June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
14.73.1 - 14.73.9
New Electrical Engineering Laboratory Facility Combines Traditional Laboratory Experiments, Computer-Based Lab Exercises, and Labs Taught via Distance Introduction
On August 21, 2006 Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, along with the Curators of the University of Missouri, the Chancellor of Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), and the President of Missouri State University (MSU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that allowed Missouri S&T to offer bachelor’s degrees in Civil and Electrical Engineering on the MSU campus. The primary motive behind the signing of this agreement was an increased demand for Civil and Electrical Engineering graduates in southwest Missouri. A more detailed description of the conditions leading to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and specific details of the agreement are presented elsewhere1. This focus of this paper is on the development and implementation of an appropriate Electrical Engineering laboratory facility on the MSU campus so that Electrical Engineering Laboratory courses in the Missouri S&T Electrical Engineering program can be offered on the MSU campus in Springfield.
Initial Implementation Steps
Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the Missouri legislature provided a set of both one-time and ongoing funds for the development and ongoing support of the collaborative program. Faculty and administrators from both institutions started to meet regularly to map out the details of how the Memorandum of Understanding would be implemented. The goal at MSU was to offer all of the courses in the Missouri S&T Electrical Engineering curriculum on the MSU campus, including laboratory classes. The Electrical Engineering program at Missouri S&T has a total of 17 required or elective laboratory courses that cover the major areas of electrical engineering including circuits, electronics, digital systems, linear systems, communications, signal processing, transmission lines and electromagnetics, energy conversion, and power systems.
MSU thus began to develop an Electrical Engineering laboratory facility on the MSU campus to allow all the required Missouri S&T Electrical Engineering laboratory courses and most, if not all, of the Missouri S&T elective Electrical Engineering laboratory courses to be taught directly on the MSU campus.
Most laboratory courses in the Missouri S&T Electrical Engineering program involve traditional laboratory experiment type activities, such as wiring circuits or devices and making measurements with electronic test equipment. Some other labs in the program were actually done using simulation software on a computer. In addition, the lab for the Missouri S&T Electrical Engineering course, El Eng 235, “Controllers for Factory Automation” involved the control of a simulated factory process from a remote location. Since the students enrolled in this
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