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From Theory to Implementation: Meeting Industry Needs through University & Community College Collaboration in Digital Logic Design Progress Report

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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NSF Grantees' Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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23.627.1 - 23.627.11



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Nasser Alaraje Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Nasser Alaraje is currently the Electrical Engineering Technology program chair and associate professor at the Michigan Tech University. He has taught and developed courses in Computer Engineering Technology area at the Michigan Tech University. Dr. Alaraje’s research interests focus on processor architecture, System-on-Chip design methodology, Field-Programmable Logic Array (FPGA) architecture and design methodology, Engineering Technology Education, and hardware description language modeling. Dr. Alaraje is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), ASEE Electrical and Computer Engineering Division, ASEE Engineering Technology Division, the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department Heads Association (ECETDHA). Dr. Alaraje may be reached at

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Aleksandr Sergeyev Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev is currently an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Technology program in the School of Technology at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Sergeyev earned his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Moscow University of Electronics and Automation in 1995. He obtained his master's degree in Physics from Michigan Technological University in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2007. Dr. Sergeyev's research interests include high-energy lasers 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. He is also involved in developing new eye-tracking experimental techniques for extracting 3-D shape of the object from the movement of human eyes. Dr. Sergeyev is a member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and actively involved in promoting engineering education.

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From Theory to Implementation: Meeting Industry Needs through University& Community College Collaboration in Digital Logic Design Progress ReportAbstractHardware Description Language and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) haverevolutionized the way Digital Logic Design is taught and implemented. Traditional ways ofteaching logic design using discrete components (TTL: Transistor-Transistor Logic and CMOS:Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors) have been replaced by Programmable LogicDevices (CPLD: Complex Programmable Logic Devices and FPGA). Today, a more standarddevelopment process is widely used in industry. The process uses Hardware DescriptionLanguages as a design entry to describe the digital systems. The two most widely used HardwareDescription Languages in industry are VHDL (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit HardwareDescription Language) and Verilog (Verifying Logic). Although most traditional electrical andcomputer engineering programs have updated their curriculum to include topics in hardwaredescription language and programmable logic design (FPGA/CPLD), two-year and four-yearelectrical engineering technology programs have fallen behind and are moving slowly inupdating their curriculum. A survey of 107 two-year electrical engineering technology programsand 52 four-year electrical engineering technology programs showed that only 16.5% of two-year and only 19.5 % of four-year programs in electrical and computer engineering technology atUS academic institutions currently have a curriculum component in hardware descriptionlanguage and programmable logic design [1]. Clearly, electrical engineering technologyprograms are far behind in teaching the skills that represent current and future industry needs.The School of Technology at The UNIVERSITY in partnership with the Community College arestepping up to this challenge by developing and introducing curriculum in hardware descriptionlanguages and programmable logic design.This paper will discuss the curriculum development and course assessment results at TheUniversity Electrical Engineering Technology Program and The partner Community College.The paper also addresses project activities including the two-day Faculty ProfessionalDevelopment workshop on VHDL and FPGA design implemented in Summer 2011, assessmentresults and lessons learned, the summer outreach activity in partnership with The UNIVERSITYSummer Youth Program to attract diverse students (including those traditionallyunderrepresented in science and engineering fields) to engineering technology education to, andfinally, the undergraduate research experience at The University.[1] R. Furtner and N. Widmer, “Technology Education and the new frontier of digital electronics,” ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition (ASEE 2006), June 2006

Alaraje, N., & Sergeyev, A. (2013, June), From Theory to Implementation: Meeting Industry Needs through University & Community College Collaboration in Digital Logic Design Progress Report Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19641

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