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Creation of an Internet of Things (IoT)-Based Innovation Lab

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 1

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Shiny Abraham Seattle University

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Shiny Abraham is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Seattle University. She received the B.E. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Visveswaraiah Technological University (VTU), India in 2007 and Ph.D. from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA in 2012. Her research interests span the areas of Wireless Communication, Internet of Things (IoT), Optimization using Game Theory, and Engineering Education Research. She is a member of the IEEE and ASEE, a technical program committee member for IEEE Globecom, ICC, ICCCN and VTC conferences, and a reviewer for several international journals and conferences.

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Agnieszka Miguel Seattle University

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Agnieszka Miguel received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2001 from the University of Washington, and MSEE and BSEE from Florida Atlantic University in 1996 and 1994. Dr. Miguel's professional interests involve image processing, machine learning, and engineering education especially active learning, diversity, retention, and recruitment. Her teaching interests include MATLAB, circuits, linear systems, and digital image processing. She is a member of the IEEE, ASEE, SWE, and Tau Beta Pi.
Currently, Dr. Miguel is the Chair of the ASEE Professional Interest Council I, a position that gives her a seat on the ASEE Board of Directors. She is also the ASEE Pacific Northwest (PNW) Section Chair (2015 - 2017). Dr. Miguel has held several other officer positions across the ASEE including: Division Chair and Program Chair of the ECE and New Engineering Educators Divisions, and ASEE Campus Representative. Dr. Miguel is also a member-at-large of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) Board of Directors. She has been a member of the ECEDHA Annual Conference Program Committee since 2013 and is serving on the Editorial Board for the ECEDHA Source monthly newsletter.

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This paper is the first of a sequence that will document the creation of an Innovation Laboratory at Seattle University, as part of a three-year project. This initiative aims to provide a platform for a curriculum rich in IoT-related skills, and serve as a space that fosters innovation and creativity. The curriculum enhancement aspect of this project focuses on incorporating IoT-based hardware and software platforms in both core and elective undergraduate Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) courses. The research aspect aims to stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity by engaging them in scientific inquiry and student-driven projects that cultivate an informal learning environment that promotes critical thinking, and interpersonal and technical skills. Our underlying aim is to achieve a pedagogical transformation that empowers a new generation of engineers equipped with skills essential and relevant to the technical workforce. This project was funded by a generous grant from W. M. Keck Foundation.

This paper highlights the motivation behind this initiative, discusses the proposed plan of action, and presents initial results and observations from a pilot implementation of this initiative, specifically focusing on the curricular enhancement aspect of the project. Efficacy of this implementation was gauged using feedback from student-surveys. Progress towards the goals of this project will be documented in subsequent papers.

Abraham, S., & Miguel, A. (2017, June), Creation of an Internet of Things (IoT)-Based Innovation Lab Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28087

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