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Work In Progress: Coordination of Pre-College Summer Programs to Create a Pipeline into Biomedical Engineering

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Biomedical Division Poster Session

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24.1382.1 - 24.1382.5



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Matthew B. A. McCullough North Carolina A&T State University

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NC A&T Alumnus graduated from A&T in 2001 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. Dr. McCullough obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2006, under the advisorship of Dr. Nicole Grosland. His research focused on hand and wrist musculoskeletal biomechanics, and in particular total wrist arthroplasty and upper extremity kinematics. This experience was especially rewarding as Dr. McCullough was afforded the opportunity to work with Dr. Brian Adams, a well-known hand surgeon. In the summer of 2006, he began a post-doctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic, working on orthopaedic biomechanics and physiology cellular imaging laboratories. This provided the opportunity to work with outstanding clinical and research mentors like Drs. Kai-Nan An, Kenton Kaufman, Gary Sieck, Ann Reed, Harold Kitaoka, as well as others. His research at that time focused on non-invasive imaging of muscle tissue as well as cadaveric studies of the foot and ankle.
Dr. McCullough is a faculty member of the first bioengineering program independently housed at a Historically Black College or University and is a part of the NSF ERC-RMB which includes research on the biomechanics of degradable medical devices. He is passionate about educating undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as the general community in biomechanics, biomedical engineering and the S.T.E.M. fields.

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Courtney Lambeth North Carolina A&T State University

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DeRome O. Dunn North Carolina A&T State University


Devdas M. Pai North Carolina A&T State University

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Devdas Pai has served on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NC A&T State University since 1988. A registered PE in North Carolina; he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in manufacturing processes, tribology and materials engineering. Currently, he is also Education and Outreach Director for the university's NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials.

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Jangannathan Sankar North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Jag Sankar (NCAT Distinguished University Professor and Director of NSF-ERC-RMB) over the past 29 years has developed a high-profile, internationally recognized, advanced materials/nanotechnology activities impacting surface engineering, environmental issues and biotechnology at NC A&T State University. He serves/d as Director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, Director for the Navy Center for Nanoscience and Nanomaterials, and Site coordinator for the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. Also under his leadership, NCAT was chosen (2008) to house the NSF’s Generation 3 - Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (RMB). The ERC-RMB conducts transformational biomedical implant technologies for the economic impact and global leadership of the nation through national/international team of collaborators (scientists, clinicians), industries and economic development boards. Dr. Sankar received his Ph.D in Materials engineering from Lehigh University and Masters from McGill-Concordia joint program.

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Coordination of Pre-College Summer Programs to Create a Pipeline into Biomedical Engineering Submitted to the ASEE Biomedical Engineering DivisionThe National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for_______________(ERC-___), the first ERC with _____________________ as the leadinstitution, has worked to establish Biomedical Engineering undergraduate and graduateprograms. Due to the ERC-___ faculty and staff’s commitment to education, they alsooffer impactful educational and outreach programming for pre-college and undergraduatestudents. The goal of all of these programs is to provide a unique experience thatincreases student exposure and positively influences perceptions of Science, Technology,Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), specifically engineering. The programs areintended to impacted students’ interest in STEM fields and decision to choose biomedicalengineering as a career.Outreach programs sponsored by the ERC-___ include: Bioengineering Recruiting AndInteractive Network (B.R.A.I.N.) Games/Black Family Technology Awareness (BFTA)Day, Bioengineering Institute, Young Scholars Program (YSP), and ResearchExperiences for Undergraduates (REU). B.R.A.I.N. Games and BFTA are very similarone day events that provide hands-on engineering activities to middle and high schoolstudents. The Bioengineering Institute is a week long day camp for high school studentsexposing them to concepts in biomedical engineering and particularly tissue engineeringusing hands-on, small group activities. YSP is a six-week intense research experience forrising 11th and 12th grade students which places them in research laboratories withuniversity professors. The REU program is a bioengineering based program that matchesparticipants with university professors and other summer program participants. All of theprograms are assessed via some of the following methods: satisfaction questionnaires,content assessments, focus groups, and laboratory observations. The summer programsrecently completed their fifth year, with assessment data showing participants exhibitingincreased STEM content knowledge as well as a desire to enter STEM fields as a chosencareer. It is also notable that many pre-college students participated in multipleprograms, which has created a pipeline of students and particularly Under RepresentedMinorities (URM) going into undergraduate STEM majors.This paper fully describes the education and outreach activities within the NSF ERC-____ including assessments from these individual programs and highlights of studentswho have been recruited into the Biomedical Engineering department through theirparticipation in outreach programs. It will also share a discussion of the effects of thepipeline created at ___________, which is a direct result of the refined infrastructure andinterconnectedness of the programs and its participants. The paper will be especiallyhelpful for those interested in conducting biomedical engineering themed outreach for theK-14 populations.

McCullough, M. B. A., & Lambeth, C., & Dunn, D. O., & Pai, D. M., & Sankar, J. (2014, June), Work In Progress: Coordination of Pre-College Summer Programs to Create a Pipeline into Biomedical Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23315

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