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Planning A Dual Site Electrical Engineering Program

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006

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2153-5965

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Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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17

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11.995.1 - 11.995.17

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https://peer.asee.org/231

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Esteban Rodriguez-Marek Eastern Washington University

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ESTEBAN RODRIGUEZ-MAREK obtained his B.Sc. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Washington State University. He worked as a research scientist at Fast Search & Transfer before transferring to the Department of Engineering & Design at Eastern Washington University. He holds a Professional Engineering Certification and does research in image and video processing, communication systems, digital signal processing, and wavelet theory and applications.

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Min-Sung Koh Eastern Washington University

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MIN-SUNG KOH obtained his B.E. and M.S. in Control and Instrumentation Engineering in the University of ULSAN, South Korea, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering in Washington State University. His interests are in the areas of speech and image signal processing, signal processing in communication, photoacoustics and embedded systems.

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Claudio Talarico Eastern Washington University

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CLAUDIO TALARICO is an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington University. Before joining Eastern Washington University, he worked at University of Arizona, University of Hawaii and in industry, where he held both engineering and management positions at Infineon Technologies, IKOS Systems (now Mentor Graphics), and Marconi. His research interests include design methodologies for integrated circuits and systems with emphasis on system-level design, embedded systems, HW/SW co-design, system specification languages, and early design assessment, analysis, and refinement of complex SOCs. Talarico received a PhD in electrical engineering form the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is a member of IEEE.

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William Loendorf Eastern Washington University

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WILLIAM LOENDORF obtained his B.Sc. in Engineering Science at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside, M.S. in Electrical Engineering at Colorado State University, and M.B.A. at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Holds a Professional Engineer certification and was previously an Engineering Manager at Motorola. His interests include real-time embedded systems, and digital signal processing.

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Thomas Griffith North Seattle Community College

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THOMAS W. GRIFFITH obtained his BS in Chemistry from Iowa State University, MS in Chemistry from Idaho State University and PhD in Biochemistry from Oklahoma State University. He completed his post-doctoral work as a Hormel Fellow at the Hormel Institute. He held faculty positions in chemistry and biochemistry at Northwestern State University of Louisiana and Seattle University and was also departmentchair at these institutions. He is currently the Dean ofMath/Science/Social Sciences at North Seattle Community College.

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Michael Brzoska Eastern Washington University

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MICK BRZOSKA is Associate Dean and Director of the School of Computing and Engineering Sciences at Eastern Washington University. He obtained his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University. Holds a Professional Engineer certification and has more than 35 years of teaching and industrial experience.

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Planning a Dual Site Electrical Engineering Program

Abstract

A new program in Electrical Engineering (EE) is being offered at the Department of Engineering & Design within the School of Computing and Engineering Sciences at Eastern Washington University (EWU). The program was designed responding to a request by the American Electronics Association to fulfill the critical need for electrical engineering graduates in the State of Washington. Although the program is currently offered at the Eastern Washington campus in Cheney, there is a current proposal to extend this program into the western side of the state. EWU is partnering with North Seattle Community College (NSCC) to plan a dual-site EE program that would provide a seamless transition for students from the Seattle Community College system into a four year, EE program.

Recently, funds from NSF were obtained to plan this novel partnership. This paper describes the planning process and it addresses the following elements. First, the curriculum will be modified to include effective, research-based pedagogies for teaching electrical engineering, particularly extensive experiential learning. EWU’s curricular revisions will include adding a laboratory component to each class in the EE major, developing a class for each year of study that includes a service learning component, developing a class for each year of study that requires work on a real industry project, and requiring an internship and a project-based senior project for each student. Second, the program will be offered in a dual-site mode in both the EWU’s Cheney campus and at North Seattle Community College (NSCC), a community college that serves a diverse, place-bound student body. Finally, the paper will document the design methods to recruit and retain underrepresented students in the EE program, both at EWU and at NSCC. These methods are adapted from strategies that have been proven effective at other universities.

This paper reviews the planning of a dual-site EE program that partners a Regional Comprehensive University with a Community College. It includes the significance, goals, objectives, curriculum, infrastructure, and laboratory requirements. The result of this research will be a model that could be replicated by other universities and community colleges.

Introduction

Eastern Washington University (EWU), a public comprehensive university located in Eastern Washington, developed an Electrical Engineering (EE) degree program that currently engages students typically underserved in the engineering sciences and helps them develop the skills they need to become effective electrical engineers. The EE program has been carefully designed to meet the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC of ABET). This project involved the following three main elements. First, improve the curriculum to include effective, research-based pedagogies for teaching electrical engineering, particularly extensive experiential-learning. EWU’s curricula revision will include adding a lab element to each class in the major, developing a class for each year of study that includes a service learning component, developing a class for each year of study that requires

Rodriguez-Marek, E., & Koh, M., & Talarico, C., & Loendorf, W., & Griffith, T., & Brzoska, M. (2006, June), Planning A Dual Site Electrical Engineering Program Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/231

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