June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies
22.344.1 - 22.344.19
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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