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Board 26: Experiment-Centric Pedagogy – Improving the HBCU Engineering Student Learning Experience

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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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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26

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Kenneth A. Connor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Kenneth Connor is a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he teaches courses on electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, plasma physics, electric power, and general engineering. His research involves plasma physics, electromagnetics, photonics, biomedical sensors, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. He learned problem solving from his father (who ran a gray iron foundry), his mother (a nurse) and grandparents (dairy farmers). He has had the great good fortune to always work with amazing people, most recently professors teaching circuits and electronics from 13 HBCU ECE programs and the faculty, staff and students of the Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) ERC, where he is Education Director. He was RPI ECSE Department Head from 2001 to 2008 and served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) from 2003 to 2008. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE.

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Kathy Ann Gullie Ph.D. Gullie Consultant Services

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Dr. Kathy Gullie has extensive experience as a Senior Evaluator and Research Associate through the Evaluation Consortium at the University at Albany/SUNY and Gullie Cnsultant Services/ZScore. She was the principal investigator in several educational grants including an NSF engineering grant supporting Historically Black University and Colleges; "Building Learning Communities to Improve Student Achievement: Albany City School District” , and “Educational Leadership Program Enhancement Project at Syracuse University” Teacher Leadership Quality Program. She is also the PI on both “Syracuse City School District Title II B Mathematics and Science Partnership: Science Project and Mathematics MSP Grant initiatives. She is currently the principle investigator on a number of grants including a 21st century grant and an NSF Transformong Undergraduate Education in STEM grant.

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Dianna Newman University at Albany-SUNY

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Dr. Dianna Newman is a research professor at the University at Albany/SUNY. Her major areas of study are program evaluation with an emphasis in STEM related programs. She has numerous chapters, articles, and papers on technology-supported teaching and learning as well as systems-change stages pertaining to technology adoption.

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Mohamed F. Chouikha Howard University

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Dr. Mohamed Chouikha is a professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado–Boulder. Dr. Chouikha’s research interests include machine learning, intelligent control, and multimedia signal processing communications for secure networks, among other areas. He also focuses on enhancing recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in the STEM areas in general, engineering in particular.

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John D. Kelly North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. John C. Kelly, Jr. is chair and associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Dr. Kelly’s research interests include hardware security in cyber-physical systems and embedded systems security. He also contributes to research on engineering education, enhanced retention of underrepresented minorities in engineering, and hands-on learning techniques.

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Craig J. Scott Morgan State University

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Dr. Craig Scott received his Ph.D. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Scott currently serves as Professor and interim Dean for the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. His educational scholarly endeavors include conducting pedagogical studies on learning technologies and remedial math preparation for engineering students. He instructs courses in computer vision, computer graphics, computational electrical engineering, electromagnetics and characterization of semiconductor materials.

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Mandoye Ndoye Tuskegee University

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Mandoye Ndoye received the B.S.E.E. degree from the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 2002, the MS degree in Mathematics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in 2010. After completing his Ph.D. studies, he joined the Center of Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as a Research Staff Member. From 2012 to 2014, he was a Research Associate at Howard University. Since 2014, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL. His research interests center on signal/image processing, sensor data analytics, intelligent infrastructure systems and power systems optimization.

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Ibibia K. Dabipi University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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I. K. Dabipi has been in academia for approximately 26 years during which he worked for Bellcore, AT&T Bell Labs and Southern University. He was the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at Southern University from 1997 to 2001. He was Professor and Chair of the Engineering and Aviation Science Department at University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 2001 - 2006. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.His research interests are in the areas of Computer Security and Network Management, Parallel Computing and Algorithms Development, Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks, Optimization of Transportation Networks, and Economic Analysis of Transportation Facilities and Human factors in Aviation Security. He is a member of ASEE, HKN, ACM and a senior member of IEEE

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Corey A. Graves North Carolina A&T State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4098-9381

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Corey A. Graves is an associate professor and the director of the Auto Mobile Pervasive and Embedded Design (AMPED) Laboratory in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina A&T State University. His research interests include developing pervasive computing systems for education enhancement as well as health-related application. Graves has a PhD in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. Contact him at cag@ncat.edu

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Lei Zhang University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Lei Zhang received his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering on 2011 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since 2012 he is working in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His main research interests include image processing, autonomous system, optical SoC/NoC architecture, and on-chip optoelectronic device design.

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Ali Reza Osareh North Carolina A&T State University

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Ali Osareh received his PhD from Virginia tech in 1994. He has worked in the industry including wireless design before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2000. His areas of research interest are in Energy and Power Systems, Industrial Automation and Control system. As a part of NSF funded project he teaches EE and non-EE students how to apply theories learned in classroom by utilizing Analog Discovery Board for in class experiments and outside classroom design projects.
Dr. Osareh can be reached at osareh@ncat.edu

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Sacharia Albin Norfolk State University

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Dr. Sacharia Albin joined Norfolk State University in July 2011 as the Chair of the Engineering Department. He received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Kerala, and Ph.D. from the University of Poona, India. He was a design engineer in microelectronics at Hindustan Aeronautics, India for three years. He was awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship by the Science and Engineering Research Council at the University of Liverpool, UK. Dr. Albin conducted research on Si and GaAs electronic devices and semiconductor lasers at the research laboratories of GEC and ITT and published numerous articles in this field. He was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Dominion University. He has advised 14 PhD and 16 MS students. He received numerous awards: Doctoral Mentor Award 2010; Excellence in Teaching Award 2009; Most Inspiring Faculty Award 2008; Excellence in Research Award 2004; and Certificate of Recognition for Research - NASA, 1994. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Member of the Electrochemical Society.

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Demetris Geddis Hampton University

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Demetris L. Geddis is an associate professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Hampton University. He has extensive research experience in the areas of Integrated optoelectronics, Optics, Microelectronics, and Electromagnetics. He has worked as a Research and Design Engineer at Motorola and Bell laboratories. Also, he worked at NASA Langley Research Center as a NASA faculty fellow for the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch where he performed research in the area of optical fiber sensing for real time health monitoring of aerospace vehicles. In addition, Prof. Geddis was a Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he fabricated scalable multiplexed ion traps for quantum computing applications. Current research interests and publications are in the areas of Photonics, Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, Heterogeneous thin film integration, single-fiber bi-directional communications, optical sensing, and ring lasers. Before joining Hampton University in 2017, Prof. Geddis was a faculty member at Norfolk State University for 12 years.

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Petru Andrei Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. Petru Andrei is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Florida A&M University and Florida Stat University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering. He is the FSU campus education director for the NSF-ERC Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center (FREEDM) and has much experience in recruiting and advising graduate, undergraduate, REU, and K-12 students, as well as in working with RET teachers. Dr. Andrei has published over 100 articles in computational electronics, electromagnetics, energy storage devices, and large scale systems.

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Fred Lacy Southern University and A&M College

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Dr. Fred Lacy earned his B.S.E.E. from Howard University in Washington, DC in 1987, his M.S.E. from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in 1989, and his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1993. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Lacy joined the Bioengineering Department at University of California, San Diego from 1994 – 1998 as a postdoctoral fellow. Upon completion of his postdoctoral research, Dr. Lacy held a position as a medical device reviewer at the US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Lacy joined the faculty at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in August 2002 and is currently a professor and chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. Dr. Lacy specializes in developing, manufacturing, and characterizing electronics based microsensors for various applications (including sensors for biomedical applications).

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Hamid R. Majlesein Southern University and A&M College

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Dr. Majlesein's is currently a professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering in Southern University and A&M College. He also has worked as the Department Head of Electrical Engineering from 2010-2014. His research interests are in the areas of Electric Power Systems, Computer Networks, and Digital Signal Processing. Dr. Majlesein's teaching interests are in the areas of Circuits Analysis, Electric Machinery, Signals and Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Control Systems, Power Systems, Probability and Random Signals, and Computer Networks.

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Abdelnasser A. Eldek Jackson State University

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Dr. Abdelnasser A. Eldek obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Mississippi. Currently, he is Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Jackson State University. His main research areas include Applied Electromagnetics, Antennas, Phased Arrays, RF/Microwave Circuits, Metamaterial, and Numerical Methods.

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John Okyere Attia P.E. Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. John Okyere Attia is Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the field of Electronics, Circuit Analysis, Instrumentation Systems, and VLSI Design. Dr. Attia earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston, an M.S. from University of Toronto and B.S. from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Dr. Attia has over 75 publications including four engineering books. His research interests include innovative electronic circuit designs for radiation environment, radiation testing, and power electronics. Dr. Attia is the author of the CRC book, Electronics and Circuits Analysis Using MATLAB, 2nd Edition He has twice received outstanding Teaching Awards. In addition, he is a member of the following honor societies: Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Kappa Alpha Kappa and Eta Kappa Nu. Dr. Attia is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

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Yacob Astatke Morgan State University

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Dr. Yacob Astatke completed both his Doctor of Engineering and B.S.E.E. degrees from Morgan State University (MSU) and his M.S.E.E. from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at MSU. Dr. Astatke was a full-time faculty member in the School of Engineering for over 20 years, where he rose to the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. He has more than 20 years experience in the development and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous web-based course supplements for electrical engineering courses. He also runs several exciting summer camps geared towards middle school, high school, and community college students to expose and increase their interest in pursuing Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. For over a decade now, Dr. Astatke has facilitated the donation of 250+ Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) portable laboratory instrumentation boards and has conducted capacity-building training workshops for five universities in Ethiopia. This work has improved the education of thousands of ECE students in Ethiopia annually. He has expanded his services to other African countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, and Cameroon. Dr. Astatke is recipient of several awards, including the 2016 Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC)-Airbus Diversity Award, 2016 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) for College Level Promotion of Education, and the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) National Outstanding Teaching Award.

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Shujun Yang Alabama A&M University

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Shujun Yang received PhD in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, in 2006. From 2006 to 2008, he was an engineer at Applied Materials Inc., Sunnyvale, California. From 2008 to 2009, he was an engineer at Continental AG (former Siemens VDO), Huntsville, Alabama. Since 2009, he has been teaching at Department of Electrical Engineering, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama. He is a member of IEEE, and a member of Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

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Li Jiang Tuskegee University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4133-9548

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Li Jiang is Professor and Associate Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University. She received her Ph.D. degree in 2006 and M.S. degree in 2004 from Louisiana State University (LSU) and B.S. degree in 2000 from the University of Science & Technology Beijing (USTB), China with all degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Dr. Jiang’s research interests are in developing nanofabrication techniques, nano-scale metrology and Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS). Dr. Jiang has been awarded US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Fellowship and Henry C. McBay Faculty Research Fellowship. She is principal/co-principal investigator of multiple federally funded research projects.

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Ben O. Oni Tuskegee University

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Saleh Zein-Sabatto Tennessee State University

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Saleh Zein-Sabatto: Dr. Zein-Sabatto has a strong commitment for teaching and research. His area of competency includes teaching and conducting theoretical and experimental research in intelligent control systems, adaptive control systems, manipulator controls, intelligent mobile robotic behaviors, cooperative multiple robotic systems, fault diagnostics systems, neural network and fuzzy logic applications to robotics and control. Dr. Zein-Sabatto has been teaching engineering design for over fifteen years.

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Abstract

A consortium of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) has been collaborating for more than four years resulting in the implementation of experiment centric pedagogy (ECP) in over forty courses that involve circuits and electronics. ECP is enabled in this project through the use of mobile, inexpensive personal electronic instrumentation; usually Digilent’s Analog Discovery (AD). ECP allows students with various learning styles to learn at their own pace and in their own environments by providing an alternative path to the acquisition of technical skills and knowledge both in the classroom and outside. Most of the courses addressed have been in the circuits and electronics sequence in electrical and computer engineering programs. Faculty involved in this effort has also used the same approach to support hands-on learning in introductory engineering courses, both focused on general engineering and specifically on introduction to ECE, in courses outside of ECE and in capstone design courses. This program was initiated and funding obtained because the group recognized that integrating hands-on learning is one of the key approaches that has been proven to be effective in improving retention by making the learning experience engaging and motivating for students. Results of internal and external evaluation has shown the introduction of AD board based ECP to be successful in a variety of instructional settings, instructional methodologies, and with diverse learning styles. This project has benefited from and inspired similar work by faculty at other universities who have been officially and unofficially affiliated with the 13 HBCUs. In this paper we will report on the immediate classroom impact of ECP on the engineering student as well as the long-term systemic experience at institutions both inside and outside the HBCU project.

Connor, K. A., & Gullie, K. A., & Newman, D., & Chouikha, M. F., & Kelly, J. D., & Scott, C. J., & Ndoye, M., & Dabipi, I. K., & Graves, C. A., & Zhang, L., & Osareh, A. R., & Albin, S., & Geddis, D., & Andrei, P., & Lacy, F., & Majlesein, H. R., & Eldek, A. A., & Attia, J. O., & Astatke, Y., & Yang, S., & Jiang, L., & Oni, B. O., & Zein-Sabatto, S. (2018, June), Board 26: Experiment-Centric Pedagogy – Improving the HBCU Engineering Student Learning Experience Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29993

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