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Transforming Outreach Education: Implementing Industrial Engineering Classroom Activities as Outreach Projects

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Industrial Engineering Division Tech Session 2, IE-ing the Classroom

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Engineering Management, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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Dia St. John University of Arkansas

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Dia St. John is the Advanced Manufacturing Program Coordinator at Araphoe Community College and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas where she also earned her B.S.I.E. and M.S.I.E.

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Eric Specking University of Arkansas Orcid 16x16

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Eric Specking serves as the Director of Undergraduate Recruitment for the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He directs the engineering recruitment office, most of the College of Engineering’s K-12 outreach programs, and the college's summer programs. Specking is actively involved in the Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management divisions and is the current Chair-elect of the ASEE Diversity Committee. Specking received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas and is currently working on a PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

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Outreach is vital to increasing pre-college interest in engineering fields, especially industrial engineering. Most outreach literature, focuses on the recruitment of students, content, and the impact on participants. In 2015, the authors, St. John and Specking, proposed a framework to adapt college-level lessons for outreach activities.[5] This work will 1) discuss a modified version of the 2015 framework that emphasizes implementation, assessment, and continuous improvement, 2) provide an example application that was successfully implemented at multiple sections of a University of Arkansas summer camp with assessment data, and 3) provide an additional example of a previously implemented activity to emphasize the cycle of implementation, assessment, and improvement. The University of Arkansas used pre and post surveys to measure the camp success. This resulted in a 10% increase in participant interest in industrial engineering, a 50% increase in participant understanding of industrial engineering, and a 12% increase in participant excitement for industrial engineering.

St. John, D., & Specking, E. (2017, June), Transforming Outreach Education: Implementing Industrial Engineering Classroom Activities as Outreach Projects Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--29042

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