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A New Approach to Teach Electrical Engineering Using a Para Didactic Laboratory

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Design in Engineering Education Division Poster Session

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Ivan Cardoso Monsâo PPGM-UFBA/BiLab-Business and Innovation Lab

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Ivan Cardoso Monsão received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, from the Federal University of Bahia, (UFBA), Salvador-BA, Brazil, in 1986, and the M.Eng. and the D.Eng. degrees from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of State University of de Campinas (UNICAMP), in 1988 and 2014, respectively, all of them in Electrical Engineering. From 1986 to 1995 he was a researcher associated with the Laboratório de Eletrônica e Dispositivos at UNICAMP in the area of solid state device processing and semiconductor devices design. In 1995, he began a career as a consultant. In 2006, he founded the BiLab-Business and Innovation Lab at UNIFACS, Salvador-BA, Brazil. Recently, Dr. Monsão has been involved in nationwide science and technology outreach projects using a Robotic Musical Instrument he and a colleague have developed. His current research interests are in the areas of engineering education, robotics, mechatronics, automation, electronic instrumentation and innovation. He has now a Post Doc position in the Graduation Program of Mechatronics at the Federal University of Bahia, UFBA.

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Jes Fiais Cerqueira P.E. Federal University of Bahia (Brazil)

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Jés de Jesus Fiais Cerqueira received the B.S. degree from Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Salvador-BA, Brazil, in 1992, and received the M.Eng. and the D.Eng. degrees from School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas-SP, Brazil, respectively in 1996 and
2001, all of them in electrical engineering. Currently, he is with
the Federal University of Bahia holding the position of Associate
Professor and has been being also associated editor of the Journal
of Control, Automation and Electrical Systems. He has been working
with Robotic Systems, Computational Intelligence, Sensors and
Actuators, and Nonlinear Systems. He has submitted one patent in

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Augusto Cesar Pinto Loureiro da Costa Universidade Federal da Bahia

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Associate Professor, School of Engineering at the Federal University of Bahia, Department of Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2001), held in sandwich mode Fredericiana with the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Master in Electrical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (1997). Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal da Bahia (1993). Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania, GRASP Lab (General Robotic Automation and System of Perception Laboratory), from 08/2012 until 07/2013. Researcher in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, with an emphasis on Multi-robots, acting on the following topics: multi-robot systems, cooperative robotics, autonomous robots, autonomous agents multiagent systems. Coordinator of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence of the Brazilian Computer Society (2008-2010 biennium).

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Jose Siqueira Dias University of Campinas

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Prof. Siqueira Dias received the Bsc, MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering respectively in 1979, 1982 and 1985. In 1983 he joined the School of electrical and computing engineering of the University of Campinas where he is a professor at the Department of Semiconductors, Instruments and Photonics - DSIF.

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The objective of this paper is to report the implementation of a Para didactic Laboratory in a private college in Brazil to improve the training of engineering students so that they can become industry-ready graduates. A very important component in the education of an engineer is the professional tacit knowledge which is obtained through the interaction with more experienced professionals. This normally takes place after graduation. In order to expose the students to an element of professional tacit knowledge sooner, in lieu of the traditional approaches such as curriculum change and teacher training, we founded a Para didactic Laboratory at our engineering college where a professional engineering consultant acted as a Mentor/Coach of students while they worked together on real projects. This new approach and environment are designed to prepare the students to:

• Engage and contribute to the process of engineering or technological entrepreneurship sooner. • Accelerate the process of going from concepts to prototypes and to the final product with confidence. • Minimize the risks associated with product development phase, reducing time to market. • Team up with other students from different fields and backgrounds. • Interact with professionals and participate in meetings with business owners and clients.

The Para didactic Lab also acted as a Local Innovation System, a convergence point for business representatives, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and engineers, all of them aiming to transform research results and ideas into solutions for real problems and the creation of new products and services. This paper also highlights to the negative aspect of the encapsulation of technology in education, referred to here as the “Aladdin Effect”.

Monsâo, I. C., & Cerqueira, J. F., & Loureiro da Costa, A. C. P., & Siqueira Dias, J. (2016, June), A New Approach to Teach Electrical Engineering Using a Para Didactic Laboratory Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26376

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