Co-ops, internships, and undergraduate research are high impact, co-curricular experiences that can lead to improved retention, professional identity formation, employment outcomes, and graduate or professional school intentions. This panel aims to bring together various constituents to discuss barriers that may impede participation in these types of experiences for under-served groups: under-represented minorities, women, first generation college students, low-income students, students with disabilities, or veterans. Discussion questions include: (1) What theoretical, practical, or cultural framew ... (continued)
Dr. Chris Plouff P.E.
Dr. Chris Plouff is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assessment, Accreditation, and Planning, and Associate Professor of Engineering at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). He has managed various aspects of experiential education programs for 20 years, working with students, faculty and employers involved in internships and cooperative education. In his prior role as endowed chair of cooperative education at GVSU, he managed the mandatory engineering cooperative education program including employer development and student preparation, as well as overseeing the academic compo ... (continued)
VADM (ret) Mel Williams
A nuclear trained submariner, Mel Williams, Jr., Vice Admiral (retired), completed service in the U.S. Navy after thirty-two years as a commissioned officer and one year as an enlisted sailor. His nearly ten years in Command included service as a Fleet Commander; a Submarine Group Commander; a Submarine Squadron Commander; and a Submarine Commander. After military service and a two-year Presidential Appointee role (Associate Deputy Secretary of Energy), he has enjoyed the privilege of serving students, faculty, and staff at Universities: Associate Dean, School of Engineering at the Catholic Unive ... (continued)
Dr. Leroy L. Long III
Dr. Leroy Long III is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Fundamentals at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He earned his PhD in STEM Education with a focus on Engineering Education within the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University (OSU). His research interests include: (a) technology use, (b) diversity and inclusion, and (c) retention and success, with a particular focus on students in STEM fields. Dr. Long has worked in industry at Toyota and has a high record of service with organizations such as the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).
Dr. Sherri Frizell
Dr. Sherri Frizell is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Prairie View A&M University. Her research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Educational Technology, Social Computing, and Computer Science and Engineering Education. She was recently awarded an NSF S-STEM grant titled, Engineering Scholars Program: Fostering the Next Generation of STEM Leaders. Dr. Frizell has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Jackson State University and Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Auburn University.
Mr. Shariq Yosufzai
Shariq Yosufzai is Vice President, Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation. Previously, he served as President of Global Marketing, responsible for sales, marketing and operations in 65 countries under 3 brands, Chevron, Texaco and Caltex. He is the Vice Chair of the AIChE Foundation and a distinguished alumnus of Texas A&M University. In a 42 year career, Shariq has led several global business units within Chevron. The World Affairs Council of San Francisco selected Shariq as one the foreign born leaders in the Bay Area that have had an major impact in promoting economic development and diversity in California. He is a past Chair of The California Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Rachelle Reisberg
Rachelle Reisberg is the Assistant Dean for Engineering Enrollment and Retention as well as Director of Women in Engineering at Northeastern University. She was the Principal Investigator on the Pathways research grant titled “Self-Efficacy and Retention of Women in Undergraduate Engineering” funded by NSF's Gender in Science and Engineering program. She has extensive industry and management experience including serving as President of a high tech start-up company prior to joining the College of Engineering at Northeastern University.
Dr. Charles E. Baukal Jr. P.E.
Chuck Baukal is the Director of the John Zink Institute which is part of John Zink Hamworthy Combustion headquartered in Tulsa, OK where he has been since 1998. He has over 35 years of industrial experience focused on combustion, heat transfer, and pollution emissions and over 30 years of adjunct teaching experience. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, an Ed.D. focused on engineering education, and a Professional Engineering license. He is the author/editor of 13 books on industrial combustion, is an author/presenter on over 150 papers and presentations, is an inventor on 11 U.S. patents, and serves on a number of advisory boards.
Dr. Glenda D. Young Collins
Dr. Glenda D. Young recently completed her doctoral work in Virginia Tech’s Department of Engineering Education. Her dissertation focused on the role of university-industry partnerships in shaping student career expectations and pathways by leveraging a case study design focused on a specific co-op program. Dr. Young has worked as an Employer Relations Assistant for the VT Career and Professional Development office and has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University and Master of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Auburn University.
Raising children is one of the most challenging and opportunity-filled experiences most people will take on in their lives. Raising children as a member of the academy brings an additional layer of complexity. This panel will present challenges and opportunities encountered by the panelists while raising children and trying to succeed in academia. The panelists will also provide concrete, achievable strategies that have worked for them to overcome those hurdles and how they have leveraged the opportunities available to them. The session will allow time for Q&A during which audience members can ... (continued)
Dr. Kaitlin Mallouk
Dr. Kaitlin Mallouk is a tenure-track Instructor in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Experiential Engineering Education at Rowan University. She has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Kaitlin has been married for 8 years and has a 4.5 year old son who was born while she and her husband were in graduate school and a 1 year old daughter who was a “perfectly timed” academic baby, born in May of 2016.
Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez
Dr. Rachel Louis Kajfez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Ohio State and earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Virginia Tech. Her research interests focus on the intersection between motivation and identity of undergraduate and graduate students, first-year engineering programs, mixed methods research, and innovative approaches to teaching. She has a two year old son, Joey, who keeps her and her husband, Matt, on their toes all the time. She believes that flexibility is the key balancing both professional and personal success.
Dr. Cheryl A Bodnar
Dr. Bodnar is an Assistant Professor in the Experiential Engineering Education Department at Rowan University. Prior to coming to Rowan she worked as a non-tenure teaching assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Chemical Engineering Department. Her research interests relate to the incorporation of active learning techniques such as game-based learning in undergraduate classes as well as integration of innovation and entrepreneurship into the engineering curriculum. In particular, she is interested in the impact that these tools can have on student perception of the classroom e ... (continued)
Dr. Mary E. Besterfield-Sacre
Dr. Mary Besterfield-Sacre is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor in Industrial Engineering in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She also serves as founding Director for the Engineering Education Research Center (EERC). Her principal research is in engineering education assessment, which has been funded by the NSF, Department of Ed, Sloan, EIF, and VentureWell. Regarding assessment, Dr. Sacre conducts primarily quantitative analyses and statistical modeling; and this work is well published in the engineering education literat ... (continued)
Dr. Mahnas Jean Mohammadi-Aragh
Dr. Jean Mohammadi-Aragh is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU). Dr. Mohammadi-Aragh earned both her M.S. and B.S. in computer engineering from MSU, and her Ph.D. in engineering education from Virginia Tech. Her primary research focuses on the formation of engineers during their undergraduate degree program, and the use of computing to measure and support that formation. Dr. Mohammadi-Aragh has been recognized for her research with multiple awards including the 2013 ASEE Computers in Education Best Paper, the 2013 ASE ... (continued)