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Title: Technology Leaders Education Program for Undergraduate Engineering Students


1
Technology Leaders Education Program for
Undergraduate Engineering Students
2
The Motivation
3
The Motivation
International Competition
4
The Motivation
International Competition
The World is Flat
5
The Motivation
International Competition
The World is Flat
US Infrastructure Systems
6
The Motivation
International Competition
The World is Flat
Impact Cost of Every US Product and Service
US Infrastructure Systems
7
The Motivation
International Competition
The World is Flat
Impact Cost of Every US Product and Service
US Infrastructure Systems
Agile Systems for Competitive Advantage
8
The Motivation
International Competition
The World is Flat
Impact Cost of Every US Product and Service
US Infrastructure Systems
Agile Systems for Competitive Advantage
First to Market Cost Reduction
9
The Motivation
International Competition
The World is Flat
Impact Cost of Every US Product and Service
US Infrastructure Systems
Agile Systems for Competitive Advantage
First to Market Cost Reduction
Systems Integration for Agility
Agile Technology Components
Systems Analysis for Value Identification
10
The Motivation
International Competition
The World is Flat
Impact Cost of Every US Product and Service
US Infrastructure Systems
Agile Systems for Competitive Advantage
First to Market Cost Reduction
Systems Integration for Agility
Agile Technology Components
Systems Analysis for Gaining Advantage
We Need the Leaders
11
The Motivation
International Competition
The World is Flat
Impact Cost of Every US Product and Service
US Infrastructure Systems
Agile Systems for Competitive Advantage
First to Market Cost Reduction
Agile Technology Components
Systems Analysis for Assessing Value
Systems Integration for Agility
We Need the Leaders
Technology Leaders Engineering Education Program
12
The Gaps That Need to be Filled
  • Historically the cost of large systems
    laboratories has been prohibitive, leading to
    limited ability to teach systems technology
    integration
  • In turn, systems engineering has been treated as
    a systems analysis discipline, and has not
    focused on technology exploitation in systems
  • As a result, engineering schools naturally
    separate systems engineering as an analysis
    discipline from component technology related
    education and vice versa

13
The Gaps That Need to be Filled
  • Historically the cost of large systems
    laboratories has been prohibitive leading to
    limited ability to teach systems technology
    integration
  • In turn, systems engineering has been treated as
    a systems analysis discipline, and has not
    focused on technology exploitation in systems
  • As a result, engineering schools naturally
    separate systems engineering as an analysis
    discipline from component technology related
    education and vice versa

Neither ECE nor SIE undergraduate engineers are
prepared to deal with the real need All Three!!
14
Modern Technology has Created a New Opportunity
15
Modern Technology has Created a New Opportunity
Low Cost Wireless Technology
16
Relevant Intel Products and Research Platforms
  • Intel Motes (imotes)
  • ARM and XScale based advanced Sensor Network
    nodes
  • Intel Gateway Stargate
  • XScale based gateway for Sensor Networks

17
Modern Technology has Created a New Opportunity
Low Cost Wireless Technology
18
Modern Technology has Created a New Opportunity
Low Cost Wireless Technology
Agile Electronic Components

19
Imote features
Multicolor status LED
ARM core SRAM FLASH BT radio
2.4 GHz antenna
Stackable connectors (top and bottom)
Optional voltage regulator (bottom)
Optional external antenna connector
Other names and brands may be claimed as the
property of others
20
Modern Technology has Created a New Opportunity
Low Cost Wireless Technology
Agile Electronic Components

21
Modern Technology has Created a New Opportunity
Open Communications Networks
Low Cost Wireless Technology

Agile Electronic Components

22
Deployed CHEETAH Network
23
Image Service Physical Configuration
24
Modern Technology has Created a New Opportunity
Open Communications Networks
Low Cost Wireless Technology

Agile Electronic Components

25
Modern Technology has Created a New Opportunity
Open Communications Networks
Low Cost Wireless Technology

Agile Electronic Components

Agile Systems Technology Laboratory Affordable
and Supportable Flexible Basis for Teaching the
Combination of Needed Skills
26
Important and Interesting System Applications to
Motivate Students
  • Health Care Body networks for monitoring health
    and for drug delivery
  • Transportation Automated highway
  • Environmental Monitoring - Using wireless sensor
    networks
  • National Security Distribution of military
    information to mobile users

27
Taking Advantage of the Opportunity
  • Develop Technology Leaders Program for interested
    students First at UVa, later at other
    engineering schools
  • Start by integrating the program across two
    Departments
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Systems and Information Engineering
  • Develop needed new curriculum and laboratory
    courses that combine component technology,
    technology integration, and systems analysis
  • Create the team of faculty who can and wants to
    make this happen

28
Our Team
  • Barry Horowitz (Professor of Systems Engineering)
    - Project Leader
  • John Lach (Associate Professor of Electrical
    Engineering) Associate Project Leader
  • Joanne Dugan (Professor of Electrical and
    Computer Engineering) - Curriculum Design
  • Reid Bailey (Asst Professor of Systems
    Engineering) Curriculum Design, Teaching
    Methodology, Evaluation
  • Marie Shoffner (Associate Professor of Education
    - Curry School) STEM Participation/Learning/
    Program Evaluation
  • Gerry Learmonth( Associate Research Professor
    Laboratory Development/Modernization/
    Configuration Control)

29
Our Programmatic Ideas
30
Our Programatic Ideas (1)
  • Partner with Community College to design and
    develop lab structure that works Build on
    broader UVa Initiative
  • Develop a relationship that allows the Community
    College to have selected students participate in
    the program students who are prepared to
    transition from 2 year to 4 year program at UVa
    after their graduation
  • Use WICAT I/U CRC to provide students with
    special opportunities
  • Summer jobs with WICAT industry partners
  • Summer and academic year research collaboration
  • with WICAT graduate students
  • Accelerated MS program to start research as
    fourth year undergraduate with WICAT thesis
    advisors
  • Participate in fourth year Capstone Projects
    advised by WICAT faculty and using WICAT
    laboratory infrastructure

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Our Programatic Ideas(2)
  • Use NSF REU grants to support students interested
    in summer research activities
  • Transition program to other engineering schools
    WICAT partners are an obvious opportunity
  • Auburn, Columbia, Polytechnic Institute, Virginia
    Tech (proposal to join in progress)
  • Develop a summer initiation program for faculty
    from engineering schools with students from
    underrepresented engineering populations
  • Sweet Briar
  • Hampton
  • Virginia State
  • Norfolk State
  • Etc

33
Our Ideas About Learning Objectives and Curriculum
34
Learning Objectives
  • Graduates from this program will be able to
  • design and build systems and components that can
    adapt to change
  • apply their design skills from both a systems,
    top-level perspective and a detailed,
    component-level perspective
  • apply fundamental concepts from both electrical
    and computer engineering and systems engineering
  • lead teams in the designing such systems

35
Technology Leaders Curriculum Overview
Core Objectives Applied in Real World Large
Project, Real Client
Students are Motivated, Engaged Simple
Applications
Students can Explain Apply Fundamentals
Core Objectives Applied in Lab Short Real World
Cases
36
Getting Students Excited About the Curriculum
  • Before arriving at UVA
  • At orientation stimulate interest in ENGR 162TL
    and STS 101TL, the Technology Leaders cohort
    sections of the first-year design course
  • Bridge program existing program to assist
    minority students with transition (summer before
    matriculation)
  • During first year at UVA
  • ENGR 162TL Technology Leader section of
    Introduction to Engineering
  • STS 101 Engineering, Technology, and Society
    link with ENGR 162TL to explore context
  • ECE 200 Science of Information
  • University Seminar

37
Curriculum Years 1 and 2
Students are Motivated, Engaged Simple
Applications
Students can Explain Apply Fundamentals
  • SYS 201 Systems Engineering Concepts
  • ECE 203 Circuit Analysis

First Year
Second Year
ENGR 162TL (1 section) STS 101TL
SYS 201 ECE 203
Fall
Spring
ECE 200 University Seminar
SYS 202TL ECE 230
  • SYS 202TL Data and Information Engineering
  • ECE 230 Digital Logic Design

Courses not required for program
2 added courses beyond major requirements for
students
3 faculty (ENGR 162TL) (STS 101TL) (University
Seminar)
1 faculty (SYS 202TL)
38
Curriculum Years 3 and 4
  • Lab Courses
  • Hands-on
  • Short projects taken directly from real world
    (e.g., WiCAT companies, prior capstone projects,
    etc.)
  • Open-ended projects
  • Course A Multi-scale systems
  • Course B Adaptability to change
  • Capstone
  • Tie into Systems capstone structure

Core Objectives Applied in Lab Short Real World
Cases
Third Year
New lab course A
Fall
Spring
New lab course B
2 added courses beyond major requirements for
students
Nothing added capstone choice is focused on
select projects
2 faculty
39
Curriculum Interfaces
2 yr college students enter
Core Objectives Applied in Real World Large
Project, Real Client
Students are Motivated, Engaged Simple
Applications
Students can Explain Apply Fundamentals
Core Objectives Applied in Lab Short Real World
Cases
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
ENGR 162TL (1 section) STS 101TL
SYS 201 ECE 203
New lab course A
Capstone
ECE 200 University Seminar
SYS 202 ECE 230
New lab course B
After graduation
Before Arrival
Summers
Job in engineering field, graduate degree in
engineering
Orientation Bridges program
REU, Internship with WiCAT company
40
Curriculum Use of Lab
Core Objectives Applied in Real World Large
Project, Real Client
Students are Motivated, Engaged Simple
Applications
Students can Explain Apply Fundamentals
Core Objectives Applied in Lab Short Real World
Cases
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year
ENGR 162TL (1 section) STS 101TL
SYS 201 ECE 203
New lab course A
Capstone
ECE 200 University Seminar
SYS 202 ECE 230
New lab course B
Use of WiCAT Learning Lab
Use lab to complete projects
small, simplified projects
Integrate lab use into existing classes
Core lab experience
41
Curricular Nuggets
  • Design throughout the curriculum
  • Vertical team integration
  • Technology Leaders Community of practice
  • 3rd year students can be hired by 4th year
    capstone teams for specific aspects of their
    capstone project
  • 3rd year students design mini-projects for ENGR
    162TL section
  • 4th year students at least one capstone teams
    project is to redesign the lab
  • Multidisciplinary capstone ECE and SYS students
    on same team

42
Direct Faculty Requirements (to develop/teach
the courses)
  • Summer month to prep (3 total months)
  • First Year Courses
  • ENGR 162 TL
  • STS 101TL
  • Second Year Courses
  • SYS 202TL
  • Faculty to prepare and teach (2 faculty)
  • Third Year Courses
  • Lab Course A
  • Lab Course B

43
Technology Leader Assistants
  • Three graduate students
  • Assist with initial set up of lab
  • Maintain lab
  • Develop lab activities for courses
  • Activities for the third year core lab courses
  • Activities for integration into existing courses

44
Curriculum Summary
  • Program Requirements
  • Courses required for student to complete program
    8
  • Additional courses beyond existing major
    requirements for students 4
  • These numbers do not include Technology Leaders
    Community of Practice as a course
  • Courses
  • Completely new courses created 2
  • Two lab courses
  • New sections of existing courses 4
  • ENGR 162TL, STS 101TL, University Seminar, SYS
    202TL
  • Current courses modified to incorporate concepts
    4
  • ECE 200, ECE 203, ECE 230, Capstone

45
Our Ideas About Program Evaluation
46
Program Evaluation
  • Mixed Method Design
  • Three Stage Process
  • Formative and Summative
  • Multiple Levels
  • Multiple Participants

47
Summative Evaluation
  • Extent of project goal completion
  • Project effectiveness after completion
  • Most and least effect aspects of project
  • Effectiveness with diverse students
  • Effectiveness across diverse contexts
  • Generalizability (Transportability) to other
    settings

48
Formative Evaluation
  • Project implementation
  • Ongoing processes
  • From recruitment to post-graduation

49
Possible Questions
50
Brief Example of Evaluation Based on Learning
Objective
51
Strategy for Funds for Proceeding
52
Three Outlooks
  • What do we want to do?
  • Local UVa initiative
  • State initiative
  • National initiative
  • All three outlooks start in a similar manner, but
    quickly diverge
  • Our team wants to start the Technology Leaders
    Program now, targeting a 2008 roll-out
  • We want to address all three outlooks
  • Natural desire to do more
  • Starting steps are similar
  • A broader objective allows us to seek external
    funding support, and we are confident about
    funding likelihoods
  • If we fail to gain funding we can sequentially
    reduce the scope of our ambitions
  • But, doing more costs more to get started

53
Why Does Doing More Cost More?
  • Need to organize to liaison with other schools
  • Community Colleges
  • WICAT Partners
  • Schools with underrepresented populations
  • Even high schools
  • Need to prepare a whole bunch of proposals to
    gain external funding support - already underway,
    but lots of opportunities (and work) for getting
    more
  • Need to prepare course materials and laboratories
    for reuse and develop a distribution system for
    others to use and to provide feedback plus add to
    the UVa materials
  • While our faculty can do a lot with no special
    direct support, we will need
  • Project Manager Non-tenure track faculty member
    dedicated to this effort
  • Interface to external schools
  • Interface with external funding sources
  • Manage Student Community of Practice/Scholarship/R
    esearch/Summer jobs/Capstone
  • Manage laboratory configuration control
    activities
  • Manage integrated budget
  • TLA Support Technology Leader Assistants
    (GRA/TA equivalents)
  • Undergraduate Scholarship support
  • Some faculty time for new course and laboratory
    development

54
External Funding Efforts(1 of 2)
  • NSF
  • REU Site Program for 12 Scholarships (400K,
    3-year proposal submitted to Engineering
    Division, late spring award date) Learmonth
  • NSF Program Mgr invited Unsolicited Proposal
    focused on Learning Methods and Evaluation ( Four
    year, 600K / 150K per year proposal, December
    target ) -Shoffner
  • NSF REESE Program for Evaluation of STEM and
    Learning and Underrepresented Populations
    (January 8th submission) Shoffner, Bailey
    others
  • NSF Program Mgr invited Phase 2 Education
    Initiative Proposal to develop TL program, lab
    structure, learning concepts, Community College /
    Underrepresented University relationship2 (Four
    year, 600K / 150K per year proposal, January
    10th submission) Bailey

55
External Funding Efforts(2 of 2)
  • State of Virginia - Learmonth
  • Virginia CAER (Center for Advanced Engineering
    and Research currently a 100K / year WICAT
    member) Interested in providing 400K for
    hardware support to TL program if we make
    relationship with Community College (recommended
    CVCC)
  • CVCC In discussion with VP for Workforce
    Development on collaboration and possible joint
    proposal to State to introduce secondary schools
    into the mix
  • State Secondary Education Research Office
    Interested in helping and in the process of
    discussing possible support with UVa/CVSS/CAER
  • This can all happen before the next academic year

56
External Funding Efforts(2 of 2)
  • State of Virginia - Learmonth
  • Virginia CAER (Center for Advanced Engineering
    and Research currently a 100K / year WICAT
    member) Interested in providing 400K for
    hardware support to TL program if we make
    relationship with Community College (recommended
    CVCC)
  • CVCC In discussion with VP for Workforce
    Development on collaboration and possible joint
    proposal to State to introduce secondary schools
    into the mix
  • State Secondary Education Research Office
    Interested in helping and in the process of
    discussing possible support with UVa/CVSS/CAER
  • This can all happen before the next academic year

57
Internal Support Needs
  • Our concept for internal funding support is to
    assume a four year commitment that launches and
    supports the initial four year student cadre,
    and, in parallel, find external sources that
    reduce internal support
  • Wed like the Engineering School to commit to
    provide four years of financial support for
  • full time Project Manager
  • a set of TA/GRA funds (3 full TLAs per semester)
  • 5 four year Undergraduate Scholarships per year
  • recruiting materials and travel for recruiting
  • laboratory class room(s) with Cheetah/Internet/802
    .11 access
  • 25K per year for HW/SW costs
  • Wed like the Curry School to support a graduate
    student and faculty time required to getting
    started on the Learning Methods/Evaluation part
    of the program
  • We will want to get VEF help to solicit support
    from donors to make this a named program (e.g.,
    Aylor Technology Leaders Program). The funds
    would support scholarships and program
    development needs.
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