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Work in Progress: First-Year Seminar Course, a Steppingstone Course to Strengthen the Engineering Programs in a Minority Institution

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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

June 19, 2019

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First-Year Programs: Work in Progress Postcard Session

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First-Year Programs

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Ramanitharan Kandiah P.E. Central State University Orcid 16x16

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Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Water Resources Management, Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems. He is also a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Ohio, certified Professional Hydrologist-Surface Water, Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and Envision Sustainability Professional.

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Krishna Kumar Nedunuri Central State University

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Dr. Nedunuri holds appointment as a Professor at Central State University (CSU) in the International Center for Water Resources Management (ICWRM). He teaches Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics, Soil and Water Pollution, Water Chemistry, Water Supply, Groundwater, Wastewater Engineering, Streams and Lakes. He is an active member in the area of Faculty Development promoting distance education through video-conferencing and web-based learning. He is one of the fore-runners in adapting inquiry methods into traditional classroom environments at CSU. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental and Hydraulic Engineering area of the School of Civil Engineering from Purdue University (1999). He got his MS in Chemical Engineering Science (1992) from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India (1986). His main areas of research interest are in flow through porous media, subsurface flow and contaminant transport, phytoremediation, ecological restoration and mathematical modeling of environmental systems.

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Edison Perdomo Central State University

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Dr. Edison Perdomo is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central State University. His interest include the role of psychological function in the regulation of physiological mechanisms such as cardiovascular and thermoregulations. Additionally, he is interested in cross-cultural differences in learning and communication styles and in studying how psycho-social differences can affect the rate of seeking medical attention and compliance as well as the following of safety protocols in the consumption of food and water.

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Transforming from a high schooler to a college first-year student is a challenge for any student for many reasons. This challenge is more intense when the student chooses professional undergraduate degree programs such as engineering due to more stringent program requirements and higher expectations of academic preparedness, particularly in mathematics and sciences. A significant number of students enrolled in a minority institution like a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) are still first-generation college students in their families. Hence, the challenges they have to overcome as the first-year students are greater than their peers. This situation warrants a first-year course that is specifically designed to help the first-year student who intends to pursue an engineering major to successfully navigate their academic life within the campus. The freshmen students are challenged with a number of issues including financial management, time management, student advising and alcohol, and drug policies. In this paper, the authors explore how such one section of a course titled First Year Seminar (FYS 1101) specially customized for engineering majors and offered at their HBCU institution would address the challenges of incoming engineering first-year student.

Kandiah, R., & Nedunuri, K. K., & Perdomo, E. (2019, June), Work in Progress: First-Year Seminar Course, a Steppingstone Course to Strengthen the Engineering Programs in a Minority Institution Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33621

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