Spring 2013

Letter from the Editor

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

Welcome to the Spring 2013 issue of The ECEDHA Source. I hope that you are enjoying the warming spring weather and the beautiful flowers in the Philadelphia area are now in full bloom.

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Current Views


  By Barry Sullivan, Program Director, International Engineering Consortium

One of my chores growing up was bundling newspapers for recycling. I was notoriously slow at this because I couldn't resist reading stories that caught my eye, even if they were a few weeks old.
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Featured Articles

The Postmodality Era: How "Online Learning" is becoming "Learning"

By Thomas Cavanagh, University of Central Florida
A chapter from Game Changers, courtesy of EDUCAUSE Publications

Jennifer is a 20-year-old sophomore at a large state university. She lives in a dorm, works as a resident assistant, belongs to a sorority, works part time at a local hotel, and dances ballet. By all external measures, she is the typical "traditional" college student. Yet, within the past year, she has not only take "traditional" face-to-face courses, but has also taken courses in what many might consider "nontraditional" modalities: both fully online and blended formats (blended learning mixes both online and face-to-face elements). And she is not alone.

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ECSE Annual Report: The Future Global Engineer

By Professor A.C. Sanderson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami occurred off the northeast coast of Japan resulting in more than 15,000 deaths, 125,000 buildings damaged or destroyed, and an estimated cost of more than $300 billion. This natural disaster quickly escalated to a catastrophe with broad international implications for health, security, economy, energy, and the environment, as well as potential social and political disruption. Throughout the world, governments endeavored to understand the complex sequence of events and to assess the short and long-term risks that were rapidly emerging.

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Corporate Features

 Agilent Technology

Agilent's FieldFox Analyzers: Redefining RF Education

The University of Washington's Department of Electrical Engineering recently unveiled a new RF and microwave teaching laboratory specifically developed around Agilent's FieldFox combinational analyzer. A joint collaboration between Agilent Technologies and the University of Washington, the new lab seeks to provide students with a superior RF learning experience by improving their connection between textbook theory and application practice. Read more about how FieldFox is helping the University of Washington and how it can transform your school's learning experience as well.

>> View the full article
 Texas Instruments

TI cuts ribbon on $2.2 million engineering lab at UC Berkeley

TI and the University of California, Berkeley, opened the doors on April 11 to a state-of-the-art electronics teaching lab that will help foster innovation for future engineers. TI's University Program provided a $2.2 million gift to transform the school's existing lab into the Electronics Design Laboratory, designed to encourage ingenuity among undergraduate engineering students.

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ECE News

Expanding Pathways to MOOC Credit

By Doug Lederman
February 7, 2013, Inside Higher Ed

From the moment the American Council on Education announced in November that its College Credit Recommendation Service would assess the creditworthiness of a set of massive open online courses, there seemed to be little doubt that such approval would be forthcoming. And indeed, Coursera's announcement today that five of its courses have earned credit recommendations from ACE felt just a little bit anticlimactic.

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CU-Boulder to study what causes students to leave STEM majors

By Brittany Anas
February 28, 2013, dailycamera


In a lab at the University of Colorado, first-year students channel their inner da Vincis, applying engineering principles to build games that double as exercise.

One team, for example, is engineering a video game that emulates Nintendo's Mario Kart - but instead of pushing a remote-control button, participants must pedal a bike. For the prototype, the students scored a tricycle from Craigslist for $10 that they've linked up to the game. 

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Brown University Creates Online Course for High School Students

By Michael A. Wilner
April 17, 2013, The New York Times


When Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa, a professor in electrical engineering and computer science at the California Institute of Technology, began promoting his online course on machine learning, one person he turned to was Caltech's dean of admissions. Dr. Abu-Mostafa believed that prospective Caltech students would benefit from learning what it actually takes to be an engineer - something high schools, on the whole, fail to teach adequately.


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Duke U.'s Undergraduate Faculty Derails Plan for Online Courses for Credit

By Steve Kolowich
April 30, 2013, The Chronicle of Higher Education


The faculty of Duke University's undergraduate college drew a line in the sand last week on online education: Massive online experiments are fine, but there will be no credit-bearing online courses at Duke in the near future.

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Professors at San Jose State Criticize Online Courses

By Tamar Lewin
May 2, 2013, The New York Times


San Jose State University has publicly committed to using online courses to bring in more students - and bring down costs - but its philosophy department is balking. Faculty members issued a blistering statement this week about why they will not use materials from an online course called Justice, taught by Michael Sandel of Harvard, an academic superstar.

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Announcing ECEDHA's New Corporate Membership Program

ECEDHA has established a Corporate Membership Program to strengthen the bonds between ECEDHA member institutions and leading industry organizations, and to advance their areas of mutual interest including the need for:

The ECE curriculum to reflect the changing needs of industry for the next generation of engineering professionals entering the workforce;
industry to present, and department heads to understand, the tools which can improve instruction effectiveness in labs and classrooms; and
industry professionals and ECEDHA members dialogue and to work together to identify new modalities of instruction

ECEDHA is pleased to welcome the following Corporate Members to the ECEDHA family:

ECEDHA is pleased to welcome the following Corporate Members to the ECEDHA family: Agilent, Analog Devices, Digilent, National Instruments, Synopsys, Texas Instruments

2013-2014 ECEDHA Secretary-Treasurer Elections
Ballot Deadline: May 15, 2013

ECEDHA is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2013-2014 Secretary-Treasurer. This is a rotating office that graduates to Vice President, President, Past President, and Senior Past President, making this a five year commitment to ECEDHA.
>> Click here to submit your ballot

2013-2014 Secretary/Treasurer Nominees
 Athina Petropulu
 Zhihua Qu

Athina Petropulu
Professor and Chair
Department of Electrical Engineering
Rutgers University

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Zhihua Qu
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering Division
University of Central Florida

>> View bio

2013 ECEDHA Membership Renewal

2013 ECEDHA membership renewal is now underway. ECEDHA membership runs on the calendar year beginning January 1 - December 31.

If you have not yet renewed your 2013 membership, please do so today online.

>> Renew your 2013 membership!

For questions, please contact Michelle Klein at mklein@ecedha.org or +1-312-559-3724.

Regional News

The ECEDHA Regional Groups all met in Orlando at the ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo. Summaries of these meetings can be found below:

>> Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting Minutes

>> Southwest Region Meeting Minutes

Corporate Features

ECE Spotlight Series

Captured live at the 2013 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:

Analog Devices

Tinkering 101: Inspiring Students with Hands-on Learning Tools and Techniques

Samuel Fuller, Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer, Analog Devices
Kathleen Meehan, Associate Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech


Make it Awesome: Easy, Embedded, Education

John McLellan, Freescale University Programs-North America,Freescale

National Instruments

Answering the Grand Engineering Challenges - Inspire Students in Engineering

Mark Walters, Academic Product Manager, National Instruments

ECEDHA Member and Partner News

Norwich University: Request for Feedback

Norwich University would appreciate your feedback on a student Fundamentals of Engineering Exam prep program that they are considering developing at the University by taking a brief survey.

>> Click to participate in survey

Your feedback will be invaluable in helping to determine if there is a need/interest among peer institutions.

Should you have any questions about the survey or potential product, please contact Tom Descoteaux in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. He can be reached by email at tdescote@norwich.edu.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Summer Workshop

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will be hosting a workshop this summer in early June. The workshop is focused on learning difficulties that students have in introductory continuous time signal processing courses. Our goal is to identify those difficulties and present methods that we have found to help the students. The webpage for this workshop is http://www.rose-hulman.edu/ctssworkshop.aspx.

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

Northwest Regional Meeting
UMass Lowell - Lowell, MA

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