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Incorporating Student-owned Portable Instrumentation into an Introduction to Electrical Engineering Course

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratories

Tagged Division

Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

22.852.1 - 22.852.12

DOI

10.18260/1-2--18133

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https://peer.asee.org/18133

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43

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Seunghyun Chun University of Texas, Austin, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Ph.D. Candidate at the The University of Texas, Austin, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Head Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering freshman course. M.S. from The University of Southern California, B.S. from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. Research in digital control of dc-dc converters for renewable energy applications.

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Bruce McCann University of Texas, Austin

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Dr. McCann received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1975. He then joined Schlumberger where he held R&D and manufacturing management positions in the U.S. and France. Dr. McCann was President of two global business units within Schlumberger and retired in 1999. Since that time, he has served as an Adjunct Professor in the ECE Department at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches circuit analysis, design, engineering economics and project management.

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Ariane L. Beck University of Texas, Austin

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Dr. Ariane L. Beck is the Assistant Chairman of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000, 2002, and 2006, respectively. Her dissertation work, completed at UT’s Microelectronics Research Center, focused on wide band gap photodetectors for ultraviolet detection and single-photon counting.

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Eric Dean National Instruments

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Academic Field Engineer, Texas and Southeast.

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Alexis Kwasinski University of Texas at Austin

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Alexis Kwasinski received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina, a graduate specialization degree in telecommunications from the University of Buenos Aires, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and 2007, respectively. From 1993 to 1997, he worked for Telefónica of Argentina for four years designing and planning telephony outside plant networks. Then he worked for five years for Lucent Technologies Power Systems (later Tyco Electronics Power Systems) as a Technical Support Engineer and Sales Technical Consultant in Latin America. For three years, he was also a part-time instructor in charge of ITBA’s telecommunications laboratory. He is currently and Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and his research interests include power electronics, distributed generation, renewable and alternative energy, and analysis of the impact of extreme events on critical power infrastructure which included performing damage assessments after several natural disasters, such as hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Ike (2008), and the 2010 Maule, Chile Earthquake. Dr. Kwasinski is also an active participant in Austin’s smart grid initiative: the Pecan Street Project. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Argentine Electrotechnical Association during the years 1994 and 1995. In 2005, he was awarded the Joseph J. Suozzi INTELEC Fellowship and in 2007 he received the best technical paper award at INTELEC. In 2009 he received an NSF CAREER award. Dr. Kwasinski is an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.

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Abstract

Work-in-Progress: Incorporating Student-owned Portable Instrumentation into an Introduction to Electrical Engineering Course A new approach to hands-on instrumentation has been adopted into the Introduction toElectrical Engineering course for first year students. Students purchase the National Instrument(NI) myDAQ unit and bring it with them to lab to perform DC circuit experiments. Through thisdevice students are not limited to experimenting with circuit in the laboratory, but are able tocreate and analyze DC circuits in the comfort of their own room using their personal computer orin any of the departmental computer centers on campus. This allows students to test out basiccircuit theory learned in textbooks or in the classroom anytime and anywhere which enhancestheir learning experience. A hands-on learning experience of electrical engineering concepts isavailable at a low cost. Through the use of the LabVIEW program students learn to createvirtual instruments that they can interface through the myDAQ with the physical world to formtheir own customized laboratory. Preliminary results of the course will be discussed, as well asplans to utilize the device in subsequent courses.

Chun, S., & McCann, B., & Beck, A. L., & Dean, E., & Kwasinski, A. (2011, June), Incorporating Student-owned Portable Instrumentation into an Introduction to Electrical Engineering Course Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18133

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