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Software-hardware Integration of System Design Discipline

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Computer-related Issues

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

Page Count

12

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https://peer.asee.org/30975

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25

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Wangling Yu Purdue University Northwest

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Dr. Wangling Yu is an assistant professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Technology Department of the Purdue University Northwest. He was a test engineer over 15 years, providing technical leadership in the certification, testing and evaluation of custom integrated security systems. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York in 1992, specializing in control theory and electronic technology.

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Omer Farook Purdue University Northwest

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Omer Farook is a member of the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University, Nothwest. Farook received the diploma of licentiate in mechanical engineering and B.S.M.E. in 1970 and 1972, respectively. He further received B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. in 1978 and 1983, respectively, from Illinois Institute of Technology. Farook’s current interests are in the areas of embedded system design, hardware-software interfacing, digital communication, networking, image processing, and biometrics, C++, Python, PHP and Java languages. He has a keen interest in pedagogy and instruction delivery methods related to distance learning. He has a deep commitment to social justice and in achieving economic and educational equity.

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Jai P. Agrawal Purdue University Northwest

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Jai P. Agrawal is a professor in electrical and computer engineering technology at Purdue University, Calumet. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1991, dissertation in power electronics. He also received M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1970 and 1968, respectively. His expertise includes analog and digital electronics design, power electronics, nanophotonics, and optical/wireless networking systems. He has
designed several models of high frequency oscilloscopes and other electronic test and measuring instruments as an entrepreneur. He has delivered invited short courses in Penang, Malaysia and Singapore. He is also the author of a textbook in power electronics, published by Prentice-Hall, Inc. His professional career is equally divided in academia and industry. He has authored several research papers in IEEE journals and conferences. His current research is focused on renewable energy technology, smart energy grid.

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Ashfaq Ahmed P.E. Purdue University Northwest

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Ashfaq Ahmed is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Purdue University Northwest. Ahmed received his bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Karachi in 1973 and master's of applied science degree in 1978 from University of Waterloo. He is the author of a textbook on power electronics, published by Prentice-Hall. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Indiana. He is a senior member of IEEE. Ahmed’s current interests include embedded system design, electric vehicle, and VHDL design.

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Abstract

The paper expounds the practices utilized in teaching undergraduate curriculum in Electrical and Computer Engineering / Technology from the perspective of System Design. This approach is a paradigm shift from the piecemeal division of the discipline into bifurcated courses. Rather, this approach prepares the student to pursue the discipline of System Design from at least four different perspectives, via: 1) PLD/FPGA centric system design, 2) Microcontroller-based Embedded System Design, 3) PC based / or System on the Chip (SoC)-based systems such as Beagle Bone Black-based Network-oriented Distributed System Design, IoT and cloud-centered programming 4) DSP-based Real-time Processing based System Design. The paper will summarize the content of eight total courses that all have the common vein of system design. Additionally examined is the origin of Outcome Based Education (OBE) as a philosophy and its implementation in the curriculum, designed and delivered with the principles of Outcome Based Education. As such, it lends itself to Outcome Based Assessment which is the cornerstone of ABET. The paper presents the details of the protocols that were utilized and adhered to in the implementation. The paper also discusses a set of courses in the area of hardware, software, firmware, networking and DSP, which provides a roadmap in the form of curriculum that utilizes the same tools that the industry is employing. The content of these courses is presented to the students in the context of system design, and are conducted in an environment that does not follow the traditional routine of lectures and labs, which are secluded from each other and disjointed. Instead, the total discourse of these courses takes place in a lab / studio setting, always with reference to system being designed. This approach bridges the gap that exists between classroom practices and workplace practices. This unified approach would deliver students with career-bound knowledge essential for the industry.

Yu, W., & Farook, O., & Agrawal, J. P., & Ahmed, A. (2018, June), Software-hardware Integration of System Design Discipline Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30975

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