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Integration of Research Topics into Undergraduate Information Technology Courses and Projects

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Practice II: Curricular Innovations

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Educational Research and Methods

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George Stefanek Purdue University Northwest

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Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

M.S. BioEngineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.S. Purdue University

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Niranjan Hemant Desai Purdue University Northwest

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Name: Dr Niranjan Desai
Ph.D Civil Engineering
University of Louisville, USA

MES (Master of Engineering Studies) Civil Engineering
University of Sydney, Australia

BTECH (Bachelor of Technology)
Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

Work Experience:
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Purdue University North Central (2013 - Present)

Engineering Intern, Watrous Associates Architects, (2011 - 2013)

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Louisville, (2006 - 2011)
Tata Bluescope Steel Ltd
Designation: Design Manager

Desai, N., & McGinley, W.M. "A study of the out-of-plane performance of brick veneer wall systems in medium rise buildings under seismic loads." Engineering Structures 48 (2013) 683 694.

Desai, N., & McGinley, W.M. "Effects of brick veneer wall systems loaded in-plane on the seismic response of medium rise buildings." Proc. The 12th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, June 2013.

Alan H. Yorkdale Memorial Award, 2014.

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Undergraduate information technology courses often require that projects be completed toward the end of a course that allow students to gain experience working on real-world-like problems. These projects, which are typically part of a course, require students to use many of their learned skills not just for the course, but from other courses in their majors. In addition to real-world projects, it is also important to introduce students to projects that are research oriented so that they are exposed to new technologies and research methods in their respective disciplines in order to encourage them to consider graduate school after graduation. In the information technology and engineering fields this research may focus on new product development that incorporates emerging technologies or research on novel techniques. This paper describes computer information technology research topics that were introduced into undergraduate courses as projects that supported the course work and were also in support of on-going faculty research or derived from faculty research. A detailed survey was conducted at the end of these courses that was analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the incorporation of such project topics to improve student learning in the courses and how this stimulated student interest into research.

Stefanek, G., & Desai, N. H. (2018, June), Integration of Research Topics into Undergraduate Information Technology Courses and Projects Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30695

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