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Teaching And Mentoring Research Experiences For Undergraduates In Power Electronics

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

ECE Poster Session

Tagged Division

Electrical and Computer

Page Count

9

Page Numbers

12.1345.1 - 12.1345.9

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https://peer.asee.org/2625

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Doug Sterk Virginia Tech

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Douglas Sterk is a PhD candidate in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and has received his BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech in 2000 and 2003, respectfully. He is currently working at the Center for Power Electronic Systems researching high frequency dc/dc power conversion, resonant power conversion, integrated magnetic designs and semiconductor device optimization.

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Tim Thacker Virginia Tech

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Timothy Thacker is a PhD candidate in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and has received his BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech in 2003 and 2005, respectfully. He is currently working at the Center for Power Electronic Systems doing research on the interconnection and control of distributed generation to the electric utility grid.

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Elizabeth Tranter Virginia Tech

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Elizabeth Tranter received the M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the Indiana University faculty in 1992, with an emphasis on course coordination and teaching assistant training. In 1996, she joined an academic publishing house, where she worked as a language specialist as an associate developmental editor. She has been affiliated with Virginia Tech since 1998, and joined the Center for Power Electronics Systems in 2000, where she serves as Administrative Director and Education and Outreach Program Director.

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Richard Goff Virginia Tech

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Richard M. Goff is the Pete White Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education, Associate Professor, and Assistant Head of the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. An award winning teacher, his main areas of
research and teaching are design and design education.

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Janis Terpenny Virginia Tech

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Janis Terpenny is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Education with affiliated positions in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. She is co-Director of the NSF multi-university Center for e-Design. Her research interests focus on methods and representation schemes to support early design stages of engineered products and systems. She is currently a member of ASEE, ASME, IIE, and Alpha Pi Mu. She is the Design Economics area editor for The Engineering Economist journal.

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Teaching and Mentoring Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Power Electronics

Abstract/Introduction

This study examines the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program and REU for Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholars at the Center for Power Electronic Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech.

The REU program “supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects designed especially for the purpose. […] Undergraduate student participants […] must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.”1

The CPES REU program seeks to: provide experiences, develop expertise in experimental laboratory research among undergraduates prior to their senior year of undergraduate study, and to encourage participants to pursue graduate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program, which is designed to foster multi-institutional, interdisciplinary, and systems-oriented approach to collaborative research, is a favorable environment for development of a rich REU experience.

Following completion of a successful three-year REU program at Virginia Tech and the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM), CPES successfully proposed a three-year continuation of the program at both universities. During this period, CPES also sought to broaden its approach to the REU program goal of expanding linkages to curriculums designed to increase participation of students from under-represented populations in STEM fields. As multi- institutional centers with a 10-year potential NSF funding cycle, ERCs are well suited to foster inter-institutional collaboration with core and outreach partner institutions over the course of many years. To encourage the development of programmatic linkages as part of each Center’s diversity strategic plan, the NSF offered all active ERCs the opportunity to submit proposals for the development of programs which create linkages between research centers and large-scale NSF human resource development initiatives. For CPES, this program solicitation represented the opportunity to expand linkages with the NSF’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. The LSAMP program “is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing STEM baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for, and matriculated into programs of graduate study. LSAMP programs support sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields. The program goals are accomplished through the formation of alliances.”2

In 2004, CPES successfully proposed to build on a growing collaboration between the ERC program and the LSAMP program in order to develop an REU in power electronics targeted to LSAMP participants. The purpose of this program is threefold: 1) to provide additional

Sterk, D., & Thacker, T., & Tranter, E., & Goff, R., & Terpenny, J. (2007, June), Teaching And Mentoring Research Experiences For Undergraduates In Power Electronics Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/2625

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