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Expand the Pipeline: K-12 Curriculum Development on VHDL and FPGA Design

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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ETAC, ABET, & STEM Programs

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Engineering Technology

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24.564.1 - 24.564.7



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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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Expand the pipeline: K-12 curriculum development on VHDL and FPGA designAbstractBecause every electronic system manufactured today has an embedded “brain” comprisedof reconfigurable electronics components, there is an overwhelming national need fortechnicians who are trained in reconfigurable electronics systems. The movement toreconfigurable digital systems using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) andmicrocontrollers is sweeping the electronics world in the rush to create smaller, faster, and moreflexible consumer and industrial devices. Today, a more standard development process forDigital Logic Design is widely used in industry. The process uses Very High Speed IntegratedCircuit Hardware Description Languages (VHDL) as a design entry to describe the digitalsystems. Responding to this need, THE Community College and its partner institutions proposeto utilize highly-qualified academic and industry-experienced resources to develop andimplement online and technology-enabled courses and learning projects that will be scaled up toreach significant numbers of diverse instructors and students over a large geographic area. Theproject will satisfy this critical need for trained instructors and students in the technology ofreconfigurable solutions. Partner institutions provide complementary strengths of expertise thatoffer associate, bachelor and graduate degrees in electronic and engineering systemsapplications. To expand their capacities and create a sustainable educational system fordeveloping electronics technicians, the consortium proposes to deliver curriculum, professionaldevelopment, and outreach activities that will draw high school students into programs to expandthe number and diversity of highly-skilled workers for the targeted industries and accelerate theintroduction of qualified workers into the pool of skilled technicians needed by electronics firms.This pool of highly-skilled technicians will be built and sustained by strengthening andexpanding community college and university partnerships with K-12 systems, affiliatecommunity colleges, and established industry partners.This paper will discuss the development of the digital systems curriculum module that can easilybe integrated into existing high school technology courses having electrical/electronic content.One goal of this project is to provide resources that will assist high school curriculumcoordinators in linking this module to high school technology curriculum. The courseemphasizes on digital logic circuits. Number systems, codes, Boolean algebra, logic gates,combinational logic, sequential logic circuits. Students will become familiar with the basicdigital systems and develop skills in digital design using VHDL and FPGA.

Alaraje, N., & Sergeyev, A. (2014, June), Expand the Pipeline: K-12 Curriculum Development on VHDL and FPGA Design Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20455

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