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Voices of our Students: Using Evidence-based Methods to Inform a Multidisciplinary Engineering Program Design

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

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Experiences of Multidisciplinary Engineering Students

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Vicki Stieha Boise State University

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Vicki Stieha, Ph.D. is a faculty member at Boise State University. She earned her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. Her current work and research focuses on pedagogical and curricular reform in higher education with special attention to increasing the success of underrepresented students in STEM. She currently serves as the coordinator for Engineering Plus and is a clinical faculty member of the Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning Department in the College of Engineering.

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Noah Salzman Boise State University

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Noah Salzman is an Assistant Professor at Boise State University, where he is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and IDoTeach, a pre-service STEM teacher preparation program. His work focuses on the transition from pre-college to university engineering programs, how exposure to engineering prior to matriculation affects the experiences of engineering students, and engineering in the K-12 classroom. He has worked as a high school science, mathematics, and engineering and technology teacher, as well as several years of electrical and mechanical engineering design experience as a practicing engineer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Swarthmore College, his Master's of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Doctorate in Engineering Education from Purdue University.

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Amy J. Moll Boise State University

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Amy J. Moll is a Professor in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Moll received her B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana in 1987. Her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are in Materials Science and Engineering from University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and 1994. Following graduate school, Moll worked for Hewlett Packard (San Jose, Calif. and Colorado Springs, Colo.). She joined the faculty at Boise State as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in August of 2000. Along with Dr. Bill Knowlton, Moll founded the Materials Science and Engineering Program at BSU and served as the first chair. From 2011 to 2017, she was Dean of the College of Engineering. Her research interests include engineering education and microelectronic packaging, particularly 3-D integration and ceramic MEMS devices.

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Listening carefully to our students and integrating the variables that matter to them into our curricula is a step that we can take to increase the number of women and underrepresented minority graduates in engineering. This paper shares an evaluative case study in which we report findings of our work to attract and graduate more women and underrepresented minorities in engineering. The findings illuminate students’ perceptions of their engineering design courses and curriculum. We conclude by discussing the pedagogical decisions the teaching team is making as a result of their voices. Finally, we share the data gathering tools guiding our continuous improvement process.

Stieha, V., & Salzman, N., & Moll, A. J. (2019, June), Voices of our Students: Using Evidence-based Methods to Inform a Multidisciplinary Engineering Program Design Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33544

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