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Experimental Centric Pedagogy in Circuits and Electronics Courses at 13 Universities

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Division Poster Session

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Electrical and Computer

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Diversity

Page Count

27

DOI

10.18260/p.26830

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https://peer.asee.org/26830

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129

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Kenneth A. Connor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Kenneth Connor is a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) where he teaches courses on electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, plasma physics, electric power, and general engineering. His research involves plasma physics, electromagnetics, photonics, biomedical sensors, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. He learned problem solving from his father (ran a gray iron foundry), his mother (a nurse) and grandparents (dairy farmers). He has had the great good fortune to always work with amazing people, most recently professors teaching circuits and electronics from 13 HBCU ECE programs and the faculty, staff and students of the SMART LIGHTING ERC, where he is Education Director. He was ECSE Department Head from 2001 to 2008 and served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association from 2003 to 2008.

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Yacob Astatke Morgan State University

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Dr. Yacob Astatke completed both his Doctor of Engineering and B.S.E.E. degrees from Morgan State University (MSU) and his M.S.E.E. from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a full time faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at MSU since August 1994 and currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Engineering. Dr. Astatke is the winner of the 2013 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) “National Outstanding Teaching Award," and the 2012 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Region "Distinguished Teacher" Award. He teaches courses in both analog and digital electronic circuit design and instrumentation, with a focus on wireless communication. He has more than 15 years experience in the development and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous web-based course supplements for electrical engineering courses. Dr. Astatke played a leading role in the development and implementation of the first completely online undergraduate ECE program in the State of Maryland. He has published over 50 papers and presented his research work at regional, national and international conferences. He also runs several exciting summer camps geared towards middle school, high school, and community college students to expose and increase their interest in pursuing Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Dr. Astatke travels to Ethiopia every summer to provide training and guest lectures related to the use of the mobile laboratory technology and pedagogy to enhance the ECE curriculum at five different universities.

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Charles J. Kim Howard University

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Charles Kim is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989, and worked as a researcher at Texas A&M University before he took an assistant professor at the University of Suwon in 1994. Since 1999, he is with Howard University. Dr. Kim's research interests include energy systems, fault detection and anticipation, embedded computing, safety-critical computer systems, and intelligent systems application. Dr. Kim is active in practicing experiential learning in engineering education with personal instrumentation such as mobile studio.

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Mohamed F. Chouikha Howard University

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Dr. Mohamed Chouikha is a professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado–Boulder. Dr. Chouikha’s research interests include machine learning, intelligent control, and multimedia signal processing communications for secure networks, among other areas. He also focuses on enhancing recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in the STEM areas in general, engineering in particular.

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Dianna Newman University at Albany - SUNY

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Dr. Dianna Newman is a research professor .at the Evaluation Consortium at the University at Albany/SUNY. Her major areas of study are program evaluation with an emphasis in STEM related programs. She has numerous chapters, articles, and papers on technology-supported teaching and learning as well as systems-change stages pertaining to technology adoption.

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Kathy Ann Gullie PhD Evaluation Consortium: University at Albany - SUNY

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Dr. Kathy Gullie has extensive experience as a Senior Evaluator and Research Associate through the Evaluation Consortium at the University at Albany/SUNY. She is currently the principal investigator in several educational grants including an NSF engineering grant supporting Historically Black University and Colleges; "Building Learning Communities to Improve Student Achievement: Albany City School District” , and “Educational Leadership Program Enhancement Project at Syracuse University” Teacher Leadership Quality Program. She is also the PI on both “Syracuse City School District Title II B Mathematics and Science Partnership: Science Project and Mathematics MSP Grant initiatives.

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Abdelnasser A. Eldek Jackson State University

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Dr. Abdelnasser A. Eldek obtained B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Zagazig University - Egypt (1993), Eindhoven University - Netherlands (1999), and the University of Mississippi - USA (2004), respectively. In addition, he has high diploma in Technical Education that is equivalent to M.A. from Fontys University – Netherlands (1998). Currently, he is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. His main research areas include Electromagnetics, Antennas, Phased Arrays, RF/Microwave Circuits, Numerical Methods and Engineering Education.

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Satinderpaul S. Devgan P.E. Tennessee State University

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Dr. Satinderpaul Singh Devgan is Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tennessee State University since 1979. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Power Systems from Illinois Institute of Technology before joining Tennessee State University in 1970. He has developed and implemented M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer, Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) programs, and has published in IEEE and ASEE Conference Proceedings. He is a recipient of Outstanding Researcher of the Year award in 1994 from Tennessee State University and is a charter member of its Million Dollar Research Club. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the ECE and Systems Engineering Divisions (SED) of ASEE and now serves as an IEEE ABET Evaluator and a member of the Executive Committee of SED. He is a Life Senior Member of IEEE and Life Member of ASEE, a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee. He is past-chairman of Southeastern Association of Electrical Engineering Department Heads (SAEEDH) and currently serves as Secretary of the BOD of Southeastern Center for Electrical Engineering Education (SCEEE).

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Ali Reza Osareh NC A&T State University

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Ali Osareh received his PhD from Virginia tech in 1994. He has worked in the industry including wireless design before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2000. He areas of expertise are Energy and Power Systems, Industrial Automation and Control system. As a part of HBCU-ECP project he teaches EE and non-EE students how to utilize and benefit from Analog Discovery board in class projects and laboratory experiments. He is currently doing a collaborative research funded by NSF on Smart Grid energy routers design. Dr. Osareh can be reached at osareh@ncat.edu

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John Okyere Attia P.E. Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. John Okyere Attia is Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the field of Electronics, Circuit Analysis, Instrumentation Systems, and VLSI Design. Dr. Attia earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston, an M.S. from University of Toronto and B.S. from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Dr. Attia has over 75 publications including four engineering books. His research interests include innovative electronic circuit designs for radiation environment, radiation testing, and power electronics. Dr. Attia is the author of the CRC book, Electronics and Circuits Analysis Using MATLAB, 2nd Edition He has twice received outstanding Teaching Awards. In addition, he is a member of the following honor societies: Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Kappa Alpha Kappa and Eta Kappa Nu. Dr. Attia is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

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Saleh Zein-Sabatto Tennessee State University

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Saleh Zein-Sabatto: Dr. Zein-Sabatto has a strong commitment for teaching and research. His area of competency includes teaching and conducting theoretical and experimental research in intelligent control systems, adaptive control systems, manipulator controls, intelligent mobile robotic behaviors, cooperative multiple robotic systems, fault diagnostics systems, neural network and fuzzy logic applications to robotics and control. Dr. Zein-Sabatto has been teaching engineering design for over fifteen years.

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Demetris L. Geddis Norfolk State University

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Demetris L. Geddis is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering at Norfolk State University. He has extensive research experience in the areas of Integrated optoelectronics, Optics, Microelectronics, and Electromagnetics. He has worked as a Research and Design Engineer at Motorola and Bell laboratories. Also, he worked at NASA Langley Research Center as a NASA faculty fellow for the Nondestructive Evaluation Sciences Branch where he performed research in the area of optical fiber sensing for real time health monitoring of aerospace vehicles. Current research interests and publications are in the areas of Photonics, Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, Heterogeneous thin film integration, single-fiber bi-directional communications, optical sensing, and ring lasers. Prof. Geddis joined Norfolk State University faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2004. From 2008 to 2011, he was a Research Engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute where he fabricated scalable multiplexed ion traps for quantum computing applications. Prof. Geddis returned to NSU as an Associate Professor in 2011.

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Abstract

13 HBCU electrical and computer engineering programs are cooperating on a project to implement and expand experimental centric based instructional pedagogy (ECP) in engineering curricula. The key goal of the project is the production of a larger number of better prepared African American engineers, as well as other students who have a better public understanding of technology and its role in STEM education and policy. What is ECP and why should it lead to more and better educated African American engineers? The guiding hypothesis is that engineering education works best in a learning environment in which experimentation plays a central role rather than existing on the periphery as is too often the case at too many engineering schools. The cost of building, maintaining, supporting and using expensive, limited-access experimental facilities has historically made it difficult to fully integrate hands-on, hardware-based learning experiences into our classrooms. The recent availability of personal instrumentation (e.g. Mobile Studio, Analog Discovery, myDAQ and others) has so lowered the traditional barriers to implementation that ECP is now feasible just about anywhere and anytime. In this paper, we explore the remaining barriers to making ECP a reality in required ECE circuits and electronics sequences. All of the partner schools have successfully changed their courses to incorporate experiments and other activities built around Analog Discovery. These courses were generally the first to be impacted by personal instrumentation at other institutions, so there was a lot of existing content available to be adapted/adopted by project partners in either lab courses or lecture course that previously had no hands-on component. The most significant source of content has been from project partner schools that were part of previous collaborations supported by NSF. One of the real strengths of the present collaboration is that the institutions involved serve similar student communities. The present status of ECP in circuits and electronics courses will be discussed along with results from student and instructor assessment, an effort that has benefitted greatly from the use of shared resources and tools. Results at this point in the project are very good with both students and instructors very positive about their experiences. Key open issues will also be addressed including the most efficient and effective methodologies for training students and instructors in the use of the new measurement tools, the impact of the new pedagogy on elective and other required courses taken after circuits and electronics, especially design courses.

Connor, K. A., & Astatke, Y., & Kim, C. J., & Chouikha, M. F., & Newman, D., & Gullie, K. A., & Eldek, A. A., & Devgan, S. S., & Osareh, A. R., & Attia, J. O., & Zein-Sabatto, S., & Geddis, D. L. (2016, June), Experimental Centric Pedagogy in Circuits and Electronics Courses at 13 Universities Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26830

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