Draft Agenda for first AB meeting CPACE II

CPACE Advisory Board Meeting

Date: November 11, 2010

Location: Deans Engineering Conference Room, Room 3405, Engineering Building,Michigan State University

Networking Breakfast with 9:30 a.m.- 10 a.m.

Meeting Time: 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Lunch: 12 p.m. -1 p.m.

Meeting Facilitation: Jon Sticklen, PI, Director, Center for Engineering Education Research


Welcome and introductions [25 minutes]

Jon Sticklen, PI, Director, Center for Engineering Education Research   and Dr Satish Upda Dean, Engineering

  • Opening Remarks (5-10 min) Dr. Satish Upda Dean, Engineering
  • Ice Breaker Activity: (10-15 min)
    • Ask AB members (new -Sandra and Brandon and old) to introduce selves, organization affiliated, and share why they joined AB
    • MSU/LCC/CSW introduce selves

Defining Authentic Computational Engineering Problems [50-70 minutes]

1) Brief Overview of the CPACE I & CPACE II and AB member Role (Who: Jon, Mark and Abdol) [10 min]


  • (9-28 CEV) Important to bring back the pie chart to provide necessary context and help them connect dots between the two phases of the CPACE project. This way we will also have the part about the CT. This is the core idea that we want to convey and then expand from there. Explain how we made the pie chart using the data that we collected from them. Present these results in the context of our previous presentation to the AB members.
2) Overview of the Targeted Courses. (Who: LCC:Louise Calc 1 & MATLAB; EGR 102; CHE: Daina; CE: Neeraj) [10 min]

3) Share Authentic Problem Example(s) (Who: Louise and Jon) [10 min]


  • We will share the sand filtration problem for 102. 
  • We will follow up with the activity
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY  (Facilitators: Cindee and ?????) [15 min]
  • What authentic computationally-based engineering  problems/issues/challenges do you resolve on regular basis?
  • What challenges (if any) do you encounter in resolving these problems/issues/challenges?
  • Who are the engineering practitioners that deal directly with these problems/issues/challenges we should speak with to learn more about them?
  • How can we make these problems interesting and more realistic for students?
  • How do we continue industry engagement to keep the problems current and interesting?


  • We could have the CHE/CE members put their answers to these questions on note cards at the tables or create a simple template for them to complete with 2-3 key questions.

4) Overview of the Authentic Problems Generation Process (Who: Cindee) [5 min]
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY (Facilitators: Cindee and ?????) [15 min]
  • What adjustments would you make to this process?
  • Are there other ways we could engage employers in this process?
  • Knowing networks shift over time, what other  engineering-based employers would you recommend that we speak with?

General notes on the group discussion activities:

  • (10-19) We will break into 2 groups. Cindee will do the overall facilitation
  • (9-28 CEV) All the questions will be asked to all the AB members regardless of discipline. Remove discipline-specific remarks. We can do targeted follow-up with CHE and CE after the meeting.
  • (9-28 CEV) Tentative Flow of the exercise: Start with the specifics after we set up ask what do you understand an AP is? How are you interpreting what we are thinking about?
  • (9-28 CEV) New questions to add in -- How do we get people to move from novice to practitioners? What are the challenges that new employers/interns have in that transition process? (How are we preparing our workforce. -- these two questions and some of those above help answer how we are preparing the workforce-CD). Are we adding these questions? Where?

Higher Ed Change Process - Jim Fairweather [10-15 minutes]

  •  Overview and implications of the change process in higher education regarding STEM curriculum reform.

Evaluation activity [10 minutes]  

Cynthia Science and Mathematics Program Improvement (SAMPI), Western Michigan University

  • Update on SAMPI's role in CPACE II

Closing and next steps [10 minutes]

  •  Jon Sticklen, PI, Director, Center for Engineering Education Research

Networking lunch [60 minutes]