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The Reenergize Undergraduate Research Program in Its Second Year

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Research Experiences at Two-year Colleges

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Two Year College Division

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Dan G. Dimitriu San Antonio College

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Dan G. Dimitriu has been practicing engineering since 1970 and taught engineering courses concurrently for more than 20 years at various institutions. In 2001, he joined San Antonio College full-time as the Coordinator of its Engineering program. He has been involved with several engineering societies and became a member of the Two-year College Division of ASEE in 2002. His research interests are in engineering graphics, design, alternative fuels, plastics, and engineering education.

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Klaus Bartels San Antonio College

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Klaus Bartels is an Adjunct Faculty member at San Antonio College (SAC) in both the Mathematics Department and the Physics/Engineering/Architecture Dept. He was born near Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated to the U.S. in 1956. He grew up and went to college in the Boston, MA area. He has a B.S.E.E. from Tufts University (1972) and an M.S.E.E. from M.I.T. (1975). He served as a Communications-Electronics Engineer/Officer in the USAF from 1975 to 1999, retiring as a colonel. He worked part time as a Flight Director at the Challenger Learning Center of San Antonio from 2000 to 2009, and has been teaching remedial math and engineering classes at SAC since 2000. He has been involved in various engineering summer programs at SAC, including instructor for Robotics Camps for 3rd to 5th graders (2012 - 2014), and instructor/coordinator for the Early Development of General Engineering program for high school students (2007 - 2015). Since 2011 he has also served as faculty adviser for numerous undergraduate research projects involving solar and hydrogen fuel cell technologies at SAC.

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Steven F Lewis San Antonio College/Alamo Colleges

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Steven Lewis served as a training manager for Lockheed and Raytheon corporations around the world and spent a total of 27 years primarily in Colombia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. He assumed the leadership role at the Service, Trade, and Industry Center of Alamo Colleges/San Antonio College in 2006 and quickly expanded the scope of the center by launching the Alamo College Green Training Initiative. In order to strengthen the initiative, Mr. Lewis collaborated with the college grant office to submit a successful proposal to the United States Department of Urban Development in 2010 for construction of the William R. Sinkin Eco Centro. He since served as director of Eco Centro while collaborating with Texas State University on the Re-Energize grant and EverGreeen grants in overseeing undergraduate research projects

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The Reenergize Undergraduate Research Program in Its Second Year Abstract The initiation of the REENERGIZE Undergraduate Research Program was presented in a previous ASEE paper at the 2016 Annual Conference in New Orleans. It started as a network of renewable energy education and research labs fully contained and established at each of the four participating member institutions. The main goal of this collaborative effort is to share effective new green technology content and impart skills to faculty members of this network in order to strengthen their capacities and arm them with additional resources to support their efforts in recruiting and retaining students, and in particular minorities, in STEM programs offered at their institutions. Our two-year college as part of this network is working on developing and implementing new undergraduate research projects related to green technologies for the entire duration of this partnership. Our college made a commitment to 1) encourage our STEM faculty to attend REENERGIZE professional development opportunities to learn and include green energy educational modules into our STEM curriculum; 2) seek space to establish a "start-up green lab" on our campus with MSEIP pass through funding from the four-year institution so that faculty can conduct classroom demonstrations and our students can perform undergraduate research. This initiative is meant to diversify and continue our undergraduate research program as we include our EcoCentro facility into this program. 3) promote additional related outreach and educational REENERGIZE efforts to support our students and encourage them to seek successful careers in STEM and green energy-related fields and to 4) participate in on-going evaluation and research efforts related to this program. Numerous reports demonstrate that undergraduate research programs at four-year institutions have been responsible for increasing retention and graduation of their students. Our previous results indicate that two-year institutions can also initiate successful programs with similar results. This paper will present in detail the results of the second year partnership between the participating institutions to continue developing new directions for summer undergraduate research programs at our community college, offer recommendations, and outline future plans.

Dimitriu, D. G., & Bartels, K., & Lewis, S. F. (2017, June), The Reenergize Undergraduate Research Program in Its Second Year Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28998

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