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Taking Action: Enhancing Engineering Technology Laboratories With Labview Based Graphical Development Tools

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Curriculum in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology: Part I

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Engineering Technology

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14.1121.1 - 14.1121.14



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Yongpeng Zhang Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Yongpeng Zhang received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston (2003), and then joined Texas Instruments DSP Solutions Lab of CECSTR, Prairie View A&M University as a post-doctor research fellow. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in Engineering Technology Department, Prairie View A&M University, Texas. His research interests are control system, power electronics, mechatronics, and real-time DSP solutions. As the 3M non-tenured faculty award recipient, his research has been funded by Army, NSF and industry.

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Suxia Cui Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Suxia Cui is an assistant professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. She received her BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University in 1997 and 1999 respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2003. Her research interests include digital signal processing, data compression, image processing, video coding, and wavelets.

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Yonghui Wang Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Yonghui Wang received the B.S. degree in technical physics from Xidian University, Xan,
China, in 1993, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University,
Beijing, China, in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from Mississippi State
University, Starkville, MS, in 2003. From 1993 to 1996, he was an Engineer with the 41st
Electrical Research Institute, Bengbu, China. From 2000 to 2003, he was a research assistant with
the Visualization, Analysis, and Imaging Laboratory (VAIL), the GeoResources Institute (GRI),
Mississippi State. He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Engineering
Technology, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX. His research interests include
image and signal processing, and image and video coding.

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Cajetan Akujuobi Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Akujuobi is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the founding Director of the DSP Solutions, Mixed Signal Systems and Broadband Access Technologies Programs and Laboratories at Prairie View A&M University. He is also the founding Director of the Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR). His research interests include High-Speed (Broadband) Communication Systems, Mixed Signal Systems and DSP Solutions. He is also the Department Head for Engineering Technology at Prairie View A&M University.

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Taking Action: Enhancing Engineering Technology Laboratories with LabVIEW-Based Graphical Development Tools


The ever improving technologies raise new challenges for higher education to provide fresh graduates with “ready hands”. To address this concern, four faculty members in the Engineering Technology Department at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) proposed to revamp the current Engineering Technology undergraduate lab courses with the powerful industrial popular graphical development environment – LabVIEW, which has successfully been recognized by sponsor NSF with Grant #0714885. LabVIEW can provide an interactive computer-based instrumentation environment which is realized through the integration of flexible software and modular hardware. Its novelty of virtual instruments makes it a dominant tool for R&D, and also an appropriate training facility for higher education.

Engineering Technology is featured with its emphasis on student hands-on skills. This project will cover all the major laboratories in both Electrical Engineering Technology (ELET) and Computer Engineering Technology (CPET) programs, such that students will be consistent in their learning process throughout their undergraduate study. With the recent funding from NSF, we are now in the implementation stage. In the first step, some lab courses have been revamped, and those courses are mainly instructed by the project team. In the next step, the revamping will be extended to the other courses instructed by the other faculties.

In addition, this project has leveraged on several other ongoing grants, including an NSF CCLI grant, an Army research grant, as well as a Title III grant. Through such a strategy, all the students will receive enough training on the latest innovative equipment to reach the goals of inspiring students’ interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, and strengthening their marketability upon graduation.

Zhang, Y., & Cui, S., & Wang, Y., & Akujuobi, C. (2009, June), Taking Action: Enhancing Engineering Technology Laboratories With Labview Based Graphical Development Tools Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5318

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