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Online-BSEE (Online Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering): A Multi-University Collaboration Project in Partnership with Open SUNY

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Continuing Professional Development Division Technical Session 4

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Continuing Professional Development

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26.1204.1 - 26.1204.10



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Wendy K Tang Stony Brook University

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Wendy Tang is an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Stony Brook University. She received her B.S., M.S. and Ph. D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Her current research interests are in Wireless Sensor Networks, Communication Networks and Graph Theory Applications. She and her colleagues are the recipients of two best paper awards in 1997 and 1998. She is also an accomplished educator. Her dedication in promoting women in engineering was recognized by an IEEE Region 1 Award in 1998, an IEEE Regional Activity Board Achievement Award also in 1998 and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal Award in 2000. In 2004, together with Dr. Serge Luryi, Dr. Tang initiated a project that promotes entrepreneurship in engineering education in collaboration with three other higher education institutions on Long Island. For their pioneering contributions, the IEEE Long Island Section awarded Dr. Luryi and Dr. Tang, the Athanasios Papoulis Education Award in 2006. Dr. Tang is currently the Associate Chair for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. She also serves as the Faculty Director for the Honors College and the Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Online program.

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Pao-Lo Liu University at Buffalo, SUNY

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Dr. Pao-Lo Liu graduated from Harvard University with Ph.D. in 1979. He was with Bell Telephone Laboratories and Bell Communications Research from 1979 to 1984. He joined University at Buffalo, SUNY in 1984. Since 1987, he has been Professor in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Liu made contributions in laser-induced phase transition, picosecond semiconductor laser sources, high speed electrooptic devices, photon statistics, photonic CAD tools, and statistical key exchange for secure communications. He has been involved in the Online Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Program since its inception. He developed the electronics laboratory I and II to offer hands-on experiences to online students. Dr. Liu is a member of Optical Society of America.

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Charles R. Westgate Sr. P.E. Binghamton University

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Charles Westgate is a Research Professor at Binghamton University and a former Dean of the Engineering School at Binghamton. He has been deeply involved in online course instruction at Johns Hopkins, Binghamton, and Stony Brook. He conducts research in semiconductor devices and materials.

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Kim A. Scalzo State University of New York, HQ

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Kim Scalzo is Director of the SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD). The SUNY CPD provides professional development and training opportunities for faculty and staff across SUNY’s 64-campus system. CPD programs and services are targeted toward campus administration and leadership, faculty and instructional support staff, and IT staff. As Director, Scalzo provides overall leadership for the center, including strategic planning, new program development, campus relationship management, and partnership development with training vendors. At SUNY Scalzo is also leading the Campus Partnerships for the implementation of Open SUNY in support of SUNY’s Strategic Plan, The Power of SUNY. Prior to joining the SUNY in 2009, Scalzo spent 18 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, her last position as Director of Academic Outreach Programs with overall responsibility for Rensselaer's Distance Learning, Continuing Education, summer, and Outreach programs. Kim has also served as a reviewer for the New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education for several Institutional Capability Reviews for distance learning programs. Over the past six years she has participated in an EU-US collaboration to develop international quality standards for continuing education and is leading the Open SUNY Institutional Readiness program to implement quality standards for continuing education and distance learning organizations based on the Online Consortium Quality Scorecard. She is also a co-creator of the Bray-Scalzo Partnership Model for creating and sustaining successful partnerships in higher education. Scalzo currently serves as President of the International Association of Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) Council and is the Past-Chair of the Executive Board for the Continuing Professional Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE-CPD). Additionally, she has served as a member of the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN) Advisory Board and is currently a member of the SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association Board of Directors, the SUNY Prrovost’s Open SUNY Advisory Council (POSAC), the Faculty Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2), the SUNY Council on Assessment (SCoA), the SUNY Shared Services Steering Committee, the SUNY Language Consortium, the SUNY Alliance for Strategic Technologies, and the Executive Board for the SUNY Information Technology Exchange Center (ITEC). Scalzo received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and master’s degree in Education in College Student Personnel from the College of Saint Rose.

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Online-BSEE (Online Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering): A Multi-University Collaboration ProjectAbstract: The Online Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is a collaborative effort amongthree University Centers XXX, YYY, and ZZZ. The program delivers the entire electricalengineering curriculum, including laboratory component at the bachelor level to students onlineand asynchronously; thus realizing the Learning Anywhere Anytime vision. Students take thebasic mathematics and science courses and general education curriculum elsewhere (online or atlocal institutions). It is one of the first such programs nationwide in which faculty from multipleuniversities join forces to serve a unique online student body distinct from the traditional oncampus students. Thus far, our student body consists of mostly working professionals seekingcareer advancement. Some are electrical or electronic technicians seeking the degree forpromotion. Some are intellectual property lawyers in different engineering disciplines seeking toexpand their practice to include electrical engineering. There are yet others seeking completionof their bachelor degrees that were interrupted by various life scenarios. In this paper, we discussthe triumphs and challenges of the program and outline how our collaboration across threeuniversities and other partnership further enables us to leverage the resources of a large publiceducation system to make a difference and to serve a student body that is otherwise unable topursue higher education in electrical engineering. We will also share our comprehensive modelof program supports and how we plan to measure the usage, effectiveness, and long term impactof those supports over time. Finally, we will share how some of our online lectures developed inthe program are also being used to supplement and enrich the on-campus offerings hence creatinga win-win approach.

Tang, W. K., & Liu, P., & Westgate, C. R., & Scalzo, K. A. (2015, June), Online-BSEE (Online Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering): A Multi-University Collaboration Project in Partnership with Open SUNY Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24541

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