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Faculty In Action: Engineering

 
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal (Dr. Jawa)

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal (Dr. Jawa)
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Cal Poly Pomona
Category: Engineering

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“Service Learning involves real people in real time, and therefore, it contains certain elements of drama and dilemma, making it personally meaningful and fulfilling.”

 

Dr. Jawa’s School Robotics class was the first “S”-designated Engineering service-learning course at Cal Poly Pomona. Through this course, Cal Poly Pomona engineering students and faculty visit local K-12 schools each week to train school teachers and mentor students with hands-on activities about robotics. This program culminates with an annual Robotics competition titled “The Fourth R Robotic Challenge at Cal Poly Pomona.” The Fourth R Robotics program, the largest program of its kind in the country, reaches hundreds of elementary, middle and high school students. Dr. Jawa and his students have personally worked with over 1,000 students in the last few years.
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Dr. Stacy Gleixner

Dr. Stacy Gleixner
Associate Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
San José State University
Category: Engineering

Open Quotation

“The next generation of engineers is going to play a key role in helping solve our society’s crises including access to health care, rising demand for energy, and climate change.”

 

Every semester, Dr. Gleixner’s Renewable Energy Engineering class designs hands-on projects to explain renewable energy technology to school-aged children. At the end of the semester, the San José State students bring their modules to the Third Street Community Center’s after school program, which has a science and engineering focus. The Third Street Community Center is in walking distance of the SJSU campus and services the neighborhood children, many of whom are low income and/or new immigrants.
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