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Community-Based Research Project in Wireless Communication

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratories

Tagged Division

Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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22.344.1 - 22.344.19



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Mohammad N. Amin National University

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Mohammad Amin received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and MS degree in Solid State Physics from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. Honors degrees in Physics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is currently working as a Professor at National University, San Diego, California. He has published and presented 60+ papers in the areas of electrical engineering applications, computer applications and biotechnology. He has 20+ years experience in teaching engineering, science, and math. He received an R&D award in 1996 from the R&D Magazine 100 Awards Program for the new development of " IS4000 Solder Paste Statistical Process Control (SPC) System”. He also received the GAANN Doctoral Fellowship for four years during his doctoral studies. He has three US patents on solder paste measurement techniques. He is the co-inventor of “IS4000 Solder Paste and Residue Measurement System”. He is a member of ASEE since 2003. His current research areas of interest are problem based learning (PBL), wireless communications, biotechnology, and electrical sensors.

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Ronald P. Uhlig National University

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Ronald P. Uhlig received the Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA and the Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland,
College Park, MD, USA. He is currently Interim Dean, School of Business and Management, National University, San
Diego, California, USA. From 2005 to 2010 he was a member of the National University School of Engineering faculty, where he was Chair, Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, and Lead Faculty, Wireless Communications. During 2000 - 2005 he was CEO, SegWave, Inc., an educational technology company
he founded, and during 1995 - 1999, he was Vice President, Russia and Eastern Europe, Qualcomm, Inc. During 1978 - 1995, He held multiple positions with Northern Telecom and Bell-Northern Research. In his work both as
an officer and as a civilian during 1966 - 1978 with the United States Army he introduced many applications in what became today’s Internet. Dr. Uhlig chaired Working Group 6.5 Email, and
Technical Committee 6 Data Communications, of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), and he served as both President and Secretary General of the International Council for Computer Communications (ICCC). He was elected to the International Telecommunications Academy, and, in 2000, received their Gold Medal for sustained contributions to telecommunications.

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Pradip Peter Dey National University

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Dr. Pradip Peter Dey has more than 20 years of experience in Computer Science research and education. His university teaching and professional experience emphasizes mathematical modeling, information extraction, syntax and semantics of natural language, wireless apps and knowledge representation. He has done an M.S.E. in Computer and Information Science and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania.

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Bhaskar Raj Sinha National University

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Dr. Bhaskar Raj Sinha is an Associate Professor in the department of Computer Science and Information Systems in the School of Engineering and Technology at National University in San Diego, California.

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An Innovative Idea from MSWC Research Project to Protect Life and Property from WildfireIn 2002, National University identified the critical needs of professionals in the area of wirelesscommunications and immediately responded by providing a viable solution through offering aunique program called Masters of Science in Wireless Communications (MSWC). This programoffers students opportunity to learn theories, principles and hands on activities in the fieldthrough 12 courses, and apply their integrated knowledge in 2 project courses at the end of theprogram. In 2008, some National University students observed and experienced a devastatingwildfire that occurred in Southern California. This article describes how students applied andlearned the values of their knowledge, understood their roles in a critical moment, and expressedtheir willingness to serve the community. The article also briefly investigates the structuralrelationships among the program’s mission, program requirements, learning outcomes,assessment measures, and qualitative elements of the program by demonstrating students workfrom a capstone project entitled “Wildfire Detection and Monitoring System.” In this capstoneproject, students learned how to integrate hardware and software in order to build an engineeringproduct prototype that could be implemented for real application. They developed new softwareapplications and used some commercially available hardware including sort-range radio channel(Zigbee), long-range radio channel (Global System Mobile), Global Positioning System (GPS),battery (energy source), temperature sensor (thermostat: 40oC to 150oC), soldering iron (heatsource), and microcontroller. The prototype of wildfire detecting system was found to be capableof identifying the locations of the fires and sending alert messages immediately to somedesignated cell phones. This system will help firefighters and police officers respond quickly toan emergency call and set up an effective logistic plan to extinguish fire in an efficient way. Theproject formal report, presentation, and prototype demonstration were evaluated by a judgingpanel consisted with two faculty and two professionals from wireless industry. After carefulreview and close observation, the panel made a remarkable conclusion on student learning andprogram’s quality. They made recommendations for further exploration for implementation ofthis project idea. This project met all the degree requirements and produced sufficient data tovalidate the student’s appropriate level of learning in the MSWC program at National University.

Amin, M. N., & Uhlig, R. P., & Dey, P. P., & Sinha, B. R. (2011, June), Community-Based Research Project in Wireless Communication Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17625

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