University Transportation Center

2008 Engineering Education Summer Conference

The Engineering Education Summer Conference (E.E.S.C.) commenced June 17-19, 2008, as a result of the ongoing partnership between Shaker Heights City School District and Cleveland State University (CSU). Twenty-three participants attended, representing nine school districts: Shaker Heights City School District, Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, Hudson City School District, Manchester Local, Regina High School, Cleveland Heights/University Heights School District, Westlake City School District, Parma City Schools, and Owosso Public Schools (Owosso, Michigan). The group of 23—including E.E.S.C. facilitators Diane Burrowbridge of CSU and Joe Marencik of Shaker Heights—posed for a photograph outside downtown Cleveland’s Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC). (Above)

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Field Experiences


Dr. Nigamanth Sridhar, CSU Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, entertains with a lively and informative talk about Global Positioning Systems (GPS).


Participants spent the morning at the Lerner Institute of the Cleveland Clinic hearing about educational outreach opportunities. Keith Jamison (pictured) explains a variety of the Clinic’s research projects.


Dr. Chin Kuo, CSU Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, discusses water treatment, environmental engineering, and the K-12 applications of both.



Gregg Schoof, Assistant Director of Fenn College of Engineering’s Fenn Academy, describes various outreach programs over lunch.


Teachers-turned-students keep notes during the presentation of Dr. Chin Kuo.


Brenda Spivey, 4th grade teacher from Boulevard Elementary in Shaker Heights, masters the knack of SEGWAY driving—with a hand from Fenn Academy’s Gregg Schoof.



Jamie Tanner, 4th grade Math teacher at Echo Hills Elementary in Stow, focuses on the finer aspects of SEGWAY navigation.


Courtney Nemura, Hudson Middle School 7th grade Science teacher, learns to balance the SEGWAY while Marty McGuan, Shaker Heights Onoway Elementary School 4th grade teacher, waits his turn.


Amusing fellow Shaker Heights High School teacher Bill Scanlon and CSU’s Diane Tupa, Stacey Steggert, Science teacher at Shaker Heights High School, pilots the SEGWAY alongside a very attentive Gregg Schoof.



Engineering Education Summer Conference participants listen as Joe Marencik proudly compares student-crafted solar ovens to the commercially produced model.


Joe Marencik, Engineering Applications Course instructor, uses a hair dryer to inflate a demonstration balloon while Bill Scanlon, Shaker Heights High School Physics teacher, tests his ability to multi-task.


Laura Marino and Vince Hercules, Manchester’s Nolley Elementary School teachers, observe the numerous propeller shapes investigated by Joe Marencik’s Engineering Applications students.



An enthusiastic Joe Marencik walks teachers through the testing component of a student wind tunnel/airplane propeller project. To the right sit the elements of another engineering application—slot car design.


Lomond Elementary School (Shaker Heights) teachers Gretchen Hess (left) and Patsy Bannon engage in friendly competition while touring the Great Lakes Science Center.

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(From left to right) Marie Walsh, Regina High School Pre-Engineering and Math teacher, Karen Sandercock, and Lisa Lauria, Regina High School Pre-Engineering and Math teacher, work together to build an arch.



As part of their field experience to the Great Lakes Science Center, the conference group was able to get a short tour of the nearby Mather


Karen Sandercock (middle), teacher for Cleveland Heights/ University Heights City School District, clocks her pitching speed as Marci Cohen, 2nd grade teacher at Lomond Elementary School in Shaker Heights, and Stacey Steggert (right) look on.


Vince Hercules, 4th grade teacher at Nolley Elementary School in Manchester, explores different bubble shapes.


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Mailing Address
University Transportation Center
Fenn College of Engineering
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave., SH 107
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214

Campus Location
Stilwell Hall Room 107
1980 East 24th Street
Dr. Stephen Duffy, Director
Phone: 216.687.3874
Fax: 216.687.5395

Nigamanth Sridhar Ph.D.
Associate Director, Research
(216) 687-5341

Debbie Jackson Ed.D.
Associate Director, Education & Training
(216) 687-3753

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