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RFID based Assistive Devices: An Interdisciplinary Platform for Senior Design Projects in Engineering Disciplines Abstract
Interdisciplinary projects involving electrical engineering (EE), mechanical engineering (ME), and computer science (CS) students are both exciting and difficult to conceptualize. Answering this challenge, this paper presents an interdisciplinary project platform focused on Radio Frequency Identification based Assistive Devices. The combination of software, hardware, and mechanical design makes this platform an excellent choice for undergraduate student projects in both design and research aspects. Senior CS students have required programming experience to develop software programs, EE seniors have sufficient knowledge to understand the basics of radio frequency, signal processing, and circuit design, and while ME seniors have sufficient knowledge to understand the basics of structural dynamics and thermodynamic analysis. This integration of complex programming, electrical hardware, and mechanical system design provides an excellent educational experience for undergraduate students.
Also, this interdisciplinary platform is systematic and integrated that involves investigating a complex process or system with multiple design and research elements, such as wireless communication, control system design, statistical analysis, structural dynamics, and design for manufacturability. Through working on projects based on this platform, students will be able to study a complex engineering and technology system that: (1) exposes them to applied and cutting-edge technologies; (2) encourages them to participate in an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum; and (3) involves them in methods of applied technology and skills necessary to transition from academic to professional environments.
The rapid advancement in technology has laid a path for the design and manufacture of many interdisciplinary integrated technologies. These advancements have provided new avenues for the engineering educators to better prepare tomorrows global citizens through innovative methods capable of responding to the challenges of tomorrow1. On the other hand, the number of individuals/prospective students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) professions in United States (US) is far less when compared to developing nations. For the US to continue being the global leader in engineering and technology, engineering educators needs to be proactive in preparing tomorrow’s global citizen through interdisciplinary integrated approaches.
One significant methodology that can be used to prepare tomorrows global citizens is actively engaging them in interdisciplinary projects that models professional collaboration, and highlights the significance of engineering and technology in socio-cultural aspects. Radio- Frequency Identification based Assistive Devices (RFID-AD) is one such focus area that can be used for interdisciplinary research in STEM disciplines. Rooted with the key disciplines of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, and industrial technology, the RFID-AD projects teach students how to work together on projects of national importance, and highlights the significance of engineering and technology in socio-cultural aspects.
Yelamarthi, K., & Mawasha, P. R. (2010, June), Rfid Based Assistive Devices: An Interdisciplinary Platform For Senior Design Projects In Engineering Disciplines Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16961
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