planned actions accordingly.

Yasser, B. M., & Abdulwahed, M., & Alammari, R., & Ghani, S. A., & Hasna, M. O. (2015, June), The Impact of Authentic Complex Engineering Design Experience for K-12 Students on 21st Century Attributes and Perceptions Towards STEM Fields (Evaluation, Strand 3) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24876

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