June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Electrical and Computer
The state of the art technologies using both micro- and nano- electromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS) and wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) devices have impacted our daily lives in applications covering wearable devices and sensor technology as applied to renewable energies and health sciences, among others. Several examples are device implants, optical devices, micro and nanomachining, embedded systems and integrated Nano sensor systems. The current ECE and ME curricula lack implications of these elements within their programs and close scrutiny to the need of local industry from engineering graduates has led the motivation to develop these materials into the engineering curricula. Within the ECE curricula, a new course was developed to cover MEMS/NEMS devices as well as wearable and IoT devices with Bluetooth and wireless features. The MEMS/NEMS module of the course integrates software CAD tools and hardware implementations and is a project based course where students learn software for the device process, then fabricate the device in the school laboratories. The wearable and IoT devices module introduces the students to Wearable and Internet of Things systems and covers sensors and sensor fusion, designing with embedded processors, tools for wearable and IoT applications, designing using Bluetooth and wireless and designing wearable and IoT systems. The new course development objectives are hands on practice, and preparing students for industrial and research career. In addition, an introductory MEMS section is added in the electrical engineering course offered to mechanical engineering students where the MEMS devices employed are introduced as energy conversion devices. Based on our recent feedback, the students have favorably accepted this MEMS addition to the course. The paper details the software and hardware development with the assessment data for students’ satisfaction for both the electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering courses.
Shayesteh, S., & Rizkalla, M. E., & El-Sharkawy, M. (2017, June), Curriculum Innovations through Advancement of MEMS/NEMS and Wearable Devices Technologies Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28096
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