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Wime: A Departmental Effort To Improve Recruitment, Retention And Engagement Of Women Students In Mechanical Engineering, Sriram Sundararajan, Theodore J. Heindel, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Shankar Subramaniam 2017 Iowa State University

Wime: A Departmental Effort To Improve Recruitment, Retention And Engagement Of Women Students In Mechanical Engineering, Sriram Sundararajan, Theodore J. Heindel, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Shankar Subramaniam

Theodore J. Heindel

The Mechanical Engineering department at Iowa State University started the ‘Women in Mechanical Engineering’ (WiME) program 3 years ago. WiME is a student run, faculty moderated, and department funded program with a three pronged approach to enhance women participation in mechanical engineering – retention, outreach, and recruitment. WiME organizes various social and professional development activities that are intended to • Provide a forum for women to socially interact with faculty and their peers; • Provide students with women role models in engineering and academic professionals thereby helping to develop and sustain a network of professional colleagues and; • Leverage the interests of the WiME ...


Military Veterans Affinity Group Program: A Proactive Intervention For Transition To Higher Education, Steven D. Bell, Matthew E. Harvey, Steven A. Freeman 2017 Iowa State University

Military Veterans Affinity Group Program: A Proactive Intervention For Transition To Higher Education, Steven D. Bell, Matthew E. Harvey, Steven A. Freeman

Steven A. Freeman

Attendees will gain an understanding of the needs of the returning military veteran and how those needs are addressed through the implementation of the Affinity Group Program. Though specific to an academic degree program and industry career opportunity, this program is suitable for use in its adaptability for meeting the unique requirements of many higher education/career pathways. The outcomes and lessons learned will be disseminated with intent to stimulate replication.


Examining The Use Of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments For Continuous Improvement, Mark A. Laingen, Steven A. Freeman, Thomas J. Brumm, Mack Shelley 2017 Illinois State University

Examining The Use Of Engineering Internship Workplace Competency Assessments For Continuous Improvement, Mark A. Laingen, Steven A. Freeman, Thomas J. Brumm, Mack Shelley

Steven A. Freeman

This study explored how workplace competency assessment data from internship studentsand their supervisors, collected by College of Engineering programs between fall 2001 throughfall 2011 are applied toward continuous improvement practices. The continuous improvementprocess is integral to the accreditation and evaluation of the engineering curriculum. This mixedmethods study examined three separate practices using internship workplace competencyassessment ratings in the continuous improvement process. The study examined how assessmentrankings of the internship students’ workplace competency strengths and weakness have changedfrom the 2001-05 assessment terms in the past accreditation cycle, to the 2006-11 assessmentterms of the most recent accreditation cycle. In addition, this study ...


Wime: A Departmental Effort To Improve Recruitment, Retention And Engagement Of Women Students In Mechanical Engineering, Sriram Sundararajan, Theodore J. Heindel, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Shankar Subramaniam 2017 Iowa State University

Wime: A Departmental Effort To Improve Recruitment, Retention And Engagement Of Women Students In Mechanical Engineering, Sriram Sundararajan, Theodore J. Heindel, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian, Shankar Subramaniam

Sriram Sundararajan

The Mechanical Engineering department at Iowa State University started the ‘Women in Mechanical Engineering’ (WiME) program 3 years ago. WiME is a student run, faculty moderated, and department funded program with a three pronged approach to enhance women participation in mechanical engineering – retention, outreach, and recruitment. WiME organizes various social and professional development activities that are intended to • Provide a forum for women to socially interact with faculty and their peers; • Provide students with women role models in engineering and academic professionals thereby helping to develop and sustain a network of professional colleagues and; • Leverage the interests of the WiME ...


A Strategy For Sustainable Outcomes Assessment Across A Mechanical Engineering Curriculum That Maximizes Faculty Engagement, Sriram Sundararajan 2017 Iowa State University

A Strategy For Sustainable Outcomes Assessment Across A Mechanical Engineering Curriculum That Maximizes Faculty Engagement, Sriram Sundararajan

Sriram Sundararajan

As part of continuous improvement of the program and ABET accreditation requirements, direct assessment methods of student outcomes are necessary and quite illustrative in terms of describing student learning. Direct assessment methods range from evaluating student performance on locally prepared examinations or standardized tests to assessing student portfolios or performing performance appraisals. Choice of the methods depends on a range of factors including number of students in the program, impact on faculty workload and appropriateness of sample size. One of the challenges in implementing a successful direct assessment process is engaging the faculty and achieving a high level of participation ...


Developing Inquiry-Based Laboratory Exercises For A Mechanical Engineering Curriculum, Sriram Sundararajan, LeAnn E. Faidley, Terrence R. Meyer 2017 Iowa State University

Developing Inquiry-Based Laboratory Exercises For A Mechanical Engineering Curriculum, Sriram Sundararajan, Leann E. Faidley, Terrence R. Meyer

Sriram Sundararajan

This paper describes the development of two inquiry-based experiments in a mechanical engineering curriculum at a land grant research-intensive university, aimed at providing students with the opportunity to design and perform experiments. One experiment in engineering measurements (system behavior) and one experiment in fluid dynamics were developed. In each case, students working on teams were posed with a scenario and question to answer. For example, in the system dynamics experiment, students were asked to verify that a thermal system and electrical system were mechanically equivalent systems. In the fluid dynamics experiment, students were asked to investigate drag coefficients for flow ...


An Active Learning Environment In An Integrated Industrial Engineering Curriculum, Frank Peters, John K. Jackman, Sarah M. Ryan, Sigurdur Olafsson 2017 Iowa State University

An Active Learning Environment In An Integrated Industrial Engineering Curriculum, Frank Peters, John K. Jackman, Sarah M. Ryan, Sigurdur Olafsson

Sigurdur Olafsson

We are developing a new learning environment that supports a suite of interrelated modules based on real-world scenarios. The primary goals of the project are to integrate industrial engineering courses, improve students’ information technology skills, and enhance students’ problem solving skills. In particular, metacognitive abilities will be strengthened as students apply domain knowledge, data, methods and software tools while monitoring their own solution processes. This paper presents the design of two modules that have been developed.


Determining Graduation Rates In Engineering For Community College Transfer Students Using Data Mining, Marcia Laugerman, Diane T. Rover, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson 2017 Iowa State University

Determining Graduation Rates In Engineering For Community College Transfer Students Using Data Mining, Marcia Laugerman, Diane T. Rover, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson

Diane Rover

This study presents a unique synthesized set of data for community college students entering the university with the intention of earning a degree in engineering. Several cohorts of longitudinal data were combined with transcript-level data from both the community college and the university to measure graduation rates in engineering. The emphasis of the study is to determine academic variables that had significant correlations with graduation in engineering, and levels of these academic variables. The article also examines the utility of data mining methods for understanding the academic variables related to achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The practical purpose ...


The Engineering Admissions Partnership Program: A Navigation Strategy For Community College Students Seeking A Pathway Into Engineering, Marcia R. Laugerman, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson, Diane T. Rover 2017 University of Iowa

The Engineering Admissions Partnership Program: A Navigation Strategy For Community College Students Seeking A Pathway Into Engineering, Marcia R. Laugerman, Mack C. Shelley, Steven K. Mickelson, Diane T. Rover

Diane Rover

This paper presents the evaluation of a program designed to improve transfer outcomes for community college students pursuing an engineering degree. The program, the Engineering Admissions Partnership Program (E-APP), was designed to improve the navigational success of community college transfer students through connections to the university. These connections include coordinated academic advising, peer-mentoring, campus visits, and online social and professional networks. The objective of the study is to determine the efficacy of the E-APP and its interventions, which will be measured by increased participation rates and increased university retention rates for E-APP participants. Outcome data for the students are analyzed ...


Development Of Learning Modules For Sustainable Life Cycle Product Design: A Constructionist Approach, MD Tarique Hasan Khan, Kamyar Raoufi, Kijung Park, Tasnia Reza, Carolyn E. Psenka, Kathy Schmidt-Jackson, Karl R. Haapala, Gul E. Okudan-Kremer, Kyoung-Yun Kim 2017 Wayne State University

Development Of Learning Modules For Sustainable Life Cycle Product Design: A Constructionist Approach, Md Tarique Hasan Khan, Kamyar Raoufi, Kijung Park, Tasnia Reza, Carolyn E. Psenka, Kathy Schmidt-Jackson, Karl R. Haapala, Gul E. Okudan-Kremer, Kyoung-Yun Kim

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Constructionism is an approach to learning in which learners construct their own understanding and knowledge through making a meaningful product. A cyberlearning environment for sustainable life cycle engineering design has been developed based upon this approach through a multi-university research project funded by the NSF entitled “Constructionism in Learning: Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering (CooL:SLiCE).” The pedagogic significance of CooL:SLiCE is to better enable university students to learn about sustainable product life cycle engineering design by realizing effective learning modules for personalized environmentally-responsible product design. The CooL:SliCE platform has developed a web-based portal with three learning modules: 1 ...


Constructionism In Learning: Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering Project (Cool:Slice), Kyoung-Yun Kim, Carolyn E. Psenka, Karl R. Haapala, Kathy Schmidt-Jackson, Gul E. Okudan-Kremer 2017 Wayne State University

Constructionism In Learning: Sustainable Life Cycle Engineering Project (Cool:Slice), Kyoung-Yun Kim, Carolyn E. Psenka, Karl R. Haapala, Kathy Schmidt-Jackson, Gul E. Okudan-Kremer

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

CooL:SLiCE, a distributed cyberlearning environment to facilitate consideration of engineering design impacts on the natural environment across product life cycles has been developed at XXX University, XXX University, and XXX University. CooL:SLiCE supports a constructionist line of inquiry within design practice by providing learners with technologies and other learning resources for experimentation and collaboration. By scaffolding these resources, CooL:SLiCE enables students to attain a deeper conceptual understanding of sustainable lifecycle product design.

This poster will feature the elements of the CooL:SLiCE platform, pilot projects, and learning studies. The platform modules include 1) the Online Computer Aided ...


Negotiations And Play, Curtis Abel, Kristin Boudreau 2017 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Negotiations And Play, Curtis Abel, Kristin Boudreau

Research and Reports on the Great Problems Seminar Program

This paper describes a negotiations module within a role-playing engineering course set in nineteenth-century Worcester, Massachusetts. Our course, “Humanitarian Engineering Past & Present: Worcester, 1885,” is a first-year, general education course at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The course includes engineering content within a humanistic frame that makes it ideal for general education. The course puts students in the roles of actual people living in a turn-of-the-century industrial city in central Massachusetts. Students learn and practice engineering concepts (engineering design, stakeholder analyses, mass balance, sewage treatment, material properties and selection, sewage properties and conveyance, statics and stress, filtration and chemical precipitation) while playing ...


Logic Tiles, Andrew Wheeler, Tristan Lennertz 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Logic Tiles, Andrew Wheeler, Tristan Lennertz

Computer Engineering

This project was originally conceived by Professor Andrew Danowitz as he considered the restructuring of the introductory digital design course at Cal Poly. As it stands now, students apply their knowledge of boolean algebra and combinatorial logic through the programming of a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) using a Hardware Descriptive Language (HDL). While this is the industry standard for designing large, complex digital circuits, and is an fundamental skill to learn, there is a lack of actual circuit building in the process that can cause a disconnect from theory to application for students who have little-to-no experience with digital ...


On The Impact Of Android Api Evolution On Education Materials, Kennedy Owen 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

On The Impact Of Android Api Evolution On Education Materials, Kennedy Owen

Master's Theses and Project Reports

The recent growing popularity of mobile devices has led to the establishment of several popular mobile platforms such as the Android operating system. To foster growth in this evolving market, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) were created to enable developers to create mobile device applications that utilize mobile device features and functionality for personal or widespread commercial use. However, as a result of excessive device and API evolution, mobile development faces increasingly complex issues, including an alarmingly rapid decay of development resources.

This thesis conducts a case study around one such resource: a series of Android app development lab exercises ...


Flex—Iowa State University’S Mobile Technology Classroom, Peter Evans, Eric Schares 2017 Iowa State University

Flex—Iowa State University’S Mobile Technology Classroom, Peter Evans, Eric Schares

Reference and Instruction Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Iowa State University’s FLEx (Forward Learning Experience) program is a mobile technology classroom housed in a 16-foot trailer, designed to introduce K-12 students, educators, and families to advanced technology and design thinking concepts. Since the fall of 2014, the FLEx has engaged over 35,000 participants through 171 events across the state of Iowa.


Code Decomposition: A New Hope, Nupur Garg 2017 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Code Decomposition: A New Hope, Nupur Garg

Master's Theses and Project Reports

Code decomposition (also known as functional decomposition) is the process of breaking a larger problem into smaller subproblems so that each function implements only a single task. Although code decomposition is integral to computer science, it is often overlooked in introductory computer science education due to the challenges of teaching it given limited resources.

Earthworm is a tool that generates unique suggestions on how to improve the decomposition of provided Python source code. Given a program as input, Earthworm presents the user with a list of suggestions to improve the functional decomposition of the program. Each suggestion includes the lines ...


The Theatre Of Humanitarian Engineering, David DiBiasio, Paula Quinn, Kristin Boudreau, Laura A. Robinson, John M. Sullivan Jr., John Bergendahl, Leslie Dodson 2017 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The Theatre Of Humanitarian Engineering, David Dibiasio, Paula Quinn, Kristin Boudreau, Laura A. Robinson, John M. Sullivan Jr., John Bergendahl, Leslie Dodson

Research and Reports on the Great Problems Seminar Program

An experimental role-playing course designed by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from engineering and the humanities puts students imaginatively into a complex nineteenth-century context as they consider how to provide a waste management solution for an expanding urban population. This role-playing game (RPG) puts students in the roles of actual people living in a turn-of-the-century industrial city in central Massachusetts. While immersing themselves in the roles of engineers, industrialists, elected officials, workers, scientists, public health officials, inventors, and city residents, students learn and practice engineering concepts (engineering design, stakeholder analysis, mass balance, sewage treatment, material properties and selection, sewage properties ...


Designing Adaptive Instruction For Teams: A Meta-Analysis, Robert A. Sottilare, C. Shawn Burke, Eduardo Salas, Anne M. Sinatra, Joan H. Johnston, Stephen B. Gilbert 2017 United States Army Research Laboratory

Designing Adaptive Instruction For Teams: A Meta-Analysis, Robert A. Sottilare, C. Shawn Burke, Eduardo Salas, Anne M. Sinatra, Joan H. Johnston, Stephen B. Gilbert

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Publications

The goal of this research was the development of a practical architecture for the computer-based tutoring of teams. This article examines the relationship of team behaviors as antecedents to successful team performance and learning during adaptive instruction guided by Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs). Adaptive instruction is a training or educational experience tailored by artificially-intelligent, computer-based tutors with the goal of optimizing learner outcomes (e.g., knowledge and skill acquisition, performance, enhanced retention, accelerated learning, or transfer of skills from instructional environments to work environments). The core contribution of this research was the identification of behavioral markers associated with the antecedents ...


How Role-Playing Builds Empathy And Concern For Social Justice, Leslie Dodson, David DiBiasio, Paula Quinn, John Bergendahl, Kristin Boudreau, Glenn R. Gaudette, John M. Sullivan Jr., Curtis Abel 2017 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

How Role-Playing Builds Empathy And Concern For Social Justice, Leslie Dodson, David Dibiasio, Paula Quinn, John Bergendahl, Kristin Boudreau, Glenn R. Gaudette, John M. Sullivan Jr., Curtis Abel

Research and Reports on the Great Problems Seminar Program

This paper describes an experimental first-year, two-term course designed by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from engineering, humanities, social science, and entrepreneurship and innovation. The first term of our course, “Humanitarian Engineering Past & Present: Worcester, 1885,” puts students in the roles of actual people living in a turn-of-the-century industrial city in central Massachusetts. While immersing themselves in the roles of engineers, industrialists, elected officials, workers, scientists, public health officials, inventors, and city residents, students learn and practice engineering concepts (engineering design, stakeholder analysis, mass balance, sewage treatment, material properties and selection, sewage properties and conveyance, statics and stress, filtration and ...


Knowing And Caring About Sanitation, Leslie Dodson, David DiBiasio, John Andrew Bergendahl, Paula Quinn, John M. Sullivan Jr., Glenn Gaudette, Curtis Abel, Kristin Boudreau 2017 Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Knowing And Caring About Sanitation, Leslie Dodson, David Dibiasio, John Andrew Bergendahl, Paula Quinn, John M. Sullivan Jr., Glenn Gaudette, Curtis Abel, Kristin Boudreau

Research and Reports on the Great Problems Seminar Program

This paper describes the second half of a first-year course designed by an interdisciplinary team of faculty from engineering, humanities, social science, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Our course, “Humanitarian Engineering Past & Present,” begins with a nineteenth-century sewerage problem before turning to currentday problems of sanitation. Having studied in depth the challenges of providing acceptable sanitation to an ethnically, economically, and topographically diverse community in a nineteenth century industrial city, long before sanitation was considered a basic human right, students form teams to identify and propose a solution to a sanitation problem in some particular part of the contemporary world.

This ...


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