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A Collaborated Process with a Wireless Autonomous Vehicle at its Center

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Robotics and Automation

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Engineering Technology

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24.27.1 - 24.27.7

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Thomas B. Stout Tidewater Community College

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Thomas Stout is an associate professor of Electromechanical Controls Technology at Tidewater Community College in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has worked in industrial maintenance, mechatronics and safety. He earned his BS degree from Old Dominion University in 2004 and his MS in Electronics Engineering from Norfolk State University in 2007. He served 20 years in the United States Navy working on aircraft and surface ships.

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Steve C. Hsiung Old Dominion University

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Steve Hsiung is an associate professor of electrical engineering technology at Old Dominion University. Prior to his current position, Dr. Hsiung had worked for Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., Seagate Technology, Inc., and Lam Research Corp., all in Silicon Valley, CA. Dr. Hsiung also taught at Utah State University and California University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BS degree from National Kauhsiung Normal University in 1980, MS degrees from University of North Dakota in 1986 and Kansas State University in 1988, and PhD degree from Iowa State University in 1992. Steve can be reached at

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A Collaborated Process with a Wireless Autonomous Vehicle at its CenterAbstractDeveloping partnerships between high schools, community colleges and universities is criticalfor the successful transitions to a lifelong STEM careers. How do you develop thesepartnerships? The sharing of a technology platform such as autonomous vehicles can bridge thegap by using a common core group of materials. Collaborations between teachers and faculty indifferent schools that share common interests in teaching control systems and roboticstechnology can be an excellent start. The university as catalyst in the process by designing thecurriculum, system hardware and software then through the common interest deploying them inthe high schools and community college. The community college using the advancedmanufacturing tools at their disposal to manufacture these systems. In the days of limitedbudgets and the need for a platform that spark the interest of the middle to high school studentsthat can be used in advanced studies beyond high school. Collaborating and implementing thecommon core platform allows all involved institutions reduce teaching redundancy and assistinterested students in easier transition into STEM related majors. Reducing the time spent inhelping students up to speed will enhance the instruction on the needed technical knowledge thatcan bring the path to the STEM related career. This project provides useful tools that maketeaching and learning of complex control and robotics subjects appealing and it can also easilybe accepted in Autonomous Vehicle designs and applications.This collaborate process can be used in any applicable form to fit in different school, curriculum,course, and club activates. The training platform and teaching modules are what make the systemso appealing to the partners, the common core can be used at all levels of the instruction that canfit at different stage of the teaching and learning objectives. The implementation plans andresults are presented in the following topics:• Design and development of a project based mobile vehicle platform through a collaborate effort.• Collaborate between teachers/faculty in different schools to share common interests.• Implement an application project to attract potential student in STEM majors.• Join efforts in sharing and teaching in different classroom with different audiences/students.• Assess the effectiveness of the collaborate efforts.• Recommendations technical content learning in different schools.Topic Areas: 1. Collaborate Examples between High School, Community College, and University 2. Collaborative Efforts in Academic Communities 3. Embedded System Designs for ET

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