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For Students by Students: Labware and Courseware Development

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Computers in the Laboratory

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Computers in Education

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25.643.1 - 25.643.9



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Jennifer Marie Catchpole

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Jennifer attained her undergraduate degree in computer engineering from the University of Wyoming. She is now working on her master's degree in electrical engineering.

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Steven F. Barrett University of Wyoming

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Steven F. Barrett, Ph.D., P.E. received the B.S. in electronic engineering technology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 1979, the M.E.E.E. from the University of Idaho, Moscow in 1986, and the Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1993. He was formally an active duty faculty member at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado and is now professor of electrical and computer engineering, University of Wyoming, and serves as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. He is a member of IEEE (Senior) and Tau Beta Pi (Chief Faculty Advisor). His research interests include digital and analog image processing, computer-assisted laser surgery, and embedded controller systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wyoming and Colorado. He co-wrote with Dr. Daniel Pack eight textbooks on microcontrollers and embedded systems and a textbook on the fundamentals of teaching. In 2004, Barrett was named “Wyoming Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and in 2008 was the recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Professional Engineers in Higher Education, Engineering Education Excellence Award.

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Cameron H.G. Wright P.E. University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16

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Cameron H. G. Wright, Ph.D, P.E., is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo. He was previously professor and Deputy Department Head in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and served as an R&D engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force for more 20 years. He received a B.S.E.E. (summa cum laude) from Louisiana Tech University in 1983, a M.S.E.E. from Purdue University in 1988, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1996. Wright's research interests include signal and image processing, real-time embedded computer systems, biomedical instrumentation, and engineering education. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, SPIE, BMES, NSPE, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. His teaching awards include the Tau Beta Pi WY-A Undergraduate Teaching Award (2011), the IEEE Student Branch's Outstanding Professor of the Year (2005 and 2008), the Mortar Board "Top Prof" award (2005 and 2007), the Outstanding Teaching Award from the ASEE Rocky Mountain Section (2007), the John A. Curtis Lecture Award from the Computers in Education Division of ASEE (1998, 2005, and 2010), and the Brigadier General R. E. Thomas Award for outstanding contribution to cadet education (both 1992 and 1993) at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Wright currently serves as Associate Department Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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For Students By Students: Labware and Courseware Development AbstractWe have successfully implemented a program whereby students develop labware and courseware forother students. We have called this approach “For Students By Students or FSBS.” In this programstudents as either a senior design or graduate level project design, prototype and implement laboratoryequipment and courseware for use by other students. This has proven to be a very effective approachto provide for up-to-date laboratory labware and courseware in rapidly changing disciplines such aselectrical and computer engineering on a limited budget. More importantly, participating students gainvaluable real world experience in designing, prototyping, and delivery a system with accompanyingsupport docuementation. In this paper we review 10 successful projects that have been completed overthe past decade using the FSBS approach. We also provide a case study for replacing the lab trainer andlabware for a microcontroller course based on the Freescale S12 microprocessor. We also provide step-by-step methodology to implement this program.

Catchpole, J. M., & Barrett, S. F., & Wright, C. H. (2012, June), For Students by Students: Labware and Courseware Development Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21400

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