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A Research Driven Multidisciplinary Curriculum In Sensor Materials

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.52.1 - 5.52.9



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Sheikh A. Akbar

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Prabir K. Dutta

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Session 2464

A Research Driven Multidisciplinary Curriculum in Sensor Materials

Sheikh A. Akbar and Prabir K. Dutta

Center for Industrial Sensors and Measurements (CISM) The Ohio State University 291 Watts Hall, 2041 College Road Columbus, OH 43210, USA


The multidisciplinary research at the NSF Center for Industrial Sensors and Measurement (CISM) at The Ohio State University (OSU) has led to the development of an innovative curriculum. The new multidisciplinary industry-oriented curriculum is currently being funded by the NSF-CRCD (Combined Research-Curriculum Development) program. Moreover, OSU’s Honors House is funding an interdisciplinary course on "Sensor Materials," targeted for honors students in engineering and physical sciences. This multifaceted program is strengthening ties between the federal, state, university and industry partners. The greatest benefit has come from introducing industry projects into the university’s engineering and physical sciences, thus providing students and faculty the opportunity to work on research relevant to industry.

I. Introduction

On most campuses of higher education with significant research activity, there is a continuing debate on the appropriate balance between research and education. Should we be doing more of one at the expense of the other? Also, in research, there is a growing trend of multifaceted partnerships involving academia, government, national laboratories and industries. Such partnerships in education are almost nonexistent. With changing societal needs and demands, the way we educate and train the future generation of engineers will evolve. We will need to integrate the latest research developments into students’ curriculum more readily and train students in a cooperative environment with involvement from industries. This will help students appreciate the impact of their education on society and will also help develop skills useful for their future careers. This paper describes a novel curriculum development that grew out of what started as a major multidisciplinary research effort involving several partners. This example shows the synergistic benefit of such an approach and reinforces a prevalent belief that innovation in research can help enrich education.

Under the umbrella of the NSF Center for Industrial Sensors and Measurement (CISM), a research and development program for harsh environment sensors is being actively pursued at The Ohio State University (OSU).1-4 Research teams include students and faculty from the

Akbar, S. A., & Dutta, P. K. (2000, June), A Research Driven Multidisciplinary Curriculum In Sensor Materials Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8666

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