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Seeing in the Dark and through Walls: Using IR Cameras in STEM Outreach

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Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Innovative Use of Technology in K-12 Outreach

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

Page Count

22

DOI

10.18260/p.26150

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https://peer.asee.org/26150

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194

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Thad B. Welch III P.E. Boise State University

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Thad B. Welch, Ph.D., P.E. received the B.E.E., M.S.E.E., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of Colorado in 1979, 1989, 1989, and 1997, respectively. He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1979 and has been assigned to three submarines and a submarine repair tender. He has deployed in the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Arctic Ocean.

From 1994 1997 he was an Instructor and Assistant Professor teaching in the Electrical Engineering Department at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO. During 1996-1997 he was recognized as the Outstanding Academy Educator for the Electrical Engineering Department.

From 1997-2007 he was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Permanent Military Professor teaching in the Electrical Engineering Department at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. During 2000-2001 he was recognized as the Outstanding Academy Educator for the Electrical Engineering Department. During 2001-2002 he received the Raouf outstanding engineering educator award. During 2002-2003 he was recognized as the Outstanding Researcher for the Electrical Engineering Department. He was an invited scholar at the University of Wyoming, fall 2004, where he was recognized as an eminent engineer and inducted into tau beta pi. In 2006 he co-authored “Real-time Digital Signal Processing, from MATLAB to C with the TMS320C6x DSK” which was translated into Chinese in 2011. The second edition of this text was published in 2012.

From 2007-2010 he was Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Boise State University, Boise, ID. From 2011-2012 he was the inaugural Signal Processing Education Network (SPEN) Fellow. From 2012-2014 he and his wife lived with 20 engineering students in the engineering residential college (ERC) on the Boise State campus.

His research interests include real-time digital signal processing (DSP), the implementation of DSP-based systems, communication systems analysis, efficient simulation of communication systems, and sustainable energy systems.

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Cameron H. G. Wright P.E. University of Wyoming Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-6029-1896

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Cameron H. G. Wright, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY. He was previously Professor and Deputy Department Head in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy, and served as an R&D engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. He received the B.S.E.E. (summa cum laude) from Louisiana Tech University in 1983, the M.S.E.E. from Purdue University in 1988, and the Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. Cam's research interests include signal and image processing, real-time embedded computer systems, biomedical instrumentation, and engineering education. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, SPIE, BMES, NSPE, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu. His teaching awards include the University of Wyoming Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award (2012), the Tau Beta Pi WY-A Undergraduate Teaching Award (2011), the IEEE UW Student Branch's Outstanding Professor of the Year (2005 and 2008), the UW Mortar Board "Top Prof" award (2005, 2007, and 2015), the Outstanding Teaching Award from the ASEE Rocky Mountain Section (2007), the John A. Curtis Lecture Award from the Computers in Education Division of ASEE (1998, 2005, and 2010), and the Brigadier General Roland E. Thomas Award for outstanding contribution to cadet education (both 1992 and 1993) at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is an active ABET evaluator and an NCEES PE exam committee member.

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Tara N Kimmey

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Andres Valdepena Delgado Boise State University

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Andrés Valdepeña Delgado is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University under the supervision of Dr. Ahmed-Zaid. He received M.Engr. in Electrical Engineering from Boise State University in 2013 and B.S in Electrical Engineering from Durango Institute of Technology (Mexico) in 2010. He has been a graduate advisor for several senior design projects, including a construction of a power amplifier, a design of a solar PV plant to support voltage at the end of the feeder, and a development of algorithm to determine the hosting capacity of a distribution feeder. Currently, he is working as an engineering contractor for Idaho Power. His main work is to evaluate the impact of utility scale PV farms connected to the distribution system and create mitigation options. Previously, he was a field engineer for a private construction company in Mexico designing and supervising the construction of distribution networks. His research experience includes sub-synchronous resonance and integration of solar PV into distribution systems.

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Sue ORorke Gifted and Talented Facilitator, West Ada School District

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Morgan Brimstein Boise State University

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Morgan Brimstein is a Boise State University Electrical Engineering student. She is graduating in May of 2016 with an emphasis in power and an interest in renewable, efficient, and sustainable systems.

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Amy Gabriella Norris

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Amy Norris is a Boise State University Biology student interested in Ultimate Frisbee, hiking and camping. She will graduate in May of 2018.

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Drew Buckmiller Boise State University

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Drew Buckmiller is a Boise State University mechanical engineering student interested in renewable and sustainable energy. He will graduate in Fall of 2017

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Ryan Schwartz Boise State University

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Ryan Schwartz is a Boise State University mechanical engineering student interested in sustainable energy systems. He will graduate in May of 2016.

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Donna R Welch Boise State University

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Donna Welch teaches Technical Writing to engineering students at Boise State University. She has a M.Ed. in Reading from the Citadel.

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Rhett James Edwards Boise State University

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Mechanical engineering student interested in the fields of energy and space exploration.

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Abstract

The recent introduction of affordable infrared (IR) cameras and IR imaging attachments for smartphones has provided a unique opportunity to enhance the education of K-12 students. We have acquired a number of different IR cameras and IR camera attachments and will discuss the utilization of these devices in our STEM and STEAM outreach efforts. While our outreach efforts have placed us in a classroom for just an hour or two at a time, thanks to local IEEE Chapter support, we have placed IR cameras in these classrooms for several weeks.

This paper will discuss the outreach efforts and the utilization of IR cameras by the students and classroom teachers after our departure and the wild enthusiasm that this approach has generated. A comparison of the different systems will also be made.

Welch, T. B., & Wright, C. H. G., & Kimmey, T. N., & Valdepena Delgado, A., & ORorke, S., & Brimstein, M., & Norris, A. G., & Buckmiller, D., & Schwartz, R., & Welch, D. R., & Edwards, R. J. (2016, June), Seeing in the Dark and through Walls: Using IR Cameras in STEM Outreach Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26150

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