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Low-cost Wireless Sensor Network for Coastal Monitoring as Undergraduate Research Project

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Ocean and Marine Division Technical Session 1

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Ocean and Marine

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24.876.1 - 24.876.13



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Radian G Belu Drexel University (Tech.)

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Dr. Radian Belu is Assistant Professor within the Engineering Technology (ET) program - Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He is holding a PHD in power engineering and the other in physics. Before joining to the Drexel University Dr. Belu hold faculty and research positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as project manager, senior engineer and consultant. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in power electronics, power systems, renewable energy technologies, smart grids, control theory, electric machines, instrumentation, radar and remote sensing, numerical methods and data analysis, space and atmosphere physics, and applied physics. His research interests included power system stability, control and protection, renewable energy system analysis, assessment and design, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines for wind energy conversion, radar and remote sensing, wave and turbulence simulation, measurement and modeling, numerical modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published eight book chapters, several papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his areas of the research interests. He has also been PI or Co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad in power systems analysis and protection, load and energy demand forecasting and analysis, renewable energy, microgrids, turbulence and wave propagation, radar and remote sensing, instrumentation, atmosphere physics, electromagnetic compatibility, and engineering education.

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Irina Nicoleta Ciobanescu Husanu Drexel University (Tech.)

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Low-cost Wireless Sensor Network for Coastal Monitoring as Undergraduate Research ProjectWireless sensor networks have experienced a fast development and extended their fields ofapplication since their appearance for military uses about two decades ago. Research on sensornetworks, and wireless sensor networks (WSN) in particular has grown substantially in recentyears. The range of WSN applications is wide, from vehicle traffic, environmental, and patientmonitoring to target tracking, building, and health control. The monitoring of physicalparameters in natural habitats is an important and critical application of such technology forassessing the risks on such ecosystems. Among natural environments with scientific interest,there are the coastlines in front of cities or heavy populated areas whose industrial activitiesimpact on them. The development of sensory systems that allow us to scan and monitor the stateof an environment is a research area in continuous evolution. Clearly this technology has a greatpotential to serve as research or industrial instrumentation. However, the state of commercialapplication remains immature, but nonetheless offers powerful opportunities for multi-disciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This paperdocuments our early experiences developing and deploying a WSN for environmentalmonitoring. The novel aspect of our work was the high level of involvement at all technicallevels by undergraduate students. Highlights of their efforts are reported, as are areas in needs ofimprovements by graduate students and faculty researchers. Future undergraduate research areasare explored with suggestions on how WSN topics can permeate into undergraduate education.Lessons learned from this multi-year undergraduate project are presents and feedbacks formother instructors considering or already involved similar projects are welcomed.

Belu, R. G., & Ciobanescu Husanu, I. N. (2014, June), Low-cost Wireless Sensor Network for Coastal Monitoring as Undergraduate Research Project Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22809

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