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Board 17: The Multi-Platform Optics and Photonics Educational App

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Tristan Ventura Rutgers University

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Tristan Ventura is a third year undergraduate student at The Honors College of Rutgers University, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in computer science. His interests include processor design and computer architecture. As the era of Moore's law is beginning to come to a close, he seeks to be at the forefront of future advancements in the field, which will require innovative, out-of-the-box thinking. He also enjoys designing and writing applications and envisions their potential to serve as innovative solutions to inefficiencies in the world.

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Abdallah Khreishah New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Abdallah Khreishah received his Ph.D and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2010 and 2006, respectively. Prior to that, he received his B.S. degree with honors from Jordan University of Science & Technology in 2004. During the last year of his Ph.D, he worked with NEESCOM. In Fall 2012, he joined the ECE department of NJIT where he is currently an Associate Professor. Abdallah is an active researcher. His research spans the areas of visible-light communications, network coding, wireless networks, congestion control, cloud computing, network security, intellegent transportation sysytems, and database systems for large projects. His research projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), and the UAE Research Foundation.

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John D. Carpinelli New Jersey Institute of Technology

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Dr. John D. Carpinelli is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Associate Director of its Institute for Teaching Excellence. He has served as coordinator of activities at NJIT for the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition and as a member of the Coalition’s Governing Board. He previously chaired NJIT’s Excellence in Teaching Awards Committee and is Past Chair of the University Master Teacher Committee.

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Durga Misra New Jersey Institute of Technology

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The Multi-Platform Optics and Photonics Educational App was developed through the REU Site (program name) at (university name). Optics and photonics is an important field of physics, but students often receive only minimal exposure to it during their undergraduate studies. Students often find this topic difficult to comprehend, as it requires a great deal of visualization skills. The current approach of teaching optics and photonics rely heavily on mathematical models, without connecting these models with the visual aspects in terms of ray tracing. The educational app was created to help students develop a strong understanding of the basic principles of this field. By placing a strong emphasis on graphical paraxial ray-tracing, a method taught widely to demonstrate the formation of images by various optical elements, the app allows students to explore fundamental optical elements and how they interact with light and images. The app transitions from short, explanatory demonstrations to interactive simulations that allow students to test their understanding of the material. This paper describes the app, its functionality, and plans for its pilot use by students in sophomore physics courses.

Ventura, T., & Khreishah, A., & Carpinelli, J. D., & Misra, D. (2018, June), Board 17: The Multi-Platform Optics and Photonics Educational App Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--29973

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