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Multi-purpose Advanced Teaching and Basic Research Analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratory at Khalifa University’s Biomedical Engineering Department

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2013 ASEE International Forum

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Atlanta, Georgia

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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June 22, 2013

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Track 4 - Session II - Student and Curriculum Development II

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Student and Curriculum Development

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9

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21.54.1 - 21.54.9

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Abdel F. Isakovic Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research

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Abdel F. Isakovic graduated with PhD in physics with focus on spintronics (University of Minnesota, 2003), where he was also trained in cooperative teaching method. He worked as postdoctoral research associate in nanotransport, nanofab and X-rays (2003-2006) at Cornel University, where he also served as a lecturer (2006), after which he moved to Brookhaven National Laboratory, NY to work on nanofocusing optics until the end of 2009. He has been employed as Assist. Prof. at Khalifa University (KUSTAR, Abu Dhabi, UAE) since Jan 2010, where he works on research on educational methods in physics and chemistry for engineering majors, and has setup his own research laboratory for nanotransport and nanomagnetism.

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Szu Szu F Ling Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research

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Szu Szu Ling works as general and biochemistry laboratory instructor at Khalifa University's (KUSTAR) Departments of Applied Sciences and Biomedical Engineering since Oct 2010. She is currently finishing her PhD in Chemistry Education at National University of Malaysia under the supervision of Profs. Lilia Bt. Halim and Abdel F. Isakovic (at KUSTAR). Major focus of her research is game-based learning and setup of novel experiments. She holds MSc degree in Chemistry from University Teknologi Malaysia.

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Selwa Mokhtar Boularaoui Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research

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Selwa Boularaoui, a senior in biomedical engineering at Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research, anticipating to graduate in December 2013. After graduation I am planning to enroll in graduate school in the US. In summer 2011, I was trained at Imperial College in London, UK to use motion tracking system to analyze human motion. In summer 2012 I did my internship at Siemens Healthcare in Erlangen, Germany where I was introduced to particle therapy and performance analysis of current biological treatment planning approach. After my internship I did an independent study on control of radiation damage to proteins. I was awarded by Sheikh Hamdan bin rashid al maktoum for my educational excellence- distinguished university student award. I tutored science and basic engineering courses at my university and I was a teaching assistant for physics. In 2013 I started my senior design project in which we study the neurocycle enzyme reactions and consequences for Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases.

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Sara Bashir Timraz

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Mualla Kara

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Abstract

Multi-purpose Advanced Teaching and Basic Research Analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratory at Khalifa University’s Biomedical Engineering Department Challenges in setting up a biomedical engineering focused laboratory for analytical and physicalchemistry that can support teaching and research processes in parallel, at a start-up researchuniversity, are presented. Some of the challenges are born out of the demographic circumstances ofthe educational ecosystem, such as when the institution (in this case, Khalifa University - KUSTAR)has two non-traditional constituent populations:1. a unique student population (a mix of about 80% of UAE nationals and 20% Middle East and North Africa student, nearly all of whom are ESL speakers), and2. a rather diverse faculty and administrative population (diverse in the sense of the professional research training and background, ethnicity and the outlooks on the balance between research and teaching). In the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department, established in 2009 with the firstundergraduate class graduating in December 2013, we needed the satisfy the need to provide acreative, student-centered, interactive-engagement-friendly teaching environment, where learningoutcomes of the chemistry courses will satisfy: (1) entry standards of the leading North Americanand European graduate schools, (2) local biomedical characterization needs, as well as (3) therequirements of the ABET accreditation process, which Khalifa University is reading itself toundertake. In parallel with these teaching and learning requirements, the BME Department neededto initiate the first wave of faculty hiring, with the goal of supporting two major researchthrusts/themes, broadly titled as: (1) augmentation of human performance (such as robotics,neuroengineering etc.), and (2) metabolic diseases thrust (diabetes and related illnesses); both thrustsbeing the focus of the growing health concerns among UAE citizens.Figure above illustrates the initial organization of the first phase of such a laboratory, with two major“clusters”. In this Report, we elaborate on how these seven measurement setups are used to supporta significant fraction of the three post-freshmen chemistry courses, and, how they also serve as anincubator of the small “User Facility” type of the lab for the basic part of the startup faculty research.

Isakovic, A. F., & Ling, S. S. F., & Boularaoui, S. M., & Timraz, S. B., & Kara, M. (2013, June), Multi-purpose Advanced Teaching and Basic Research Analytical and Physical Chemistry Laboratory at Khalifa University’s Biomedical Engineering Department Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/17259

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