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Integration of Engineering Practice into the Curriculum

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Capstone Design in ECE

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Electrical and Computer

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Ibrahem E. Atawi University of Tabuk

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Ibrahem Atawi received the B.S. in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in 2005, the dual M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2013. Since 2013, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department and Dean of Collage of Engineering, University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.

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el-Hadi M. Aggoune University of Tabuk

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el-Hadi M. Aggoune received his MS and Ph.D. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, Washington, USA. He is a Professional Engineer and IEEE Senior Member. He served at a number of universities in the US and abroad. The highest academic ranks he achieved included Endowed Chair Professor and Vice President and Provost. He managed an unmanned aerial vehicle research and development lab that won the Boeing Supplier Excellence Award. He was a winner of the IEEE Professor of the Year Award, UW Branch. He is listed as Inventor in a major patent assigned to the Boeing Company. His research work is referred to in many patents including patents assigned to ABB, Switzerland and EPRI, USA. Currently he is a Professor and Director of the Sensor Networks and Cellular Systems (SNCS) Research Center, University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. He authored papers in IEEE and other journals and conferences. He is serving on many technical committees. His research interests include simulation and visualization, sensor networks and wireless communication, power system operation and control, and neurocomputing and applications.

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Fares S. Almehmadi University of Tabuk

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Fares S. Almehmadi received his BSc degree in electrical engineering from Umm Al Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in 2009, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He is a faculty member in EE Dept. and the Vice Dean of College of Engineering at the University of Tabuk, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. . He specializes in applied optics, acousto-optics, nonlinear optics, signal processing and wave propagation, and has contributed over 8 papers to technical conferences, and published over 15 papers in archival journals and conference proceedings, numerous reference articles on science. Dr. Almehmadi is a Member of IEEE, OSA, SPIE and Sigma Xi.

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In pursuit of excellence in engineering education and positioning itself for ABET accreditation, the College of Engineering (CoEng) at the University of Tabuk (UT), Tabuk located in Saudi Arabia has integrated a strong engineering practice component into its educational program curricula. This component relies on a series of courses that foster a variety of soft skills wrapped around four design project courses and two four-week practical training periods at a company or research facility. Furthermore, students at the senior level are strongly encouraged to undertake realistic projects. In this paper, we describe our experience with three groups of students from the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department who undertook projects sponsored by the Sensor Networks and Cellular System (SNCS) Research Center at the UT. The projects were complementary and multidisciplinary in nature giving the students the opportunity to get familiarized with product design, testing, integration, and deployment. The students were to design and build as well as use off-the-self components. The products of the three student teams are then integrated into an existing device, Mariner, to give it added capabilities. Mariner consists of a marine platform used for monitoring fish habitat parameters in the Red Sea. The students have made several public poster presentations throughout the year to both sharpen their communication skills and seek input. At the end, each group provided a comprehensive report, made a public presentation, and field demoed their products. Students were accountable not only for their products as subsystems of Mariner, but also for the proper operation of Mariner as a system of systems. The evaluation was made by both faculty advisors and mentors from SNCS and focused on the extent to which (1) design specifications have met, and (2) students have mastered relevant program outcomes. The result was a marketable experience that instilled in students the sense of responsibility and self-confidence. The main contributions of this paper are informed integration of engineering practice into curriculum, meaningful and practical design experience, effective evaluation and assessment of students and their work.

Atawi, I. E., & Aggoune, E. M., & Almehmadi, F. S. (2016, June), Integration of Engineering Practice into the Curriculum Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25421

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