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Broaden Engineering Technology Students’ Knowledge through Hands-on with Motion Robotics

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Robotics and Automation

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

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25.271.1 - 25.271.9



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Yonghui Wang Prairie View A&M University

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Yonghui Wang received a B.S. degree in technical physics from Xidian University, Xi’an, China, in 1993, a M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University, Beijing, China, in 1999, and a Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss., in 2003. From 1993 to 1996, he was an Engineer with the 41st Electrical Research Institute, Bengbu, China. From July 1999 to Dec. 1999, he worked as an IT Specialist in IBM China, Beijing, China. From 2000 to 2003, he was a Research Assistant with the Visualization, Analysis, and Imaging Laboratory (VAIL), the GeoResources Institute (GRI), Mississippi State University. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Engineering Technology, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas. His research interests include image and signal processing, data coding, and scientific visualization.

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Yubin Lan USDA ARS

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Yubin Lan works as an Agricultural Engineer with Aerial Application Technology Group, Areawide Pest Management Research Unit, USDA-ARS at College Station. He is also an adjunct professor and graduate faculty with Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Lan received his B.S. (1982) and M.S. (1987) from Jilin University of Technology and Ph.D. (1994) from Texas A&M University (TAMU). Lan’s current research interests include precision agriculture in aerial application, decision support system for precision areawide pest management, sensor and controls development, remote sensing/GIS/GPS, remote sensing with crop modeling, multisensor data fusion, and electronic nose/biosensor.

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Jian-ao Lian Prairie View A&M University

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Jian-ao Lian received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from Xian Jiaotong University, Xian, China, in 1984 and 1987, respectively, and received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 1993. He is currently a professor of mathematics at Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, one of the nine campuses of the Texas A&M University System in Texas. He is among the first to develop the orthonormal scaling functions and wavelets with symmetry by using the dilation factor three, as well as orthonormal scaling function vectors and multiwavelets. Lian is also a member of AMS and IEEE. His research interests include wavelets and applications, computer-aided geometric design, and signal and image processing, as well as STEM education.

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Suxia Cui Prairie View A&M University

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Suxia Cui is an Assistant Professor and computer engineering Program Coordinator of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Prairie View A&M University. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Beijing Polytechnic University in 1996 and 1999 respectively, both in electrical engineering. She received her Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss., in 2003.
She has published several journal and conference articles in the field of wavelets, image processing, and video coding. Her research interests include data compression, signal classification, image and video processing. She has funded research projects from NSF and ARO. Cui has memberships with IEEE, ASEE, and HKN honor society.

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Broaden Engineering Technology Students’ Knowledge through Hands-on with Motion RoboticsAbstractThe skills and knowledge that employers value most are not always well-aligned withundergraduate engineering technology programs. With the support of a federal grant, we identifyand propose to broaden the undergraduate student experience to include training in transferableskills with agricultural robotics technologies. With the advancement of information technologyand control theory, agricultural robotics technology is becoming more advanced and morewidely used in the labor intensive agricultural industry. Modern farming requires makingincreasingly complex scientific, business, and financial decisions, so qualified workers withadvanced education/training in diversified technology background are highly demanded. Thus, itis extremely important for higher education institutions, especially minority serving universities,to offer appropriate education opportunities for students to prepare them adequately for theirfuture career.As a relatively new discipline, Engineering Technology is the application of engineeringprinciples and modern technology to help solve or prevent technical problems. The programs aredesigned to meet the growing need created by the technology revolution for college-educatedproblem solvers who can support the engineering process. Thus, the ET program is featured withits emphasis on hands-on skills training, to enable ET students to solve production and systemimplementation problems and help them explain solutions. Therefore, to prepare the students tomeet the industry requirements in the job market, it is urgent to update the educationalcurriculum along with technology trend in the ET program.To better fulfill the departmental primary purpose to prepare students for a successfulprofessional career in diversified technology fields, in the current phase of the project, anindependent study class is offered to the Engineering Technology students. The course isfeatured with general introduction of agricultural robotics, theory and technology behind motionrobotics, and hands-on experience with motion robotics. This paper introduces the currentprogress and implementation strategies on this course and discusses the future plan of the projectin better aligning the goal of the department to that of the sponsoring agent.

Wang, Y., & Lan, Y., & Lian, J., & Cui, S. (2012, June), Broaden Engineering Technology Students’ Knowledge through Hands-on with Motion Robotics Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21029

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