STEP: Student Transition Engineering Program

In Summer 2012 I taught in Virginia Tech’s Student Transition Engineering Program (STEP), a 5-week summer bridge program for selected incoming freshmen to gain academic enrichment in several subject areas that are historically difficult for first-year students. The program is run by the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED) and is aimed at increasing enrollment and retention of women and historically underrepresented minorities in engineering. In this role, I was responsible for two sections of the Engineering Education STEP course, including integrated lecture and laboratory. Subjects taught included:

  • Engineering design and decision-making,
  • Engineering ethics,
  • Graphing and empirical functions, and
  • Programming including flowcharting, LabView, and MATLAB

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