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Interdisciplinary Research Enhancing Bae Teaching Programs

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Interdisciplinary Engineering Education

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7.727.1 - 7.727.11



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Naiqian Zhang

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Session 1408

Interdisciplinary Research Enhancing BAE Teaching and Research Programs

N. Zhang1, M.L. Neilsen2, D.H. Lenhert3, M. Mizuno2, G. Singh2, and A.B. Gross4 1 Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University (KSU),* 2 Department of Computing and Information Sciences, KSU, {neilsen,masaaki,singh}* 3 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, KSU,* 4 The IDEA Center, 211 S. Seth Child Road, Manhattan, Kansas,*


An NSF-funded, interdisciplinary project of curriculum development and research on embedded system design has benefited teaching and research programs of the BAE Department at Kansas State University. The benefits included improvement in teaching of instrumentation and control courses, curriculum opportunity for BAE undergraduate and graduate students on embedded systems, enhancement of graduate research, and undergraduate research experiences.


In a report of the Academic Program Administrators Committee of American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE) issued in 1990, “Bioinstrumentation and Controls” was listed as a discipline core course of biological and agricultural engineering (BAE), together with “Properties of Biological Materials”, “Transport Phenomena”, and “Capstone Design Experience”. This report “expresses the collective opinion of the Committee concerning the future direction of the undergraduate engineering programs” (ASAE, 1990). A decade has passed since the publication of this report. When we read it today, we are so much impressed by the vision of the people who participated in the writing of the report.

Computer and electronics-based instrumentation and control technologies have been applied in all areas within the discipline of BAE, including power and machinery, soil and water, food- and bio-processing, structure and environment, environmental engineering, and information technology. At the modern time, electronics-illiteracy for a biological and agricultural engineer is almost like language-illiteracy for a man. A

* This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under NSF-CRCD Grant #9980321.

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Zhang, N. (2002, June), Interdisciplinary Research Enhancing Bae Teaching Programs Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10519

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