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Improving Undergraduate Engineering Education with Educational Module Library and Vertical Integration Projects

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Labs & Hands-on Instruction II

Tagged Division

Electrical and Computer

Page Count

10

DOI

10.18260/p.25638

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https://peer.asee.org/25638

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208

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Lei Zhang University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Lei Zhang received his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering on 2011 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since 2012 he is working in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore. His main research interests include image processing, autonomous system development, optical SoC/NoC architecture, and on-chip optoelectronic device design.

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Ibibia K. Dabipi University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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I. K. Dabipi has been in academia for approximately 26 years during which he worked for Bellcore, AT&T Bell Labs and Southern University. He was the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at Southern University from 1997 to 2001. He was Professor and Chair of the Engineering and Aviation Science Department at University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 2001 - 2006. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.His research interests are in the areas of Computer Security and Network Management, Parallel Computing and Algorithms Development, Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks, Optimization of Transportation Networks, and Economic Analysis of Transportation Facilities and Human factors in Aviation Security. He is a member of ASEE, HKN, ACM and a senior member of IEEE

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Yuanwei Jin University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Yuanwei Jin is an Associate Professor of electrical engineering with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He received a Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Davis in 2003. His research interests are in the general area of statistical signal and image processing, with applications in radar/sonar, biomedical imaging, inverse problems, structural health monitoring, and wireless communications. He holds two US patents and has published more than seventy journal and conference papers. He received a 2010 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship award. He was a recipient of an Earle C. Anthony Fellowship from the University of California at Davis. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.

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Payam Matin University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Dr. Payam Matin is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), Princess Anne, Maryland. Dr. Matin has received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan in May 2005. He has taught a number of courses in the areas of mechanical engineering and aerospace at UMES. He has served as departmental ABET committee chair through a successful accreditation visit in Fall 2012. Dr. Matin’s research has been mostly in the areas of Computational Mechanics and Experimental Mechanics with applications in Solid Mechanics, Plasticity and Sheet Metal Forming. Dr. Matin has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. Dr. Matin is the recipient of NSF MRI award as a Co-PI. Dr. Matin worked in Automotive industry for Chrysler Corporation from 2005 to 2007. He Joined UMES in August 2007. He is affiliated with ASME and ASEE professional societies

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Abstract

In this paper, we present our experience on improving undergraduate engineering education with two Experiential Learning based approaches. The first is the Educational Module Library (EML) and the second is Vertical Integration Projects (VIP). The EML is a collection of typical engineering modules with diversified functions. Guided by faculty members, all modules in the EML are carefully developed by students with latest technologies. The EML is featured in simple, popular, complete and user-friendly. The EML can significantly lower down the difficulty for students in launching a new project and provide strong support during the whole implementation process. On the other hand, VIP offers students at different levels a great opportunity to work together on building advanced systems. Through VIP programs, students can continuously get involved in engineering practice, receive training on diversified skills and develop interests, motivation and concentration. An adopted mobile laboratory tool, Analog Discovery (AD) kit has greatly facilitated the implementation of these two approaches.

Zhang, L., & Dabipi, I. K., & Jin, Y., & Matin, P. (2016, June), Improving Undergraduate Engineering Education with Educational Module Library and Vertical Integration Projects Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25638

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