Please join us for a talk on Thursday, February 28, 2019, where assistant research professor Bruk T. Berhane, University of Maryland, will present a seminar titled, “Diverse students and educational institutions: reframing conceptualizations of heterogeneity in engineering education.”
Diverse students and educational institutions: reframing conceptualizations of heterogeneity in engineering education
Presented by Bruk T. Berhane, professor, University of Maryland
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Santa Catalina Hall (SANCA) room 151, Polytechnic campus [map]
This seminar is free and available via Zoom Video Conferencing.
About the talk
Conceptualizations of the process of becoming an engineer include individually-centered metaphors like “pathways,” and institutionally-oriented metaphors such as “pipelines.” This presentation offers both individual and system-level research on increasing diversity in engineering education. It includes a brief introduction to selected research methods that undergird Engineering for US All, an initiative that will introduce engineering in geographically and socioeconomically diverse high schools. The talk then describes a longitudinal study of heterogeneous Black engineering transfer undergraduates. This investigation explores both student-level features like cultural diversity while examining the institutional impact of community colleges as compared to four-year schools on the student experience. The seminar concludes with an overview of an emergent transnational study with a leading Chilean university examining entrepreneurship in engineering curricula. This presentation is contextualized within the greater ASU community, as well as the national and global engineering education ecosystem. Broader implications of this collective work are also described.
About the speaker
Bruk Berhane received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland. He holds a master’s in engineering management from the George Washington University and a doctorate in education from the University of Maryland. In 2003, Bruk was hired by the Johns Hopkins University applied physics laboratory (JHUAPL), where he worked on nanotechnology and microsystems. In 2005, he left JHUAPL for a fellowship with the National Academies and researched methods of increasing the number of women in engineering. Later that year, he briefly served as a mathematics instructor in Baltimore City High Schools. From 2005 through 2018, Berhane directed engineering recruitment and scholarship programs for the University of Maryland. He oversaw an increase in the admission of students of color and females during his tenure and is deeply committed to diversifying undergraduate engineering populations. The broader implications of his research are informed by his comprehensive experiences as a college administrator.