Baker College of Flint Associate Dean to Present Research Findings at World Congress on Engineering

June 17, 2009

Dr. Maureen Steen, Baker College of Flint associate dean of general education, has been invited to present her research findings at the 2009 World Congress on Engineering (WCE), July 1-3, at the Imperial College, London, England. Dr. Steen’s paper is titled “Correlation Study between Second/Fourth Digit Ratio, Number of Older Brothers and Mathematics Inclination in Female Pre-service Teachers.” The main study looked at the relationship between the lengths of students’ fingers, which is an indicator of testosterone levels, and whether or not they majored in mathematics education. The results showed a correlation between the two.

The WCE 2009 is hosted by the International Association of Engineers (IAENG), a non-profit international association comprised of engineers and computer scientists. The conference focuses on frontier topics in the fields of theoretical and applied engineering and computer science. More than 1,000 individuals from more than 30 countries attended the previous IAENG conference.

“We are thrilled that Maureen has been asked to participate in this prestigious event and proud that she is a member of the Baker College family,” said Julianne T. Princinsky, Ed.D., Baker College of Flint president.

Steen, a Rochester resident, has been associate dean of general education at Baker’s Flint campus for four years. Before joining Baker, she was an engineering instructor at Oakland University and an automotive engineer at Chrysler Corporation. Steen holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oakland University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in systems engineering and quality control from Oakland University. She is currently a board member of SAE International.

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