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An Innovative Two Plus Two Transfer Agreement Structure With Multiple Two Year Colleges In Electrical Engineering Technology

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006

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2153-5965

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New ET Curriculum and Teaching Methods

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Engineering Technology

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22

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11.192.1 - 11.192.22

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Robert Strangeway Milwaukee School of Engineering

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ROBERT A. STRANGEWAY is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), where he teaches courses in circuits, signals, electromagnetic fields, and RF/microwaves. He was the Program Director of the Electrical Engineering Technology program at MSOE from 1997-2003. He earned his Ph.D. (EE) from Marquette University in 1996. He is also currently performing research on millimeter-wave components and systems at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

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Edward Chandler Milwaukee School of Engineering

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EDWARD W. CHANDLER, P.E., is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), where he teaches courses in circuits, signals, electronic communications, and communication networks. He is currently the Program Director of the Electrical Engineering Technology program at MSOE. He earned his Ph.D. (EE) from Purdue University in 1985. He is also currently performing communication systems engineering consulting for the Defense Information Systems Agency (U.S. DoD) and for L-3 Communications Corp.

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Roger Brown Chippewa Valley Technical College

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ROGER G. BROWN is the Lead Instructor in Electrical Engineering Technology at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), where he teaches courses in DC/AC circuits, digital circuits, electronic devices, logic design and FPGA design. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1967 with majors in Semiconductors and Logic Design.

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Kenneth Exworthy Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (retired)

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KENNETH W. EXWORTHY, P.E., holds a BS (EE) from MTU and an MS (EE) from MIT. He worked in many diverse areas of electrical engineering for 25 years. The last 20 years of his career were spent teaching industrial instrumentation and electronics at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). During that time he also consulted in electricity and electronics through his company, Exworthy Engineering. He retired three years ago.

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Jeffrey Fancher Western Wisconsin Technical College

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JEFFREY R. FANCHER, P.E., is an Instructor at Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) in the Electronic Technologies Department, where he teaches courses in circuits, communications systems and electronics math. He is Program Head for the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology programs at WWTC. He received his BS (EE) from Marquette University in 1990. He is also presently consulting for communications companies.

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Walter Hedges Fox Valley Technical College

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WALTER HEDGES is a Professor in the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology Programs at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), where he teaches circuit analysis, computer hardware, and wireless communications courses. He earned an MS from Pittsburg State University in 1977.

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Terry Fleischman Fox Valley Technical College

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TERRY FLEISCHMAN is the Department Chair over the Automated Manufacturing Systems, Computer Control Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electromechanical, and Electronics programs at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC), where he teaches courses in embedded controllers, LabVIEW, digital communications, and industrial controls. He chaired the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technology programs previous to current chair duties. He earned his Ph. D. (CE) from Madison University in 2004. Current interests include embedded controllers and wireless mesh networks.

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Patrick Hoppe Gateway Technical College

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PATRICK E. HOPPE is an Instructor in the Electronics Department at Gateway Technical College (GTC), where he teaches courses in electronic devices, DC/AC circuit analysis, and digital electronics. He is the Lead Electronics Instructor and Division Chair for Manufacturing, Engineering, and Electronics. He earned his BS (BE) and MS (Perfusion) from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1993 and 1995, respectively.

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Richard Lokken Milwaukee Area Technical College

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RICHARD J. LOKKEN is an Electronics Instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC-Milwaukee), where he teaches courses in digital electronics, DC/AC circuit analysis, electronic devices and circuit analysis, microprocessors and microcontrollers. He is the primary EET Program Advisor in the MATC-Milwaukee district. He earned his MS (EE) from Marquette University in 1991.

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Thomas Martin Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

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THOMAS W. MARTIN, P.E., is an Instructor in the Electrical Engineering Technology and Electronics/Biomedical Technology programs in the Trades and Technical Division at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He teaches courses in digital and analog communications, motor controls, power electricity and power electronics. Mr. Martin is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois, and spent several years as a Professional Engineer in private practice prior to his present position.

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Daniel Merkel Milwaukee Area Technical College (retired)

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DANIEL A. MERKEL was an Electronics Technician for eleven years before joining the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC-Milwaukee) faculty in 1973. He taught a large variety of courses over a 30 year career at MATC, including circuits, electronics devices and circuit analysis, digital electronics, microprocessors and microcontrollers, networking, and telecommunications. He also consulted with several companies during this period. He was a Certified Electronics Technician and CISCO Certified Academy Instructor. He retired in 2003 and is currently teaching part-time. He is also involved in web-page design.

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Michael O'Donnell Milwaukee School of Engineering

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MICHAEL J. O'DONNELL, P.E., is a Professor and Assistant to Department Chair in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), where he teaches courses in circuits, digital logic, and microprocessors. He has been an EET Advisor for the Electrical Engineering Technology program at MSOE from 1985 to present. He earned his MS (Engineering) from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1989. He is also currently developing various databases and web pages for the EECS department, EE program, EET program, and BE program.

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Terry O'Laughlin Madison Area Technical College

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TERRY O'LAUGHLIN, P.E., is an Electronics Instructor at Madison Area Technical College (MATC-Madison), where he teaches courses in circuits, signals, RF and applied mathematics. He has been the Program Director for the Electronics program at MATC since 2000. He earned his BS (EE) from the UW Madison in 1991 and has a Wisconsin Professional Engineering license. He also currently works as an RF systems consultant for broadcasting companies.

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Mark Porubsky Milwaukee Area Technical College

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MARK PORUBSKY is currently the Department Chair and a faculty member at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC-Milwaukee) in the Electronics Technology Department, and is a founding member of SWELT (Statewide Electronics Leadership Team). He is the Program Lead for the MATC Electronic Communications Technology major, where many of his technical interests lie as well. He earned his electronics degree from MATC in 1975 and a BS (Career, Technical Education and Training) from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in 2004.

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Robert Steker Waukesha County Technical College

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ROBERT A. STEKER is an Electronics Instructor at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), where he teaches courses in circuits, electronic devices and microcontrollers. He is the primary EET Program Advisor at WCTC. He earned his BS (EET) from Milwaukee School of Engineering and his MS (EE) from Marquette University.

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Timothy Tewalt Chippewa Valley Technical College

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TIMOTHY A. TEWALT is a Senior Electronics Instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), where he teaches courses in design verification, microprocessors, robotics, and industrial controls. He earned his BS (Vocational Education) from the University of Wisconsin – Stout and is currently completing his MS (Adult Education) at the same university. His current professional interests include design verification and microprocessors.

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An Innovative Two-Plus-Two Transfer Agreement Structure with Multiple Two-Year Colleges in Electrical Engineering Technology Abstract

A two-plus-two transfer agreement structure in Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) has been established between eight two-year colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The EET programs at most of the two-year colleges are based on and overlap significantly with their Electronics Technology programs. This format creates a valuable opportunity for students: they may earn the AAS-EET degree, the AAS Electronics Technology degree, or both. The Electronics Technology and EET programs at the two-year colleges, despite distinct curricula, all meet common statewide core electronics standards as established by the Statewide Electronics Leadership Team (SWELT) in the WTCS. All AAS-EET programs also meet entrance standards for the plus-two BS-EET (+2 BS-EET) program at MSOE.

Two technical calculus courses and two advanced electronics bridge courses, which promote a successful student transition from the two-year AAS-EET programs into the +2 BS-EET program, were adopted by most of the two-year programs. The bridge courses are described in detail. The courses have also run at several two-year colleges via an instructional television system. A comparison of the performances of students from the first two years of the former four-year MSOE EET program and the first group of EET transfer students to MSOE under the transfer agreements was performed in the first EET course within the plus-two curriculum at MSOE. This comparison determined no performance difference, i.e., the preparations of both student groups were indistinguishable.

Coordination among the WTCS AAS-EET programs and with the MSOE +2 BS-EET program is facilitated by regular statewide meetings of electronics faculty as well as other mechanisms. The transfer agreements are renewed annually to counter program drift and to enhance program evolution through input from multiple colleges and their industrial advisory committees. The performance of the transfer students in the +2 EET program at MSOE is noteworthy: despite no reduction in academic expectations within this program, there has been no student attrition due to academic reasons since the first group of transfer students started in 2003.

Introduction

The number of graduates of, and corresponding enrollments in, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Electronics Technology and AAS Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (AAS- EET) programs, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (BS- EET) programs nationwide experienced declines on the order of 40 to 45 percent from 1990 to 2000. Nationwide, there were 4738 AAS-EET degrees and 4597 BS-EET degrees awarded in 1990, and there were 2857 AAS-EET degrees and 2615 BS-EET degrees awarded in 2000.1,2

Strangeway, R., & Chandler, E., & Brown, R., & Exworthy, K., & Fancher, J., & Hedges, W., & Fleischman, T., & Hoppe, P., & Lokken, R., & Martin, T., & Merkel, D., & O'Donnell, M., & O'Laughlin, T., & Porubsky, M., & Steker, R., & Tewalt, T. (2006, June), An Innovative Two Plus Two Transfer Agreement Structure With Multiple Two Year Colleges In Electrical Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/505

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