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Digital Technology Education Collaborative Third Year Progress Report

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session II

Tagged Topics

Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

12

DOI

10.18260/p.26844

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https://peer.asee.org/26844

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64

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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Alaraje is an Associate Professor and Program Chair of Electrical Engineering Technology in the School of Technology at Michigan Tech. Prior to his faculty appointment, he was employed by Lucent Technologies as a hardware design engineer, from 1997- 2002, and by vLogix as chief hardware design engineer, from 2002-2004. Dr. Alaraje’s research interests focus 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 a 2013-2014 Fulbright scholarship recipient at Qatar University, where he taught courses on Embedded Systems. Additionally, Dr. Alaraje is a recipient of an NSF award for a digital logic design curriculum revision in collaboration with the College of Lake County in Illinois, and a NSF award in collaboration with the University of New Mexico, Drake State Technical College, and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. The award focused on expanding outreach activities to increase the awareness of potential college students about career opportunities in electronics technologies. Dr. Alaraje is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a member of the ASEE Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, a member of the ASEE Engineering Technology Division, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the 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 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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John Reutter III J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College

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Dr. John Reutter is Dean of Research and Planning Drake State Community and Technical College with responsibility for guiding the College's strategic planning process and developing and administering grant projects. Over the past five years, Dr. Reutter has secured more than $20 million in grant funds for the college. Previously, he served as Dean of Instruction for two Alabama community colleges and also taught computer science classes for over 28 years at various colleges and universities in California and Alabama. He is a Senior Fellow of the IEEE Society and the founder of two Silicon Valley software companies. Dr. Reutter began employment at Drake State in 2006 as Dean of Instruction and assisted the President in spearheading the campus efforts to achieve regional accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He was previously involved in SACSCOC reaffirmation efforts at three other Alabama colleges before joining the Drake State family. He is the author of Data Processing Systems and Concepts, a McGraw-Hill textbook published in 1977 and earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama in 2004.

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Craig J. Kief COSMIAC at UNM

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Mr. Craig Kief (PI) is the Deputy Director of COSMIAC and the Program Manager for the ORS Squared Satellite. Kief is a Research Scholar on the faculty at the University of New Mexico. Mr. Kief has more than 32 years of experience in computer and satellite communications, including voice and data networks, testing, troubleshooting, debugging, system administration, embedded software development, software/hardware integration, and network monitoring. Mr. Kief has an extensive background in the design of systems based upon microcontrollers and FPGAs. Kief retired from the Air Force in 1998 following 20 years of military service. His final military assignment was at the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) at Kirtland Air Force Base. Kief holds 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 system verification and validation. He is also an IEEE senior member.

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Bassam H Matar Chandler Gilbert Community College

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Bassam Matar started his career at Glendale Community College (GCC) teaching engineering, electronics and semiconductor classes. Through his eleven years teaching at GCC, Bassam developed a variety of courses in these fields. He served on several committees, such as budget, computer technology, advanced technology partnership and industry advisory. Also, he served as assistant chair for the last five years before transferring to Gilbert-Chandler Community College (GCCC). He implemented GCCC’s engineering program in Fall 2001 and is responsible for its success. He has served as a PI or Co-PI on seven NSF-funded grants. Mr. Matar is also a lecturer faculty for the Electrical Engineering Department at Arizona State University. Bassam Matar, has taught for more than 26 years. Mr. Matar received the following awards:(Summer 1999) Motorola Educator of the Year award; (Spring 2000) National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development award; (Fall 2009) Gilbert Community Excellence Awards; (Spring 2010) Electronic Engineering Times (EE Times)-- Educator of the Year Award. Mr. Matar is a member of Engineering Articulation Task Force, and the American Association of Engineering Education.

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David M. Hata TEMPlaTe Educational Consulting

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David M. Hata is an independent contractor specializing in evaluation of National Science Foundation funded projects. He currently serves as External Evaluator for the DigiTEC Project, the Mentor-Connect Project, the South Carolina ATE Center of Excellence, and three small ATE projects. Mr. Hata taught at Portland Community College for 32 years before retiring in 2003. He is a life member of ASEE and the IEEE.

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Abstract

The electronics world is undergoing a transformation in the underlying technologies used to create new products for the world’s consumers. The movement to reconfigurable digital systems using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and microcontrollers is sweeping the electronics world in the rush to create smaller, faster, and more flexible consumer and industrial devices. The Community College has put together a team of educational partners spanning the country with the background and skills necessary to create a vibrant virtual center. Team members 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 Science Foundation project implementations educating and training hundreds of instructors and introducing thousands of students to advanced technologies. The goal of this project is to offer an unprecedented opportunity to bring America’s technicians directly to this cutting edge of reconfigurable electronics technology. This project will substantially update digital logic courses by providing the tools and curricular materials needed to replace the now outdated materials most commonly used. The updated curriculum will greatly enhance competitiveness for community college graduates seeking to enter the job market or undergraduate engineering programs. Secondly, the project will provide colleges with educational equipment up-to-date with current technological solutions. Most importantly, the project will bring new excitement to education by introducing reconfigurable electronics with a new world of possibilities for student projects, 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 to careers in the exciting field of reconfigurable electronics for first-generation, minority and other under-served populations, including veterans. In summary, this project will provide the training and educational resources and promote best practices for community college, university, and high school instructors to enable them to teach new hardware technologies to a broad range of students, including those who have not previously had access to this level of training and career choice.

The paper will address third year project activities including the Faculty Professional Development workshop on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and ARM-based microcontrollers, assessment results and lessons learned, the summer outreach activity happened at partner institutions, and finally, the undergraduate research experience.

Alaraje, N., & Sergeyev, A., & Reutter, J., & Kief, C. J., & Matar, B. H., & Hata, D. M. (2016, June), Digital Technology Education Collaborative Third Year Progress Report Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26844

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