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Advanced Technology Laboratories: A Crucial For Technology Enhanced Learning

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.141.1 - 6.141.7



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Jeffrey Nadel

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Dan Walsh

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Session 1520

Advanced Technology Laboratories: A Crucible for Technology Enhanced Learning

Jeff Nadel, Dan Walsh College of Engineering California Polytechnic State University


A partnership among industry, academia and government has led to the construction and development of a facility which provides a capstone experience for engineering students. The purpose of the ATL is to provide a vehicle that enables partnerships between industry, faculty, and students. This partnership is designed to produce research for industry and provide real-life projects for students in the form of thesis and graduation exit required senior projects. Thus, the implications of the ATL are a win-win environment for all involved. The Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) provides a crucible where students can undertake defining educational capstone experiences that fully reflect new ABET criteria and the new millennium. This paper describes the computing resources and systems that have been put in place to support this goal. The ATL is a place where government, industry and academia have come together, where education and research have come together, where computing and engineering have come together to create a knowledge-age, and where students grow into enabled engineers for the 21st Century.

I. Introduction

The ATL is an extraordinary facility that enables students and faculty to undertake the kinds of hands-on projects and applied research that have long distinguished the College of Engineering. But the ATL not only ensures the continuation of our acclaimed “learn by doing” pedagogy; it symbolizes the very future of undergraduate engineering education. To prepare students for the 21st century, we must expand our time-proven, hands-on, project-centered teaching model. Students must have an opportunity to undertake “real world” applied research – interdisciplinary projects that provide a seamless connection between the discipline dominated academic sphere and the function dominated professional world. And they must have the tools of modern research; access to state of the art technology and equipment, access to the growing database of engineering and computer science scholarship, and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and around the globe. With its six interdisciplinary, industry sponsored labs and its classroom of the future providing database and worldwide communications linkage, the ATL will offer all of the above. Because it is the first building on campus built entirely with non-state funds, the ATL is a

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Nadel, J., & Walsh, D. (2001, June), Advanced Technology Laboratories: A Crucial For Technology Enhanced Learning Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--8891

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