Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates design, build, and deploy real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. EPICS was founded at Purdue University in Fall 1995. Currently, there are twenty universities in the EPICS University Program. Each team has a multi-year partnership with a community service or education organization. Projects are in four broad areas: human services, access and abilities, education and outreach, and the environment. EPICS teams are working on more than 400 projects with their community partners.
The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC’s goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool, including women and minorities. The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is open to all American citizens and provides a $20,000 annual stipend. Fellows hold a research or teaching assistantship, take one or two paid summer internships with a government agency, and form relationships with a mentor and their sponsor.
In this paper, “A Primer for Engineering Teaching Assistants,” delivered at ASEE’s 2012 Conference in San Antonio, Ana T. Torres-Ayala, a doctoral candidate in higher education at the University of South Florida, and Geoffrey L. Herman, a postdoctoral researcher at the Illinois Foundry for Engineering Education, present the basics of motivation theories and how they can be used to inform and direct TAs work with engineering students.