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Impact of Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Curricula on Engineering and Science Programs

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Nanotechnology

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

24.697.1 - 24.697.11

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https://peer.asee.org/20589

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Mangilal Agarwal Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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Mangilal Agarwal received his B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University (Hyderabad, India) in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA) in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Upon receiving his Ph.D. degree, he was employed by Louisiana Tech University, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, followed by appointments as Research Staff and Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Micromanufacturing, the largest campus-wide interdisciplinary research institute. Currently he is the Interim Director of the Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI), Associate Director for Research Development at Office of Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) (Indianapolis, IN), and directs the development of interdisciplinary research and education initiatives.

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Maher E. Rizkalla Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Maher Rizkalla received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1985. From January 1985 to September 1986, he was employed as a Research Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, and an Assistant Professor at Purdue University Calumet until September 1986. Then, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at IUPUI where he is now Professor and Associate Chair of the Department. His research interests include solid State devices, VLSI signal processing, and electromagnetics. He is a senior member of IEEE and a PE registered in the State of Indiana.

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Sudhir Shrestha IUPUI

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Dr. Shrestha received his B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kathmandu University in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Engineering with an emphasis on Micro/Nanosystems and Nanotechnology from Louisiana Tech University in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI) at IUPUI. Since 2011, he has been an Assistant Research Professor in the Department Electrical and Computer Engineering at IUPUI. His current research interests include nanotechnology, renewable energy, sensors, wireless sensing systems, and nanotechnology education.

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Hazim A El-Mounayri Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Dr. El-Mounayri received his PhD in 1997 from McMaster University (in Canada) in Mechanical Engineering, He is currently an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, the co-director of the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Laboratory (AEML) at IUPUI, and a senior scientist for manufacturing applications at Advanced Science and Automation Corp. Also, he is a leading member of INDI (Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute). He co-developed the Advanced Virtual Manufacturing Laboratory for Training, Education and Research (AVML), an innovative e-learning tool for educating students and training the next generation workforce in sophisticated technology and its underlying theory. Dr. El-Mounayri teaches courses in Design, CAD/CAM, and Nanotechnology. His research focus is in advanced manufacturing, including nano- machining. Dr. El-Mounayri has worked as consultant for and conducted R&D for a number of local companies in the areas of CAD/CAM, CNC machining, and process development/improvement. Dr. El-Mounayri is a member of ASME, ASEE, and SME. He has published over 75 technical papers in renowned peer-reviewed journals and technical conferences in his field and gave presentations at various national and international conferences.

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Kody Varahramyan IUPUI

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Dr. Kody Varahramyan received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1983. From 1982 to 1992 he was with IBM Microelectronics, conducting research and development in the realization of advanced semiconductor technologies. From 1992 to 2008 he was with Louisiana Tech University, where he was the Entergy/LP&L/NOPSI Professor of Electrical Engineering, in recognition of his teaching and research contributions in the microsystems and nanotechnology areas. From September 2000 to June 2008 he was the Director of the Institute for Micromanufacturing, where, from 1992, he had contributed to the growth and development of the Institute, including through planning and setting up of laboratory resources and facilities, development and implementation of major sponsored research efforts, and realization of academic courses and curricula, on the science and engineering of materials, processes, and devices for the realization of micro/nanoscale systems. Since July of 2008, he has been the Vice Chancellor for Research at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, where he has been responsible for the advancement of research and scholarly activities, including interdisciplinary research programs that address important national and global needs.

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Abstract

Impact of Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Curricula on Engineering and Science ProgramsNanotechnology is a rapidly advancing field that shows promise in solving current science andtechnology challenges through the innovative materials, processes/devices, and theirapplications. Nanomanufacturing, including self-assembly, has become an important tool indeveloping nanoscale devices applicable in medicine, electronics, and energy. Given the diversenature of the nanotechnology field, a class of multidisciplinary students combined into ananotechnology course, shows great potentials of enhancing the integration ofengineering/science knowledge and the learning experience of the students in the meaningfulway.This paper presents assessment results on the impact of introducing combinednanotechnology/research curricula as part of Engineering and Science programs. The impact wasaddressed in terms of integrating science and engineering into project courses, leading to morefocus on multidisciplinary research areas, pursued towards undergraduate research, and Master’sand Ph.D. theses. At the educational front, the new model for the multidisciplinary area hascontributed to the technical elective offered within the plan of studies of five courses offered inEngineering and Science schools. The cooperative research work under a nanosystems instituteumbrella has enhanced the undergraduate and graduate programs as well as enrollment. Datashow that more than 20% of the graduate students pursuing thesis options in engineering arerelated to nanotechnology, covering materials, physics, devices, and applications in renewableenergy and health sciences fields. Survey data also show that Freshman Engineering hasexperienced more students seeking nanotechnology concentration.

Agarwal, M., & Rizkalla, M. E., & Shrestha, S., & El-Mounayri, H. A., & Varahramyan, K. (2014, June), Impact of Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Curricula on Engineering and Science Programs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20589

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