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Keys to Success in the IEEE Hardware Competition

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

DEED Poster Session

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

18

Page Numbers

22.990.1 - 22.990.18

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https://peer.asee.org/18234

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33

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Nabila A. Bousaba University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Nabila (Nan) BouSaba is a faculty associate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. Nan Earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1982), and a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering (1986) from North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to her current position at UNC, Charlotte, Nan worked for IBM (15 years) and Solectron (eight years) in the area of test development and management. She teaches the Senior design course for the Electrical and computer sections and Basic Electrical Circuit course.

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James M. Conrad University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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James M. Conrad received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and his master’s and doctorate degrees in computer engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas and as an instructor at North Carolina State University. He has also worked at IBM in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and Houston, Texas; at Ericsson/Sony Ericsson in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and at BPM Technology in Greenville, South Carolina. Dr. Conrad is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is also a member of ASEE, Eta Kappa Nu, the Project Management Institute, and the IEEE Computer Society. He is the author of numerous books, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers in the areas of robotics, parallel processing, artificial intelligence, and engineering education.

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Claude M. Hargrove University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Dr. Claude Hargrove is a Faculty Associate for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He previously taught at North Carolina A&T State University from 2003 until 2010. He has served as Branch Counselor for the student chapter of IEEE from 2004 until 2009 at North Carolina A&T State University and currently serves in this capacity at UNC, Charlotte.

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Valentina Cecchi University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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Valentina Cecchi is originally from Rome, Italy. She attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, where she completed B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 2005, 2007, and 2010, respectively. She joined UNC, Charlotte in 2010 as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and researcher in the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC).

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Abstract

Keys to success in the IEEE Hardware competitionSince the 1980’s, IEEE has had an annual program at the regional level that included studentprograms. The student Hardware Competition is considered one of the highly acclaimed eventswithin the student programs. It continues to maintain its original focus of the design andbuilding of Robots that compete by performing a pre-defined task. Earlier names of thiscompetition were solar car contest, “seeker” car and design contest. Electrical engineeringprograms continue to take advantage of this contest by using it as a capstone or senior designproject for a group of students. With the growing popularity of this contest, the authors willhighlight key factors that will increase the likelihood of a student team to succeed. These factorsinclude advisor involvement, support from the Department/College/University, as well as fromthe student and local professional chapters, multidisciplinary teams and underclassmaninvolvement. The above list of contributing factors will be expounded in detailed with data frompast competitions validating the results.

Bousaba, N. A., & Conrad, J. M., & Hargrove, C. M., & Cecchi, V. (2011, June), Keys to Success in the IEEE Hardware Competition Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18234

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