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The XXX Summer Transportation Institute - A Novel Approach to Engaging Minority Students in a U.S. Department of Transportation Summer Program for Careers in Transportation

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Publication Date

June 22, 2020

Start Date

June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division Technical Session 20

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Diversity

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14

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35384

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Joseph O. Arumala PE University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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Dr. Joseph Arumala is a Professor in the Construction Management Technology Program, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the Director of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Summer Transportation Institute. Professor Arumala is an experienced Civil/Structural Engineer who teaches Statics, Strength of Materials, Structural Design, Soils and Surveying courses. He is the Faculty Advisor to the UMES Chapter of Sigma Lambda Chi, the Internal Honor Society for Construction. He is a past President of the Eastern Shore Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Professor Arumala is actively involved in Community Development projects and in research into sustainable Alternative Building Materials and Renewable Alternative Energy Use in Buildings.

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Joseph Nii Dodu Dodoo University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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Dr. Joseph D. Dodoo (co-PI): Research interest in astrophysics began in 1994 with a summer faculty internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, under the auspices of Universities Space Research Association. The association continued until November 2003. The research work at NASA consisted of the application of Monte Carlo techniques to model a germanium detector for use in astrophysics studies. The study was part of the Gamma Ray Observatory program on the WIND satellite. In addition, the Monte Carlo technique was used to model the geometry of the Spectrometer for Integral (SPI) of the International Gamma Ray Astrophysics Laboratory, INTEGRAL. This project was launched in October 17, 2002. Current research activity has been in the area of Aviation Safety. In particular, the development of monitoring technologies to enable detection of unsafe behaviors in the flight deck. Have made presentations in international forums in Serbia, Japan, Spain, Australia and Ireland. Graduated with a B.Sc. (1970) degree in Physics from the University of South Bank, London, M.Sc. (1972) degree in nuclear and elementary particle physics from Bedford College, University of London, and a Ph.D. (1980) in atmospheric physics from King’s College, University of London.

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During the past ten years, the XXX Summer Transportation Institute (XXX STI), has hosted over 200 middle school students from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland to its campus. The Institute offers three weeks of intensive STEM education, hands on activities and field trips that take them to some of the major transportation establishments in the states of Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Washington, DC. Instructors are drawn from the Wicomico County School System and work in partnership with faculty at XXX. The XXX STI provides awareness to the participants on transportation careers and encourages them to consider transportation-related courses of study in their higher education pursuits. Specifically the program provides opportunities for participants, comprising of minority and underserved groups on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, to explore the many exciting fields in the Transportation Industry. The Institute is an integrated program in Mathematics, Science, Communication Skills/English and Recreation as well as activities in Land, Air and Water Transportation. The participants are assigned projects and participate in regularly scheduled field trips to local transportation related facilities. The Institute is non-residential and is at no cost to selected applicants. Free lunch is provided for the period and each student receives a Casio Scientific Graphing Calculator. Parents are responsible for transporting their children to and from the XXX Campus. The program runs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsors the Institute and the Maryland State Highway Administration administers the implementation and execution of the activities of the Institute. The Institute has followed a number of prior students and found some are currently in universities and others are pursing STEM related careers. It is fair to state that participation in the Institute did play a role in the decision of these students to further their education in STEM programs. This paper covers some of the key areas of the Institute’s activities including recruitment of students, daily management of the participants and tracking the status of Alumni of the Institute

Arumala, J. O., & Dodoo, J. N. D. (2020, June), The XXX Summer Transportation Institute - A Novel Approach to Engaging Minority Students in a U.S. Department of Transportation Summer Program for Careers in Transportation Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35384

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