Fall 2012

Letter from the Editor

Pritpal Singh  Dear ECEDHA Members, Industry Partners, and Colleagues,

Welcome to the Fall 2012 issue of The ECEDHA Source. As I mentioned in the Summer 2012 issue, it is my pleasure to introduce The ECEDHA Source editorial committee members. They are: Kim Boyer, Zhihua Qu, Alan Sahakian, Keith Teague, and Lal Tummala. I appreciate their time and contributions to enhancing the quality of The ECEDHA Source newsletter.

Also, this is the first edition of The ECEDHA Source newsletter that is being distributed to a wider audience, including faculty members from ECEDHA member universities. Let me give a special welcome to these new readers - I hope you find this newsletter a useful resource.
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Featured Articles

A Dialog on Mobile Studio

By Mohamed Chouikha and Ken Connor

The Mobile Studio is a small, inexpensive hardware platform for use in a home, classroom or remote environment. When coupled with the Mobile Studio Desktop software, the system duplicates a large amount of the hardware often used to teach electronics intensive courses in ECE and other STEM disciplines.

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AC 2011-2530: Lab@Home: Remote Laboratory Evolution in The Cloud Computing Era

By Hamadou Saliah-Hassane, University of Quebec in Montreal; Maarouf Saad, Ecole de Technologie Superieure; Willie K. Ofosu, Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes-Barre Campus; Karimou Djibo, Licef; Hassane Alzouma Mayaki, UCAD and LICEF Research Center, Montreal, Canada; and Mamane Moustapha Dodo Amadou, Cole de Technologie Suprieure

This paper was presented at the 118th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC CANADA, June 26-29, 2011.
The Evolution of Cloud Computing, decreases the cost of electronic components, and the sizes of devices, and makes possible the emergence of other models for exploitation of remote laboratories. Indeed, until now, most remote laboratories are made available by accessing equipment or the real instruments installed in a remote laboratory room through computer networks and software and hardware interfaces.   

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Industry News

The Year of the MOOC

By Laura Pappano
November 2, 2012, New York Times

In late September, as workers applied joint compound to new office walls, hoodie-clad colleagues who had just met were working together on deadline. Film editors, code-writing interns and "edX fellows" - grad students and postdocs versed in online education - were translating videotaped lectures into MOOCs, or massive open online courses.

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STEM Pathways

By Alexandra Tilsley
November 1, 2012, INSIDE HIGHER ED

The idea that the country needs more graduates in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) fields is not new, but several universities are now increasing their focus on finding those potential graduates, turning specifically to community colleges.

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Beyond Bieber: Twitter improves student learning

By EurekAlert!
October 17, 2012, ECN Magazine

Twitter, best known as the 140-character social-networking site where Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga chit-chat with fans, has become a new literary format that is improving student learning, a new study argues.

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Teaching for the Future: Engineers pursue big projects

By Dan Vergano
September 24, 2012, USA Today

In ways large and small, engineers have changed the world, but the time has come for the world to change engineers. One student at a time.

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The joys of tinkering

By Robert J. Bowman
September 21, 2012, EDN Network

My parents survived my curiosity regarding all things electrical. Our home was littered with the dismembered remains of my exploratory projects - toasters, radios, turntables, batteries. A career in electrical engineering seemed inevitable. 

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ECEDHA Headquarters Has Moved!

ECEDHA's new address is:

Two Prudential Plaza, 180 N Stetson
Suite 3500
Chicago, IL 60601

Note that ECEDHA's phone number (312-559-3724) and fax number (312-559-4111) will remain unchanged.

Call for Award Nominations

Attention ECEDHA Members! Nominations are now being accepted for The Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award and The Innovative Program Award. All members are asked to nominate their outstanding colleagues for one of these prestigious awards.

Both awards will be presented in March at the ECEDHA Annual Conference.

View additional information about the Awards program

>> Download Nomination Forms

2012 Annual Survey

The 2012 ECEDHA Annual Survey will be opening for participation very soon. The much anticipated Annual Survey has been a part of the ECEDHA program for more than a decade, collecting important comparative benchmark data on enrollments, salaries, graduate stipends, space allocations, graduation statistics, research expenditures, and much more. 

Renewal of your 2012 membership dues is a requirement for participation.

Renew your membership today either 
online or by contacting Michelle Klein at mklein@ecedha.org or 312-559-3724.

Corporate Features

ECE Spotlight Series

Captured live at the 2012 ECEDHA Annual Conference, ECE Spotlight Sessions offer the opportunity to view short corporate presentations and to learn more about what these companies can offer you.

Featured ECE Spotlight Sessions:

Cypress  Learn how PSoC (Programmable System on Chip) Can Enhance Engineering Education

Presenter: Patrick Kane, Director, Cypress University Alliance, Cypress Semiconductor Corp.

National Instruments 

Do Engineering: The Return to the Era of Experimentation

Presenter: Mark Walters, Academic Product Manager, National Instruments

Quanser  Emerging Undergraduate Lab Concepts: Case Studies and Applications

Presenter: Leor Grebler, Academic Solutions Advisor, Quanser


Regional News

Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting Summary


The Middle-Atlantic ECEDHA Summer Meeting, Sept 14-16, was hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Temple University's Main Campus in Philadelphia, a city at the forefront of science and technology, and the "Birthplace of America".

>> Mid Atlantic Meeting Report

Western Regional Meeting Summary

WECEDHA had its annual meeting on the campus of UCLA November 2-4, 2012. In addition to Western ECE Chairs, representatives from National Instruments, Digilent, and Answer Underground were also present.

>> Read WECEDHA Summary

ECEDHA Member and Partner News

NASA LARSS Program Information

NASA LARSS is a paid (stipend), year-round research internship program with 3 sessions - fall and spring (15 weeks) and summer (10 weeks). Eligibility requirements include: US Citizenship, full-time student status at an accredited US college or university, classification as a rising undergraduate junior or senior or graduate student (master's or doctoral level), and a cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
NASA is hoping to increase the participation of female students and under-represented minorities, first-generation college students, and students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds. Your support is appreciated.

>> View LARSS 2012 Flyer

>> View WEPAN LARSS Flyer

US Digilent Design Contest to be held at Baltimore, MD

Digilent Inc is proud to announce the 9th annual US Digilent Design Contest, to be held on May 11, 2013 in Baltimore, US. The US Digilent Design Contest is co-sponsored by Digilent, Xilinx, ARM, and the Morgan State University.

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NSF: Graduating 10,000 New Engineers and Computer Scientists

This is a cooperative activity between NSF and members of the Jobs Council's High Tech Education working group, led by Intel and GE, to stimulate comprehensive action at universities and colleges to help increase the annual number of new BS graduates in engineering and computer science by 10,000. The companeis are contributing about $10 million which will be matched by NSF.

View informational letter

Proposals for support of projects would be submitted by December 10 under a special funding focus (Graduate 10K+) within the NSF Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), see http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5488.

Call for Abstracts for WEPAN's Upcoming Conference

WEPAN is seeking abstracts up to 350-words by November 16, 2012. For more information on how to submit an abstract, visit http://wepan.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=530.

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On Demand Webinars
From Concept to Communications: Putting the
ECEDHA Brand Toolkit to Work

In partnership with Tailfin Marketing
New Tools for State of the Art Research and
Industry-Ready Students
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies
A Case Study on Connected Maintenance Reliability
Sponsored by Fluke Corporation
Rethinking Electronics Fundamentals
Sponsored by National Instruments
Oscilloscopes for the Classroom
Sponsored by Keysight Technologies

E-mail the event date, name and link to information@ecedha.org to be added to the calendar.

July 25
Great Lakes Regional Meeting 
University of Illinois at Chicago - Chicago, IL

Northwest Regional Meeting
UMass Lowell - Lowell, MA

18-21, 2020:

 2020 ECEDHA Annual   Conference and ECExpo
 Renaissance Orlando Sea   World -  Orlando, FL

Support ECE education! 
Become an ECEDHA Corporate Sponsor

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities for 2019 are now available!

>> View Sponsorship Prospectus

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for more information
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