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Design and Implementation of a New Instrumentation and Interface Undergraduate Course Using LabVIEWTM myDAQ

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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Electrical/Electronic ET Issues

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Engineering Technology

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Reg Recayi Pecen Sam Houston State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Reg Pecen is currently a Quanta Endowed Professor of the Department of Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Pecen was formerly a professor and program chairs of Electrical Engineering Technology and Graduate (MS and Doctoral) Programs in the Department of Technology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Dr. Pecen served as 2nd President and Professor at North American University in Houston, TX from July 2012 through December 2016. He also served as a Chair of Energy Conservation and Conversion Division at American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Pecen holds a B.S in EE and an M.S. in Controls and Computer Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, an M.S. in EE from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW, 1997). He served as a graduate assistant and faculty at UW, and South Dakota State University. He served on UNI Energy and Environment Council, College Diversity Committee, University Diversity Advisory Board, and Graduate College Diversity Task Force Committees. His research interests, grants, and more than 50 publications are in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of ASEE, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, and ATMAE. Dr. Pecen was recognized as an Honored Teacher/Researcher in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” in 2004-2009. Dr. Pecen is a recipient of 2010 Diversity Matters Award at the University of Northern Iowa for his efforts on promoting diversity and international education at UNI. He is also a recipient of 2011 UNI C.A.R.E Sustainability Award for the recognition of applied research and development of renewable energy applications at UNI and Iowa in general. Dr. Pecen established solar electric boat R & D center at UNI where dozens of students were given opportunities to design solar powered boats. UNI solar electric boat team with Dr. Pecen’s supervision won two times a third place overall in World Championship on solar electric boating, an international competition promoting clean transportation technologies in US waters. He was recognized as an Advisor of the Year Award nominee among 8 other UNI faculty members in 2010-2011 academic year Leadership Award Ceremony. Dr. Pecen received a Milestone Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students at UNI, and recognition from UNI Graduate College for acknowledging the milestone that has been achieved in successfully chairing ten or more graduate student culminating projects, theses, or dissertations, in 2011 and 2005.

He was also nominated for 2004 UNI Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, March 2004, and nominated for 2006, and 2007 Russ Nielson Service Awards, UNI. Dr. Pecen is an Engineering Technology Editor of American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR). He has been serving as a reviewer on the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing since 2001. Dr. Pecen has served on ASEE Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in Annual ASEE Conferences as a reviewer, session moderator, and co-moderator since 2002. He served as a Chair-Elect on ASEE ECC Division in 2011. He also served as a program chair on ASEE ECCD in 2010. He is also serving on advisory boards of International Sustainable World Project Olympiad ( and International Hydrogen Energy Congress. Dr. Pecen received a certificate of appreciation from IEEE Power Electronics Society in recognition of valuable contributions to the Solar Splash as 2011 and 2012 Event Coordinator. Dr. Pecen was formerly a board member of Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development ( and also represented UNI at Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Dr. Pecen taught Building Operator Certificate (BOC) classes for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) since 2007 at Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri as well as the SPEER in Texas and Oklahoma to promote energy efficiency in industrial and commercial environments.

Dr. Pecen was recognized by State of Iowa Senate on June 22, 2012 for his excellent service and contribution to state of Iowa for development of clean and renewable energy and promoting diversity and international education since 1998.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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Faruk Yildiz is currently an Associate Professor of
Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University.
His primary teaching areas are in Electronics,
Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Alternative Energy Systems. Research interests include: low power energy
harvesting systems, renewable energy technologies
and education.

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Design and Implementation of a new Instrumentation and Interface Undergraduate course using LabVIEWTM myDAQ

The instrumentation and interfacing using real-time analog/digital signals from industrial environments supported by graphical-based data acquisition and control hardware and software tool such as LabVIEWTM from National Instruments has become a common educational practice for many two-year and four-year engineering technology programs.

Department of Engineering Technology (ET) at ___________________State University is a new department recently separated from the Department of Agriculture Science. We are in the process of finishing necessary curriculum updates to apply for an ABET-ETAC accreditation for the current B.S. in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program. One of the missing significant curriculum components is the instrumentation and interfacing and data acquisition class with hands-on laboratory and rigorous design project activities. This new course serves as a core class for multiple degree programs in the department and it is one of the essential components for the employability of students, especially in electronics and computer engineering technology fields, and it is also an essential part of electrical engineering technology program curricula. With this curriculum students are expected to gain knowledge and skills on graphical based programming, data acquisition, instrumentation, interface, signal conditioning, troubleshooting, control in industrial operations and dealing with applications during their careers as part of their main job duties.

This paper describes course objectives, learning outcomes aligned with the ABET-ETAC criterion 3, a sample curriculum material covering lecture, laboratory and the project activities. Student assessment and course improvements are also reported. The outcomes of this curriculum enhancement are as follows: a) a well-established instrumentation and interface course added to the ET curriculum; b) the class will help enhance the criteria 3 of the ABET-ETAC requirements; (c) students are exposed real-time data acquisition and instrumentation applications in industrial environments using LabVIEWTM based myDAQ board and a number of sensors such as motion, pressure, EKG, thermocouples, pyranometer, and anemometer for both industrial, medical, solar and wind energy systems. The corresponding LabVIEWTM VIs will be reported.

As this paper describes a new course in the department of Engineering Technology, the students are assessed for the course objectives and associated outcomes using various direct and indirect assessment tools. Additionally, course-embedded direct assessment of objectives and university-level end-of-semester faculty and course indirect assessment provide valuable input to the overall course assessment and continuous improvement process. The results from various direct and indirect assessment instruments are archived and processed annually to generate action items used as input to the course’s continuous improvement process.

Pecen, R. R., & Yildiz, F. (2018, June), Design and Implementation of a New Instrumentation and Interface Undergraduate Course Using LabVIEWTM myDAQ Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30261

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