Military Veterans Students' Pathways in Engineering Education

                                                       
                                                             National Science Foundation 1428512 and 1428646

 

About the project

The NSF-sponsored project “Military Veteran Students’ Pathways in Engineering Education” brings together an interdisciplinary research team to explore the pathways of student veterans across four institutions. During the four-year study, dozens of student veterans in engineering were interviewed individually and in focus groups to study their experiences and the factors that support their success. The goal was to understand what made them successful as they transitioned from the military to pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering and how the military and universities can best support the success of student veterans. University administrators and veteran support personnel were also interviewed to learn about policies and practices that shape successful student veteran experiences. The results of this project can help student veterans thrive in college and specifically in engineering majors and inform strategies for faculty and administrators in serving student veterans.

 Research Team

 Publications from this Grant          

 Tip Sheets

“Supporting Student Veterans:  Advice for Faculty and Administrations”

“Considering College?  Advice for Veterans”

“Considering an Engineering Degree?  Advice for Veterans”

 Available here or at https://www.mfri.purdue.edu/resources-and-research/resources/  (Scroll down to “For Student Veterans and Post-Secondary Staff Members”)

 Journal Papers

  1. Mobley, C., Main, J. B., Brawner, C. E., Lord, S. M., & Camacho, M. M. (2019). Pride and Promise: Identity Salience and Enactment of First-Generation Student Veterans in Engineering. International Journal of Engineering Education, 35, no. 1(A), pp. 35-49.

  2. Main, J. B., Camacho, M. M., Mobley, C., Brawner, C., Lord, S., & Kesim, H. (2019). “Technically and Tactically Proficient:” How Military Leadership Training and Experiences are Enacted in Engineering Education. International Journal of Engineering Education, 35, no. 2, pp. 446-457.

  3. Mobley, C., Brawner, C., Lord, S. M., Main, J. B., & Camacho, M. (2019). Digging Deeper: Qualitative Research Methods for Eliciting Narratives and Counter-Narratives from Student Veterans. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, vol. 32, no. 10, 1210-1228.  https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2019.1659440

Conference Publications

  1. Main, J. B., Lord, S., Camacho, M., Brawner, C., & Mobley, C. (2015). Military Veteran Students’ Pathways in Engineering Education (Year 1: Award# 1428646). 2015 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Seattle, WA, June 2015. https://peer.asee.org/24067

  2. Brawner, C., Mobley, C., Lord, S., Main, J. B., & Camacho, M. (2015). Work in Progress: The Institutional Environment for Student Veterans in Engineering. 2015 Frontiers in Education Proceedings, El Paso, TX, October 2015.

  3. Lord, S., Brawner, C., Mobley, C., Main, J. B., & Camacho, M. (2016). Military Veteran Students’ Pathways in Engineering Education (Year 2). 2016 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, New Orleans, LA, June 2016. https://peer.asee.org/26213

  4. Main, J. B., Mobley, C., Brawner, C., Lord, S., & Camacho, M. (2016). Using Focus Groups to Understand Military Veteran Students’ Pathways in Engineering Education. 2016 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, New Orleans, LA, June 2016. https://peer.asee.org/27147

  5. Brawner, C., Mobley, C., Main, J. B., Lord, S., & Camacho, M. (2016). Exploring the Intersection of Veteran Status, Age, and Engineering Study. 2016 Frontiers in Education Proceedings, Erie, PA, October 2016.

  6. Brawner, C. E., Camacho, M. M., Main, J. B., Mobley, C., & Lord, S. M. (2017). Transitioning from Military Service to Engineering Education. Proceedings of the IEEE Global Conference on Engineering Education (EDUCON), Athens, Greece, April 2017.

  7. Lord, S., Brawner, C., Mobley, C., Main, J. B., & Camacho, M. (2017). Military Veteran Students’ Pathways in Engineering Education (Year 3). 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Columbus, OH, June 2017. https://peer.asee.org/27956

  8. Mobley, C., Brawner, C., Main, J. B., Lord, S. M., & Camacho, M. M. (2017). Entering the Engineering Pathway: Student Veterans’ Decision to Major in Engineering. 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Columbus, OH, June 2017. [Won Best Paper Award in Military and Veterans Constituent Committee] https://peer.asee.org/28285

  9. Novoselich, B. J., Hall, J. L., Landry, K. A., Main, J. B., & Dean, A. W. (2017). Supporting Veteran Students Along Engineering Pathways: Faculty, Student, and Researcher Perspectives. 2017 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Columbus, OH, June 2017. https://peer.asee.org/28888

  10. Mobley, C., C. Brawner, C. E., Main, J. B., Lord, S. M. & Camacho, M. M. (2018). Exploring the Experiences of First-Generation Student Veterans in Engineering. 2018 Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference, Crystal City, VA, April-May 2018. https://peer.asee.org/29538

  11. Lord, S., Mobley, C., Main, J. B., Camacho, M., & Brawner, C. (2018). Military Veteran Students’ Pathways in Engineering Education (Year 4). 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2018. https://peer.asee.org/30130

  12. Atkinson, R. C., Mobley, C. Brawner, C. E., Main, J. B., Lord, S. M., & Camacho, M. M. (2018). “I Never Played the “Girl Card”: Experiences and Identity Intersections of Women Student Veterans in Engineering. 2018 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2018. https://jee.org/30590

  13. Brawner, C. E., Lord, S. M., Mobley, C., Camacho, M. M., and Main, J. B. (2019). Race, Veteran, and Engineering Identities among Black Male Student Veterans. Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference, Crystal City, VA, April 2019. https://peer.asee.org/31784

  14. Lord, S. M., Camacho, M. M., Brawner, C. E., Main, J. B. & Mobley, C. (2019). Military Veteran Students’ Pathways in Engineering Education (Year 5). 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Tampa, FL, June 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32466

  15. Brawner, C. E., Lord, S. M., Mobley, C., Main, J. B., & Camacho, M. M. (2019). How the Needs of the Force Impact Student Veterans' Decision to Major in Engineering. 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Tampa, FL, June 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32899

  16. Mobley, C., Main, J. B., Lord, S. M., Brawner, C., & Camacho, M., Institutional Agents' Roles in Serving Student Veterans and Implications for Student Veterans in Engineering. (2019). 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Tampa, FL, June 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32971 [ASEE Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI) 2019 Best Diversity Paper Finalist] slides and narration available at (see Presentation #2) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL84VcUp5xaBsYXBppgzCHZFnYw4lXij7g

  17. Main, J. B., Lord, S. M., Mobley, C., Brawner, C. E., Camacho, M. & Pantoja, C. (2019). Military veterans’ pathways from high school to postsecondary engineering education. European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary, September 2019.

  18. Mobley, C., Murphy, Main, J. B., Lord, S. M. & Brawner, C. E. (2020). The Engineering Education Experiences of Students Serving in the Reserves or National Guard. 2020 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Montreal, Canada, June 2020. https://peer.asee.org/35316

  19. Lord, S. M., Mobley, C., Brawner, C. E., & Main, J. B. (2020). Military Veteran Students’ Pathways in Engineering Education (Year 6). 2020 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference Proceedings, Montreal, Canada, June 2020. https://peer.asee.org/34973

Conference Special Sessions

  1. Lord, S. M., Camacho, M. M., Brawner, C. E., Mobley, C. & Main, J. B. (2017). Have You Ever Wondered Why? Qualitative Research Methods to Investigate Engineering Education. Proceedings of the IEEE Global Conference on Engineering Education (EDUCON), Athens, Greece, April 2017.

  2. Lord, S. M. & Camacho, M. M. (2018). Special Session: Taking a Deep Dive: Qualitative Methods and Identity. Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, San Jose, CA, October 2018.

Conference Presentations

  1. Mobley, C., Brawner, C., Lord, S., Main, J. B., & Camacho, M. (2016). Student Veterans in Engineering: Advancing Knowledge about Student Veterans in the Disciplines. Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Orlando, FL, February 2016.

  2. Hall, J. L., Landry, K. A., Main, J. B., & Dean, A. W. (2016). Supportive Pathways to ETETE Careers for Veteran and Military Students. Invited Panel at American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 2016.

  3. Mobley, C., Brawner, C. E., Lord, S., Main, J. B., & Camacho, M. (2017). Digging Deep: Using Qualitative Research to Uncover the Stories of Student Veterans. Workshop presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Washington, DC, February 2017.

  4. Brawner, C., Mobley, C., Camacho M., Main, J., and Lord, S. (2018). “Navigating from the Military to STEM Education: A Discussion with Researchers.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Student Veterans Association, San Antonio, TX, January 2018.

  5. Brawner, C., Mobley, C., Lord, S., Main, J. B., & Camacho, M. (2018). Answering the How and Why Questions with Qualitative Research. Workshop presented at the Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference, Crystal City, VA, April 2018. https://strategy.asee.org/29515

  6. Camacho, M. M. (2019). Transitions of Student Military Veterans in Higher Education. Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Oakland, CA, March 28-April 1, 2019.

  7. Camacho, M. M., Lord, S. M., Mobley, C., Main, J. B. & Brawner, C. (2019). Exploring Narratives of LGBTQ Student Veterans in Engineering. Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference, Crystal City, VA, April 2019. https://peer.asee.org/31760

  8. Brawner, C., Mobley, C., Lord, S., & Main, J. B. (2020). Welcoming Student Veterans to Engineering: An Interactive Session for Faculty and Administrators. Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity (CoNECD) Conference, Crystal City, VA, January 2021. (virtual)

 

 

 

 

 

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