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Enhancing the Community College Pathway to Engineering Careers
istered professional engineer in West Virginia. Prior to joining Florissant Valley, he was associate professor and chair of the Department of Engineering Technology at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Mr. Agrawal is currently working toward the establishment of an advanced manufacturing center on the Florissant Valley campus. Mr. Agrawal’s efforts have led to more than $1.5 million in improvements in the manufacturing laboratories at Florissant Valley in the past two years. In addition, he recently received a partnership grant, with the University of Missouri-Rolla, from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation to establish a 2 + 2 program in manufacturing engineering. He holds M.S. degrees in materials science and mining engineering from the University of Kentucky. From 1999 to 2001, he was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Engineering Education, and from 1998 to 1999, he was a member of the NRC Board on Engineering Education.
WARREN J. BAKER has been president of California Polytechnic (Cal Poly) State University at San Luis Obispo since 1979 and is a registered engineer in four states. Prior to his appointment at Cal Poly, he was chief academic officer, vice president, Chrysler Professor, and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Detroit. He was also a National Science Foundation visiting fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research associate at the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Research Facility at the University of New Mexico. In 1985, Dr. Baker was appointed by President Reagan to the National Science Board (NSB); he was reappointed in 1988 and served in a variety of leadership positions for 9 years. He is a founding member of the California Council on Science and Technology and the California Business-Higher Education Forum; a board member of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and chair of its Commission on Information Technologies; a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum and co-chair of its Math and Science initiative; a director of Westport Innovations Inc., and John Wiley and Sons Publishers; and a board member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. He was chair of the Board of Directors of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by the American Society of Civil Engineers to promote and fund research on the national infrastructure, U.S. competitiveness in design and construction, and the environment. Dr. Baker earned a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Detroit Engineering Society and the author of more than 35 papers on