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Measuring Broader Impact of NSF-funded Project on Software Engineering Education

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Software Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Sushil Acharya Robert Morris University

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Sushil Acharya, D.Eng. (Asian Institute of Technology) is the Assistant Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. A Professor of Software Engineering, Dr. Acharya joined Robert Morris University in Spring 2005 after serving 15 years in the Software Industry. His teaching involvement and research interest are in the area of Software Engineering education, Software Verification & Validation, Software Security, Data Mining, Neural Networks, and Enterprise Resource Planning. He also has interest in Learning Objectives based Education Material Design and Development. Dr. Acharya is a co-author of “Discrete Mathematics Applications for Information Systems Professionals” and “Case Studies in Software Verification & Validation”. He is a member of Nepal Engineering Association and is also a member of ASEE and ACM. Dr. Acharya was the Principal Investigator of the 2007 HP grant for Higher Education at RMU through which he incorporated tablet PC based learning exercises in his classes. In 2013, Dr. Acharya received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for developing course materials through an industry-academia partnership in the area of Software Verification and Validation.

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Priyadarshan A Manohar P.E. Robert Morris University

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Dr. Priyadarshan (Priya) Manohar Dr. Priyadarshan Manohar is a Professor of Engineering and Co-Director Research and Outreach Center (ROC) at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA. He has a Ph. D. in Materials Engineering (1998) and Graduate Diploma in Computer Science (1999) from University of Wollongong, Australia and holds Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) degree from Pune University, India (1985). He has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2001 – 2003) and BHP Institute for Steel Processing and Products, Australia (1998 – 2001). Dr. Manohar held the position of Chief Materials Scientist at Modern Industries, Pittsburgh (2003 – 2004) and Assistant Manager (Metallurgy Group), Engineering Research Center, Telco, India (1985 – 1993). He has published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences including a 2007 Best Paper Award by the Manufacturing Division of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), three review papers and three book chapters. He has participated in numerous national and international conferences. He is a member of ASM International, TMS, ACerS, AIST, ASEE, and a registered Chartered Professional Engineer. Dr. Manohar’s research interests include mathematical and computer modeling of materials behavior, thermo-mechanical processing of steels and other metallic materials, microstructural characterization, and structure – property relationships. He has conducted a number of technical failure investigations, consulted on various materials-related problems, and acted as an expert witness in the Court of Law. Dr. Manohar is the past chair of the Manufacturing Division of ASEE and ASM Pittsburgh Chapter.

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Peter Y Wu Robert Morris University

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Peter Y. Wu is professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University. He earned Ph.D. in Computer System Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked for IBM Research Division, first as a post-doc research fellow and subsequently a technical staff member at the T.J. Watson Research Center. He was the chief software engineer and a founding partner of UJB Solutions, LLC, a consulting company in production planning, for two years. He previously held faculty appointments at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the University of Pittsburgh. His current research interests are in software engineering, geographic information systems and data analytics.

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The body of knowledge appropriate for undergraduate software engineering program encompasses both theoretical and practical aspects. The knowledge areas (KA) in the 2014 IEEE/ACM Software Engineering Curriculum Guidelines are imperative for undergraduate education and the subsequent professional career. However, due to the lack of active learning tools and the dearth of engaged student learning, software engineering education may not be effectively delivered, resulting in non-coverage by the instructors or non-retention by the students of the required software engineering knowledge area. A three years NSF TUES grant awarded to the authors institute in 2013 has specifically addressed these pedagogical issues. The project which involved partnerships in academia and industry developed 44 delivery contact hours of new Active Learning Tools, deployed to enhance knowledge delivery and retention in Software Verification and Validation (SV&V), specifically in these four focus areas: requirements management, software review, configuration management, and software testing.

In this paper the authors address NSF broader impacts in relation to the project. The paper describes the Active Learning Tools and briefly discusses outcome assessments. It presents student testimonials on how the Active Learning Tools effectively helped them understand knowledge areas. The mobilization of industry and academic partners, the execution of project tasks, the iterative framework used for the development, and the flipped classroom delivery strategy used for engaged learning are also discussed. The paper presents the impact achieved through effective dissemination via workshops and project websites to 31 academic implementation partner institutions, as well as scholarly publications. In conclusion the paper discusses the broader impacts of the NSF funded project on software verification and validation curriculum in undergraduate software engineering education.

Acharya, S., & Manohar, P. A., & Wu, P. Y. (2018, June), Measuring Broader Impact of NSF-funded Project on Software Engineering Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30793

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