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An International Wireless Connectivity Capstone Design Project for Electrical and Computer Engineering Students

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Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference



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April 9, 2021

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April 9, 2021

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April 10, 2021

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Pritpal Singh Villanova University

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Dr. Pritpal Singh is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Villanova University. He received a BSc in Physics from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1978, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Sciences/Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Dr. Singh teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of semiconductor microelectronics, renewable energy systems and power electronics. He has been working on thin film solar cell research since 1979 including a Sabbatical Leave at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 1993. He has also worked on several photovoltaic system projects

Dr. Singh has also worked on electric vehicle research, working on battery monitoring and management systems funded primarily by federal agencies (over $3.5 million of funding).

Dr. Singh has consulted for several companies including Ford Motor Company and Epuron, LLC. He has also served as a reviewer for the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. Dr Singh has over 150 conference and journal publications and holds seven issued US patents.

Dr. Singh’s recent work is focused on battery state-of-charge/state-of-health algorithm development, microgrid simulation and humanitarian projects in under-served communities in the areas of renewable energy, wireless connectivity and education.

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Two major areas of electrical and computer engineering are wireless communications and power and energy. The capstone design project for engineering students is supposed to be a culminating experience where the learnings from lower-level courses are brought together to complete a major design project in the senior year. The new ABET outcomes 2 requires “an ability to apply engineering design … consideration of global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.” This paper describes an international capstone design project for electrical and computer engineering students to provide wireless connectivity supported through renewable energy to a village in Kenya. Close collaboration with partners in Kenya ensured that the various social and cultural dimensions were considered in developing the design solution. Details of the project, the interactions with our Kenyan partners, and final design details will be presented in this paper.

Singh, P. (2021, April), An International Wireless Connectivity Capstone Design Project for Electrical and Computer Engineering Students Paper presented at Middle Atlantic ASEE Section Spring 2021 Conference, Virtual . 10.18260/1-2--36283

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