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Leveraging The Educational Impact Of The L Li Dollar: Ideas From A Microelectronics Processing Laboratory

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.301.1 - 1.301.5



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Linda Vanasupa

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Leveraging the Educational Impact of the lLI Dollar: Ideas from a Microelectronics Processing Laboratory

Linda Vanasupa California Polytechnic State University


Typical ILI projects involve incorporating a new set of experiments into an undergraduate lab. These experiments are usually centered around apiece of equipment that is implemented by the principal investigator. An alternative to this scenario is to use the implementation process as educational experience for the undergraduate students. This paper chronicles the implementation of an ILI project. Over 30 students were involved in the design and installation of the lab. The students’ majors include Industrial Technology, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Welding Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering. The lab is for Microelectronics Processing, but the ideas are generic and can be applied to implementing other projects.

Introduction-The Case for Taking the Path of More Resistance

Engineering education in the 1990’s has been undergoing many changes. Some of the changes, like using distance learning and interactive software learning tools, are fueled by technological advances1~2~g. Other changes, such as teaching students teamwork skills and cultural sensitivity, have beenfieled by the nature of being an engineer in a globally competing marked. We are also faced with the challenge of how to meet these changing needs with fewer and fewer resources.

The Instrumentation Laboratory Improvement (ILI) program provides funds for enhancing undergraduate labs. The intent of the program is to support innovative laboratory education efforts. Although the ILI project will enhance the quality of education, the process of implementing the ILI project can provide valuable education opportunities. It requires more coordination of effort, but has valuable educational benefits. This paper describes how implementing one ILI project was used to give over 30 students hands-on education. We share our experiences in the hope that they will give ideas to other ILI principal investigators.

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Vanasupa, L. (1996, June), Leveraging The Educational Impact Of The L Li Dollar: Ideas From A Microelectronics Processing Laboratory Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6165

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