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Throwing Away the Course-centric Teaching Model to Enable Change

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 3

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Electrical and Computer

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14

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Anthony A. Maciejewski Colorado State University

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Anthony A. Maciejewski received the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus
in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively. From 1988 to 2001, he was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette. He is currently a professor
and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University. He is a fellow of IEEE. A complete vita is available at: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/ ~aam.

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Tom Chen Colorado State University

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Tom Chen received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. After spending 4 years with Philips Semiconductors in Europe, he joined the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Colorado State University. Prof. Chen published more than 180 journal and conference papers in the areas of analog and digital VLSI design and CAD for VLSI design. Prof. Chen served as the General Chair of 2015 IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, and as the Guest Editor of IEEE Trans. on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits
and Systems Special Issue on Design Quality and Design Closure: Present Issues and Future Trend", 2005. He also served as the Guest Editor of the Microelectronics Journal on Quality Electronic Design, 2005. His research interests include VLSI circuit and system design, CAD methodology for VLSI design, and bioelectronics.

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Zinta S. Byrne Colorado State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0558-0556

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Zinta S. Byrne is a tenured full professor of psychology at Colorado State University. Her previous careers were as software design and development engineer, an R&D project manager and a program manager for Hewlett-Packard Company, and management consultant for Personnel Decisions International, before becoming a professor at CSU. She is author of "Understanding Employee Engagement: Theory, Research, and Practice" and "Organizational Psychology and Behavior: An Integrated Approach to Understanding the Workplace". She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Managerial Psychology, serves on several editorial boards, and has published in peer-reviewed scientific academic and practice outlets. Dr. Byrne has her own consulting practice, Atniz Consulting, LLC, working with organizations around the country focusing on their organizational culture and leadership to maximize employee engagement and change.

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Melissa D. Reese Colorado State University

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Melissa D. Reese received a BS in International Business/Finance and an MBA in Management/Organizational Development from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1998 and 2006, respectively. She is currently the department manager of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University.

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Branislav M. Notaros Colorado State University

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Branislav M. Notaros is Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University, where he also is Director of Electromagnetics Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1995. His research publications in computational and applied electromagnetics include more than 150 journal and conference papers. He is the author of textbooks Electromagnetics (2010) and MATLAB-Based Electromagnetics (2013), both with Pearson Prentice Hall. Prof. Notaros served as General Chair of FEM2012, Colorado, USA, and as Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Finite Elements for Microwave Engineering, in Electromagnetics, 2014. He was the recipient of the 1999 Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Marconi Premium, 2005 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) MTT-S Microwave Prize, 2005 UMass Dartmouth Scholar of the Year Award, 2012 Colorado State University System Board of Governors Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2012 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award, 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Colorado Professor of the Year Award, 2015 American Society for Engineering Education ECE Distinguished Educator Award, 2015 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, and many other research and teaching awards.

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Ali Pezeshki Colorado State University

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Ali Pezeshki received the BSc and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 1999 and 2001, respectively. He earned his PhD degree in electrical engineering at Colorado State University in 2004. In 2005, he was a postdoctoral research associate with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Colorado State University. From January 2006 to August 2008, he was a postdoctoral research associate with The Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. In August 2008, he joined the faculty of Colorado State University, where he is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Department of Mathematics. His research interests are in statistical signal processing, coding theory, applied harmonic analysis, and bioimaging.

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Sourajeet Roy Colorado State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/https://0000-0002-9860-3242

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Sourajeet Roy received the B.Tech. degree from Sikkim Manipal University, Gangtok, India, in 2006, and the M.E.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Western University, London, ON, Canada, in 2009 and 2013, respectively, all in electrical engineering.

Dr. Roy currently serves as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA. His current research interests include modeling and simulation of high speed circuits, signal and power integrity analysis of electronic packages, and uncertainty quantification of microwave/ RF circuits.

Dr. Roy is a recipient of the Vice-Chancellors Gold Medal at the undergraduate level in 2006, the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology in 2012, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship in 2012. He currently serves as the reviewer for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES, IEEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMPONENTS, PACKAGING AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY and IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS I: REGULAR PAPERS. He also currently serves as the guest associate editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMPONENTS, PACKAGING AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY. His student has won the Best Poster Paper Award at the 23rd IEEE Conference on Electrical Performance of Electronic Packaging and Systems (EPEPS) in 2014.

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Andrea M. Leland Colorado State University

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With twenty years combined experience in higher education and private industry, Andrea Leland has distinguished herself as a dynamic communicator of engineering education and research. For the past fourteen years she has worked in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University to advance its mission through well-planned communication strategies and impactful industry partnerships. She received the College of Engineering Outstanding Administrative Professional Staff Award in 2010 and 2017, respectively, and the Colorado State University Distinguished Administrative Professional Award in 2017. Leland holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Communications and Marketing from the University of Central Missouri.

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Laura B. Sample McMeeking Colorado State University

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Laura B. Sample McMeeking is the Associate Director of the CSU STEM Center. She earned a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Services from Colorado State University. In her current role as associate director for the STEM Center at Colorado State University, she collaborates with faculty and staff inside and outside the university to develop and implement high-quality research and evaluation in STEM education. Her primary research focuses on STEM professional development at multiple levels, including preservice and inservice teachers, university undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how professional development leads to changes in knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors in STEM, particularly with regards to instructional and professional practice.

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Thomas J. Siller Colorado State University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0567-0631

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Tom Siller serves as the Associate Dan for Academic and Student Affairs at Colorado State University. He has been a faculty member at CSU for 27 years.

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Abstract

This work in progress shares the story of a multifaceted faculty team that is working creatively and collaboratively to transform the learning environment in an Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department. Armed with a five-year RED (REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments) grant from the National Science Foundation, this paper describes the strategy and process that motivated ECE faculty to throw away the course-centric teaching model to create a new generation of diverse, well-rounded engineers.

It is well understood that people generally resist the idea of change. This is especially true for faculty in an academic department such as ECE that encourages independence and rewards entrepreneurialism. This paper describes how ECE faculty rallied around a shared vision to build a culture of collaboration, despite the barriers inherent in their discipline and in higher education.

In the new teaching and learning model, faculty are working together to approach the degree from a holistic perspective. Instead of teaching core material in unconnected pieces through a set of disparate courses, faculty are teaming up to synchronize content and adapt their teaching practices to show students the connections between fundamental ECE topics across the curriculum. Aiming to hook students' interest earlier in the program and build an inclusive environment for individuals of all backgrounds, the new approach facilitates knowledge integration and ensures students gain a big picture understanding of the discipline.

While working as a team to foster learning might seem like a basic concept, it is not the norm for faculty in most engineering departments. From redefining faculty roles to meticulous project management, this paper shares the key factors that enabled collaboration and inspired a shift in the department culture. In addition to discussing lessons learned as a result of breaking down the course “silos,” it highlights the importance of identifying the right people to spearhead the project, as well as tactics and incentives for gaining buy-in from others.

Striving to be a change agent for engineering and computer science education, the department seeks feedback from the engineering community on how to improve the project and influence institutions across the country to adopt its novel approach.

Maciejewski, A. A., & Chen, T., & Byrne, Z. S., & Reese, M. D., & Notaros, B. M., & Pezeshki, A., & Roy, S., & Leland, A. M., & Sample McMeeking, L. B., & Siller, T. J. (2018, June), Throwing Away the Course-centric Teaching Model to Enable Change Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31142

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