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A Learning-by-Doing Technology Program Based on Traditional Engineering Foundations and Hands-on Implementation-Driven

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

New Course Development Concepts in ET I

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Engineering Technology

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24.60.1 - 24.60.23



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Jorge Crichigno Northern New Mexico College

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Jorge Crichigno received the BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the Catholic University of Asuncion, Paraguay, in 2004, the MSc and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, in 2008 and 2009 respectively. In 2007, he was visiting the Wireless Sensor Network Lab in the School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research interests include wireless and optical networks, graph theory, mathematical optimization, network security and undergraduate STEM education. He has served as reviewer and TPC member of IEEE journals and conferences and as panelist for NSF STEM undergraduate education initiatives.

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Ivan Lopez Hurtado Northern New Mexico College

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IVAN LOPEZ HURTADO received his B.S. degree in Industrial Physics Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1995. M.S. degree in Automation from Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, 1998 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA in 2008. He is currently the Department of Engineering, Chair at Northern New Mexico College.

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Alfredo J. Perez Northern New Mexico College

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Alfredo J. Perez received his M.S. degree in Computer Science and Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida, in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Since 2011, he has been with Northern New Mexico College, Espanola (NM), where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. Prior to coming to USA to pursue graduate studies, he obtained a B.S degree in Systems Engineering from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla Colombia (2006). His research interests are in the areas of Mobile Computing/Sensing, Data mining, Distributed Systems and STEM education. He has coauthored several journal and conference papers as well as the book ”Location Aware Information systems - Developing Real-time Tracking Systems”, published by CRC Press.

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Raul R Peralta Northern New Mexico College

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Raul Peralta-Meza received the B.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from San Agustin National University in Arequipa, Peru, in 1993. He obtained a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in 2000. He earned a M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from The University of New Mexico in 2007 as well. Since March 2012, he has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Engineering at Northern New Mexico College, Espanola, New Mexico.

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Division: 1- Engineering Technology, 2-Computing and Information Technology Impact of Intensive Hands-on Courses in an Information Engineering Technology Program; a Case Study of Computer Networks Courses AbstractThis paper presents the impact of including intensive hands-on activities in an InformationEngineering Technology (IET) program. While all courses of the IET program at XXX Collegeare hands-on intensive, and in order to better measures the impact on Student Outcomes, thepaper focuses on one core area: computer networks. The IET program requires students to takefour computer networks courses: EECE 132 Introduction to Computer Networks, EECE 330Computer Networks II, EECE 342 Wireless and Mobile Computing, and EECE 440 AdvancedComputer Networks. The organization of the courses consists of lecture/recitation hours, hands-on lab hours, weekly quizzes, and homework assignments including a mix of hands-on activities(using simulator software) and analytical exercises. Student outcomes are adopted from theABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) for Information EngineeringTechnology programs. Students outcomes are analyzed according to specific knowledge,technique and skills relevant to the local stakeholders of the IET program. Results, collectedthrough direct and indirect measures, demonstrate that hands-on activities better prepare studentsfor the market-place and to attain student outcomes. Index TermsComputer networks, Information Engineering Technology, hands-on activities, studentoutcomes, ABET.

Crichigno, J., & Lopez Hurtado, I., & Perez, A. J., & Peralta, R. R. (2014, June), A Learning-by-Doing Technology Program Based on Traditional Engineering Foundations and Hands-on Implementation-Driven Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--19952

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