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Works-in-Progress: Introducing Active Learning in Semiconductor Device Course

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Division Poster Session

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Hansika Sirikumara Marian University

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Hansika Sirikumara, Ph.D., is an Assistant professor of Physics and Engineering at E. S. Witchger School of Engineering, Marian University Indianapolis. She completed her MS and PhD degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her research expertise/interests are in engineering material properties for semiconductor device applications using computational methods.

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A study of Semiconductor device concepts is a core area in the electrical and computer engineering curriculum, which introduces the principles and operation of basic semiconductor devices, and device characterization. The primary goal of the course is to develop a solid understanding of the semiconductor concepts and mechanism. This semiconductor device course knowledge is the foundation of many other electrical, electronic circuit courses in the engineering curriculum such as analog and digital electronics and very-large scale integrated (VLSI) devices. To achieve the main goals, instructors should choose various teaching strategies that accomplish a particular course objective. Active engagement of students is a key factor for effective delivery of the subject matters in engineering/technical subjects. As teaching tools in semiconductor devices, incorporation of structure visualization techniques, band engineering and device simulation tools such as Xcrysden, Quantum espresso and nanohub could vastly improve the understanding of the key concepts of semiconductor device. Also, these visualization techniques and simulation tools helps to build up the students’ active engagement in the classroom. From this perspective, this article presents how to successfully achieve the course learning outcomes and reinforces the understanding of semiconductor devices by implementing active learning environment using the available models and computer tools in the classroom.

Sirikumara, H. (2022, August), Works-in-Progress: Introducing Active Learning in Semiconductor Device Course Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN.

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