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Simultaneous Implementation of Experimental Centric Pedagogy in 13 ECE Programs

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

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978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum Design and Evaluation

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Electrical and Computer

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

6

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26.1375.1 - 26.1375.6

DOI

10.18260/p.24712

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https://peer.asee.org/24712

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Kenneth A Connor Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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Kenneth Connor is a professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering (ECSE) where he teaches courses on electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, plasma physics, electric power, and general engineering. His research involves plasma physics, electromagnetics, photonics, biomedical sensors, engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. He learned problem solving from his father (ran a gray iron foundry), his mother (a nurse) and grandparents (dairy farmers). He has had the great good fortune to always work with amazing people, most recently professors teaching circuits and electronics from 13 HBCU ECE programs and the faculty, staff and students of the SMART LIGHTING ERC, where he is Education Director. He was ECSE Department Head from 2001 to 2008 and served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association from 2003 to 2008.

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Yacob Astatke Morgan State University

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Charles J. Kim Howard University

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Charles Kim is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University. He received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989, and worked as a researcher at Texas A&M University before he took an assistant professor at the University of Suwon in 1994. Since 1999, he is with Howard University. Dr. Kim's research interests include energy systems, fault detection and anticipation, embedded computing, safety-critical computer systems, and intelligent systems application. Dr. Kim is active in practicing experiential learning in engineering education with personal instrumentation such as mobile studio.

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Abdelnasser A Eldek Jackson State University

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Dr. Abdelnasser A. Eldek obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2004 from the University of Mississippi. Currently, he is Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Jackson State University. His main research areas include Applied Electromagnetics, Antennas, Phased Arrays, RF/Microwave Circuits, Metamaterial, and Numerical Methods.

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Hamid R. Majlesein Southern University and A&M College

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Dr. Majlesein's is currently a professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering in Southern University and A&M College. He also has worked as the Department Head of Electrical Engineering from 2010-2014. His research interests are in the areas of Electric Power Systems, Computer Networks, and Digital Signal Processing. Dr. Majlesein's teaching interests are in the areas of Circuits Analysis, Electric Machinery, Signals and Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Control Systems, Power Systems, Probability and Random Signals, and Computer Networks.

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Petru Andrei Florida A&M University & Florida State University

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Dr. Petru Andrei is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Florida A&M University and Florida Stat University (FAMU-FSU) College of Engineering. He is the FSU campus education director for the NSF-ERC Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center (FREEDM) and has much experience in recruiting and advising graduate, undergraduate, REU, and K-12 students, as well as in working with RET teachers. Dr. Andrei has published over 100 articles in computational electronics, electromagnetics, energy storage devices, and large scale systems.

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John Okyere Attia P.E. Prairie View A&M University

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Kathy Ann Gullie PhD University at Albany/SUNY

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Dr. Kathy Gullie has extensive experience as a Senior Evaluator and Research Associate through the Evaluation Consortium at the University at Albany/SUNY. She is currently the principal investigator in several educational grants including an NSF engineering grant supporting Historically Black University and Colleges; "Building Learning Communities to Improve Student Achievement: Albany City School District” , and “Educational Leadership Program Enhancement Project at Syracuse University” Teacher Leadership Quality Program. She is also the PI on both “Syracuse City School District Title II B Mathematics and Science Partnership: Science Project and Mathematics MSP Grant initiatives.

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Corey A Graves North Carolina A&T State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4098-9381

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Corey A. Graves is an associate professor and the director of the Auto Mobile Pervasive and Embedded Design 9AMPED) Laboratory in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at North Carolina A&T State University. His research interests include developing pervasive computing systems for education enhancement as well as health-related application. Graves has a PhD in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. Contact him at cag@ncat.edu

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Ali Reza Osareh NC A&T State University

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Ali Osareh received his PhD from Virginia tech in 1994. He has worked in the industry including wireless design before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2000. He is specializing in Energy and Power Systems, Industrial Automation and Control system. As part of HBCU-ECP project he teaches EE and non-EE students how to utilize the board for in class experiments and other design projects. He is also currently doing a collaborative research with a local industry in smart grid. Dr. Osareh can be reached at osareh@ncat.edu

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Simultaneous Implementation of Experimental Centric Pedagogy in 13 ECE Programs13 HBCU electrical and computer engineering programs are working collaboratively on the development,implementation, and expansion of Experimental Centric based instructional Pedagogy (ECP) inessentially all engineering courses in which electronics plays a significant role. The key experimentaltools used are what has been termed personal instrumentation (e.g. Mobile Studio, myDAQ, AnalogDiscovery, CircuitGear); with this project presently built around the use of Analog Discovery. A coupleof the collaborating institutions have previously implemented ECP in some of their courses, notably firstyear introduction to ECE and basic circuits and electronics. Also affiliated with the program are ECEfaculty from a handful of institutions where ECP is playing a strong role in engineering education.Through workshops, bi-weekly video conferences, and a wiki-like shared web site, all 13 institutions havebeen provided training and access to a wide variety of content successfully classroom tested byoutstanding teachers and educational researchers. With a high level of enthusiasm and creativity,participating faculty from all 13 partners have taken this content and made it their own by modifying it fortheir students, infrastructure, curricula, instructor background and interests, etc. In addition to developinginstructional units within existing courses, most have also introduced the new hardware to students indesign courses, especially senior design. Graduate students are also finding these exciting new tools intheir courses, in part to provide them with the training necessary for their roles as teaching assistants incircuits and electronics courses. The rapid introduction of ECP to the 13 schools is already so broadly-based that collectively almost every type of electronics intensive course is being impacted.While made possible by inexpensive and powerful personal instrumentation hardware and software, ECPis a much bigger and more fundamental concept in which any and all barriers to making experimentationa core part of any course can be largely eliminated. Doing traditional labs becomes much easier, but thereal power is in the integration of hands-on, experimentation-centric, active learning in what waspreviously a standard lecture. In addition, once the overall student learning culture embraces this newapproach, informal education (e.g. clubs, competition teams, etc.) is also enhanced and connected morefirmly to what students learn in the classroom.ECP is being implemented in such a large number of educational environments at the 13 partner schools,that most practical barriers are being identified and addressed. The scale of the collaboration has createdsignificant interest from other schools with many asking to join the project in some way and othersdeveloping new programs that emulate the workshop training and other aspects of the program.It is expected that this ECP effort will remain a work-in-progress for the foreseeable future, mainlybecause of its scale. This paper will report on how the partners have created unique versions of pre-testedmodules, experiments, units etc. that address a small number of fundamental concepts in circuits andelectronics. These include node and mesh analysis, Thevenin and Norton equivalent sources, RLC circuitsand some electromechanical activities. The development process will be described along with the mainbumps-in-the-road, with an emphasis on how material was modified to fit each institution and howcreative new ideas were fed back to the other partners. Results from the application of a commonassessment process will also be presented.

Connor, K. A., & Astatke, Y., & Kim, C. J., & Eldek, A. A., & Majlesein, H. R., & Andrei, P., & Attia, J. O., & Gullie, K. A., & Graves, C. A., & Osareh, A. R. (2015, June), Simultaneous Implementation of Experimental Centric Pedagogy in 13 ECE Programs Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24712

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