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Learning IPv6: Becoming a Subject-Matter Expert of a Technical Topic through a Year-long Capstone Design Project

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Topics in Computing and Information Technologies I

Tagged Division

Computing & Information Technology

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

26.1071.1 - 26.1071.8

DOI

10.18260/p.24408

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https://peer.asee.org/24408

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239

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Joseph Benin U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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LCDR Benin is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy (BSEE), having served as the Regimental Honor Officer and Chairman of the Cadet Standards of Conduct Board. He then served as the Electrical and Electronics Officer aboard the USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) while completing his Engineer-Officer-In-Training (EOIT) qualifications. He began graduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was selected as an adjunct MacArthur Fellow, and ultimately earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Information Security. In 2005, he was selected as a member of the Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff (PCTS). He successfully defended his dissertation and graduated with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2012 from Georgia Tech and presently focuses on the areas of computer networks, programming, and security.

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Scott Thomas Howie United States Coast Guard Academy

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Scott T. Howie received a B.S.E.E from Drexel University in 1986 and a M.S.E.E from George Washington University in 1992.
He is currently a Visiting Professor at the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT where he teaches in the Electrical Engineering section. Mr. Howie has worked extensively in Information Assurance, Cyber Security, Information Technologies and Communications Systems.

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Benjamin B Hannon USCGA

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Benjamin Hannon is currently a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy and will be graduating this May (2015). He is an Electrical Engineering Major and upon graduation, will report to USCGC RICHARD PATTERSON in San Juan, PR. He was born in Annapolis, MD and was a graduate of Broadneck High School. Benjamin enjoys running Track and Field.

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Nicholas Williamson United States Coast Guard Academy

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I am a cadet at the Coast Guard Academy graduating this year, 2015, and I am interested in being an active member of the cyber security realm within the Coast Guard and in the private sector after my military career.

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Abstract

Learning IPv6: Becoming a Subject Matter Expert of a Technical Topic through a Year-Long Capstone Design Project The purpose of this paper is to describe from start to finish a senior capstone designproject and the process utilized to bring two senior college students from an understanding ofIPv4 to relative subject matter experts of this paradoxically de facto standard that has slowlybeen adopted in a domain that often measures progress in milliseconds. The paper will describetheir research phase of the status of IPv6 adoption and political status, the design of their lab testenvironment and selection of test metrics, the results garnered through the implementation andtests conducted in their lab mock-ups, and the transition plan they devised for the school theyattend (which is presently running an IPv4 only stack). Provided the project goes as planned, thepaper will also document their final results of implementing IPv6 within some segment of theschool’s network. Additionally this paper seeks to demonstrate the synergistic benefits of capstone projects,the tremendous learning they provide for students, and the tangible technical benefits they canprovide for both a school and for future job prospects. It is meant to serve as an example of acomputer network-focused process of the design process that served this project but that could befollowed by any school seeking to perform a similar computing improvement (as well as in someother areas). The paper serves to explore what is possible within education and generatediscussion about the cooperation and potential conflicts of interest within such projects. Finally,this paper will also examine the role such projects can have to effect change within an academicinstitution.

Benin, J., & Howie, S. T., & Hannon, B. B., & Williamson, N. (2015, June), Learning IPv6: Becoming a Subject-Matter Expert of a Technical Topic through a Year-long Capstone Design Project Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24408

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