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Designing Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Projects to meet ABET Outcomes

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2022 Spring ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Conference


Newark, New Jersey

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April 22, 2022

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April 22, 2022

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April 23, 2022

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Pritpal Singh Villanova University

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Dr. Pritpal Singh is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Villanova University. He received a BSc in Physics from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1978, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Sciences/Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1981 and 1984, respectively. Dr. Singh teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of semiconductor microelectronics, renewable energy systems and power electronics. He has been working on thin film solar cell research since 1979 including a Sabbatical Leave at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 1993. He has also worked on several photovoltaic system projects

Dr. Singh has also worked on electric vehicle research, working on battery monitoring and management systems funded primarily by federal agencies (over $3.5 million of funding).

Dr. Singh has consulted for several companies including Ford Motor Company and Epuron, LLC. He has also served as a reviewer for the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation. Dr Singh has over 150 conference and journal publications and holds seven issued US patents.

Dr. Singh’s recent work is focused on battery state-of-charge/state-of-health algorithm development, microgrid simulation and humanitarian projects in under-served communities in the areas of renewable energy, wireless connectivity and education.

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Senior design projects are now expected to meet multiple dimensions of student outcomes. For example, ABET criterion 3, student outcome (2) requires students to have “an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.” Furthermore, ABET criterion 5 d requires “a culminating major engineering design experience that 1) incorporates appropriate engineering standards and multiple constraints, and 2) is based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work.” Designing appropriate senior capstone projects in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) that satisfy these ABET requirements can sometimes be a challenge. To ensure that faculty and student-proposed senior capstone projects meet these criteria, the ECE faculty at XXX University recently developed a screening tool to ensure that projects meet these criteria.

This paper will present this screening tool and show a wide range of ECE project examples to illustrate how student project descriptions may be developed and refined to meet the required ABET outcomes.

Singh, P. (2022, April), Designing Electrical and Computer Engineering Capstone Projects to meet ABET Outcomes Paper presented at 2022 Spring ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Conference, Newark, New Jersey. 10.18260/1-2--40048

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