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Incorporating Training in Research and Research Methods into the Undergraduate Curriculum in Engineering and Engineering Technology (E&ET)

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Project-based Learning in ET Programs

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Engineering Technology

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26.945.1 - 26.945.8



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Cyril B Okhio Kennesaw State University Orcid 16x16

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Cyril B. Okhio is a Faculty at the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering & Engineering Technology, Kennesaw State University and an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University’s Dual Degree Engineering Program. He earned his B.S. (Engineering) and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) degrees from, and was an (Science and Engineering Research Council) SERC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of London. He is registered as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPE) with the Council of Registered Engineers, United Kingdom; a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK and a Member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, USA. Dr. Okhio has many years of administrative experience including Chairmanship of a Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Okhio understands that most engineering problems require multi-disciplinary solutions that embrace the new concepts of PLM approach so that the resulting solutions can be sustainable and all encompassing.
Dr. Okhio has carried out experimental and numerical investigations of, and developed statistical analysis tools and computer codes, for the calculation of complex fluid flows. Some of this work has been published in international journals. He is currently involved in multi-disciplinary research and development concerning applications of Additive Manufacturing Tools to the study of Design for Manufacturability of Engineering Components and Systems, Vehicular Systems and Safety Engineering, associated with SPSU Visualization & Simulation Research Center for which he is a co-PI.
Dr. Okhio is very familiar with the level of technology and development, world-wide. He has visited many countries including Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and he lived in the United Kingdom for more than 12 years. He is married with two children.

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Florian Misoc Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Florian Misoc is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. He joined Southern Polytechnic State University/Kennesaw State University in August, 2011. Dr. Misoc earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. He also holds a Master's of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from Pittsburg State University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the University of Bucharest, Romania. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas. Dr. Misoc's research is in the areas of renewable energy (generation, transmission and distribution), power electronics, and vehicular systems.

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Austin B. Asgill Southern Polytechnic College of Engr and Engr Tech

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Dr Austin B. Asgill received his B.Eng.(hons) (E.E.) degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, his M.Sc. (E.E.) degree from the University of Aston in Birmingham, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida. He is currently a Professor and department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Prior to joining the faculty at KSU (formerly SPSU), he was an Associate Professor of Electronic Engineering Technology at Florida A&M University (FAMU), where he served as Program Area Coordinator and Interim Division Director. With over 25 years of teaching experience in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Engineering Technology, he currently teaches in the areas of networking, communication systems, biomedical instrumentation, digital signal processing, and analog and digital electronics. He has worked in industry in the areas of telephony, networking, switching and transmission systems, and RF and MMIC circuits and system design. Dr. Asgill also has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Florida State University. He has served on the board of the Tau Alpha Pi (TAP) National ET Honors Society since 2012 (Chair 2012-2014). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Member of the ASEE, and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of Florida.

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Incorporating Training In Research & Research Methods into the Undergraduate Curriculum in Engineering and Engineering Technology-(E&ET).This paper analyzes student learning outcomes for Engineering and Engineering Technologyprograms where the undergraduate curriculum has been tailored to include training in researchand research methods inside campuses and allied industries and government laboratories, and itfits into 2015: ASEE-DELOS, DEED and CEED categories.Training in Undergraduate research has proven to be an essential component of engineeringand engineering technology education and therefore affirmatively belongs in the undergraduatecurriculum. It has a positive impact on individual research programs, the university's researchenterprise and it is a critical factor for E&ET students in making a successful transition fromcollege to career. It also contributes to the intellectual life of individual departments and thecampus as a whole, while it raises the level of research activity, and helps recruit strongerundergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.The research, on which the present work is based, shows that research projects allow students toexplore, discover and innovate in a limited period of time and space. The literature reveals thatundergraduate research helps to integrate students with the faculty and industry, and so results inpublications which appear in peer-reviewed journals. Thus the student is able to create portfoliosthat highlight their learning and skills development in the professions. Through this training, keyquestions are explored and answered such as: How do we best incorporate research into theundergraduate curriculum? Does it make a difference? Who is it for? How do we know? What isthe evidence for the last 10 years? And why make the transition to project-based curriculum?Through data collection, analysis, and to no small measure, it is shown that undergraduateresearch apprenticeship allows students to take a project from the beginning, all the way tocompletion. These, along with presentation/communication skills’ development, are veryimportant in helping students to identify whether they want to continue their academicexperience at the graduate level or return to work for the industry or National Laboratories thathave helped to shape their education and training. Additionally, the undergraduate research inthe curriculum provides students with a clearer understanding of career options in the E&ETfields, while producing more informed, committed and better prepared graduate students withgreater potential for success in graduate programs. It gives students a deeper and more matureunderstanding and appreciation of E&ET in general, contributing to students’ personal andprofessional growth. Engineering and Engineering Technology programs with strongundergraduate research strategies produce better prepared and more qualified scientists andengineers for the coming generation.

Okhio, C. B., & Misoc, F., & Asgill, A. B. (2015, June), Incorporating Training in Research and Research Methods into the Undergraduate Curriculum in Engineering and Engineering Technology (E&ET) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24282

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