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Collaborative Curriculum Development of an Industry-Driven Digital Logic Design

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Industrial Collaboration and Applications

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Engineering Technology

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22.333.1 - 22.333.9



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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Alaraje’s research interests focuses on processor architecture, System-on-Chip design methodology, Field-Programmable Logic Array (FPGA) architecture and design methodology, Engineering Technology Education, and hardware description language modeling. Dr. Alaraje is currently the Electrical Engineering Technology program chair as well as a faculty member at Michigan Technological University, he taught and developed courses in Computer Engineering
technology area at University of Cincinnati, and Michigan Technological University. Dr. Alaraje is a Fulbright scholar; he is a member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a member of ASEE Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, a member of ASEE Engineering Technology Division, a member of Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a member of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads
Association (ECETDHA)

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Aleksandr Sergeyev Michigan Technological University

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Aleksandr Sergeyev is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology program in the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev is earned his bachelor degree in electrical engineering in Moscow University of Electronics and Automation in 1995. He obtained the Master degree in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2007. Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev research interests include high energy lasers propagation through the turbulent atmosphere, developing advanced control algorithms for wavefront sensing and mitigating effects of the turbulent atmosphere, digital inline holography, digital signal processing, and laser spectroscopy. He is also involved in developing new eye-tracking experimental techniques for extracting 3-D shape of the object from the movement of human eyes. Dr. Sergeyev is he is a member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and actively involved in promoting engineering education.

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Joanne E. DeGroat Ohio State University

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Dr. Joanne E. DeGroat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She teaches courses on VLSI, Hardware Description Languages (HDLs), HDL verification, and digital system design. Her undergraduate degree is from Penn State University, B.S. Engineering Science. Her Masters Degree is from Syracuse University in EE. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1991. She conducts research and has numerous publications. Recent publication are on VLSI, FPGAs, Hardware Description Languages, high energy physics (a data acquisition system), and HDL education.

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Collaborative Curriculum Development of an Industry-Driven Digital Logic DesignAbstractHardware Description Language and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) haverevolutionized the way Digital Logic Design is taught and implemented. Traditional ways ofteaching logic design using discrete components (TTL: Transistor-Transistor Logic and CMOS:Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors) have been replaced by Programmable LogicDevices (CPLD: Complex Programmable Logic Devices and FPGA). Today, a more standarddevelopment process is widely used in industry. The process uses Hardware DescriptionLanguages as a design entry to describe the digital systems. The two most widely used HardwareDescription Languages in industry are VHDL (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit HardwareDescription Language) and Verilog (Verifying Logic). Although most traditional electrical andcomputer engineering programs have updated their curriculum to include topics in hardwaredescription language and programmable logic design (FPGA/CPLD), two-year and four-yearelectrical engineering technology programs have fallen behind and are moving slowly inupdating their curriculum. This paper will reshape the way digital logic design is taught in theelectrical engineering technology programs. The new curriculum development will providestudents with a hands-on educational experience that is well-respected by industry. Due to therapid changes in the technological world, faculty involved in developing and teaching theproposed new curriculum must be well-informed of advances in technology currently used in theindustry. Likewise, industry wants to have qualified and well-educated employees coming out ofacademia who are ready to implement their knowledge on day one of their employment. As aresult, while academia needs to be fully aware of the current state-of-the-art knowledgerequirements: industry must be driving the curriculum development. Therefore, in thiscurriculum development, a strong link between academia and industry must be established. Thispartnership is a “two-way street” and advantageous for both parties. The Electrical EngineeringTechnology program is collaborating with Altera University program in which the involvedfaculty members in curriculum development will attend a set of training workshop developed byAltera’s university program, these workshops are targeted toward professional individuals andcollege faculty seeking knowledge and expertise in programmable logic design. Facultymembers who have the opportunity to attend these workshops will gain the knowledge andexpertise to be able to teach both VHDL digital Design and Programmable Logic (FPGA)design. The exposure to industry-taught courses will help the faculty member to impact thelearning experience of his/her undergraduate students by providing them with skills that arehighly marketable and appreciated by industry. This paper describes the industry-led facultytraining and the impact on the Electrical Engineering Technology digital logic design curriculumdevelopment.

Alaraje, N., & Sergeyev, A., & DeGroat, J. E. (2011, June), Collaborative Curriculum Development of an Industry-Driven Digital Logic Design Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17614

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