This session will have live demonstration of innovations in online collaboration implemented by the presenters at their universities. It will illustrate how to build a community online and work together in a remote environment.
• Sath Ramesh will live stream from a lab, showcasing all the technological tools that are used in online interaction between students and instructors.
• Richard Bankhead will demo pair programming using Replit.com. He will demonstrate how we can code online and learn together as a group.
• Joe Young will illustrate how Fritzing’s open source software tool can be used by students to interact with each other in circuit design and implementation.
• Ramsin Khoshabeh will demonstrate the use of interactive games such as Jeopardy in teaching ECE classes and labs to build community and increase student engagement.
• KarmaCollab App developed by Hooman Rashtian is a 24/7 study group available on a student's cell phone, where students do not have to wait for a TA to respond, but get quick responses by utilizing methods involving student assistants and boost points.
Sr. Lab Coordinator
Johns Hopkins University
Ramesh has an MS in Applied Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and another MS in Physics, specializing in Biomedical Optics from Clemson University. His MS Physics thesis involved the development of a CCD based Spectroscopic Imaging System for early detection of Breast Cancer. He also has an MA in Archaeology from the University of Madras. His BSc is in Physics specializing in Analog and Digital Electronics. Ramesh is currently the Senior Lab Coordinator, Design Team and Lab Instructor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Johns Hopkins. Here he teaches introductory electronics lab classes for undergraduate students and upper level design based courses for undergraduate and master’s degree students. Ramesh is also in charge of the Senior Design class, where undergraduate students design and work on a major project. Apart from regular teaching activities, he also provides instrumentation design advice and consultation to doctoral students and research staff at Johns Hopkins University. Outside of teaching and research, Ramesh is passionate about gardening, aerial dancing on silks and trapeze. Having been a continuing studies student at a nearby art school, his hobbies include photography, drawing, painting and interior design.
Innovator in Residence
After working 10 years as a process engineer in the pulp and paper industry, I transitioned to teaching in the Washington State community college system. After teaching part time for a couple of years, I moved to Highline College to run the transfer engineering program. In 2017, I transitioned to Seattle University to help launch the Innovation Lab, a makerspace in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. At Seattle University I also teach our Physical Computing with Python course and our third-year lab sequence.
ECE Makerspace Director
University of California, San Diego
Dr. Khoshabeh received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the ECE department at UC San Diego. He completed his PhD in 2012, specializing in computer vision and machine learning for medical applications. He currently serves as the Director of the ECE Makerspace at UC San Diego. In addition to overseeing all operations of the lab, Ramsin also teaches numerous experientially-focused courses covering topics such as electronics prototyping, wearable medical sensors, Python programming, full-stack development, real-time signal processing, machine learning and vision, human-centered product engineering, and agile business planning and system design. He received the Teacher of the Year award in 2018. Prior to entering the workforce at UC San Diego, Ramsin was part of several technology startups and has consulted on computer vision, machine learning, signal processing, and blockchain projects. Dr. Khoshabeh holds two patents in video processing and one in adaptive nonlinear signal processing.
Assistant Teaching Professor, ECE
Dr. Joseph Young is an assistant teaching professor in electrical and computer engineering at Rice University. Dr. Young oversees the master's in electrical and computer engineering (MECE) capstone projects with a particular focus on wireless communications and computer engineering projects. Dr. Young also performs general advising for the MECE program as well as undergraduate teaching for sophomore circuits labs.
University of California, Davis
Nicholas Hosein is a PhD candidate at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and is working on applying his experiences in entrepreneurship, engineering and social dynamics to improve STEM education. He has his MS from UC Davis in artificial intelligence and algorithms design for low power embedded systems and his BS from University of California, Berkeley in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His contributions to education also include designing and launching a cross disciplinary course in Internet-of-Things startups