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Experiences in Developing a Robotics Course for Electronic Engineering Technology

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Robotics and Automation II

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

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23.568.1 - 23.568.12



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Antonio Jose Soares P.E. Florida A&M University/

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Antonio Soares was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida in December 1998. He continued his education by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in December of 2000 with focus on semiconductor devices, semiconductor physics, Optoelectronics and Integrated Circuit Design. Antonio then worked for Medtronic as a full-time Integrated Circuit Designer until November 2003. Antonio started his pursuit of the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in January 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Reginald Perry. Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Soares was immediately hired as an assistant professor (Tenure Track) in the Electronic Engineering Technology department at FAMU. Dr. Soares is conducting research in education (STEM), Optoelectronics, nanotechnology and robotics.

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G. Thomas Bellarmine P.E. Florida A&M University/Florida State University

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Dr. G. Thomas Bellarmine
Florida A&M University
Tech. Bldg. B, Room 202
Tallahassee, FL 32307
850-599-868 (Office)
Dr. G. Thomas Bellarmine is currently working at Florida A&M University as Professor of Electronic Engineering Technology. He is currently teaching Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology Courses. He obtained his BSEE degree from Madras University and MSEE degree from Madurai Kamaraj University in India. He received his PHD in EE from Mississippi State University and M.S. in Computer Science from The University of West Florida. He is currently an IEEE Senior Member and a Member in ASEE. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer. His research interest includes power systems, energy management systems, and computer applications in communications.

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Doreen Kobelo Florida A&M University/Florida State University


Rabbani Muhammad Florida A&M University

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Rabbani Muhammad AIA NCARB, Reg. Architect
Rabbani Muhammad Architects AIA. NCARB
1801 Meridian Rd Suite B Tallahassee, Fl 32303
Cell 850-264-5268

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, AAD Arch, Industrial Structural Design, Eng. Technology
Howard University, Washington D.C. B. Arch
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. M. Arch
Mass. Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology A.Dp Eng.Tech; Industrial Structural Design; Architectural Design

Teaching Experience:

Maryland Institute of Technology
Illinois Technical College
Temple No.2 Adult Education Classes
Umm Al- Qura, College Of Engineering, School of Islamic Architecture, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Florida A&M University, College of Engineering, Sciences, Technology and Agriculture Project Area Coordinator, Construction Engineering Technology
Florida A&M University College of Architecture, Master Thesis Reviewer

Academic Administration:

Interim Director of Division of Engineering, CESTA 1996-98
Program Area Coordinator, Construction Engineering Technology

Related Membership Organizations:

American Institute of Architects
National Council of Architectural Registration Board
National Historical Preservation Society
Alpha Rho Chi National Architectural Fraternity
Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
Kappa Alpha Psi National Social Fraternity
National Alliance of Black School Educators
National Black Engineers Society

Licenses to Practice Architecture:

Washington D.C.
State of Illinois
State of New York
State of Pennsylvania
State of Florida


Teacher of the Year, Florida A&M University, Division of Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, Sciences, Technology and Agriculture 1993, 1994 and 2000
Zeta Educational Thespian Association Design Award
Kopper Corporation Design Completion Design Award, 1st Place

Research Travels:

Mexico City, Mexico
Dakar, Senegal
Edmonton, Canada
Lagos, Nigeria
London, England Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Paris, France
Nassau, Bahamas
Roma, Italy (Guest of Pope John Paul II ) Amsterdam, Netherlands
Athens, Greece
Lisbon, Portugal
Istanbul, Turkey
Seville, Spain
Makkah Al- Mukarama, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Hajj 1982, 1988, 1996)
Beijing, China
Jakarta, Indonesia
Accra, Ghana
Cairo, Egypt
Lome, Togo
Munich, Germany
Brussels, Belgium
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Addis Abba, Ethiopia
United Arab Emirates
Rabbani Muhammad Architects Design Projects Overview

Housing Project Current Planning Stage:

23 unit housing sub-division, Nashville, Tenn. (Design)
11 unit hosing sub- division, Saluda, South Carolina (Design)
30 assistant living facility units, Definaick Springs, Fl. (Design)

Completed Planning and Approval Stage Projects:

24 – Three –bedroom town homes, Markham, Illinois (Design)

Completed Renovation Projects:

Shabazz Cluster Housing 39 units Harlem, New York (Design)
Washington D.C In-fill sites 100units (Design)
58 units Housing for the Elderly, Greenville, South Carolina (Design)
Many single family units

Completed New Housing Units:

124 units mixed use housing project Lincoln Ave Apartments, Chicago, Ill (Design)
12 units -Student Housing Apartments, Tallahassee, Fla. A&M University (Design)
Shabazz development Housing 40 three family town homes, Harlem, NY (Design and Project Administration)

Projects Under Design/ Construction Stage:

Graceline Condominiums 104 West 116th Street 58 units w/ Commercial (Design)
Booker T Washington Shopping Plaza, Chicago, IL
Columbus, Ohio, Afro-American Basketball, Museum and Educational Center

Large Scale Projects International:

1996 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Madinah New town, a community that is composed of 1100 signal family housing units. These units where built with 3-bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living, dining and kitchen. Also, included in this project were commercial, retail and security buildings. A major play areas where placed throughout the internal park system. (Design and Construction Management) Madinah, KSA
Sk. Fausi Tafik Villa, Makkah, KSA
Sk. Aggah Villa, Makkah, KSA

Preservation Projects:

Matilda Mosley House ( Zora Neal Hurston Residence) Eatonville, Fl. Design and Construction and management)
Malcolm Shabazz Masjid Preservation Project

Religious Projects:

National Primitive Baptist Convention Multi- Purpose Building and Memorial Park, Huntsville, Al
St. Johns MEB Educational Facility, Tallahassee, Fl. 1997
St. Paul’s AME Church Addition, Tallahassee, Fl 2004
Antioch AME Church Addition, Quincy, Fl 1995
Masjid Al-Nalh, Masjid Addition, 2007

Munree Cemetery Planning and Design, Tallahassee, Fl

Hotel Projects:

Days Inn Renovation, Tallahassee, Fl
Scottish Inn Hotel, Jacksonville Fl.
Days Inn Renovation, Live Oak, Fl
Dutch Inn Renovations and Addition, Tallahassee, Fl

Food Preparation Projects:

Ferrell Restaurant Renovation, Tallahassee, Fl 2006
L’Jau’s Restaurant Renovation, Albany, Georgia 2007
Halal Abattoir, New Plant, Jackson County, Fl 2000
Ferrell Ice Cream Shop, Tallahassee, Fl 2005
159th St Shopping Center, Markham, Ill 2005
Banquet and Social Hall, Prince Georges County, Md 2007
Got Fish Fast Food Restaurant, Chicago, Ill

Medical Facility Projects:

200 Bed Hospitals, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1987
100 Bed Hospitals, KSA, Arar, KSA 1986
Southeast Medical Clinic, Washington D.C. 1973
Doctors Office, Pioneer Building, Chicago, II 1976
Glover Dental Offices, Albany Georgia, 2006

Urban Planning and Design Projects

14th Street Urban corridor, Washington D.C
Anacostia Southeast Washington D.C. Plan
8th Street Corridor Washington D. C.
Harlem, New York 116th Street and Malcolm Shabazz Blvd. Revitalization and Restoration Plan
East New York High School, Planning and Design, Brooklyn, New York
Calvert County High School, Planning and Design, Calvert County, Maryland

Community Service:

Religious Advisor Volunteer from 1970 to Present to the following Departments of Corrections
Florida Department of Correction Death Row Inmates, Lecturer
Mass. Department of Corrections, Education
Virginia Department of Corrections, Lecturer
Federal Department of Corrections, Lecturer

STEM Educational Project Papers
ASEE paper on the STEM Summer Educational Institute in Magnolia Terrace, Tallahassee, Fl
ASEE paper on co authored a Paper in Robotics in the Building Design

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Chao Li Florida A&M University

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Dr. Chao Li is an assistant professor in Electronic Engineering Technology at Florida A&M University. He teaches electronic and computer engineering technology courses. He obtained his B.S.E.E. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University and M.S.E.E. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He received his Ph.D. in E.E. from Florida International University. He is an IEEE senior member and an ASEE member. His research interests include signal processing, biometrics, embedded microcontroller design, and application of new instructional technology in classroom instruction.

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Salman A. Siddiqui Florida A&M University

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Salman A. Siddiqui received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering in the field of Electrical Engineering in 2000, 2002, and 2012, respectively. The M.S. degree was in the field of communications while the Ph.D. degree was in the field of Robotics. He has a passion to teach and to make it interesting and simple for students to advance in the field of Electrical/Electronic Engineering and STEM in general. He has been teaching as an adjunct Professor at the FAMU Electronic Engineering Technology program since 2010.

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Stacy C. Tinner Jr. Florida A&M University

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Experiences in Developing a Robotics Course for Electronic Engineering TechnologyThe Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) Program, through its IEEE Student Chapter, hasbeen supporting interested students to participate in robotic competitions for several years, eventhough there isn’t a robotics or automation course in the curriculum. This fact, in conjunctionwith the lack of financial and software support has hindered our students’ performance duringthese events. The current EET curriculum already contains a suitable list of courses, such asIndustrial Controls and Instrumentations, to allow for the implementation of a Robotics andAutomation track. In an effort to start such path, the EET program developed an interdisciplinaryundergraduate-level robotics course to offers students the chance to integrate their engineering knowledgelearned throughout their college years.Developing a robotics course for an engineering technology program has proven to be achallenge. Most textbooks and/or robotic programs are designed for engineering programs. Assuch, there is a great deal of mathematical modeling and analysis which is not fitting for atechnology curriculum. At the other end of the spectrum, there are a myriad of low level roboticsbased curriculum such as the LEGO and the Parallax Boe-bot robot platforms. These arenormally used in K-12 educational and summer programs.This paper presents the process of developing a suitable robotics course for an engineeringtechnology program. We first present the challenges encountered when developing the coursecontent to suit the engineering technology student body. We then discuss the course componentssuch as classroom and laboratory sections. In class, students learn the theories behind roboticsand practice them by performing simulations. In addition, students perform robotics exercises inthe laboratory. The lab exercises are focused on hands-on experiments which include the Boe-Bot kit robots and an industrial robot arm. There are competition-based learning through projectsdesigned to enhance the overall understanding of the course material.

Soares, A. J., & Bellarmine, G. T., & Kobelo, D., & Muhammad, R., & Li, C., & Siddiqui, S. A., & Tinner, S. C. (2013, June), Experiences in Developing a Robotics Course for Electronic Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19582

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