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Novel Industry-University Engineering Education Cooperation Practice: Open Summer School 2018 co-organized by SEU, Xilinx, and ICisC

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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International Division Technical Session 1

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Yongming Tang Southeast University

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Prof. Yongming Tang has get the bachler, master and Ph.D degree from School of Electronic Science and Engineering of Southeast University in Nanjing, China. He became a teacher from 1998. Now he is the deputy dean, who is working on the curriculum for undergraduate students. He also organizes the FPGA Design Contest in Southeast University every year.

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Jiahua Lu Xilinx

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Jiahua(Joshua) Lu is the manager of Xilinx University Program in Greater China, he is responsible for Xilinx technology academic collabortion in this region. He published 2 textbook about using NetFPGA, Zynq platform in chinese.

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Yanfang Deng Nanjing Integrated Circuits Industry Service Center


Susan M. Lord University of San Diego

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Susan M. Lord received a B.S. from Cornell University and the M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is currently Professor and Chair of Integrated Engineering at the University of San Diego. Her teaching and research interests include inclusive pedagogies, electronics, optoelectronics, materials science, first year engineering courses, feminist and liberative pedagogies, engineering student persistence, and student autonomy. Her research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Lord is a fellow of the ASEE and IEEE and is active in the engineering education community including serving as General Co-Chair of the 2006 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, on the FIE Steering Committee, and as President of the IEEE Education Society for 2009-2010. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Education. She and her coauthors were awarded the 2011 Wickenden Award for the best paper in the Journal of Engineering Education and the 2011 and 2015 Best Paper Awards for the IEEE Transactions on Education. In Spring 2012, Dr. Lord spent a sabbatical at Southeast University in Nanjing, China teaching and doing research.

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More and more Chinese universities have improved and are continuously improving their curriculums under the guidance of the accreditation of engineering programs, especially on strengthening engineering education cooperation with enterprises, from curriculum construction to internship training to competition organization, as well as joint graduation design or capstone design. The effectiveness of these work are increasingly recognized and accepted by both universities and students. However, there are still many problems in the actual school-enterprise cooperation. For example, the lack of teaching skills of enterprise experts leads to low enthusiasm for participating in university courses, many Chinese enterprises have not set up normalized intern positions due to the business competition and survival pressure, and the enterprise technical training resources are mostly different from the classic curriculum models of colleges and universities, etc. Therefore, many Chinese colleges and universities are still troubled by the lack of effective internship resources, the lack of opportunities to study new technologies directly from the industry, and the poor continuity of school-enterprise cooperation projects. Based on the past 5-years’ experience on joint school-level summer school between Southeast University and Xilinx, the international FPGA technology leader, the first national FPGA summer school has been organized in Nanjing in July of 2018, which was led by Southeast University, Xilinx and ICisC, combined with a number of FPGA industry chain companies. Since ICisC is a government based industry service company, the committee made a university-enterprise-government union. The summer school lasts for 15 consecutive days. It is divided into two stages: technical training and project development. Xilinx provides the training content and training instructors. Southeast University provides event planning and part of project instructors. ICisC provides venue and event service staffs. And the cooperative enterprises provide training programs and rest project instructors. The summer school provides the participated students with latest industry technical training and real industry engineering projects, which can effectively expand their understanding of the industry and cultivate their practical and teamwork skills. Two examinations, two-round learning grouping, one final project report and several entrepreneurship lectures during this activity also effectively guaranteed the teaching effectiveness. This first open summer school attracted nearly 200 students from all over the country to enroll and 120 students participated. In the end, a total of 96 students passed the assessment to obtain a summer school certificate. From the feedback of two questionnaires and the interviews of the students, most of the students are voluntarily participating in the event. The satisfaction rate of the tutors, venues and other organizational arrangements in this activity are all over 90%. It is generally believed that this activity is different with those the university students used to have in traditional courses or practical activities, and they gained a lot. Most students want more opportunities to participate in similar activities.

Tang, Y., & Lu, J., & Deng, Y., & Lord, S. M. (2019, June), Novel Industry-University Engineering Education Cooperation Practice: Open Summer School 2018 co-organized by SEU, Xilinx, and ICisC Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33135

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