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                        P116B981262 YEAR 2 PROGRESS REPORT

                       DEGREE PROGRAM

                              Lead PI: Melanie A. McNeil, Ph.D.
                             Co-PIs: Art Diaz, Ph.D.; Udeme Ndon, Ph.D
                                  San Jose State University
                                 San Jose California 95192


        Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) education is a collaborative industry-driven

curriculum project involving seven departments at San Jose State University (SJSU), local

Community Colleges and local industries in the Silicon Valley. The Fund for Improvement of

PostSecondary Education (FIPSE) has provided funding for the development of this multi-

disciplinary, industry-partnered 4-year engineering degree program in EH&S which will provide

trained baccalaureate degree-level graduates to industries who are not currently able to fill entry-

level positions with qualified personnel. Outcomes of this project will include a curricular model

which can be readily transported to other universities, a industrial partnership model which can

be transported to other universities, and the establishment of an official industry-partnered EH&S

program at SJSU. This report is submitted to detail the activities which have been accomplished

during Year 2 (September 1999 - June 2000).

        The goal of the proposed project is to establish the EH&S program as an official SJSU

program in a way that includes significant industrial involvement as the program is established

and continued industrial involvement with students as they complete their baccalaureate degrees.

Established avenues of industrial involvement in the EH&S program, including development of

the curriculum to ensure appropriate content and skills, teaching, team-teaching or guest

lecturing in a large percentage of the upper division courses, and Intern/Co-Op participation, will

help ensure students are indeed qualified for EH&S positions when they graduate.
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        This project is proposed to be accomplished over three years with the following

objectives :

        1) To establish EH&S as an official SJSU Engineering Program;
        2) To establish an Industrial Advisory Board
        3) To develop new courses and modify selected existing courses so they will
        provide required content for the EH&S curriculum;
        4) To integrate industrial participation throughout the EH&S Program
        including the establishment of feedback loops so student learning objectives
        will be achieved;
        5) To develop a unified EH&S program structure so students are supported
        to complete their degree;
        6). To develop a curricular development model which can be transported to
        other universities; and,
        7) To establish a pipeline of students from selected Community Colleges to
        the SJSU EH&S Program.

        Table 1 lists the percent completion of each task at the end of year 2 compared to the
percentage completed in Year 1 as originally reported in our Year 1 Progress Report.

Table 2. Percent Complete Compared to End of 3 Year Project.

Task                                            Year 1 % Completion      Year 2 % Completion

Establish EH&S as Official SJSU Program                  100                       100
Establish Industrial Advisory Board                      100                       100
Course Modification/Development                           20                        75
Industry Participation
        Increase Industrial Contacts                      50                        80
        Course Development                                40                        75
        Teaching/Team Teaching                            20                        70
        Co-op/Intern                                      30                        50
        Scholarships                                      30                        60
Establish Unified Structure                               30                        75
Establish Pipeline of Students                            40                        50
Develop Marketing Materials                               80                        95
Student Recruitment                                       30                        60
Evaluation                                                30                        60
Additional Funding Activities                             30                        75

The progress achieved in accomplishing tasks is detailed below, except where they were 100
percent completed in Year 1.
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1. Development and Modification of Courses

        Meetings have been held with representatives from the many departments at SJSU from

which courses are included in the EH&S curriculum in order to identify necessary modifications

of existing courses (ChE 115, Biol. 137, CE 170) and development of new courses (ISE 112, ISE

114). ISE 114 (Safety Engineering) was developed during the Fall 1999 semester and was

offered for the first time during the Spring 2000 semester to 20 students. One of the PIs (AD)

and two industrial representatives team taught the course. ISE 112 is being developed during the

Summer 2000 to be offered for the first time during the Fall 2000 semester. Two instructors

(including a project PI) and one industrial representative will team teach the course.

2) Industrial Participation

        Industrial Recognition

        A series of Industrial Informational Evenings have been held with the objectives:

        • to achieve industrial recognition for the existence of the new EH&S Program,
        • to gather input on the curriculum structure,
        • and to identify industrial partners to provide internship positions, scholarships, team
lecturers and Advisory Board Participation.

        The first presentation was held on April 21, 1999 and was reported on in the Year 1

Progress Report. The second industrial informational presentation was held on June 10, 1999

after the Year 1 Progress Report had been submitted. This time the focus was on government

agencies and 18 representatives from the agencies such as the Santa Clara County Fire Chiefs,

Public Health divisions from several cities, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, and the Santa

Clara Valley Water District. This agencies were very interested in the new EHS Program and

have offered internships, advisory capability and team teaching commitments.

        In addition, presentations were made to the Ergonomics Convention, the Institute for

Research in Environmental Engineering and Science annual Forum and the Silicon Valley
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Manufacturing Group. Additional presentations are planned to other environmentally-related

professional associations.

        Teaching/Team Teaching

        Industrial Participation has been incorporated into additional courses. ISE 114 Safety

Engineering was team taught with one SJSU faculty member and David Krack EHS Manager at

New United Motors Inc., and Dr. Dave Aldis from LLNL.               ChE 177 Air Pollution and

Combustion was offered with a SJSU faculty member and Carlos Castaligni, a private

environmental consultant.     Biol 137 Toxicology was completely taught by an industrial

representative. Additional courses will incorporate industrial representatives in the next year.


        A Co-Op/Intern industrial position is required for students in the EH&S program.

Applied Materials, Lam Semiconductor, Hewlett-Packard, EORM, Santa Clara Fire Chiefs,

Novellus, Xerox, City of Gilroy and Chipshot have already committed to providing intern

positions. Some of the intern requests are shown on the EHS Program web page given below.

We are actively encouraging other industrial participants through our industrial presentations

described in the section above.


        Several new scholarship opportunities were added to that developed in year 1. One is

with the Scholarships for Excellent Engineering Students (SEES) which is open to other students

besides EHS but which can be used to recruit EHS students.              Another new scholarship

opportunity is with the Quality Engineering Society.

3) Unified Structure of the EH&S Curriculum

        In the California State University System, courses which the student cannot complete at

2 year Community Colleges, cannot be offered until the Junior and Senior year. Thus, all

focused upper division EH&S courses can only be offered during the Junior and Senior year. In
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addition, the proposed EH&S curriculum is multi-disciplinary in nature. Therefore, the EH&S

Program must be structured so that students are in an integrated Program they can identify with.

In order to achieve a unified EH&S Program structure:

   A draft of advising guidelines was developed so students progress through the program could

    be easily followed by any advisor.

   A core course was identified each semester to serve as a focal point to pass out information

    to EHS students.

   A monthly seminar series is in the planning stage so students and faculty can interact on a

    regular basis outside of the classroom.

4) Pipeline of Students From Mission College

        The College of Engineering has existing alliances with surrounding Community Colleges

due to their outreach programs for student recruitment. Several Community Colleges have

established successful AA-degree programs with an environmental focus. In particular, Mission

College has a successful degree program in Fire and Safety and because of this was a member of

the Joint Venture Silicon Valley committee which developed the proposed EH&S Engineering

Curriculum. Mission College will continue to be involved with SJSU during the curriculum

development phase. Because Articulation Agreements are already in place so that students may

transfer Community College courses to SJSU for credit, Mission College also plans to work with

SJSU to recruit students from the Fire and Safety Program and encourage them to continue on to

SJSU to receive an EH&S degree. One motivator for the students will be the fact that a number

of EH&S-related courses they complete at Mission College will be able to be used to meet some

of the course requirements in the SJSU EH&S curriculum. Articulation agreements are being

worked out so that students can transfer these environmentally related electives to be used in the

SJSU EH&S program, in addition to the typical foundation courses such as math, science and
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physics. Interactions with Mission College representatives have taken place to date and will


5) Marketing

       The long-term viability of the proposed EH&S Program will depend in large part on

successful student recruitment and industrial recognition. A range of marketing materials

has been developed to ensure students and industry are familiar with the EH&S Program and

can, thus, choose to participate.   The following student recruitment tasks have been


    • New EHS degree announcements have been sent to all SJSU general chemistry students

      each semester (Fall 99, Sp 2000).

     New EHS degree announcements have been sent to all undeclared chemistry students

      each year (1999 and 2000).

    • Students in the Physical Sciences and Engineering courses at Mission Community

      College have been handed out EH&S flyers in Fall 2000.

    • A recruitment booth was set up during the Sp 2000 semester during Career Day

    • Posters advertising the new EH&S Engineering program were set up in the SJSU

      College of Engineering.

     A presentation was made to the Community College Counselors during the Sp 2000


    • The web page was revised to be suitable for recruitment and can be viewed at


    • The College of Engineering has a strong K-12 outreach program and is involved with

      outreach activities such as Open House and Expanding Your Horizons. The College

      of Engineering has mailed out the student recruitment brochure during their outreach

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      The Chemical and Materials Engineering Department has an outreach program and

       included EHS brochures in their outreach activities.

6) Evaluation

        Effective evaluation is critical to the success of the proposed industry-driven EH&S

Program. The evaluation plan for the Environmental Health and Safety 4-Year Degree Program

calls for systematic collection and analysis of data that will provide timely and useful

information on the extent and effectiveness of project activities. Evaluation activities undertaken

by Dr. Tania Madfes, a Senior Researcher at WestEd, will provide both formative information

for midstream correction and summative evaluation data to judge the impact of the many facets

of the project as they occur during the period of initial funding. Additionally, the evaluator will

provide guidance for collection and analysis of data to take place beyond the funded portion of

the project to help faculty, administrators, and industry collaborators judge the effectiveness of

the fully implemented program.

        The PIs met with our evaluator, Tania Madfes during the Summer 99 break. Initial

evaluation tools were discussed. During the Fall 99 semester, the complete evaluation tools were

submitted to Tania Madfes and her comments incorporated. These tools, consisting of student

and industrial questionnaires and program/course evaluation matrices will allow us to answer the

following questions after analyzing data we’ll collect in our data base:


                1). Which students are attracted to this program.

                2). How the students heard about this program.

                3). Where the students are from.

                4). What the student’s background is.

                5). Demographic information (gender, race, etc.)

                6). Retention information
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                7). GPA information by semester

                8). Where they are placed for their internship/Co-op

                9). What kind of work they are doing for their internship/Co-op

                10). Where they are hired after graduation, and in what position.


        A questionnaire has been developed to address industrial perceptions of the engineering

EH&S Program and was submitted last year. An industrial questionnaire filled out by industrial

participants who come into contact with the students through teaching/team teaching courses,

internships/Co-ops etc. will be used to determine the strengths and weaknesses observed in the

student and whether improvements in the curriculum are required.

        The bulk of the quantitative data will come from the questionnaires described above.

Qualitative data also will be collected. Currently, this data is concentrated on news items related

to the new EH&S program. However, interviews and testimonials from students finishing the

program and industrial participants participating in the program will be included. These

activities will be discussed in detail in the Year 3 Progress Report.

10. Additional Funding Activities

        A proposal was submitted to the National Science Foundation Applied Technology and

Engineering (NSF ATE )Program in October 1999. This proposal requested funds to develop the

Community College partnership and solidify the pipeline to take 2 year Environmental

Technology students to SJSU for a 4 year EH&S degree. This proposal was not selected for


        A Supplemental Funding proposal was also submitted to FIPSE in February 2000.

        A proposal is in development which will seek funding for the development of a College

of Engineering EHS Resource Lab which will contain individual modules for different EHS
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training issues such as safety equipment, hazardous waste management, and industrial hygiene.

Industry participants are going to sponsor the development of each module, for example Xerox

will sponsor the industrial hygiene module (complete with a wet bench) and the local Fire Chiefs

will sponsor the hazardous waste management module (complete with a virtual and interactive

inspection of a company). Environmental Health and Safety students will use many of the

modules as they take courses required in the curriculum. They will also provide training to

students from other programs who require EHS training in order to operate equipment and

chemicals used in their laboratories and research programs. This proposal is expected to be

submitted during Year 3.
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        All tasks are on target as described in our initial proposal. Additional details of our

plans for Year 3 have been presented in the narrative on each activity. However, it is useful to

emphasize our main activities as we look ahead to Year 3. It is clear that student and industrial

recruitment will remain a high priority. Since we have completed the development of our

marketing tools (brochures, webpages, posters, etc.) we expect to have increasing success in our

recruitment activities. Outreach activities undeclared SJSU science and engineering students and

to local high schools and the continuing development of the Pipeline of Students from local

Community Colleges will be part of the activities we expect will result in successful recruitment.

        Evaluation activities will increase as students and industry representatives participate in

the EH&S Program. Collection of qualitative and quantitative data and the ensuing analysis will

be a top priority during Year 3.

        Year 3 will also see an emphasis on course modification/development to ensure desired

topics are covered with minimal overlap throughout the curriculum. Team teaching will be

encouraged for our industrial participants to ensure adequate teaching skills are acquired.

Continued recruitment of industrial participants will occur to ensure we have a sufficient pool of

people so we aren’t overloading any one industrial. We will continue to recruit industrial

partners for Co-op/Intern opportunities, scholarship development and advisory input.

        Year 3 will see a continuation of dissemination activities. We used our webpage and

presentations to regional professional societies and industrial advisory boards as the main means

of dissemination during Year 2. These activities will continue and, in addition, we expect to

make a presentation at the American Society of Engineering Education or similar Society during

Summer 2001.

        In closing, we have seen an enthusiastic reception from the SJSU administration,

industrial representatives and students and expect another successful year in 2000/2001.
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Notification of a Change in PIs

        The EHS Program expects to see it’s first graduate as early as next year. The

Engineering Accreditation Process starts immediately after the first graduate completes their

degree. This process requires a different skill set (upper administration) than currently offered

by the initial PIs. Thus, after the Year 2 Project Evaluation just completed from May - June

2000, it was decided that the EHS Program would be most effective if an experienced

administrator became involved. Dr. Mike Jennings, is stepping down as the Chair of the

Chemical and Materials Engineering Department and will direct Year 3 activities. He will

assume responsibility for the completion of the FIPSE project starting September 1, 2000.

As shown in his attached resume, he has industrial EHS experience. In addition, he has been

involved in the EHS Program since the beginning and has worked closely with the PIs over the

past 2 years. He has also been deeply involved in the new assessment process implemented by

ABET which will be used in large part to evaluate the EHS Program for FIPSE, one of the main

activities for Year 3. Dr. Diaz will remain on the team and Dr. Jennings will add personnel for

course development and student recruitment activities on a semester by semester basis over the

next year. Drs. McNeil and Ndon have completed the bulk of the activities under their

responsibility and will step off the grant due to staffing shortages in their respective departments

and the requirement to build their research programs. They will continue to be involved in a

consulting relationship as the transition takes place.

A letter from Don Kirk, Dean of the College of Engineering, is attached detailing his support for

the proposed personnel changes.

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