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A Design Seminar Course on Developing Technologies for Rural Nicaraguans

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2014 ASEE International Forum


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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Track 2 - Session 2

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Curriculum and Lab Development

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20.1.1 - 20.1.10



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Pritpal Singh Villanova University

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Dr. Pritpal Singh is Professor and Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Villanova University. Dr. Singh has been teaching at Villanova for 29 years. He has published over 100 conference and journal papers and has six issued US patents and two pending. Dr. Singh has worked in various renewable energy technologies, primarily solar energy, and has a special interest in applications in developing countries.

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A Design Seminar Course on Developing Technologies for Rural NicaraguansA collaboration between the Universidad Nacional de Ingieneria (UNI) in Managua, Nicaraguaand Villanova University was established three years ago. The initial collaborative efforts werefocused on a telehealth humanitarian development project. More recently, faculty members atUNI and Villanova have obtained funding to develop joint courses to teach both sets ofengineering students the design of technologies to benefit and improve the lives of ruralNicaraguans. Prof. Maria Virginia Moncada, Head of the Electronic Engineering Department atUNI spent the fall 2013 semester at Villanova University working with ECE and BusinessSchool professors developing course materials for a new Design Seminar course focused ondeveloping technologies for Rural Nicaraguans. The first iteration of this course is being offeredto nine Villanova ECE students and eleven electronic and computer engineering students at UNIduring the Spring 2014 term.This paper will present details of the course syllabus, sample materials and our experiences inrunning this joint course for the first time. Student feedback will also be provided as well asrecommendations for improvement for the subsequent offering of the class.

Singh, P. (2014, June), A Design Seminar Course on Developing Technologies for Rural Nicaraguans Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--17164

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