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Distance Education Program in Electrical Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Distance and Web-based Learning in ECE

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Electrical and Computer

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22.507.1 - 22.507.13



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Esteban Rodriguez-Marek Eastern Washington University

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Esteban Rodriguez-Marek is an Associate Professor at Eastern Washington University.

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Min-Sung Koh Eastern Washington University

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Min-Sung Koh obtained his B.E. and M.S. in Control and Instrumentation Engineering in the University of ULSAN, South Korea, and his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Washington State University. He was with KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Co.) for nine years before enrolling in the Ph.D. program at Washington State University. In KEPCO, he worked at the NPP (Nuclear Power Plant) as a nuclear engineer. In the Fall 2002 quarter, he joined the department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University, where he has taught several courses in Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington University. His research interests are in the areas of speech and image signal processing, signal processing in communication systems, photoacoustics, and embedded systems.

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Claudio Talarico Eastern Washington University

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Claudio Talarico is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington University. Before joining Eastern Washington University, he worked at University of Arizona,
University of Hawaii and in industry, where he held both engineering and management positions
at Infineon Technologies, IKOS Systems (now Mentor Graphics), and Marconi Communications.
His research interests include design methodologies for integrated circuits and systems with emphasis on system-level design, embedded systems, and complex SOCs. Talarico
received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and he is a
member of IEEE. Contact him at

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Jabulani Nyathi Eastern Washington University

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Jabulani Nyathi received the B.S. degree from Morgan State University in 1994, the M.S. degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton in 1996 and the Ph.D. degree from SUNY Binghamton in 2000, all in electrical engineering. He has held academic positions at SUNY Binghamton (Adjunct Lecturer and Visiting Assistant Professor 1998 - 2001), Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Assistant Professor 2002 - 2009). He is currently with the Department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University's Satellite Electrical Engineering program in Seattle Washington (2009 - Present).

Dr. Nyathi’s research interests include VLSI design, interconnection networks, embedded systems, computer architecture and e-learning. He is a member of the IEEE and the Tau Beta PI honor society.

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Distance Education Program in Electrical Engineering: TV Broadcasting, WebEx and Laboratory ManagementTraditional engineering programs are taught in a class setting, accompanied with laboratoryexercises that complement lecture and reinforce theory. This is the ideal format, as students haveeasy access to both faculty and laboratories. Many times, however, students are place-bound inlocations where they do not have access to institutions offering engineering programs.Furthermore, engineering degrees are expensive degrees and opening one requires a significantinvestment from the organization and/or the state. On the other hand, many community collegeshave laboratories that are highly underutilized despite being adequate for undergraduateinstruction. Following this reasoning YYY XXX University (YXU) extended its establishedElectrical Engineering (EE) program into ZZZ by partnering with WWW ZZZ CommunityCollege (WZCC). Upon finishing their two-year degree at the community college, students starttaking classes imparted by YXU faculty both through two-way interactive TV broadcasting andin the internet through Webex. This paper documents the various lessons learned through thefirst year of class delivery, including lecture delivery through TV broadcasting, dual-sitelaboratory management, advising issues, hardware setup, etc. Furthermore, it presents a modelfor a successful partnership between a four-year institution and a community college.

Rodriguez-Marek, E., & Koh, M., & Talarico, C., & Nyathi, J. (2011, June), Distance Education Program in Electrical Engineering Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17788

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