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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Tricks of the Trade II

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New Engineering Educators

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23.271.1 - 23.271.17



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Adrian Ieta State University of New York at Oswego

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Adrian Ieta received a B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania, in 1984, a B.E.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Timisoara, in 1992, and a M.E.Sc. degree and a Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of the Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, in 1999 and 2004, respectively. He was with the Applied Electrostatics Research Centre and the Digital Electronics Research Group, the University of Western Ontario, where he worked on industrial projects and taught. He is currently an Associate Professor (Physics / ECE) at State University of New York at Oswego. Dr. Ieta is a member of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

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Rachid Manseur Oswego State University College

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Rachid Manseur is currently the Director of Engineering Development and a member of the Computer Science faculty at SUNY Oswego where he is actively developing a new modern and innovative Electrical and Computer Engineering Program. His academic interests lie in Engineering Education and Engineering Program Development, Robotics, Visualization and Simulation Software Development, and Digital and Embedded System Design.
He holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, an MS degree in EE from the University of Houston, and a licence-es-sciences in Mathematics from the University of Algiers. He is registered as a professional Engineer in the State of Florida and the author of numerous articles in his areas of expertise including the textbook "Robot Modeling and Kinematics" and its associated modeling and visualization software.

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Thomas E. Doyle McMaster University Orcid 16x16

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CAPSTONE PROJECTS: UNLEASHING IMAGINATION AND ENGAGING MINDSMany new faculty may face challenges related to effective teaching techniques. Studentperception of good teaching may often be different from the instructors' opinions. Findingthe technique that merges the two perspectives can be challenging and vital. Project-based learning has been documented to be a guaranteed procedure for increasing students'interest in the taught topic, while developing skills that also often reward the instructorwith good student evaluations. We present the lessons learned in two capstone courses,along with received student feedback. Students chose projects to be developed mainly inour recently set up Applied Electrostatics Laboratory. Among other nanotechnologytechniques, the facility allows the production of micro and nanoparticles by means ofelectrosprays; it also allows nano-fiber production by means of electrospinning. Thelaboratory was developed from scratch within the last four years; with the institutionalacquisition of a new scanning electron microscope, it has become a potentiallycompetitive research laboratory. Undergraduates are thrilled by the projects and theirfreedom to innovate and perform research. They perform outstanding work, presented atinternational conferences. Their attitude is also reflected in their evaluations of teachers.We are hopeful that our experience will provide useful ideas, particularly to new faculty.

Ieta, A., & Manseur, R., & Doyle, T. E. (2013, June), CAPSTONE PROJECTS: UNLEASHING IMAGINATION AND ENGAGING MINDS Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19285

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