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Integration of Knowledge in Engineering/Science via Nanotechnology Programs

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Technical Session

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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22.925.1 - 22.925.9



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Maher E. Rizkalla Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute

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Received his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1985. He was research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory from January 1985 to September 1986 while he was an Assistant Professor at Purdue University, Calumet. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at IUPUI in September 1986 where is now Professor and Associate Chair of the Department. His research interests include solid State devices, VLSI signal processing, and electromagnetics. He is a senior member of IEEE and a PE registered in the State of Indiana. Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute, Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis, 723W Michigan Street SL160, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5132.

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Mangilal Agarwal Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Mangilal Agarwal received his B.E. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Upon receiving his Ph.D. degree, he was employed by Louisiana Tech University, as a Post Doctoral Research Associate, followed by appointments as Research Staff and Research Assistant Professor at the Institute for Micromanufacturing, the largest campus-wide interdisciplinary research institute. He is currently an Associate Director for Research Development at IUPUI and Research Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His main responsibility is to assist with the development of major interdisciplinary research initiatives.

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Sudhir Shrestha Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Sudhir Shrestha received his B.E. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, from Kathmandu University, Nepal, in 2003 and his Ph.D. in Engineering with Micro/Nanotechnology and RF/Wireless Communication emphasis from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA in 2009. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI) at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN. His current research interests include wireless sensing, microwave imaging, nanotechnology, nanomaterials, and emerging nanofabrication methods.

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Kody Varahramyan Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Since July of 2008, Kody Varahramyan has been the Vice Chancellor for Research at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), where he has been responsible for the advancement of research and scholarly activities, including interdisciplinary research programs that address important national and global needs. He has 18 years of academic experience as a faculty member and administrator at Louisiana Tech University and IUPUI, and 10 years of industrial experience as a member of technical staff at IBM Corporation. He has developed and led major research and academic programs, most of which have been of interdisciplinary nature, including in the areas of nanotechnology and information technology. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Integration of Knowledge in Engineering/Science via Nanotechnology Programs Maher E. Rizkalla, Mangilal Agarwal, Sudhir Shrestha, and Kody Varahramyan Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 723W Michigan Street (Rm # SL160) Indianapolis, IN 46202-5132 Tel. Number: 317-274-9719 E-mail: mrizkall@iupui.eduAbstractThis work emphasizes the integration of knowledge in engineering/science through nanotechnologyprograms at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis. A sequence oftwo courses was offered in the fall and spring semesters in the Schools of Engineering & Technology andScience. Students from electrical, computer, mechanical and biomedical engineering, physics, andchemistry disciplines were enrolled in the courses. A total of five faculty members from both the schoolscollaborated in developing and teaching these two courses. Integrated Nanosystems DevelopmentInstitute (INDI), a nanotechnology umbrella institute at IUPUI, played a leading role in bringing togetherthe two schools, five departments, and a number of faculties to collaborate and develop these courses. Thedetails of the two courses offered in the fall and spring semesters in 2009, including examples ofmultidisciplinary projects and term papers prepared by the students for these courses will be presented.The syllabus and the contents of the courses were developed by combining the research and teachingexperience of the faculty members at the IUPUI campus. The paper also details the teaching and learningmethodologies implemented in the class and outside of the class which integrates the traditional means oflearning from textbooks with new tools and technologies including scientific journal articles, web-basedcommunication and file sharing, multimedia, and simulation and modeling software (e.g. Coventor). Thepaper also presents the organization of the courses, including usage of laboratories for hands-onexperience and software for learning through simulation and modeling. Feedback from the students andthe assessment of the impact of the two courses on their career prospective will also be reported.-

Rizkalla, M. E., & Agarwal, M., & Shrestha, S., & Varahramyan, K. (2011, June), Integration of Knowledge in Engineering/Science via Nanotechnology Programs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18265

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