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An Undergraduate Intern's Experience With Industrial Instrumentation And The Effect On Teaching

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.79.1 - 1.79.6



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Ms. Carol Cummiskey

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Dr. Harris Rawicz

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An Undergraduate Intern’s Experience With Industrial Instrumentation and The Effect on Teaching

Dr. Harris Rawicz Assistant Professor/Engineering/ Trenton State College Senior Scientist/ ITT Aerospace/Communications Division Ms. Carol Cummiskey Student/Engineering/ Trenton State College Summer Intern/ITT Aerospace/Communication Division


A simulation of the Time Keeping System(TKS) on the Global Positioning System satellite was developed to duplicate the characteristics of the hardware. This software aided in the design and testing of the hardware. This paper discusses the instrumentation and the testing of the TKS hardware and associated software by an undergraduate engineering student. It includes the problems she had, how she changed the simulation to match the hardware, and how this experience helped further her Engineering education.

The TKS consisted of a hybrid analog/digital phase locked loop controlling a Voltage Controlled Crystal Oscillator, with an atomic clock reference. The engineering development model and the final hardware/software combination had minor differences. The Student had to design the tests, the test setup, and run the tests on a system accurate to one second in thirty-one centuries.

The undergraduate student’s internship experience at ITT not only helped her in her studies the following year, but allowed her instructor to observe the development of an Electrical Engineering student, between her sophomore and Junior year of college, in an actual industrial environment. This resulted in a modification of the teaching techniques used by the instructor in classes taken by sophomore engineering students.


Companies usually support internships for students between their junior and senior years of college. This is done for two reasons: the first is that they feel that students between their sophomore and junior years do not have a sufficient engineering background and the second is that they use the internships to evaluate whether or not they want to hire the student after graduation.

The professor wanted the company to hire students between their sophomore and junior years for three reasons: the first was to see if they have a sufficient background to perform useful engineering work for a company; the second was to see how the experience would affect the interning student’s attitude toward

1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Cummiskey, M. C., & Rawicz, D. H. (1996, June), An Undergraduate Intern's Experience With Industrial Instrumentation And The Effect On Teaching Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6359

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