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Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Programs at International Institutions: Multidisciplinary Projects with Homes in Any Discipline

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2017 ASEE International Forum

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Columbus , Ohio

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Concurrent Paper Tracks Session II - Courses II

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Main Forum (Podium Presentation)

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17

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Randal T Abler Georgia Institute of Technology

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Edward J. Coyle Georgia Institute of Technology

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Edward J. Coyle is the John B. Peatman Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, directs the Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research and Education, and is the founder of the Vertically-Integrated Projects (VIP) Program. He is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2005 Bernard M. Gordon Award for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. Dr. Coyle is a Fellow of the IEEE and his research interests include engineering education, wireless networks, and digital signal processing.

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Talis Juhna Riga Technical University

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Tālis Juhna is a Professor and Vice-Rector for Research at Riga Technical University. His research is in environmental engineering specifically, water technologies. He has participated in several European-scale research projects; is an editorial Board of several international scientific journals; has worked as a consultant for industry, and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and books. He is among the Top 10 Latvian scientists of 2013, as listed by "Ir" magazine. Professor Talis Juhna obtained the Degree of Doctor of Engineering (EngD) in Water Technologies in 2002 in Sweden and since 2012 is a Vice-Rector at Riga Technical University. He has created one of the most advanced Water research laboratory’s in the Baltic States. He has received several awards, including New scientist 2006 of the RTU, an award of Latvian Academy of Sciences and JSC Latvijas Gaze for contribution to sciences and ITERA award. As Vice-Rector for Sciences at RTU he facilities scientific and industrial cooperation and integration of science and innovations in the study process, and establishing a defence research program at RTU.

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Hale Kim Inha University

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Dr. Kim received BS degree in Control & Instrumentation Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, in 1983, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University at West Lafayette, IN, US, in 1985 and 1990, respectively. He is currently a professor of Department of Information & Communication Engineering at Inha University, Incheon, Korea. In 2016, he was awarded Achievement in Engineering Education from Ministry of Education, Korea as recognition of his educational innovation activities as the head of Innovation Center for Engineering Education and the director of Academy of Convergence Education at Inha University.

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Stephen Marshall P.E. University of Strathclyde

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Stephen Marshall obtained his BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Nottingham, England and his PhD in Image Processing from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He has previously worked for Plessey Office Systems in Nottingham and University of West of Scotland in Paisley. He is currently a Professor in Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at University of Strathclyde and Director of the Centre for excellence in Signal and Image Processing.

He is the VIP Champion at the University of Strathclyde with responsibilities for introducing the VIP Program and increasing undergraduate engagement with reseach and industry.

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Mauricio Pardo Universidad del Norte Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-7608-3290

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Mauricio Pardo received a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia, in 2002, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in 2007 and 2012, respectively.
In January 2003, he joined the faculty of Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia as an Instructor in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. In August 2004, he was the Undergraduate Program Coordinator at the same university. Dr. Pardo is currently the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Department Chair and leads the electronic analog design area. His research interests are in the areas of oscillators and PLLs for clock cleaners and frequency synthesizers.
Mr. Pardo was a 2005 recipient of the Fulbright/Colciencias/DNP Scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies in electronic design applications and microelectronics. Mr. Pardo serves as President of the IEEE Colombian Caribbean Subsection from 2013 to 2016.

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Julie Sonnenberg-Klein Georgia Institute of Technology

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Academic Program Manager, Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program, Georgia Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Master of Education in Education Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Doctoral student in Education at Georgia State University, with a concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics.

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Winston Spencer Percybrooks Universidad del Norte

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Abstract

A survey of papers in the ASEE Multidisciplinary Engineering Division for the last three years shows three main areas of emphasis: individual courses; profiles of specific projects; and capstone design courses. However, multidisciplinary education across all disciplines requires a larger-scale model that can be incorporated into any discipline, a model that is both cost effective and scalable, and one that fully engages and benefits faculty. A consortium of 19 US and 5 international institutions has come together around such a model, the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program. VIP unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context, with students earning academic credits toward their degrees, and faculty and graduate students benefitting from the design/discovery efforts of their multidisciplinary teams. VIP is novel because it unites rich student learning experiences with faculty research, transforming both the context of undergraduate education and the concept of faculty research as a separate endeavor. It provides a cost-effective, scalable, and sustainable model for multidisciplinary project-based learning: students earn academic credit instead of stipends; typical teams consist of fifteen or more students from different disciplines; students participate multiple years as they progress through their curriculum; and faculty benefit from the research and design efforts of their teams, with teams becoming integral parts of their research. While VIP programs share key elements, approaches and implementations vary by institution. This paper presents: an overview of the VIP Consortium; the multidisciplinary nature of the program within and across institutions; and profiles of 4 international institutions and their implementations of the model. The profiled institutions are based in Colombia, Korea, Latvia, and Scotland.

Abler, R. T., & Coyle, E. J., & Juhna, T., & Kim, H., & Marshall, S., & Pardo, M., & Sonnenberg-Klein, J., & Percybrooks, W. S. (2017, June), Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Programs at International Institutions: Multidisciplinary Projects with Homes in Any Discipline Paper presented at 2017 ASEE International Forum, Columbus , Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29309

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