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Physics & Engineering Summary

Friday, 9:30 – 9:55 a.m.
“NY Times Automotive Article Applications to Help Teach Physics”
Dr. John P. Cise, Professor of Physics, Austin Community College

Friday, 9:55 – 10:15 a.m.
“The ASES Degree at Southwest Texas Junior College – First Results”
Brandon Gurwell, STEM Outreach Coordinator, Southwest Texas Junior College

Friday, 10:15 – 10:35 a.m.
“Running Process Technology Training in a Diverse Classroom”
Dr. Azita Ahosseini, Process Technology Instructor, Houston Community College–Northeast

Friday, 10:35 – 11:00 a.m.
“Will Students do Physics Homework – Without Help?”
Dr. Julienne LeMond, Associate Adjunct Professor of Physics, Austin Community College

Saturday, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
“Integration of New Design-and-Build Technologies”
Laura Salas, Assistant Professor of Architectural and Engineering Design Technology, South Texas College, and Margarita Vanguelova, Assistant Professor of Architectural and Engineering Design Technology, South Texas College

Saturday, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
“Oil and Gas Reserves – Where the Value of Stock Comes From”
Vern Wilson, Professor of Petroleum Technology, Navarro College


Friday, February 24th, 9:30 – 9:55 a.m.

“NY Times Automotive Article Applications to Help Teach Physics”

Since 2007, Dr. Cise has been using NY Times physics application articles to help teach physics. NY Times articles on sports, automotive, science, space and astronomy are used as base documents in teaching students on these subjects. This presentation will share the successes achieved in helping students learn physics.

Dr. John P. Cise, Professor of Physics, Austin Community College

John P. CiseDr. John P. Cise received his Ph.D. in Physics and Science Education from University of Texas in Austin. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, England. Currently, he is a Physics Professor at Austin Community College.

 


Friday, February 24th, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

“The ASES Degree at Southwest Texas Junior College – First Results”

The first year of the new ASES (Associate of Science Engineering Science) degree program has been completed and this presentation will review the results. Besides standard statistical results, the presentation will provide insight into a variety of program aspects including the building of transfer relationships with university engineering programs.

Brandon Gurwell, Instructor, Southwest Texas Junior College

Brandon GurwellBrandon Gurwell earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Angelo State University and his Master of Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has worked as a high school mathematics teacher for two years. Currently, he is the Pre-Engineering Program Coordinator at Southwest Texas Junior College.

 


Friday, February 24th, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

“Running Process Technology Training in a Diverse Classroom”

Overcoming challenges in training adults is a controversial subject in education. The combination of science, technology and diversity has a synergetic impact on the complexity of andragogy in teaching process technology courses. In this presentation, some factors that can affect learning in aforementioned sophisticated topic will be discussed and the ways to facilitate teaching will be conferred.

Dr. Azita Ahosseini, Process Technology Instructor, Houston Community College–Northeast

Dr. Azita AhosseiniDr. Azita Ahosseini received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas. She has been a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lab Instructor at the University of Kansas. She has published Chemical and Engineering papers and presented at AICHE and ACS events. Currently, she is a Process Technology Instructor at Houston Community College.

 


Saturday, February 25th, 11:25 – 11:45 a.m.

“Will Students do Physics Homework – Without Help?”

Students get stuck doing physics homework. In their frustration, they turn to outside resources without giving themselves a chance to figure it out. The problem is that seeing it done is not the same as learning how to do it – a distinction that is often lost on the student. This presentation is about designing and structuring physics homework so that it supports and reinforces students gradually developing an understanding that encourages them to “figure it out” for themselves.

Dr. Julienne LeMond, Associate Adjunct Professor of Physics, Austin Community College

Dr. Julienne LeMond, Austin Community CollegeDr. Julienne LeMond received a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. After nearly 20 years as a research scientist at the Applied Research Laboratories (ARL:UT), she turned her attention from doing physics to teaching physics, and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Austin Community College.


Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

“Integration of New Design-and-Build Technologies”

New technologies, collaboration and integration, along other emerging industry trends, are changing dramatically the way things are designed, built, manufactured and used. This presentation will cover the utilization in our classes of emerging and existing design technologies, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), specialized software, visualization, 3D modeling and 3D printing in the architectural and civil engineering industry. It will emphasize the need and importance of training not only community college and high school students in the application of these technologies, but of engineering students and practicing engineers as well. With the reduction of credit hours in all degree plans, the 4 year programs could not offer more than one class to train the students in all these new technologies. As community college educators we have the responsibility to prepare the future engineering and architecture specialists to successfully enter the fast changing design and built environment with the critical skills needed in these highly competitive fields. Our goal is to inspire creativity, innovation, and collaboration through these new technologies.

Laura Salas, Assistant Professor of Architectural and Engineering Design Technology, South Texas College, and Margarita Vanguelova, Assistant Professor of Architectural and Engineering Design Technology, South Texas College

Laura Salas, South Texas CollegeLaura Salas is the Architectural & Engineering Design Technology program Assistant Chair. She assists in curriculum development, maintaining STC’s  IE plan, marketing and outreach, faculty professional development and training, student advising and registration, course scheduling, book selections, staff supervision, faculty evaluations, software updates, committee meetings, and departmental meetings. As an Assistant Professor Ms. Salas’ teaching specialization is Architectural and Visual Design Technology, a field that focuses on presentational graphics for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. Ms. Salas trains students in AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Google Sketchup software. Ms. Salas teaches courses like Architectural Photography, Architectural Illustration, Topographical Drafting, Digital Imaging, Computer Illustration, Interior Design Graphics, Portfolio Development, Solid Modeling, and various other CAD courses.

Margarita VanguelovaMargarita Vanguelova is assistant professor at the Architectural and Engineering Design Technology program at South Texas College, and teaches architectural and civil engineering technology classes. Ms. Vanguelova has a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, with specialization in transportation and structural engineering. She has nearly ten years teaching experience at South Texas College, and more than 20 years experience as a structural engineer and designer with leading international companies like Arup and Partners in New York City, Birdair Inc. in Buffalo, NY, and others in the United States, South Africa, and Bulgaria. Ms. Vanguelova has been involved in projects including the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada; Jubilee Church, Rome, Italy; Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City, Utah; among others. This combined experience gives her a very good understanding of the needs and requirements of the structural and civil engineering fields and how to best prepare students to either successfully continue their education in the engineering and architectural fields, or enter the workforce in that industry.


Saturday, February 25th, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

“Oil and Gas Reserves – Where the Value of Stock Comes From”

This presentation shows how students are taught a basic derivation of the value of an oil and gas company’s stock based on its oil and gas reserves. A company’s value is only as good as the recoverable oil and gas that a company has in the ground. The students are taught the logic and methodology of determining oil and gas reserves in a simple, interesting way.

Vern Wilson, Professor of Petroleum Technology, Navarro College

Vern Wilson, Navarro CollegeMr. Wilson runs Wilson Energy and is a professor of petroleum technology courses at Navarro College. Mr. Wilson joined the oil industry as a roughneck on a drilling rig, obtained a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, became a professional engineer in 1961, and has dedicated his life to the oil industry in many different countries. Mr. Wilson researched, wrote and published Net Positive Suction Head Requirements for Reciprocating Pumps. Mr. Wilson was both Operating Chairman and Engineering Chairman for several of the world’s largest waterfloods in Canada. He worked with Exxon in Libya and progressed through Reservoir Engineering (mathematical modeling), Production Engineering, Workover and Drilling, and then into Gas Engineering, where he was charged with drilling gas wells and supplying a 500 MMCFD cryogenic plant. Mr. Wilson created the Libyan Association of Petroleum Technologists, a professional society in Libya. Wilson Energy was created in 1982 in Texas to drill and acquire oil, gas producing properties and pipelines, and is still in operation today. In 1998 he created Global Energy and Refining in Belize, Nigeria and the United States. He was lead engineer in the design, construction, and installation of the first independently owned Natural Gas Liquids plant in Nigeria. In 2007 Mr. Wilson coordinated an enhanced oil recovery program in Corsicana, Texas. In 2008 Wilson Energy divested assets, and is currently re-building assets, and operating oil and gas properties.

 

 

Physics & Engineering Section Chair:
Tom Lane, Houston Community College–Northeast