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Disruptive Technologies: An Educational Perspective

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2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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April 6, 2018

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April 6, 2018

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April 7, 2018

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Wagdy H Mahmoud University of the District of Columbia

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Wagdy H. Mahmoud is an Associate Professor of electrical engineering at the Electrical Engineering Department at UDC. Mahmoud is actively involved in research in the areas of reconfigurable logic, hardware/software co-design of a system on a chip using reconfigurable logic, application-specific integrated circuits (ASIC), digital logic design, image compressions, digital signal processing, computer architecture, embedded systems, system on a chip, and renewable energy.

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Nian Zhang University of the District of Columbia (UDC)

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Research Interests: Dr. Zhang's research expertise and interests are neural networks, fuzzy logic, computational intelligence methods, and their applications on pattern recognition, signal and image processing, time series prediction, renewable energy, and autonomous robot navigation.

Career in Brief: Dr. Zhang received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Wuhan University of Technology, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her research was funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, US Geological Survey (USGS), Xerox Corporation, Bush Foundation, and University of the District of Columbia (UDC).

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Disruptive Technologies: An Educational Perspective Abstract Preparing graduates for professional career is one of main objectives of high education institutions. In the past few years a growing number of disruptive technologies have emerged including Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) learning. These disruptive technologies have the potential to reshuffle the global industry structure, create new markets, improve labor productivity, drive growth in advanced economies, create new lines of products, challenge exiting industries, replace incumbent and older industries, support the analysis of big data that can help in developing new drugs and therapies, and transform how people live, communicate and work. Adoption of many of these technologies can change the competitive advantage of nations. Industry adoption of these technologies may change the competitive advantages of nations. Professional career in many of these new businesses will require different skill sets than those needed in older ones. In this paper, we provide an over view of some of emerging disruptive technologies and discuss curriculum changes needed to prepare our students for careers in the industries of the future.

Mahmoud, W. H., & Zhang, N. (2018, April), Disruptive Technologies: An Educational Perspective Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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