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Curriculum Innovations through Advancement of MEMS/NEMS and Wearable Devices Technologies

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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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Seemein Shayesteh P.E. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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Lecturer in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue School of Engineering at Indianapolis

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Maher E. Rizkalla P.E. Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Dr. Maher E. Rizkalla: received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University in January 1985 in electrical engineering. From January 1985 until August 1986 was a research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL while he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University Calumet. In August 1986 he joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at IUPUI where he is now professor and Associate Chair of the department. His research interests include solid state devices, applied superconducting, electromagnetics, VLSI design, and engineering education. He published more than 175 papers in these areas. He received plenty of grants and contracts from Government and industry. He is a senior member of IEEE and Professional Engineer registered in the State of Indiana

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Mohamed El-Sharkawy Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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Dr. El Sharkawy has over thirty years of research and teaching experience in the areas of embedded systems, digital signal processing and communications. He wrote four books and over two hundred and twenty papers. He received several million dollars of research grants at IUPUI. He also received several million dollars of equipment and software grants. He spent his sabbaticals at Motorola Inc. and freeScale Inc. in 2005 and 1989. He consulted for a large number of companies. He received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from Southern Methodist University in 1985. He received the Abraham M. Max Distinguished Professor Award from Purdue University in 1996. He received the US Fulbright Scholar Award in 2008. He received the Prestigious External Award Recognition Award from Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, 2009. He is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation and Fulbright.

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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. 10.18260/1-2--28096

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