Regional Engineering Education Conference From April 4 – 6, 2019, the Skyline College Engineering Department attended and presented extensively at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Pacific Southwest (PSW) section conference, held jointly with the California Engineering Liaison Council (ELC) Spring meeting at CSU Los Angeles. Engineering professors Nicholas Langhoff and Maryam Khan, along with Skyline College’s new STEM Counselor, Jenny Le, attended workshops and seminars on a variety of educational initiatives.

The event was a special arrangement for statewide faculty, administrators and student services personnel from the various segments (Community College, CSU and UCs) to meet and collaborate with engineering educators from the PSW region including California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. As Chair of the ELC and a member of the ASEE-PSW Board of Directors, Professor Langhoff was largely involved in the planning and implementation of the joint conference.

Over three jam-packed days, the team attended, moderated or presented in a variety of sessions including:

  • A poster presentation on Skyline College’s Engineering and Tech Scholars (ETS) learning community and the outcomes and opportunities that ETS students gain through the program (pictured here with Nick Langhoff and Jenny Le).
  • A workshop on 2+2 Articulation Agreements including a spotlight on Skyline College’s emerging dual-enrollment Engineering Transfer Bridge program with San Francisco State University (SFSU). Jenny Le and Nick Langhoff presented.
  • A teaching techniques seminar in which Professor Langhoff gave two presentations:
    1. First Time Flipping – Student feedback and lessons learned from teaching Skyline College’s Materials Science course as a flipped class.
    2. The Art of Electronics: ideas and discussion for a new Skyline College engineering technology curriculum in practical electronics design, test and measurement including schematic entry and PCB design/manufacturing.
  • A workshop on interdisciplinary computing: the team learned about local Bay Area four-year programs in or related to data science and made valuable connections with faculty from these institutions.
  • A workshop on Access, Inclusion and Workforce Retention of Underrepresented Groups: Gender Issues in Engineering and becoming part of the solution.
  • A statewide planning meeting between members of the ELC, the CSU Statewide Academic Senate, and the Intersegmental Curriculum Workgroup (ICW) to work on the planning and implementation of a resolution submitted to the CCC and CSU Chancellor’s office for the Engineering Model Curriculum degree pathways to gain similar benefits to those of a Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) degree as outlined by Senate Bill 1440.

The team had a wonderful conference and wish to extend their thanks and appreciation to the host, CSU Los Angeles. Professor Langhoff extends his sincere thanks and gratitude to the PSW Conference Planning Committee: Jane Dong (CSU Los Angeles), Gustavo Menezes (CSU Los Angeles), Panadda (Nim) Marayong (CSU Long Beach), David Lanning (Embry-Riddle University, Az), Lily Gossage (Cal Poly Pomona) and Paul Nissenson (Cal Poly Pomona); he had a wonderful time planning and running the event with them.

Please click on the links for more information on the ASEE Pacific Southwest Section and the California Engineering Liaison Council.

Article by Nicholas Langhoff, Jenny Le, and Maryam Khan | Photo by Greg Pottie, ELC Vice Chair and UCLA Chair of Electrical Engineering

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