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Building a Functional Cardiograph Over Four Semesters: Part 2 – Programming a Microcontroller

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Design in Engineering Education Division: Capstone Design Projects

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Design in Engineering Education

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Gail Baura Loyola University Chicago

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Dr. Gail Baura is a Professor and Director of Engineering Science at Loyola University Chicago. While creating the curriculum for this new program, she embedded multi-semester projects to increase student engagement and performance. Previously, she was a Professor of Medical Devices at Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, which is one of the Claremont Colleges. She received her BS Electrical Engineering degree from Loyola Marymount University, her MS Electrical Engineering and MS Biomedical Engineering degrees from Drexel University, and her PhD Bioengineering degree from the University of Washington. Between her graduate degrees, she worked as a loop transmission systems engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories. She then spent 13 years in the medical device industry conducting medical device research and managing research and product development at several companies. In her last industry position, Dr. Baura was Vice President, Research and Chief Scientist at CardioDynamics. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

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Vincent Chen Loyola University Chicago

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Dr. Vincent Chen is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering with expertise in neuromodulation and rehabilitation engineering. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, and pursued a career in the tech industry while working on his graduate degrees. Before joining Loyola University Chicago, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and conducted clinical research at the Neuromodulation Center of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. His current research focuses on quantifying the extent of neuroplasticity induced by the application of brain and peripheral nerve stimulation.

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Leanne Kallemeyn Loyola University Chicago

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Leanne Kallemeyn, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Research Methodologies at Loyola University Chicago. She teaches graduate-level courses in program evaluation, qualitative research methods, and mixed methods. She has been the PI on seven major evaluation projects that ranged from one to five years in length. Her scholarship focuses on practitioners’ data use and evaluation capacity building within non-profits through coaching. She received a Bachelors in Psychology from Calvin College, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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In this paper, we present the second semester of a four-semester design project to build a functional cardiograph that estimates heart rate and respiratory rate. For Part 2, a pre- and post-assessment were administered before and after TI microcontroller programming. Assessment questions focused on students' prior experiences, expectations, engagement, and what they learned from the project. The Student Response to Instructional Practices (StRIP) Instrument was used to measure the extent to which students are cognitively, affectively, and behaviorally invested in a class. Achievment of new ABET Student Outcome (1) was evaluated.

Baura, G., & Chen, V., & Kallemeyn, L. (2019, June), Building a Functional Cardiograph Over Four Semesters: Part 2 – Programming a Microcontroller Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32482

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