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ARM Developer Day: Engaging Engineering Students through Targeted Hands-On Workshops

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Integrating Curriculum and Labs in Engineering Technology Programs

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Engineering Technology

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23.207.1 - 23.207.20



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Antonio Francisco Mondragon Rochester Institute of Technology (CAST)

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Antonio F. Mondragon-Torres received the B.Sc. degree with honors from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, the M.Sc. degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, and the Ph.D. degree (as a Fullbright-CONACYT scholarship recipient) from Texas A&M University, College Station; all degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1990, 1996, and 2002, respectively.
From 1988 to 1995, he worked in a telecommunications company TVSCOM, Mexico City, Mexico, designing teletext products, first as a Design Engineer and later as a Design Manager. In 1995, he joined the Mechanical and Electrical Department, Universidad Iberoamericana as an Associate Professor. From 2002 through 2008 he was with the DSPS R&D Center’s Mobile Wireless Communications Technology branch, Texas Instruments Dallas, TX and in 2008 he moved to the nanoMeter Analog Integration Wireless branch where he worked as Analog IP verification technical lead. In 2009 he worked for Intel Guadalajara, Design Center in Mexico as Front-End/Back-End technical lead. In 2009 he joined the Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Department at the Rochester Institute of technology where he currently is a tenured track assistant professor. His research interests are analog and digital integrated circuit implementation of communications systems, and System-on-a-Chip methodologies.

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Adriana Becker-Gomez Rochester Institute of Technology (KGCOE)

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Adriana Becker-Gómez was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She received the B.S.E.E. degree from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. She obtained the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. In 1992 she was a Lecturer and a Teaching Assistant at Universidad Iberoamericana. In 1990 she worked as a Research and Development Engineer and Project Leader for the Automotive Industry in the area of Embedded and Software Systems. She also worked as an Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate Studies of Engineering Division at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico in 1995 .In 2000 she was a grader at Texas A&M University. In 2001 she interned in the Preamp R&D SP Group at Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, and at Intersil Corporation, Dallas / Milpitas, as a Design Engineer, in the High Performance Analog Group in 2005. She worked at Intersil as a Senior Design Engineer in the Analog and Mixed Signal-Data Converters Group. In 2009 she joined Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York as an adjunct professor in ECT-ET Department. Currently she works as a lecturer in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering in the Computer Engineer Department. Her research interests are in the Design of Low Power Analog and Mixed Signal circuits, Data Converters, Sensors, Embedded Systems and Signal Processing.

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Joe Bungo ARM Inc.

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Joe Bungo holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined ARM's Applications Engineering group in 2002, initially providing consultation, support, and training for ARM commercial partner software development and tools. In 2005, he moved into ARM's University Program as a Senior Applications Engineer, and is now University Program Manager for the Americas and Europe. Here, he encourages and supports the use of ARM in universities in myriad ways, including curriculum development and migration, technical guest lectures, hands-on workshops, faculty training, technical support, and facilitation of research ties.

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ARM Developer Day:Engaging Engineering Students throughTargeted Hands-On WorkshopsEngineering students are more scarce than ever and we as instructors need to motivate themas well as to expose them to state of the art technologies and tools that they will be using whenjoining the workforce. On the other hand we have identified an industrial convergence intoARM processors as the preferred microcontroller architecture for embedded devices which areand will be used in billions of consumer and industrial electronic products.While an analysis of current embedded products may show that there is still a heavy use of 8 bitmicrocontrollers; due to code efficiency, cost, power consumption and a large variety ofvendors supporting 32 bit ARM based microcontrollers, there is an industry trend to startdesigning next generation products using these architecture. In addition, another advantage isthat students trained on single microcontroller architecture would be ready to start developingapplications when hired and the companies will not waste resources in training for particularmicroprocessor families.Based on the above, we have been organizing for the last three years, the “ARM DeveloperDay” where we have joined forces with multiple silicon, software, and product vendors to offera full day of free hands-on workshops for engineering and engineering technology students. Butthe workshops are not limited to this cohort; there have been entrepreneurs, hobbyists,multidisciplinary teams, and faculty participating in these events. The event has generated a lotof enthusiasm and last year it was expanded to include a design contest that was held sixmonths later during a festival, where students had the opportunity to demonstrate theirproducts to the general audience and had to convince them to vote for their projects in orderto win the contest by giving an elevator’s pitch why their project is the best.The day of the event we had a series of concurrent workshops with several companies teachinga different platform several times a day to accommodate student’s schedule. In 2011 therewere 10 companies and 16 concurrent workshops and more than 100 students registered.Most of the platforms used in the workshop are economically viable for both students and theuniversity. Several of the workshops are based on open source platforms that encouragestudents and faculty to participate and enhance the current code repositories and knowledgebases, as well as also creating open hardware prototypes for building projects. The event hasalso had a large distribution of hardware and software platforms that students and facultycould use to develop innovative products and promote entrepreneurship.

Mondragon, A. F., & Becker-Gomez, A., & Bungo, J. (2013, June), ARM Developer Day: Engaging Engineering Students through Targeted Hands-On Workshops Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19221

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