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Internet of Things Curriculum Workshop: An Interdisciplinary, Cross-Institutional Effort for Education in an Expanding Field

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Multidisciplinary Engineering Experiences

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Harold T. Evensen University of Wisconsin, Platteville

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Hal Evensen earned his doctorate in Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he performed research in the area of plasma nuclear fusion. Before joining UW-Platteville in 1999, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Washington, part of group that developed automation for biotechnology. His recent research includes carbon nanotube electronics.

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Molly M. Gribb P.E. University of Wisconsin, Platteville


Adel Nasiri University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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Adel Nasiri received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and the PhD degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, in 2004, all in electrical engineering.

He worked for Moshanir Power Engineering Company, from 1998 to 2001. He also worked for ForHealth Technologies, Inc., Daytona Beach, Florida, from 2004 to 2005. Dr. Nasiri is presently a professor and Director of Center for Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM). Dr. Nasiri is the founding and Interim Director of Connected Systems Institute (CSI) at UWM. His research interests are renewable energy interface, energy storage, and microgrids. He has served as the primary investigator on several federal and industry funded research projects. Dr. Nasiri has published numerous technical journal and conference papers on related topics. He also seven patent disclosures. He is a co-author of the book “Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Active Filters,” CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. Nasiri is currently an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Paper Review Chair for IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, an Editor of Power Components and Systems, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Power Electronics. He was the general Chair of 2012 IEEE Symposium on Sensorless Electric Drives, 2014 International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA 2014), and 2014 IEEE Power Electronics and Machines for Wind and Water Applications (PEMWA 2014).

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The ongoing 4th industrial revolution, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), is having profound impacts on industries of all kinds, especially manufacturers. Further, the increasing ability to collect and analyze large amounts of data has impacts beyond manufacturing. Given the critical role that engineering educators play in supplying the engineering workforce for the nation – and the critical role of our schools in other areas impacted by IoT – development and distribution of state-of-the-art undergraduate curriculum that enhances graduates’ knowledge and skills in the IoT space is important. Our preliminary discussions with industry have revealed that the desired “IoT” knowledge, at this point, is supplemental to traditional curricula, not (yet) something that would replace topics seen as core to most engineering programs. However, this frames the challenge of curriculum development in this area: the topics are by nature interdisciplinary and may extend beyond a faculty member’s typical comfort zone. Therefore, [university name withheld] hosted an Internet of Things Curriculum Workshop in January 2019. The purpose of this workshop was to support faculty members from across our state to work together, to collaboratively develop and share IoT course modules to enhance educational outcomes for engineering and other programs state-wide. This workshop was designed to enable faculty to: (1) learn about the need for curriculum directly from industry collaborators at a round-table discussion; (2) learn about existing IoT curriculum development efforts at sister institutions; (3) begin the collaborativedevelopment of new course modules to enhance existing, and potentially new courses in a wide range of engineering and related disciplines. The modules are to be broadly accessible across our state and will serve as a first step toward broader dissemination of IoT-related topics in engineering curriculum. This paper will present the planning, organization, and structure of the workshop, including a report of its lessons learned, initial findings and results, with the purpose of enabling other institutions to learn from our experience.

Evensen, H. T., & Gribb, M. M., & Nasiri, A. (2019, June), Internet of Things Curriculum Workshop: An Interdisciplinary, Cross-Institutional Effort for Education in an Expanding Field Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33009

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