Category Archives: STEM

Richland College, Missouri S&T sign transfer agreement
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From left: Debra Schatz, Missouri S&T’s assistant director of admissions; Richland College President Kay Eggleston; Martha Hogan, executive dean of Richland College’s School of Engineering, Business and Technology; Richland College Engineering Professor Roderick Crowder sign a transfer agreement on March 19 between the two institutions.

Representatives from Richland College and Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) signed a transfer articulation agreement on March 19 to provide qualifying Richland students complete academic transfer access to Missouri S&T to earn a Bachelor of Arts/Science in engineering.

The signing was conducted by Richland College President Kay Eggleston; Martha Hogan, executive dean of Richland College’s School of Engineering, Business and Technology; Richland College Engineering Professor Roderick Crowder; and Debra Schatz, Missouri S&T’s assistant director of admissions, representing Missouri University S&T Chancellor Cheryl Schrader

A similar signing was held last month at Missouri S&T. Approximately 2,000 of Richland College’s 18,500 students are enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study, including 600 students in engineering.

Developing transfer agreements is an important part of Richland College’s mission to encourage student learning success and degree completion. Richland maintains transfer agreements for degrees ranging from journalism to engineering to photography to digital forensics with institutions including the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and the University of North Texas.


Area high schoolers attend ‘Engineering the Future’

Richland College hosted 247 area high school students for “Engineering the Future,” a special event highlighting the engineering and technology fields of study. The event, held Feb. 17 and Feb. 19, coincided with National Engineers Week. Students from North Dallas, Garland, North Garland, Naaman Forest and Conrad high schools participated in various activities including a rocket launch, meetings with college and university representatives, special presentations by Richland College and Texas A&M University-Commerce officials and a campus tour.


Richland College recognized by TSSB, receives grant

Richland College’s Digital Forensics program has received recognition and a $20,000 Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) grant to further develop program curriculum.

The TSSB recognized Richland College’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Forensics for “being integrated with the industry-defined digital forensics technician skill standards.”

The skill standards-enhanced program benefits employers and graduates. Graduates can be confident they are gaining skills and knowledge valued by employers in the digital forensics industry, and employers gain a more qualified workforce.

Zoltan Szabo, Richland College’s lead faculty member in Digital Forensics, led the effort with employers to develop the skill standards, and then integrated the standards into the curriculum and applied for program recognition.

Mr. Szabo worked with a panel of experts from regional, state, national and international companies to develop the digital forensics technician skill standards. Participating companies included DFW Forensics, ERASE Enterprises, Stroz Friedberg, Accudata Systems Inc., Digital Discovery, CFSI Inc., Deloitte, Transperfect, Cyber Defense Lab, Shaw Digital Forensics Services, G-C Partners and the Federal Public Defender’s Office.

In September, Richland College was awarded a grant of $510,894 from the National Science Foundation to support and develop the college’s Digital Forensics program. Richland College is Texas’ only Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance 2-Year Education and Training.

Richland College has been developing its Digital Forensics program in response to a critical nationwide need for as many as 65,000 new specialists in cybersecurity to prevent and investigate threats to the United States’ cyber infrastructure.

To learn more about Richland College’s Digital Forensics program, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/forensics. To learn more about the TSSB, visit www.tssb.org.


Richland College receives NSF grant for Digital Forensics

Richland College has been awarded a grant of $510,894 from the National Science Foundation to support and develop the college’s growing Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program.

Richland College has been developing its Digital Forensics program in response to a critical nationwide need for as many as 65,000 new specialists in cybersecurity to prevent and investigate threats to the United States’ cyber infrastructure.

Richland College, the state’s only Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance 2-Year Education and Training, currently offers an associate degree and a technical certificate in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance.

The three-year grant will help Richland College also to deliver current cybersecurity courses online and to raise awareness of cybersecurity careers among elementary and secondary school teachers, guidance counselors, students and parents in local school districts including Richardson and Garland. Some 180 undergraduate students as well as 500 K-12 students and 50 teachers will participate in the project.

The grant also provides for Richland College to shape transfer agreements in digital forensics with four-year universities and to create a learning model to help military veterans earn digital forensics course credits and degrees.

For more information about Richland College’s Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/forensics or call 972-238-6210.


Former engineering student honored for academic success

Melchor Tijerina III, 2012-13 STEM scholar and Joe Lucky scholarship recipient.

Former Richland College student Melchor Tijerina III recently was featured by the Dallas County Community College District Foundation for his academic achievements.

A 2012-13 Dallas County Community College District STEM scholar and Joe Lucky scholarship recipient, Melchor recently was awarded the Terry Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $12,000 per year and renewable for up to three years of undergraduate studies.

Melchor graduated from Richland College last May with an Associate in Science degree and will attend the University of Texas at Dallas this fall to study electrical engineering.


UTD physicist to present at Richland College on Higgs boson discovery
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Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider confirmed on March 14, 2013, they found the Higgs boson, the particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass.

Richland College‘s School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions presents a lecture by Dr. Joseph M. Izen on “The ATLAS Experiment, the Large Hadron Collider, and the Discovery of a Higgs Boson” at 1 p.m. on May 3 in Sabine Hall, Room SH118.

Dr. Izen, physics professor at The University of Texas at Dallas, is part of a worldwide research team collaborating on the ATLAS experiment, one of two general-purpose detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), world’s largest atom smasher, located near Geneva, Switzerland.

Since the Higgs boson’s existence was first proposed in 1964, physicists have been searching for the particle thought to explain how other particles get their mass. The Higgs boson is the final missing piece in the so-called Standard Model, which, through more than four decades of experiments, has correctly explained the elementary particles and forces that make up the visible universe.

Compared to other elementary particles, the Higgs boson is massive, so it requires the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, the LHC, to generate the extreme level of energy needed to create the particle. Scientists at the LHC confirmed they found the Higgs boson on March 14, 2013.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information, call 972-238-6248.


Camps for young students offered this summer

Richland College is offering two camps this summer for young students. See below for details. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

Richland College STEM Camp 2013
Richland College will once again offer its industry-recognized summer camp to introduce young students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The three-week camp designed for students ages 13-18 will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 10-28, at Richland College. Tuition for STEM Camp is $300. Enrollment is limited to 100 students who must be U.S. citizens or documented residents. Visit www.richlandcollege.edu/engineering/stem for more information and for an application. To register, contact Teresa Lynd at tlynd@dcccd.edu or 972-238-3797, Jocyln Hanson at josshanson@dcccd.edu or 214-890-3849, or Roderick Crowder at rcrowder@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6934.

Richland College Robots-4-U Summer Day Camp
Richland College is hosting three sessions of Robots-4-U summer day camp. Campers ages 7 to 17 will learn science, problem solving, teamwork and technological skills as they build robots. Robots-4-U provides boys and girls a hands-on learning experience for beginner to master levels. Tuition for the five-day camp is $399.95 per camper. Robots-4-U is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the weeks of June 10-14, July 22-26 and Aug. 12-16.  Campers need to bring their lunches. Class size is limited. For more information, call 972-782-2503 or visit www.robots-4-u.com/c-richland-college-robotics-day-camp.html.


Engineering faculty members recognized by ASME

ASME-award-recipientsBrian Fleming and Roderick Crowder, Richland College engineering professors, have been named recipients of a new award from the North Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The award will be presented on May 14 in Dallas. In addition to teaching engineering classes at Richland College, Mr. Fleming and Mr. Crowder also organize and conduct Richland’s annual STEM Camp during the summer for middle and high school students. Last year’s STEM Camp earned an award from the ASME and a nomination for the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titan Award.


Richland College students, professors among STEM scholars, faculty fellows
Top row, from left: Fawaz Ahmed Iqbal, Armin Yousefzadeh Khiabani, Khoi Ly and Phuong Nguyen. Bottom row, from left: Quynh Pham, Jonathan Reeder, Duc Tran, Khanh Vo and Yaoxiang Xuan.

Top row, from left: Fawaz Ahmed Iqbal, Armin Yousefzadeh Khiabani, Khoi Ly and Phuong Nguyen. Bottom row, from left: Quynh Pham, Jonathan Reeder, Duc Tran, Khanh Vo and Yaoxiang Xuan.

Nine Richland College students were among the spring 2013 scholars selected by the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Foundation for participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute.

Thirty-eight students from the DCCCD’s seven individually accredited colleges were selected this spring for the program which focuses on retaining and encouraging top students who are pursuing STEM-related majors. The program also helps student participants to transfer seamlessly to four-year undergraduate degree programs in their fields. To see the complete list of DCCCD STEM Institute scholars, click here.

Spring 2013 STEM Institute scholars from Richland College and their declared majors and hometowns are:

  • Fawaz Ahmed Iqbal, electrical engineering, Plano
  • Armin Yousefzadeh Khiabani, petroleum engineering, Dallas
  • Khoi Ly, aerospace engineering, Garland
  • Phuong Nguyen, biology, Dallas
  • Quynh Pham, biology, Garland
  • Jonathan Reeder, biology, Dallas
  • Duc Tran, chemistry, Dallas
  • Khanh Vo, pharmaceutics, Garland
  • Yaoxiang Xuan, actuarial science, Plano

Established as a pilot program in 2009, the DCCCD STEM Institute involves a total of 80 students during the 2012-2013 academic year. The institute provides students with a cash stipend, personalized faculty mentoring, assistance in negotiating their transfer to four-year institutions, plus extracurricular research and internship opportunities. Students participate in industry- and career-related seminars throughout the year, as well as an annual STEM summit that has featured internationally renowned speakers such as ocean explorer Fabien Cousteau and astronaut Dr. Mary Ellen Weber.

The program’s numbers exceed state and national averages for student success and completion: a combined 89 percent of last year’s STEM scholars graduated with associate degrees, transferred to four-year institutions or are still enrolled in one of the DCCCD’s individually accredited colleges. Although the institute initially focused on students who were pursuing STEM majors, an expanded focus now includes students who intend to teach subjects in those areas at all levels. Since its inception, the institute has served 343 students.

“The greatest driver of economic development in our community will be the quality and education of our workforce,” says Hunter L. Hunt, who chairs the STEM Initiative for DCCCD’s Campaign for Excellence and who assumes the chair of the Foundation’s board of directors this month. “With more than 700,000 jobs in STEM industries forecast for Texas by 2018, these STEM scholars hold the key to the future success of our region.”

The DCCCD STEM Institute pilot program has been supported by Citi, a U.S. Department of Education congressional appropriation, the Fluor Foundation, the Greater Texas Foundation, the Hillcrest Foundation, Hunt Consolidated, Margaret McDermott, and Hunter and Stephanie Hunt.

STEM scholars must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, remain in good academic standing and complete at least 12 college credit hours. Students have transferred to four-year institutions including multiple University of Texas locations, Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, Rice University, Texas Woman’s University, Colorado State University, the University of Arkansas, Columbia University and Purdue University.

STEM Citi Faculty Fellows
A major component of the STEM Institute is one-to-one faculty mentoring from outstanding science, engineering and mathematics professors. These professors are chosen through a rigorous selection process to work individually with students, participate in institute activities with them, and connect them with university and industry leaders. Funding for the Citi STEM Faculty Fellows program was secured in great part through the efforts of Debbie Taylor, a DCCCD Foundation board member, who is southwest regional director for community relations at Citi.

The STEM Faculty Fellows Academy, initiated in fall 2012 in partnership with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, provides dedicated year-round enrichment for the continued professional and academic development of select mathematics and science faculty members who are teaching at the seven colleges of the DCCCD.

From left: Heather Appleby, Dr. Ricardo Azpiroz, Dr. Gene Garrett, Bryan Gibbs and Dr. Polly Schulle

From left: Heather Appleby, Dr. Ricardo Azpiroz, Dr. Gene Garrett, Bryan Gibbs and Dr. Polly Schulle

Richland College’s Citi STEM Faculty Fellows include the following professors:

  • Heather Appleby, physics
  • Dr. Ricardo Azpiroz, biology and chemistry
  • Dr. Gene Garrett*, chemistry
  • Bryan Gibbs, geology and physics
  • Dr. Polly Schulle, mathematics

* Second-year STEM Citi Faculty Fellow


Enrollment opens March 1 for summer STEM Camp

STEM CampEnrollment begins March 1 for Richland College’s industry-recognized summer camp to introduce young students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

STEM Camp 2013 will be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, June 10-28, at Richland College. The three-week camp, designed for students ages 13-18, gives campers the opportunity to explore fields of study including: aerospace, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering; CAD/CAM manufacturing; engineering and manufacturing technology; and Web design and multimedia.

Camp participants select a program track they wish to explore in greater detail during the camp. They will work with Richland College faculty to complete an integrated project related to an overall camp theme.

Campers also will attend tours and seminars with industry leaders and will be introduced to instructional opportunities and student services at Richland College. STEM Camp culminates with a rocket launch competition beside Lake Thunderduck on campus.

Richland’s STEM Camp has been recognized by industry leaders, earning a nomination for the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titan Award and an award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Tuition for STEM Camp is $300. Enrollment is limited to 100 students who must be U.S. citizens or documented residents. Requirements also include a current school grade report, passing TAKS scores, and a math or science teacher nomination. Needs-based tuition waivers are available.

Visit www.richlandcollege.edu/engineering/stem for more information and for an application. To register, contact one of the following:

Teresa Lynd
tlynd@dcccd.edu
972-238-3797

Jocyln Hanson
josshanson@dcccd.edu
214-890-3849

Roderick Crowder
RCrowder@dcccd.edu
972-238-6934