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Lovelace’s Program: A Challenging but Achievable Assignment for Undergraduate Students in Engineering and Computer Science

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

Publication Date

July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Computing and Information Technology Division Poster Session

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Computing and Information Technology

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Diversity

Page Count

17

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https://peer.asee.org/37467

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Erica Haugtvedt South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Dr. Erica Haugtvedt is an assistant professor of English and Humanities at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. She received her PhD in British nineteenth-century literature from Ohio State University in 2015.

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Duane L. Abata South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

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Dr. Abata has worked in academia for over forty years at universities and with the Federal government around the country. He began his career at the University of Wisconsin, served as Associate Dean and Dean at Michigan Technological University and then at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. as program manager in the Engineering Directorate. From 2003 to 2004, Dr. Abata was President of the American Society for Engineering Education. Following his appointment at NSF he served as Dean of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Northern Arizona University and Dean of Engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Dr. Abata is currently a tenured full professor in mechanical engineering at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. His research work focuses in the areas of energy storage and combustion.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the world’s first purported program that calculates the first ten Bernoulli numbers written by Countess Ada Lovelace in 1842-43 for a computer, an ‘analytical engine’ which was a mechanical system of cogs and gears, never constructed but rather envisioned by Charles Babbage in the 1830s. Countess Lovelace represents an excellent mathematician and has been recognized as a significant pioneer for women in computer technology. The program can be written in any modern day programming languages and provides an excellent educational and pleasing pedagogical assignment for students in engineering and computer science.

Haugtvedt, E., & Abata, D. L. (2021, July), Lovelace’s Program: A Challenging but Achievable Assignment for Undergraduate Students in Engineering and Computer Science Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37467

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