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Computer Engineering Program at Utah Valley University

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Computing & Information Technology

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24.306.1 - 24.306.11



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Afsaneh Minaie Utah Valley University

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Afsaneh Minaie is a professor of Computer Engineering at Utah Valley University. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. all in Electrical Engineering from University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include gender issues in the academic sciences and engineering fields, Embedded Systems Design, Mobile Computing, Wireless Sensor Networks, and Databases.

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy Utah Valley University

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Reza Sanati-Mehrizy is a professor of Computer Science Department at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His research focuses on diverse areas such as: Database Design, Data Structures, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Data Mining, Data Warehousing, and Machine Learning.

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Paymon Sanati-Mehrizy Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Paymon is currently a medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2012. Currently, his research interests consist of higher education curricula, both with universities and medical schools.

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Ali Sanati-Mehrizy

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Dr. Ali Sanati-Mehrizy is a Pediatric resident physician at Rutgers University - New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. He is a graduate of the Milton S. Hershey Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology from the University of Utah. His research interests are varied and involve pediatric hematology and oncology as well as higher education curricula, both with universities and medical schools.

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First Engineering Program at XXX XXX XXXXXXXXAbstractXXXX XXX XXXXXXXX (XXX) is a regional teaching university in XXXX with enrollment of over 31,500 (Fall2012). Established in 1941, first as a technical college, then a community college, the institution becamea state college in 1993 and a regional university in 2008. XXX retains much of the mission andphilosophy of a community college in its lower division courses, offering 65 associate degree programsin addition to 58 bachelors and 3 masters programs.Computer Engineering Program at XXX is the first engineering program at this institution. It is housed inthe Computer Science Department. In our Computer Science Department atXXX, there are threeprograms which are Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, and Computer Science. OurComputer Science Program has two areas of specialization which are traditional computer science andcomputer networking. Our Computer Engineering program was approved by the institutional Board ofTrustees on April 11, 2002 and was approved by Board of Regents on July 2012. It took us ten years toget approval for this program. Before getting the approval Computer Engineering was an area ofspecialization in the computer science program.In this paper, we elaborate the detail content of the curriculum for our computer engineering program.In order to make our computer engineering program curriculum a viable one, we compare ourcurriculum with Brigham Young University (BYU) and University of Utah (UU) which have a well-established program in computer engineering. An analysis and description of all curriculums isperformed to establish similarities and differences. The major aspects taken into account in thecomparison are the duration of the programs, special courses or activities of each curriculum, thedifferences in the student academia load and the curriculum flexibility.

Minaie, A., & Sanati-Mehrizy, R., & Sanati-Mehrizy, P., & Sanati-Mehrizy, A. (2014, June), Computer Engineering Program at Utah Valley University Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20197

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