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  A Community of Young Scholars: Achieving Student Diversification and Retention in Mechanical Engineering


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Leadership Team

Liang 
Zhu Dr. Liang Zhu
Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 220, UMBC
(410) 455-3332, zliang@umbc.edu

Dwayne 
Arola Dr. Dwayne Arola
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 211, UMBC
(410) 455-3310, darola@umbc.edu

Charles Eggleton Dr. Charles Eggleton
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 205, UMBC
(410) 455-3334, eggleton@umbc.edu

Anne Spence Dr. Anne Spence
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering 213, UMBC
(410) 455-3308, aspence@umbc.edu

Wendy He Dr. Wendy He
Co-Director of Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Program
Associate Professor of Physics, Engineering & Geosciences
SE 311A, Montgomery Community College, Rockville Campus
(240) 567-5229, wendy.he@montgomerycollege.edu



The program supported 44 students with diverse backgrounds, including 16% African Americans, 18% Hispanics, and 18% women. The connection with local community colleges and proactive recruitment strategy were particularly strong components of the program. Overall, 41% of the scholars were transfers from local community colleges. Among the 44 ME STEM scholars, 0 dropped out of college and only 5 scholars transferred to another major. The overall retention rate of our program is 89%, which is substantially higher than that of the control student group (40%). Providing research seminars and facilitating internships were also effective. The scholars had an average of 1.2 internships and/or research experiences over their S-STEM experience; 61% had at least one internship and/or research opportunity. At the time of this report, 20 scholars (average GPA at graduation 3.57/4.0) had completed the BS degree in ME, 35% are pursuing graduate degrees in an STEM major and 65% are now working in an STEM industry.

S-STEM Scholars

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(from left to right)
Front row: Dr. Anne Spence
Second row: Chao Hou, Andrew Horton, Matt Parks, Julie Castaneoa, Annekia Hardind, Fri-Atsoh Achinmofor,Hiren Balsara
Third row: Phillip Sinex, Randy Hober, Chris Wooten, Chelsea Stinson, Sarah Seering, Victoria Taylor,Hannah Piper
Fourth row: Vikesh Patel, James Yee, Alfred Irungo, Jonathan Wilson,Maleshia Jones
Fifth row: Vicent DiSalvo, Yasas Katumuluwa, Michael Roberts, Dr. Charles Eggleton
Sixth row: Dr.Liang Zhu, David Mostiowitz, Sarah Kopytko (not shown)
Seventh row: Dr. Dwayne Arola, Luke Roberts, Jason Dunthorn, Julian Gomez-Jordon (not shown), Sean Brady (not shown)


S-STEM scholars graduated from our program


2012 - 2013 - Congratulation to our S-STEM scholars who graduated in the past December 2012 and May 2013. Hiren Balsara and Randy Huber will continue to pursue their graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering at UMBC, while Maleshia Jones will be a graduate student at U. Penn. Other scholar are working in STEM industry, including WR Grace (Sean Brady), W.L. Gore & Associates (Israel LLufoye), HGL Dynamics (Sarah Kopytko), Lockheed Martin (Hannah Piper), JMT (Sarah Seering), Army Evaluation Center (Christopher Wooten), and Siemens (James Yee).


2011 - 2013 - Congratulation to our S-STEM scholars who Graduated from our program and working in industry or pursuing graduate career: Jason Dunthorn (UMBC), Andrew Horton (US Patent Office), Chao Hou (UMBC), Vikesh Patel (GE Aviation), Chelsea Stinson (John Deere), Luke Roberts (UMCP), and Phillip Sinex (Gannon University).


2010 - 2011 - Congratulations to our S-STEM scholars who graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Program: Mr. Mariano Mumpower ( Conveyor Handling Company), Mr. Binh Tran (Simens).


S-STEM scholars profiles graduated from our program

Mariano Mumpower Mr. Mariano Mumpower
Mr. Mariano transfered from the Community College of Baltimore County to the Mechanical Engineering Program in Spring 2009. Mr Mumpower maintained a 4.0/4.0 GPA at UMBC and graduated Summa Cum Laude from our undergraduate program in May 2011. Currently, Mr. Mumpower is a systems engineer at Conveyor Handling Company in Elkridge Maryland.

Binh Tran Mr. Binh Tran
After transferring from the Community College of Baltimore County to our program in Fall 2008, Mr. Binh Tran maintained a 3.9/4.0 UMBC GPA while working 40 hours/week. According to Mr. Tran, the financial assistance and faculty mentoring provided by the ME S-STEM program played an important role for his success at UMBC. Recently graduated Maga Cum Laude from our undergraduate program in May 2011, Mr. Tran is currently working as Systems Specialist at Siemens Industry, INC.