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Work-In-Progress: Recruitment of Pre-Engineering Students via an Advanced Manufacturing Pathway

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2019 FYEE Conference

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Penn State University , Pennsylvania

Publication Date

July 28, 2019

Start Date

July 28, 2019

End Date

July 30, 2019

Conference Session

M1C: WIP - Readiness and Professional Development

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FYEE Conference - Paper Submission

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5

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https://peer.asee.org/33745

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Robert V. Pieri North Dakota State University

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Dr. Robert Pieri is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in
Fargo, ND. He has many conference publications on engineering education and design. His primary
interest areas include: Engineering Education, CADD, Design, Fracture Mechanics, Materials Science and
Alternative Energy Options. Prior to joining NDSU, he worked for Allied-Signal Corporation and in the
aircraft supply industry. Prior to his industrial experience he taught for 10 years at the US Air Force
Academy. Prior to his time at USAFA, Bob was a Research & Development Engineer with the US Air
Force, studying problems of pollution in the earth’s atmosphere. One of his dissertations involves the
environment and policy decisions that could affect it. Dr. Pieri has degrees from the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst, Thayer School at Dartmouth College and Carnegie – Mellon University in
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. For the academic year 2003- 2004, Bob was on the faculty at Turtle Mountain
Community College in Belcourt,N.D. where he taught Math and Engineering classes. This is the basis for
his current interest in Native Americans into Engineering. Bob, originally from the northeast area of the
USA, has been a resident of Fargo, ND since 1996.

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Karl Haefner

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Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Karl Haefner, Collaborative Team Member
University of Phoenix, M.A.e.d., Secondary Education, 2008
Grand Valley State University, B.S. Geology, 2004
Saginaw Valley State University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1988

Mr. Haefner is an engineering instructor at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, where he is actively working to build the Pre-Engineering Department. He assisted with writing the AMI accreditation report to the HLC, wrote several successful grants, and managed CCCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Curriculum and Pre-Engineering Educational Consortium. In addition the Advanced Manufacturing initiative at CCCC has hired two undergraduates to run the 3-D/Scanner Laboratory. The aforementioned gives the students hands on training in a STEM related field.

Mr. Haefner has 13 years’ experience teaching college STEM courses. He has taught construction management at Westwood College in Chicago; mathematics at Mid-Michigan Community College and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. Mr. Haefner has taught algebra, engineering statics, several HVAC courses, several CMT classes, as well as AutoCAD and Advanced Manufacturing using SolidWorks. Mr. Haefner also has over 15 years; experience in the fields of civil, geo-technical and environmental engineering at companies including: Testing Service Corporation in Carol Stream, IL; Singh & Associates in Chicago, IL, Weaver, Boos and Gordon in Chicago, IL; STS Ltd. In Grand Rapids, MI.

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Austin James Allard Turtle Mountain Community College

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Austin Allard is a Pre-Engineering Instructor at Turtle Mountain Community College. He earned a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. His work deals with using manufactured drones to map ecological areas. He is dedicated to using engineering solutions to investigate environmental issues close to home.

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Ann Vallie

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Josh Mattes Sitting Bull College

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Dr. Josh Mattes grew up in Indiana. He received his PhD in Physics from Purdue in 2013. His research interests are foundations of quantum mechanics, finite temperature quantum field theory, and STEM education.

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Lori Nelson Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

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Lori Nelson began her professional experience as an Industrial Engineer working the capacity of business process manager for a major U.S. aerospace manufacturing firm. This role provided functional consulting for supply chain with key ownership responsibility ensuring appropriate data design of master data, IT architecture and solution design for all ERP solutions across the organization.

She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Minot State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from North Dakota State University, and post-masters certificate in Experiential Education through Equine Assisted Learning from Prescott College.

Currently she serves as the Land Grant Director and also as PI of the Pre-Engineering Education Collaboration (PEEC) Grant at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town, ND. In addition, she teaches Mathematics and Equine Studies courses.

Her and her husband, Chris, live and raise Angus beef cattle, near Towner, ND. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses and providing community outreach through relational horsemanship through the Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Horse Nation program. Currently she serves on the board of directors for an engineering firm that specializes in transportation engineering and materials testing.

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Abstract

This paper is a “Work-in-Progress”. This paper describes the synergetic intersection of two programs designed to bring a particular group of minority students into aspects of a STEM career field. One program, sponsored by a national laboratory is designed to inform and train a these students about advanced manufacturing methods, in this case 3-D printing. The other program is also aimed at that same group of minority students but the purpose of the second program is to aid the students in becoming baccalaureate engineers. The programs exist simultaneously at a small group of tribal colleges or universities, TCU’s in the north-central US. The key question to be answered here is how can cooperation between the two programs resulted in a net positive impact to the surrounding community. A brief historical summary of similar programs trying to attract student talent into similar but different career fields will be given, i.e. in-home health services versus nursing or. MD programs, computer technician versus computer program. Some of the prior problems could be attributed to limited available human talent and a lack of program cooperation. A short description of each program will be given highlighting similarities and differences and the resources needed by each. The advantages of working the programs in tandem in particular areas will be discussed and examples given. Potential future opportunities and directions provided to each student by conducting the programs in cooperation will be illustrated. It is believed that combining such programs, experiences that allow students to have some immersive time within different career paths, will provide them with the opportunity to evaluate their own reaction and suitability to each career path, allowing them to envision themselves in those areas. This should provide for a more informed career choice and other benefits. Identifying how this cooperation might impact first year engineering students, leading to better persistence in the curriculum, is a major goal of this work.

Pieri, R. V., & Haefner, K., & Allard, A. J., & Vallie, A., & Mattes, J., & Nelson, L. (2019, July), Work-In-Progress: Recruitment of Pre-Engineering Students via an Advanced Manufacturing Pathway Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference , Penn State University , Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/33745

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