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Digital Technology Education Collaborative First-Year Progress Report

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.435.1 - 24.435.10



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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University


Aleksandr Sergeyev Michigan Technological University

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Aleksandr Sergeyev is currently an Associate
Professor in the Electrical Engineering
Technology program in the
School of Technology at Michigan Technological
University. Dr. Aleksandr
Sergeyev earned his bachelor degree in
Electrical Engineering at Moscow University
of Electronics and Automation in
1995. He obtained the Master degree
in Physics from Michigan Technological
University in 2004 and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering
from Michigan Technological University in 2007.
Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev’s research interests include high
energy laser 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.
Dr. Sergeyev is a member of ASEE, IEEE, SPIE and
is actively involved in promoting engineering education.

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Craig J. Kief COSMIAC at UNM

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Mr. Craig J. Kief serves as Deputy Director of COSMIAC. Mr. Kief serves as the lead Program Manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Cubeflow training program and is a Research Scholar on the faculty at the University of New Mexico. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing curriculum and training development, teaching short courses, and coordinating the scheduling and registration of COSMIAC and NSF courses. Mr. Kief has a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He has published and taught in the areas of digital and programmable logic, satellite design and in verification and validation of systems. He is also an IEEE senior member.

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Bassam H. Matar Chandler Gilbert Community College

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Mr. Bassam Matar is a “fun and challenging” guy who clearly gets things done and loves his work. He is a 22-year veteran engineering faculty in the Maricopa Community College District. After 11 years of teaching, Bassam built the Engineering Program at Chandler/Gilbert Community College where he still resides. He developed courses, articulated with surrounding universities, led committees, met with industry leaders, organized events, attended conferences, and applied for grants to enhance the program for students. More specifically, his career includes service as PI or Co-PI on seven National Science Foundation funded grants. In addition, he has been a lecturer at Arizona State University for 12 years. All of the effort and collaboration has amounted to a well-established Chandler/Gilbert Engineering Program—the largest in Maricopa district. Recognitions and awards include Motorola Educator of the Year Award, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award, the 2010 Electronic Engineering Times ACE Award Educator of the Year, and the City of Gilbert Community Excellence Award for Educator of the Year.

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Digital Technology Education Collaborative First Year Progress ReportAbstractThe electronics world is undergoing a transformation in the underlying technologies used tocreate new products for the world’s consumers. The movement to reconfigurable digital systemsusing Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and microcontrollers is sweeping theelectronics world in the rush to create smaller, faster, and more flexible consumer and industrialdevices. The Community College has put together a team of educational partners spanning thecountry with the background and skills necessary to create a vibrant virtual center. Teammembers include colleges and universities with a history of reaching out to minority and under-served student populations. Partners on this project have years of successful National ScienceFoundation project implementations educating and training hundreds of instructors andintroducing thousands of students to advanced technologies. The goal of this project is to offer anunprecedented opportunity to bring America’s technicians directly to this cutting edge ofreconfigurable electronics technology. This project will substantially update digital logic coursesby providing the tools and curricular materials needed to replace the now outdated materialsmost commonly used. The updated curriculum will greatly enhance competitiveness forcommunity college graduates seeking to enter the job market or undergraduate engineeringprograms. Secondly, the project will provide colleges with educational equipment up-to-datewith current technological solutions. Most importantly, the project will bring new excitement toeducation by introducing reconfigurable electronics with a new world of possibilities for studentprojects, such as robot competitions, video game design, embedded systems and more. Finally,the project will develop industry, K-12 and university partnerships to facilitate pathways tocareers in the exciting field of reconfigurable electronics for first-generation, minority and otherunder-served populations, including veterans. In summary, this project will provide the trainingand educational resources and promote best practices for community college, university, andhigh school instructors to enable them to teach new hardware technologies to a broad range ofstudents, including those who have not previously had access to this level of training and careerchoice.The paper will address first year project activities including the Faculty ProfessionalDevelopment workshop on VHDL and FPGA design, assessment results and lessons learned, thesummer outreach activity happened at partner institutions to attract diverse students (includingthose traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering fields) to engineering technologyeducation to, and finally, the undergraduate research experience.

Alaraje, N., & Sergeyev, A., & Kief, C. J., & Matar, B. H. (2014, June), Digital Technology Education Collaborative First-Year Progress Report Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20326

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