NI Webinar November 2017 NI Webinar November 2017

Rethinking Electronics Fundamentals -
Reversing Attrition While Improving Concept Retention
at the University of Virginia

November 16, 2017 at 2:00pm EST

Sponsored by:
National Instruments

The University of Virginia had been challenged by high attrition and low student engagement in its electrical engineering program. A team of professors decided that the program needed a complete change to the curriculum and teaching approach to attract the best engineering students and adequately prepare them for increasingly demanding careers in electrical engineering.

This team of professors redesigned and rearranged the first three electrical engineering courses with the goal of helping students understand that what they learn in circuits, electronics, and signals and systems are really all part of a single problem in real-world engineering. The college of engineering partnered with NI to implement a solution that fit this new interconnected structure by giving students a hands-on experimental experience throughout every step.

This webinar discusses the goals of the curriculum redesign, how these goals were achieved, and the results after four years of implementing this new curriculum.


Attend this webinar to learn:
  • How UVA implemented a curriculum redesign to increase concept inventory pass rate by 15%
  • What type of student engagement is needed to reverse attrition in the ECE department
  • How improved electronics fundamentals courses have positively impacted the complexity and sophistication in capstone design projects


Dr. Harry Powell
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Virginia

Harry Powell is an Associate Professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1978, he was an active research and design engineer focusing on automation, embedded systems, remote control, and electromechanical co-design techniques; he holds 16 patents in these areas. Returning to academia, he earned a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering in 2011.

His current research interests include machine learning, embedded systems, electrical power systems, and engineering education. Dr. Powell currently serves as the associate chair for undergraduate programs in electrical and computer engineering.


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