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Infusing the Curriculum with Cutting-edge Technologies through Partnerships with Industry

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Innovative College-Industry Partnerships for the Future

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College Industry Partnerships

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25.778.1 - 25.778.14



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Steven H. Billis New York Institute of Technology

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Steven Billis is professor of electrical and computer engineering at the New York Institute of Technology and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in E.E. in 1972. His current field of interest is VLSI design.

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Nada Marie Anid New York Institute of Technology


Alan Jacobs Education Market Business Development Consulting

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As a member of ASEE since 1994, Alan Jacobs has served the society in numerous leadership roles. He founded the ASEE Corporate Member Council (CMC) Special Interest Group (SIG) on International Engineering Education and is currently Co-chair of that SIG. Jacobs is presently in his second term on both the ASEE CMC Executive Committee and the ASEE Projects Board and is the Secretary/Treasurer of the ASEE CMC. He also serves on the ASEE Journal of Engineering Education Advisory Board and was a contributor to ASEE’s “Advancing the Scholarship of Engineering Education: A Year of Dialogue." Jacobs was previously a member of the ASEE International Strategic Planning Task Force, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) Executive Committee, and General Motors’ Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education Core Team. Jacobs has spent his professional career committed to helping colleges and universities gain enhanced access to teaching tools and to advancing the learning opportunities available to their students. By managing and growing innovative education initiatives for technology companies, Jacobs has provided programs and resources to assist institutions of higher learning in preparing their students for academic and career success. Jacobs has worked in key positions for such well-known global market leaders as Autodesk, Avid Technology, and Addison-Wesley Publishing. During his career he has held positions as, among others, Director - Worldwide Education, Executive Editor, Senior Product Manager, and Senior Marketing Manager. Presently, he is self-employed as an Education Market Business Development Consultant most recently serving as an interim executive hired as Director, U.S. Academic Relations, to reverse Quanser’s declining U.S. educational revenues. Jacobs holds a master's of education and a master's of regional planning from the University of Massachusetts and has had special training as a Practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming and in mediation. Jacobs is a third-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do. He lives in Falmouth, Mass., with his wife and son.

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Ziqian Dong New York Institute of Technology

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Ziqian Dong is an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. degree in
electrical engineering from Beijing University
of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing,
China, in 1999. She received her M.S. in
electrical engineering from New Jersey
Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J., in 2002
and her Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Jan. 2008. She was awarded the Hashimoto Prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation in electrical engineering. She is the recipient of 2006 and 2007 Hashimoto Fellowship for outstanding scholarship and recipient of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Graduate Student Award for her inventions in network switches. Her research interests include architecture design and analysis of practical buffered crossbar packet switches, network security and forensics and wireless sensor networks. She was associated with Networking Research Laboratory at New Jersey Institute of Technology and MySYNC Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology for her postdoctoral research. She has served as a technical committee member in IEEE HPSR 2011, 2012, IEEE Sarnoff 2010 and 2011, and IEEE Greencom 2011 and ChinaCom 2008. She is a member of IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Women in Engineering, and American Society for Engineering Education. For further information:

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Infusing the Curriculum with Cutting-Edge Technologies through Partnerships with IndustryAbstractTo ensure that curricula and course content reflect both academic and industrystandards the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS) at NYITbelieves that course content must include elements of contextual teaching andlearning (CLT) which emphasizes the relationship of course content to real-lifesituations1,2. It is expected that CLT which incorporates 1. hands-on activities 2. work-based learning experiences and 3. project-based learningwill engage today’s students more thoroughly than the traditionallecture/textbook/dialogue models of education do. This is in line with the overallmission of NYIT which is to provide its students with a career-oriented educationand a commitment to practical application-oriented research that will benefit bothlocal and global communities.As such, the SoECS embarked on pilot projects which seek to infuse ourengineering, technology and computer science programs with cutting-edgetechnologies through partnerships with industry.This paper will discuss in detail, one particular partnership with Quanser, todevelop pedagogy that incorporated contextual teaching and learning that lead toeffective “Collaborative Undergraduate Lab” materials. These materials have nowbeen incorporated into the curricula and are expected to provide ourundergraduate engineering students with the professional skills demanded of a“Global Engineer”.Both Quanser’s and NYIT’s commitments to the pilot project will be describedand an assessment of their effectiveness, as well as an assessment of thecurriculum developed and the pedagogy will be given so that the project can beduplicated at our other campuses and for other institutions as well.As both our engineering and technology programs are ABET accredited, courseand program outcomes will be consistent with ABET outcomes a to k and will beassessed using Faculty Course Assessment Reports (FCARs).

Billis, S. H., & Anid, N. M., & Jacobs, A., & Dong, Z. (2012, June), Infusing the Curriculum with Cutting-edge Technologies through Partnerships with Industry Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21535

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