P116B981262 YEAR 2 PROGRESS REPORT
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY: AN INDUSTRY-DRIVEN 4-YEAR
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
I. PROJECT SUMMARY
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.
This project is proposed to be accomplished over three years with the following
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
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.
II. PROJECT STATUS
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
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
Manufacturing Group. Additional presentations are planned to other environmentally-related
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
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
physics. Interactions with Mission College representatives have taken place to date and will
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
The Chemical and Materials Engineering Department has an outreach program and
included EHS brochures in their outreach activities.
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
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
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.
IV. BUDGET INFORMATION
V. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION/CHANGES
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
In closing, we have seen an enthusiastic reception from the SJSU administration,
industrial representatives and students and expect another successful year in 2000/2001.
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.