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Digital Logic Design: Meeting Industry’s Needs through University & Community College Collaboration

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.504.1 - 22.504.9



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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Alaraje’s research interests focuses on processor architecture, System-on-Chip design methodology, Field-Programmable Logic Array (FPGA) architecture and design methodology, Engineering Technology Education, and hardware description language modeling. Dr. Alaraje is currently the Electrical Engineering Technology program chair as well as a faculty member at Michigan Technological University, he taught and developed courses in Computer Engineering technology area at University of Cincinnati, and Michigan Technological University. Dr. Alaraje is a Fulbright scholar; he is a member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a member of ASEE Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, a member of ASEE Engineering Technology Division, a member of Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a member of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association (ECETDHA)

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Aleksandr Sergeyev Michigan Technological University

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Aleksandr Sergeyev is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology program in the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev is earned his bachelor degree in electrical engineering in Moscow University of Electronics and Automation in 1995. He obtained the Master degree in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2007. Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev research interests include high energy lasers propagation through the turbulent atmosphere, developing advanced control algorithms for wavefront sensing and mitigating effects of the turbulent atmosphere, digital inline holography, digital signal processing, and laser spectroscopy. He is also involved in developing new eye-tracking experimental techniques for extracting 3-D shape of the object from the movement of human eyes. Dr. Sergeyev is he is a member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and actively involved in promoting engineering education.

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Fred Scheu College of Lake County

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Professor Fred Scheu earned a B.S.E.E. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an M.S.E.E. from San Jose State University, San Jose. CA. Professor Scheu has been teaching at the College of Lake County, Il. since 2005 and is the Electrical Engineering Technology Department Chair since 2008. Prior to his teaching career, Professor Scheu worked in the electronics industry developing thermal and inkjet printing technologies. Later he was responsible for the development of state of the art time domain reflectometers and fiber optic components. Professor Scheu holds four patents as the result of his work in industry.

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Digital Logic Design: Meeting industry’s needs through university & community college collaborationAbstractHardware Description Language and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) haverevolutionized the way Digital Logic Design is taught and implemented. Traditional ways ofteaching logic design using discrete components (TTL: Transistor-Transistor Logic and CMOS:Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors) have been replaced by Programmable LogicDevices (CPLD: Complex Programmable Logic Devices and FPGA). Today, a more standarddevelopment process is widely used in industry. The process uses Hardware DescriptionLanguages as a design entry to describe the digital systems. The two most widely used HardwareDescription Languages in industry are VHDL (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit HardwareDescription Language) and Verilog (Verifying Logic). Although most traditional electrical andcomputer engineering programs have updated their curriculum to include topics in hardwaredescription language and programmable logic design (FPGA/CPLD), two-year and four-yearelectrical engineering technology programs have fallen behind and are moving slowly inupdating their curriculum. A survey of 107 two-year electrical engineering technology programsand 52 four-year electrical engineering technology programs showed that only 16.5% of two-year and only 19.5 % of four-year programs in electrical and computer engineering technology atUS academic institutions currently have a curriculum component in hardware descriptionlanguage and programmable logic design [1]. To effectively meet the next generation’sworkforce needs, the electrical and computer engineering technology curriculum must becurrent, relevant, and teach technology that is widely used in industry. To meet this goal, thispaper propose a curriculum development project designed to meet the needs of both communitycollege and university-based two- and four-year technology programs that will develop newcourses in logic design and hardware modeling using VHDL and Field Programmable GateArray (FPGA) Logic Design to teach students marketable logic design skills. Curriculumdevelopment will include the development of hands-on re-configurable computing labs both atthe university and the community college, we will be able to provide students at universities andcommunity colleges with state-of-the-art training tools that match the expectations of industry.Through this enhanced partnerships with community colleges, which will involve facultydevelopment, sharing of curriculum resources, and undergraduate research exchanges, we aim toincrease the transition of students from two-year to four-year programs. Our aim is not to takeaway from students attending or planning to attend community college but rather to improvecurriculum for students in both two- and four-year programs and to make pathways clear andeasy for those who do wish to continue their technology education past their two-year degree.[1] R. Furtner and N. Widmer, “Technology Education and the new frontier of digital electronics,” ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (ASEE 2006), June 2006

Alaraje, N., & Sergeyev, A., & Scheu, F. (2011, June), Digital Logic Design: Meeting Industry’s Needs through University & Community College Collaboration Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17785

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