June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
Design in Engineering Education
11.1103.1 - 11.1103.32
Satellites, UAVs, and Ground-Based Wireless Sensor Networks: Lessons Learned from an REU Site in Environmental Sensor Development
One of the one of the key goals of the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program is to promote graduate education for U.S. citizens and permanent residents as they learn about the scientific research process, from developing a hypothesis, to performing experiments, to disseminating results through presentations and publications. The University of North Dakota hosted an NSF-supported REU Site with a theme of environmental sensor development during the summers of 2003, 2004, and 2005. This REU Site was a partnership between the UND School of Engineering & Mines and the Northern Great Plains Center for People & the Environment, a NASA-supported research center on the UND campus. These academic and research units have been collaborating on aerospace payload and environmental sensor development since the summer of 2000. What made this REU Site unique was that the participants worked on one large-scale environmental sensor development project during each summer as a multidisciplinary team, in addition to side independent research projects with individual faculty mentors. The primary goal was to teach the participants – mainly electrical, mechanical, and aerospace engineering undergraduate students and K-12 teachers – about systems engineering methodology, including design, build, integration, and test, with a complementary benefit of the participants practicing their communication and teamwork skills. The systems engineering projects that the participants designed during the summer months will be described, with an emphasis on lessons learned from recruiting and managing the team.
The University of North Dakota hosted a Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site supported by the National Science Foundation during the summers of 2003, 2004, and 2005, with a theme of environmental sensor development. This REU Site was a partnership among the Departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering within the School of Engineering & Mines and the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC)10 headquartered within the Northern Great Plains Center for People & the Environment (NGP CP&E). UMAC is a research consortium focused on sustainability. It consists of eight institutions geographically distributed among the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, providing information to farmers practicing precision agriculture, ranchers seeking optimum grazing capacities, foresters engaged in sustainable forestry, educators teaching responsible stewardship, and students of Earth system science. The School of Engineering & Mines and the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium have been collaborating on aerospace payload and environmental sensor development at UND since the summer of 2000. The University of North Dakota is also home to the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which offers some of the premier aviation and aerospace educational and research programs in the world.
Schultz, R., & Semke, W., & Olsen, D., & Johnson, A., & Beeri, O., & Seielstad, G. (2006, June), Satellites, Uavs, And Ground Based Wireless Sensor Networks: Lessons Learned From An Reu Site In Environmental Sensor Development Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/292
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