2014 ASEE-GSW Annual Conference

Conference Program


2014 ASEE Gulf Southwest Section Conference

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 – Friday, April 4, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

10:00 am – 6:00 pm • Conference Check-In • Burgundy Room

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm • Opening Remarks and Lunch • Royal Garden Terrace

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions


Chair: Ron Anderson (Tulane U.)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm:

"The Product Innovation Cellar: A Resource to Support Product Development in Engineering Technology" by J. Porter, J. Morgan, and W. Zhen (Texas A&M U.)

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm:

"Addressing Transfer Student Transition" by G. Jefferson, S. Steadman, and J. Laier (U. of South Alabama)

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm:

"STEM Preparation Program: Developing Talented STEM Transfer Students" by B. Hill, E. Specking, C.S. Gattis, and C. Ellington (U. of Arkansas)

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm:

"A Reflection on Changes in Engineering Education Requirements in the Last 40 Years" by A. Karimi (U. of Texas at San Antonio)

Session B: HANDS-ON LEARNING AND DESIGN I Room: Toulouse / Dauphine

Chair: Charles Taylor (ULL)

1:10 pm – 1:30 pm:

"Using an Arduino to Measure Frequency Response and Current-Voltage Device Characteristics in Electronics Labs" by R.S. Weis (Texas Christian U.)

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm:

"Using Arduino Microprocessor Boards in a Three Course Sequence for Programming and Digital Hardware Design" by M. Pratt (U. of Louisiana at Lafayette)

1:50 pm – 2:10 pm:

"A Comparative Analysis of Leakage Reduction Techniques in Nanoscale CMOS Arithmetic Circuits" by F. Hurtado and E. John (U. of Texas at San Antonio)

2:10 pm – 2:30 pm:

"Light Emitting Diode Performance & Optimization" by T. Howard, S. Kennedy, D. Tenner, K. Kijkanjanapaiboon, and X. Fan (Lamar U.)

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm:

"LEON2 Timing Performance in Automotive, Office Automation and Security Applications" by H. Rios1, J.Guo2, B. Liu1, and E. John1 (1U. of Texas at San Antonio, 2U. of Texas at Austin)

Workshop A: “Ipv6 Address Planning Workshop” Room: Orleans Room

Chair: John Pickard (ECU)

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The purpose of this workshop is to briefly cover best current operational practices and guidelines to consider when building an IPv6 addressing plan. The intentioned audience for this workshop is engineering educators and industry practitioners with an interest in learning the fundamentals of IPv6 addressing and IPv6 network addressing design. This workshop is especially important for engineering educators teaching in the information technologies and computer sciences fields. It would be important for students in these fields to enter the work-force with a fundamental knowledge of IPv4 — the same is now equally true of IPv6. Those in attendance will receive practical knowledge, hands-on exercises, and examples of hands-on labs and projects that they can take back into the classroom to supplement their current curriculum. Emphasis will be given to the following topics during the workshop:

  • Structure of IPv6 addresses to include address representations and address types.
  • The IPv6 address allocation model and policies of the Internet registries in assigning IPv6 address space.
  • Address planning that covers guidelines to consider when building an IPv6 addressing plan such as: IPv6 subnetting, Provider Independent Addressing, Unique Local Addressing, prefix length, and assignment of Interface IDs.
  • An overview of IPv6 addressing models that include: Translating an existing IPv4 based plan into IPv6, using location based subnets, and using service based subnets.
  • How to manage host addressing using the three most common methods: Stateless Autoconfiguration (SLAAC), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6), and static addressing.
  • A case study example of the above topics as well as an opportunity for some lab exercises throughout the workshop.

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm • Coffee Break • Royal Garden Terrace

3:20 pm – 5:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions


Chair: Mohammad Abdus Salam (Southern U.)

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm:

"Software Tools for Online Teaching: A Faculty Perspective" by S. McCaslin and F. Brown (U. of Texas at Tyler)

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm:

"Using Engineering Concepts to Enhance the Students' Learning in a Computer Class" by S. Liu (West Kentucky Community and Technical College)

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm:

"Learning Computer Systems' Vulnerabilities Exploitation Through Penetration Test Experiments" by T.-S. Chou and T. Mohammed (East Carolina U.)

4:20 pm – 4:40 pm:

"Hardware-based EE MOOCs as Part of Our Engineering Education Future" by D. Philips (Texas Instruments)

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm:

"VisiBoole: Visible Digital Logic Education" by J. Devore (Kansas State U.)


Chair: J. Quincy Brown (Tulane U.)

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm:

"Tuskegee MSP – A Success Story" by S. Jeelani1, M.A. Qazi1, C. Banks1, and K. Boykin2 (1Tuskegee U. and 2U. of Alabama)

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm:

"Translating Nano Science for Middle School for Teachers in Under-served Communities" by S. Jeelani1 and M. Williams2 (1Tuskegee U. and 2Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering)

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm:

"Increasing the Aptitude and Confidence for Computer Science and Engineering in Texas Rural High Schools" by A. Lodgher, Y. Yang, and S. Cui (Prairie View A&M U.)

4:20 pm – 4:40 pm:

"First Year Engineering Retention" by G. Jefferson, S. Steadman, T. Thomas, and K.-T. Hsiao (U. of South Alabama)

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm:

"STEM Modules: Developing Innovative Approaches to Enhance Student Learning" by A. Bufford, E. Andrews, M. Reeves, A. Curry, and M. Curry (Tuskegee U.)

Workshop B: “Women in Engineering” Room: Orleans Room

Chair: Damir Khismatullin (Tulane U.)

Time: 3:20 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop will consist of four talks by leading women engineers in academia and industry, who will discuss how women engineers find their jobs and develop their own careers. Special attention will be given to strategies to eliminate the barriers that women engineers and students face in the engineering classroom and the professional career. The workshop will be concluded by round-table discussion of gender issues in engineering education and industry.

Workshop Sponsored By:

Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University


Ann Saterbak (Rice U.) – "Ask for the Job that You Want"

Jenna P. Carpenter (Louisiana Tech U.) – "Overcoming Barriers: Strategies for Advancing Women in Engineering"

Barbara Sprott (ExxonMobil) – "Work Life Balance: What's Right for You?"

Jessica L. Watts (CDM Smith) – "Clearing the Hurdles: One Female Engineer's Perspective on her STEM Career"

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Reception / Banquet Dinner and Poster Presentations • Grand Salon

Poster Presentations

Chair: San Aung (Tulane U.)

Time: April 2, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm and April 3, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
  1. "Using STEM Modules to Enhance Middle School Science Instruction" by A. Bufford, E. Andrews, M. Curry, and A. Curry (Tuskegee U.)
  2. "Development of a Rubric for Use in Assessing Transfer of Learning in Middle Grades Engineering Program Participants" by J. Harlan1, M. Dean2, and J. Van Haneghan1 (1U. of South Alabama and 2Mobile Area Education Foundation)
  3. "Alternative Energy in the Virtual World" by K. Meche, G. Melancon, K. Ritter III, and T. Chambers (U. of Louisiana at Lafayette)
  4. "Amor Vincit – Plus Size Clothing From CuO Treated Bamboo Fabric" by V. Wimberley1, C. Turner2, and N. Chopra1 (1U. of Alabama and 2Moundville High School)
  5. "Design of Solar-powered LED Street Lamps" by D. Lewis, W. Chen, and M. Rathod (Wayne State U.)
  6. "Non-contact Sensing of Torque for Magnetically Coupled Drive" by B. Dotter, W. Chen, and M. Rathod (Wayne State U.)
  7. "Farmer's Cage Water Aid" by F. Valdez, E. Mendez, A. Alhassan, and S. Darayan (Texas Southern U.)
  8. "How Catalyst Works - Improving Performance with Nano-Scale Structures in Water Splitting" by S. Shaik1, D. Li1, and S. Wehby2 (1U. of Alabama and 2U. of Alabama at Birmingham)
  9. "Measurement of Particle Emissions from Gasoline and Diesel Vehicle Exhaust during Engine Start-Up" by H. Badshah1, R. Manteufel1, and I. Khalek2 (1U. of Texas at San Antonio and 2Southwest Research Institute)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

7:00 am – 5:00 pm • Conference Check-In • Poster Presentations • JB/Grand Salon Foyer

7:00 am – 8:00 am • Breakfast • East Salon

7:00 am – 8:00 am • ASEE-GSW Executive Committee Meeting • Petit Salon A

8:00 am – 8:40 am • Keynote Address (Nick Altiero, ASEE President-Elect) • East Salon

8:40 am – 10:00 am • Concurrent Sessions


Chair: Damir Khismatullin (Tulane U.)

9:00 am – 9:20 am:

"An Innovative Method to Apply the Flipped Learning Approach in Engineering Courses Via Web Based Tools" by R. Stanley and T. Lynch-Caris (Kettering U.)

9:20 am – 9:40 am:

"Use of Visual Worksheets in Structural Engineering Classes" by P. Hong (Southern Polytechnic State U.)

9:40 am – 10:00 am:

"Engaging the Freshman Engineering Classroom" by D. Martinez (Tarleton State U.)


Chair: Sudarshan Kurwadkar (TSU)

9:00 am – 9:20 am:

"Teaching Engineering Material to Industry Technicians and Engineers" by M. Fathizadeh (Purdue U. Calumet)

9:20 am – 9:40 am:

"Development and Delivery of a First-Year "Construction Management Experience" Course" by C. McIntyre (North Dakota State U.)

9:40 am – 10:00 am:

"Tying Together Means and Methods in a Methods of Construction – Concrete and Masonry Curriculum" by S. O'Brien and D. Audo (Pittsburg State U.)

Workshop C: “VisiBoole: Visible Digital Logic Education” Room: Orleans Room

Chair: John Devore (KSU)

Time: 8:40 am – 10:00 am

The purpose of this workshop is to briefly cover the two types of statements that are used for Digital Designs in VisiBoole Hardware Description Language, and the two operating modes (Edit and Run) of the VisiBoole program. Copies of the VisiBoole program itself (it runs under MS Windows), and all design files used in the workshop will be distributed free of charge at the workshop. After about 40 minutes of introductory material, attendees will pick from a list of exercises to practice coding or testing already coded designs that provide a wide range of complexity and difficulty. Individualized help will be provided. The exercises to pick from include:

  1. Explore unsigned and twos-complement binary numbers.
  2. Write Boolean equations for six of the basic two-input Boolean operators.
  3. Create a 5-input majority gate. This is a digital circuit with five inputs and one output.
  4. Create an 8-bit comparator. This has 16-inputs and a single output.
  5. Create a parity generator. A parity bit can be used in error detection (during data storage or transmission).
  6. Create a 3-input 8-output decoder.
  7. Create a 8-input multiplexer. This multiplexer has 8 data inputs, 3 select inputs, and a single output.
  8. Complete the seven-segment display driver.
  9. Explore the 2-bit up/down counter.
  10. Create a 3-bit up/down counter.
  11. Create a 3-bit counter that counts in either normal binary or gray code order.
  12. Create an 8-bit loadable clearable register.
  13. Explore the operation of an 8-bit counter. The design is provided in the file Counter.vbi. It contains some errors to find and fix.

10:00 am – 10:20 am • Coffee Break • East Salon

10:20 am – 12:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions

Session G: GLOBAL ENGINEERING Room: Center Salon

Chair: Brian Mitchell (Tulane U.)

10:30 am – 11:00 am:

"Creation of an International Engineering Student Exchange Program" by T. Chambers1, J. Friedman2, and G. Roy3 (1U. of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2Ryerson U., and 3Université de Moncton)

11:00 am – 11:30 am:

"Global Experiences: Short Term Study Abroad Programs for Engineering and Technology Students" by P. Fox, T. Talbert-Hatch, and M. Bannatyne (IUPUI)

11:30 am – 12:00 pm:

"Is "sustainable Development" in Construction Actually Sustainable?" by T. Dobrowski (Purdue U. North Central)


Chair: Shen Liu (WKCTC)

10:30 am – 11:00 am:

"Project-based Education on Sustainability Principles for Engineers" by M. Ghose-Hajra (U. of New Orleans)

11:00 am – 11:30 am:

"Enhance Multi-Disciplinary Experience for Agriculture and Engineering Students with Agriculture Robotics Project" by Y. Wang1, S. Cui1, E. Risch1, Y. Lan2, J.-A. Lian1, and K. Lee1 (1Prairie View A&M U. and 2Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center)

11:30 am – 12:00 pm:

"Building Confidence Through Hands-on Activities" by C. Swafford, M.K. Orr, and D. Hall (Louisiana Tech U.)

Workshop D: “Engineering a Course in Technical Oral Communication for Engineers” Room: Orleans Room

Chair: Tony Eng (MIT)

Time: 10:20 am – 12:00 pm

Communication is an essential (non-technical) component of every engineering curriculum, and as a result, all undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are required to take four courses that have been designed as being "communication-intensive". Students majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in particular are all required to take a course in technical oral communication called 6.UAT. 6.UAT piloted in Spring 2004, and is offered every semester, with an enrollment of 150-200. It is an "in-house offering" - i.e. it was both designed by and is staffed by EECS Faculty and graduate students. In this workshop, we:

  1. describe the course in greater detail (lectures, recitations, assignments)
  2. take participants through some of the exercises and activities from the course, and
  3. discuss various things that we've learned in the process.

The hope is that the ideas and experiences that we gained from running this course may be applicable to similar efforts in other technical fields and engineering disciplines.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm • Lunch • East Salon
Plenary Session: “Online Engineering Education: Where are we? Where are we going?” by M. Reynolds (U. of Arkansas – Fort Smith)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions


Chair: Amir Karimi (UTSA)

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm:

"Teaching an Engineering Lecture in an Open Teaching Concept Classroom" by M.M. Darwish (Texas Tech U.)

1:20 pm – 1:40 pm:

"Integrating an Engineering Curriculum for At Risk Students" by L. Everett (U. of Texas at El Paso)

1:40 pm – 2:00 pm:

"Building the Pipeline: Developing a Symposium to Prepare Engineering Students for Graduate School" by M. Cousins1, D. Santiesteban1, K. Peralez1, M. Gonzalez2, H. Rylander1, and M.K. Markey1 (1U. of Texas at Austin and 2U. of Texas – Pan American)

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm:

"Translating an Honors Introductory Engineering Course for a Non-Honors Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Population: Initial Data" by D. de la Rosa-Pohl, L. Trombetta, and V. Thomas (U. of Houston)

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm:

"Getting Students Certified: A Study of Certification Pass Rates in Information Technology Degree Programs" by C. Hopkins, J. Pickard, and A. Patrick (East Carolina U.)

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm:

"A Preliminary Report on Adapting Software Development Industry Best Practices for Undergraduate Classroom Use" by R. Swamidurai1 and D. Umphress2 (1Alabama State U. and 2Auburn U.)


Chair: Walter Lee Murfee (Tulane U.)

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm:

"Hands-on, Project-based Education in the Classroom to Solve a Real-World Problem" by C. Mebust and M. Ghose-Hajra (U. of New Orleans)

1:20 pm – 1:40 pm:

Establishing Collaborations Between Academia and Industry Through an Undergraduate Engineering Course" by M. Ghose-Hajra1 and D. Lourie2 (1U. of New Orleans and 2Lourie Consultants)

1:40 pm – 2:00 pm:

"Krisys Robot: Experiential Learning in Product Development" by S. Kogucz, J. Aguirre, A. Alferez, and J. Morgan (Texas A&M U.)

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm:

"Hand Activated Non-Obstructive System (H.A.N.S.)" by R. Hathcoat, I. Carrillo, K. Garmon, T. Kates, and A.E. Goulart (Texas A&M U.)

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm:

"Using GoPro Hero Cameras in a Laboratory Setting" by S. McCaslin1, M. Yong1, and A. Kesireddy2 (1U. of Texas at Tyler and 2Synactive)

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm:

"Who Says You Can't Teach Sophomores Design: Interacting Through the Design Process" by W.L. Murfee and J.Q. Brown (Tulane U.)

Workshop E: “Engineering Innovations in Distance Learning” Room: Orleans Room

Chair: Walter Buchanan (TAMU)

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Examples are presented here of engineering innovations in distance learning. A case for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will be made. The new Excelsior College MOOC, An Introduction to Cybersecurity, will serve as the backdrop for this. Introducing project — based team research into C++ programming will then be discussed. Introduction to C++ programming is required by five programs in the College of Technology at the University of Houston (computer, electrical power, mechanical, biotechnology, and computer information systems). This course has been delivered online. And from Prairie View A&M University experiences will be shared of an online course development with a focus on computer engineering related subjects. Enhancing students' learning process through mobile applications will also be discussed. Mobile learning has become an important trend for various subject areas including computer science and engineering at Southern University and A&M College. Finally, a case study of an online course in engineering and technology will be discussed that requires much innovation in the structure of the course content and in the course presentation to accommodate all learners.

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm:

Welcome and opening remarks

1:10 pm – 1:30 pm:

"A Case for MOOCs" by J. LeClair and T. Ferrer (Excelsior College)

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm:

"Introducing Project-based Team Research into a C++ Programming Course" by H. Malki and R. Lent (U. of Houston)

1:50 pm – 2:10 pm:

"Creating On-Line Materials for Computer Engineering Courses" by S. Cui and Y. Wang (Prairie View A&M U.)

2:10 pm – 2:30 pm:

"Enhancing Students' Learning Process through Mobile Applications" by M.A. Salam, H. Mohamadian, and D. Jonnala (Southern U.)

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm:

"Innovation is the Name of the Game: A Case Study of an Online Course in Engineering and Technology" by A. Mehrabian1, W.W. Buchanan2, and A. Rahrooh1 (1Daytona State College and 2Texas A&M U.)

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm:

Summary and closing remarks

3:00 pm – 3:20 pm • Coffee Break • East Salon

3:20 pm – 5:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions


Chair: Seth O'Brien (PSU)

3:20 pm – 3:50 pm:

"Visualization and Simulation for Path Planning Using MATLAB" by W. Troy and M. Thompson (Baylor U.)

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm:

"Enhanced Learning Experiences Through Effective Use of Simulation and Visualization Technologies for Demonstration of Environmental System Modeling" by S. Kurwadkar (Tarleton State U.)

4:20 pm – 4:50 pm

"Enhancing Civil and Construction Engineering Education through the use of a Web-based Collaborative Simulation" by T. Korman (California Polytechnic State U. – San Luis Obispo)


Chair: Lev Kaplan (Tulane U.)

3:20 pm – 3:40 pm:

"Facilitating Collaboration Across STEM Fields in Program Development" by J. Ejiwale (Jackson State U.)

3:40 pm – 4:00 pm:

"Improving Student Persistence in Computer Programming Courses with Pair-Testing" by R. Swamidurai (Alabama State U.)

4:00 pm – 4:20 pm:

"Reviewing Circuit Basics Through the Use of a Card Game" by J. Schwartz (Queensborough Community College)

4:20 pm – 4:40 pm:

"Improving Teaching by Eliminating Student Dislikes" by R.D. Manteufel (U. of Texas at San Antonio)

4:40 pm – 5:00 pm:

"The Integration of Collaborative Learning and Computer Technology in Biomedical Engineering Education" by D.P. Gaver, III (Tulane U.)

Workshop F: “Nano Science for Middle School for Teachers in Under-Served Communities” (K-12 and Pre-College Engineering) Room: Orleans Room

Chair: Michele Williams (Georgia Tech)

Time: 3:20 pm – 5:00 pm

Since 1975, the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering has worked interest and prepared more underrepresented students for college and careers in STEM. Recently, Tuskegee University was awarded an NSF Math Science Partnership award to develop and deliver Nano Science content for middle schools in the Alabama Black Belt. This partnership among universities, K-12 and industry offers tremendous potential for improvement of K-12 academic outcomes in one of the nation's most economically challenged regions. The project provides an opportunity for science-rich institutions to engage their surrounding communities, providing students access and opportunity for academic achievement in STEM. As a partner in this MSP project, SECME provides a delivery vehicle for the innovative content being developed by the MSP partners through its annual Summer Institute. Utilizing the SECME framework for professional learning communities led by Master Teacher Mentors who follow participants' progress and support implementation, SECME provides an opportunity to enhance the impact of the content developed. SECME also extends the project impact with its student competitions and projects and parent engagement strategies. This workshop will provide examples of the content modules in Nano science developed by participating faculty geared toward middle school. We will discuss strategies used to integrate the Materials Science concepts with 6th, 7th and 8th grade teaching standards and the process for training educators. The workshop will provide data from the first two years' evaluation of the SECME Summer Institute and discuss the Institute as a vehicle for improving STEM instruction in underserved communities. The partnership of SECME with the Tuskegee Nano Bio Math Science Partnership for the Alabama Black belt offers a unique opportunity for research, evaluation and improvement of the content, tools/processes for delivery of professional development and the evaluation of its efficacy and impact over time and in the classroom.

Friday, April 4, 2014

7:00 am – 8:00 am • Conference Check-In • JB / Grand Salon Foyer

7:00 am – 8:00 am • Breakfast • East Salon

7:00 am – 8:00 am • ASEE-GSW Executive Committee Meeting • Petit Salon AB

8:00 am – 10:00 am • Concurrent Sessions

Conference-Wide Workshop G: “Training Engineers Through Industry / Academia Partnerships” Room: Center / West

Chairs: Michael Dancisak (Tulane U.) and Malay Ghose-Hajra (UNO)

Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Training through hands-on experiences in the classroom and lab has been a hallmark in engineering education. This workshop provides a platform to launch a real-world project-based engaged-learning initiative for corporate and small business members to interact with faculty from higher education institutions to develop partnerships that enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curricula for current students across engineering disciplines.

Benefits to Employees and Engineering Students: trainees apply classroom theory to analyze or design a real-world project, trainees learn to work under experienced professional engineers or university researchers, trainees develop or refine professional communication and presentation skills (written and verbal), trainees learn about the necessary skills and benefits of working with or around a team, trainees experience proper time management, trainees learn about professional liability and how to avoid costly mistakes, trainees get the opportunity to network with industry and university peers, future job opportunities or adjunct teaching positions.

Benefits to Faculty: faculty makes contact with key players of the local industry, opportunity for faculty to collaborate with industry mentors on joint publications, opportunity for faculty to collaborate with industry practitioners on research activities, consulting opportunities, and feedback from industry practitioners to help faculty improve the course content.

Benefits to Industry: provide input on curricular issues that affect future workers in industry, provide direct to engineers in training for skills assessment, opportunities connect and directly evaluate prospective interns, opportunity for industry mentors to collaborate with faculty on joint publications, develop avenues for joint research collaborations, excellent public relations and outreach development activities, enjoyment of giving back to the profession.

8:00 am – 8:05 am:

Welcome and opening remarks

8:05 am – 8:30 am:

Keynote address by Greg Auda (DePuy Synthes / Johnson & Johnson)

8:30 am – 9:50 am:

Learning modules

  • Engineering pedagogy
    Ronald C. Anderson (Tulane U.)
    William W. Gwyn (Eustis Engineering Services)
  • Human resources approach to engineering curriculum and internships
    Tonja Koob Marking (Gaea Consultants)
    Norma Jean Mattie (U. of New Orleans)
  • Licensing, nondisclosure agreements and patent rights
    John Christie (Tulane U.)
    R. Andrew Patty II (McGlinchey Stafford)
  • Legal aspects of partnerships
    Jaye A. Calhoun (McGlinchey Stafford)
    Dinah M. Payne (U. of New Orleans)
9:50 am – 10:00 am:

Summary and closing remarks

10:00 am – 10:20 am • Coffee Break • East Salon

10:20 am – 12:00 pm • Concurrent Sessions


Chair: Charles Taylor (ULL)

10:20 am – 10:40 am:

"Interactive Virtual-Reality Driven Learning Framework for Engineering and Science Education" by E. Biglari and Y. Feng (U. of Texas at San Antonio)

10:40 am – 11:00 am:

"Interactive Alternative Energy Educational Gaming in a Virtual Reality Environment" by K. Ritter, III and T. Chambers (U. of Louisiana at Lafayette)

11:00 am – 11:20 am:

"Recommending and Selecting Appropriate Resources during On-line Problem Solving" by G. Krudysz and J.H. McClellan (Georgia Institute of Technology)

11:20 am – 11:40 am:

"Using Coastal Louisiana to Develop Hydrologic Web-based Learning Modules" by M. Bodin and E. Habib (U. of Louisiana at Lafayette)

11:40 am – 12:00 pm:

"If You Can't Beat Them, Use Them: Putting Students' Smartphones to a Good Use in an Introductory Physics Classroom" by J. Shakov (Tulane U.)


Chair: Suxia Cui (PVAMU)

10:20 am – 10:50 am:

"The Modular Integrated Stackable Layers System: A NASA Development Partnership" by T. Perkins, K.G. Astley, T.B. Navarrete, P.B. Delaune, and J.A. Morgan (Texas A&M U.)

10:50 am – 11:20 am:

"Utilizing Commercially Available Products to Demonstrate Reverse Engineering Concepts in Electronic Systems Product Development Courses" by A. Carrillo, T. Kopp, L. Jenschke, M.J. Leonard, J.A. Morgan, and J. Porter (Texas A&M U.)

11:20 am – 11:50 am:

"Educational Project on Decision Support System for Precision Agriculture" by S. Cui, Y. Wang, E. Risch, and D. Bourgeois (Prairie View A&M U.)

Workshop H: “Nanomaterials and Light Interactions in Water” (K-12 and Pre-College Engineering) Room: Orleans Room

Chairs: Karen Boykin and Dee Goldston (U. of Alabama)

Time: 10:20 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will present inquiry based classroom materials developed to introduce 1) principals of light and 2) concepts of emerging water quality issues to be considered with new man-made processes and products. Specifically exercises introduce to students to different materials that may be in water and how light can be used to explain property differences of the material. Three concepts of light introduced are Tyndall Effect, Rayleigh Scattering, and light absorption and fluorescence of dye molecule. Samples are made to explore how red and green laser light and light properties, including wavelength, differ between samples with water, milk, and dye. Young scientists learn how nanomaterials are made, how they used in every day products, and how they could potentially enter the environment. This short demonstration provides guidance as to how one might visualize different light-material interaction, and understand the underlying fundamental physics and chemistry concepts. Building on research and pilot demonstrations, the exercises were designed around the use of the 5E's instructional model for Engaging, Exploring, Explaining, Extending and Evaluating science concepts. Lastly, students evaluate their results through discussion of how cells and molecules can interact.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm • Lunch • Award Presentation and Closing Remarks • East Salon

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm • Annual Business Meeting • West Salon