ECE Lab Pros & ECE Makers Summit
April 13, 2021 | 10am-2pm CT
Join us for a brief introduction to the ECE Lab Pros and ECE Makers Summit.
Shawn Jordan is an associate professor of engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He teaches context-centered electrical engineering and embedded systems design courses, and studies the use of context and storytelling in both K-12 and undergraduate engineering design education. Jordan is PI on several NSF-funded projects related to design, including an National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Award entitled “CAREER: Engineering Design Across Navajo Culture, Community, and Society” and “Might Young Makers be the Engineers of the Future?,” and is a Co-PI on the NSF Revolutionizing Engineering Departments grant “Additive Innovation: An Educational Ecosystem of Making and Risk Taking.” He was named one of ASEE PRISM’s “20 Faculty Under 40” in 2014, and received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama in 2017. Jordan co-developed the STEAM Labs™ program to engage middle and high school students in learning science, technology, engineering, arts, and math concepts through designing and building chain reaction machines. He founded and led teams to two collegiate Rube Goldberg Machine Contest national championships, and has appeared on many TV shows (including Modern Marvels on The History Channel and Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC) and a movie with his chain reaction machines. He serves on the Board of the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, AZ, and worked as a behind-the scenes engineer for season 3 of the PBS engineering design reality TV show "Design Squad." He also held the Guinness World Record for the largest number of steps – 125 – in a working Rube Goldberg machine.
PANEL: What Your Students Really Think 🦖 🛢️🔥 🎉
Prior to the pandemic, hands-on laboratory and design project instruction were seen as a barrier to online ECE education. The pandemic forced us to adapt, rethink, and innovate ECE education. As we move toward in-person labs and makerspaces in the coming year, we should take stock of what worked, what didn’t, and most importantly the impacts on the student experience. In this panel, students from institutions across the country will share their experiences with pandemic education and thoughts for our post-pandemic future.
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Penn State undergrad studying Physics. I took Introductory circuits pre-COVID, during the breakout, and during full Remote sessions
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PANEL: Remote and Hybrid Learning Solutions
Over a year ago, students suddenly left universities to begin an unscripted experience of remote learning. Engineering as a whole, and ECE above all other majors, had an impossible task of preserving the hands-on experience that is so vital for students. Today, it has become clear that students, parents, and faculty will expect learning to happen at a high level wherever students are. We will discuss the importance of hands-on learning and student engagement in a virtual environment, and solutions that can help enhance student experiences whether they find themselves in the lab or at home. Join this lively conversation from industry who create innovative tools students use anywhere.
Director of the Global Academic Program at Digi-Key Electronics. Y.C. has a broad view of the industry having worked in many roles including applications engineering, sales, marketing, and management. He is a fan of the Maker movement and is a strong proponent of experiential engineering now used in many engineering departments across the country. Even before 2020, he has been brainstorming better ways to support distant and hybrid teaching methods and is keen to share his ideas with the academic community.
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PANEL: Prototype Model for a New Internship Paradigm
The COVID-2 pandemic has changed our world, in academia and industry; we have and continue to learn the benefits of remote learning and working, utilizing collaborative technologies and methodologies. Academia is taking learning out of the classroom and labs, engaging students with theoretical as well as practical hands-on learning where they are; be it on campus in their dorms, or at home. Industry has also needed to adapt and have moved many jobs not requiring physical presence to a remote posture. This panel will explore the possibility of piloting a new program to examine and test opportunities for remote collaborative internship opportunities. The intent of this panel is to understand if the remote internship can be a reasonable substitute to in-person internship. Panelists will discuss various avenues to justify not only the technical components of the remote internship but the essential professional components of such an experience. The panel will propose that a small select group of universities and industry partners to pilot such an initiative in summer of 2021 for possible scaling in the future.
Dr. Feinerman is an Associate Professor at UIC in the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, Civil and Materials Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Departments in the College of Engineering and the Urology department in the College of Medicine. He in investigating inexpensive and High-R value vacuum insulation panels and cryopreservation. He is the undergraduate laboratory coordinator in ECE. He is working on an assortment of new medical devices to reduce medical expenses.
Ali Golbazi is the chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of New Haven. Ali is also the BSEE program coordinator and oversees the mandatory student internship program. He teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate programs. Ali also serves as the Director of the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at the university. PLTW is the leading STEM curriculum for High schools and middle schools in Connecticut. Ali is a member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Casey Latham currently serves as the University Program Manager for PathWave Software Solutions (formerly EEsof EDA). In his current role, Casey creates partnerships with professors and universities around the world to develop industry-ready students. As part of this effort, Casey helps professors supplement their courses with lab guides, curriculum, and virtual workspaces. Prior to his current role, Casey served as a field engineer covering both commercial accounts and universities. On the education side, Casey worked with electrical engineering departments and student organizations to hold workshops and seminars to help students connect their classroom knowledge with real-world applications. Casey received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Baylor University. He performed research into frequency-agile radar and dynamic spectrum sharing.
PANEL: Innovation in Online Collaboration
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Rashtian’s main research focus is on pedagogical and curricular innovation for teaching Electrical Engineering courses. Specifically, he works on curriculum development for teaching circuits, electronics and control theory with a pedagogical emphasis on project-based learning and supplementing theory with hands-on experiences. Dr. Rashtian is also interested in designing novel radio-frequency and millimeter-wave integrated circuits for ultra-fast and ultra-low-power communications.