Engineering and Science Student Success

Event Details
Thursday, January 17, 2019
4 p.m., Avery 115


Farshid Marbouti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, San José State University


This presentation focuses on my past, present, and future work related to improving engineering and science student academic success. First, I discuss building prediction models to identify at-risk students in a first-year engineering course. Second, in order to understand why some students fail a course, I present the results of analyzing College of Engineering student demographic and academic data and student feedback on three courses with the highest failure rates in the college. The two emerged themes from student feedback were problems in the design of the course and high level of stress due to coursework. Third, I describe my future research plan to investigate how to measure student stress in real time, provide immediate support, and its relationship with student demographics and academic performance. In addition, I present my collaboration plans with faculty members to improve teaching strategies and course design.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Farshid Marbouti is currently an Assistant Professor of General (multi-disciplinary) Engineering at San José State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Purdue University. He has an M.A. in Educational Technology and Learning Design, an M.S. in Artificial Intelligence, and B.S. in Computer Engineering. Dr. Marbouti currently serves as the co-chair of the university senate student success committee and faculty-in-residence for on-campus Community for Engineering Learning and Living (CELL). Dr. Marbouti has established a research lab on student academic success and successfully secured funding from both external (National Science Foundation) and internal sources.