Education Technology

Engineering From Day One

May 6, 2021 | Noon – 1:30 p.m. Central/1 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern
Presenters: Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh, Ph.D.; Robin Hammond; Jennifer Velez

Join us for the May TI Talks with speakers from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

The speakers will share an initiative focused on creating paths to engineering for underrepresented populations. They will discuss:

  • Developing partnerships to form a Collective Impact Alliance
  • Strategies to enhance student interest and persistence in engineering
  • Training and support for teachers
For more information, please see the presentation preview video to the right and detailed session description below.

Session details:

Engineers from Day One is a broadening participation in engineering effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilot program. This talk will focus on sharing how a Collective Impact Alliance was developed with Arizona State Universities, area K–12 school districts and community colleges, and industry partners to enhance entry and persistence in engineering. This TI Talk will share how these collaborators worked together to collectively broaden participation in engineering for first-generation students, under-represented minorities, women and those with socio-economic need. What was the overall framework for the work? What were the shared goals across collaborators? What were the strategies employed? How did the collaborators contribute to meet the common agenda?

Who should attend:

  • STEM/Engineering industry-university and K–12 liaisons
  • School district leaders, school leaders
  • Education service center leaders
  • University and community college faculty
  • Community organizations focused on STEM
  • State education leaders in math, science, STEM, CTE and workforce
  • Grant writers


Please contact Wendy Peel, or 214.405.2779.


Dr. Tirupalavanam Ganesh photograph

Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh, Ph.D.
Tooker Professor and Assistant Dean of Engineering Education
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University

Tirupalavanam G. Ganesh is Tooker Professor and Assistant Dean of Engineering Education in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Ganesh’s research is in designing, implementing and studying engineering education curricula, fostering classroom goal structures that promote mastery learning and engaging in system-wide change to develop students’ engineering identity. Ganesh is involved in broadening participation in engineering by working with K–12 and industry collaborators to advance entry and persistence in engineering. His research has attracted support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Science Foundation Arizona and other foundations. Ganesh is an avid reader and collects books. He enjoys photography and likes taking photographs of doors.

Robin Hammon photograph

Robin Hammond
Founding Director of the Fulton Schools Career Center
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University

Robin Hammond is Founding Director of the Fulton Schools Career Center in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. The Center serves 24,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral engineering students and technical professionals on three campuses, including both online and full-immersion programs. Hammond is passionate about broadening participation in higher education through first-generation, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and serves as the advisor for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society at ASU. Hammond currently serves as past-chair of the ASEE Cooperative & Experiential Education Division and has served as the Executive Board Chair for ASEE-Conference for Industry Education Collaboration, and as the CEED Program Chair. Hammond enjoys hiking in the back country of Arizona and Utah with her family and dogs.

Jennifer Valez photograph

Jennifer Velez
Program Coordinator Senior
Fulton Outreach and Recruitment Office
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University

Jennifer Velez is a former teacher with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and proud mother of three ASU Sun Devils. Velez joined the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU in 2013. Since then, Velez has managed programs such as FIRST LEGO League Robotics, Fulton Summer Academy, and the National Summer Transportation Institute. She currently coordinates Young Engineers Invent and EPICS High (Engineering Projects in Community Service) to engage high school and middle school students in human-centered engineering projects in their communities. Through this work, she also works to build partnerships with school districts, industry, and nonprofits to bring engineering education experiences to underserved communities across the state. Velez is also an experienced trainer, facilitating professional development for teachers all over the world. In her free time, Velez enjoys spending time with family, cooking, hiking, playing sports, puzzles and games, and reading.