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Use of Flash Simulations to Enhance Nanotechnology Education

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Poster Session

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Electrical and Computer

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23.1293.1 - 23.1293.19



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Lifang Shih Excelsior College

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Li-Fang Shih received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with specialization in online instruction from the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Shih is current the Associate Dean for the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College. Her researches have focused on issues related to quality online instruction, outcome assessments, online communication, and the development of online community, etc. Her papers have been presented in national conferences such as American Education Research Association (AERA), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), WebMedia, and WebNet, etc.

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Jane LeClair Excelsior College

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Dr. LeClair is currently the Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College in Albany, New York. Dr. LeClair, whose career in the nuclear industry has spanned two decades, has worked in various management positions for Constellation Energy. A past Chair of the ANS ETWD division, she received the ANS Training Excellence Award and is the current and past chair of the ANS Conference on Nuclear Training and Education. She is a past ASEE Regional Chair and chaired the ASEE regional conference in 2011. She also is the President of ALC Consulting and has been extensively involved with numerous projects for the IAEA.

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Sohail Anwar Pennsylvania State University, Altoona Campus

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Sohail Anwar has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Engineering Technology. He has also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Engineering Research and Innovation. He is serving as the Series Editor of the Nanotechnology and Energy Series, Taylor and Francis Group/CRC Press.

Sohail edited Nanotechnology for Telecommunications and co-edited Advanced Nanoelectronics published by Taylor and Francis Group/CRC Press. He also edited Handbook of Research on Solar Energy Systems and Technologies published by IGI Global Press in August 2012. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering &Technology published by Taylor and Francis Group.

Dr. Anwar is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a Member of ASEE. He is currently serving as a Commissioner of the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC ) of ABET.

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Use of Flash Simulations to Enhance Nanotechnology EducationAuthors: Jim Antonakos, Jane LeClair, Lifang ShihAbstractExcelsior College has been considered as a pioneer institution in distance learning. Consideringthe needs of career-oriented adults learners, Excelsior (EC) recognized that college-levelknowledge can be obtained in many ways and designed a student-centered learning model thatintegrates transfer credits from approved sources, courses from Excelsior and other institutions,and credits earned through assessment exams and prior learning evaluation.The on-line learning environment facilitates a learner-centered approach to learning, with thelearner as an active participant in the learning process. Since 2004, numerous on-line courseshave been developed by the College to serve the educational needs of its students. This posterintroduces one of the three concentrations, Nanotechnology in the BS in Electrical EngineeringTechnology offered at Excelsior College, a totally online program.The BS in Electrical Engineering Technology (BSEET) degree program offered by ExcelsiorCollege is accredited by ETAC/ABET and requires 124 semester hours of credits, including atleast 60 credits in the arts and sciences component and at least 48 credits in the electricalengineering technology component. All the BS Electrical Engineering Technology students mustselect one of the three15-credit concentrations sequence of five courses in addition to their corecourse work: Electronics, Nanotechnology, Power Systems.In the Nanotechnology concentration the students learn about the nanofabrication process, theequipment associated with nanofabrication, as well as nanotechnology applications. In an effortto enhance the educational experience, each of the five courses in the nanotechnologyconcentration will contain custom-designed Flash simulations. These Flash simulations are notjust animations, but true simulations that allow the student to manipulate controls to change theway the simulation unfolds, so that they are able to truly explore the topic presented by thesimulation.This poster will illustrate 16 different Flash simulations and explanations of their operation andhow they relate to the course outcomes. Lesson learned and best practices will also be discussedin the poster.

Shih, L., & LeClair, J., & Anwar, S. (2013, June), Use of Flash Simulations to Enhance Nanotechnology Education Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22678

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