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PAC 2008 Activities. EAB Public Awareness Committee (PAC). Joan Carletta, PAC Chair. 15 November 2008 New Brunswick, NJ, USA. RWEP Real World Engineering Projects: Discovery-Based Projects for First-Year EE/CE/CS/EET Students. EAB Joint New Initiative with WIE Two year project: 2007-2008

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PAC 2008 Activities

EAB Public Awareness Committee (PAC)

Joan Carletta, PAC Chair

15 November 2008 New Brunswick, NJ, USA

RWEPReal World Engineering Projects:Discovery-Based Projects for First-Year EE/CE/CS/EET Students

  • EAB Joint New Initiative with WIE

    • Two year project: 2007-2008

    • Total budget: $380,000

    • (Continuing with EAB funding in 2009)

Focus:High-Quality Undergraduate Education

Goal is to provide faculty worldwide with:

  • Fully developed curricula

    • for first-year EE/CE/CS/EET team-based projects

    • discovery-based

    • illustrate real-world problems

    • solutions impact society

  • Workshops

    • for EE/CE/CS/EET faculty

    • online, self-study

    • on the best pedagogical techniques for engineering

Benefits of RWEP

  • Students discover excitement of real-world problems and understand the importance of IEEE fields to society

  • Of benefit to all students, but critical for recruiting and retaining women

  • Former name: Increasing the Representation of Womenin IEEE Fields of Interest

RWEP Review:A Three-Stage Process

  • Abstract submission

    • Reviewed double-blind online, followed by teleconference meeting of review committee

    • Accepted abstracts are invited for proposals

  • Proposal submission

    • Reviewed double-blind online, followed by in-person meeting of review committee

    • An award is expected for accepted proposals, as long as authors take reviewers’ comments into account and submit a final project/workshop

  • Project/workshop submission

    • Vetted by a volunteer subject matter expert

    • Ready for posting in the RWEP portal

    • An award is made

Review Criteria for Projects

  • Relevance

    • Does addressed problem’s solution benefit society?

    • Is context a real-world, contemporary application?

    • Are connections to real world societal impact explicit?

  • Quality

    • Is project straightforward, organized, and complete?

    • Are descriptions of methods accurate, clear, and concise?

    • Is project tractable for first year EE/CE/CS/EET students?

  • Discovery

    • Does project result in student discovery of an underlying principle or concept?

    • Does the proposed project illustrate strategies and trade-offs that are important in the engineering problem solving process?

Results of RWEP Calls


  • Eight project awards / curriculum modules developed:

    • Circuits

    • Communications

    • Computer hardware / architecture

    • Controls

    • Human computer interaction

    • Power electronics

    • Signal processing

  • Approx. three of eight awards extended to women

Results of RWEP Calls


  • Project call (for curriculum modules)

    • 21 abstracts received (reviewed in May)

    • 14 invited for full proposal (reviewed in August)

    • 6 invited to submit curriculum modules (due in December)

  • Workshop call (for on-line study by faculty)

    • 5 abstracts received (reviewed in May)

    • 2 invited for full proposal (reviewed in August)

    • none invited to submit on-line workshops

  • Global participation

    • authors from US, Canada, Mexico, Western Europe,Eastern Europe and Asia

Project Library on RWEP Portal


  • Six of the eight 2007 awarded projects available now.

  • Two of the eight being edited for quality.


  • Beginning, with IEEE staff pushing information out on email distribution lists.

  • Article in December issue of IEEE Institute.

  • Interface with ECEDHA annual meeting.


  • Google analytics used to track downloads month-by-month.

  • Registration required for download; this allows us to track users, possibly to survey them later.

  • On-line rating and feedback system in place.

  • Faculty who use the modules can enroll as “adopters” and provide information on how they use the projects.

RWEP 2008 Goals

  • Continue to develop RWEP portal

    • maintain project library

    • automate all reviewing and administration features so that explicit web designer is no longer needed

  • Implement assessment plan to understandimpact on student outcomes

  • Promote inaugural projects

  • Finish second year of calls for projects

  • Revise calls for projects and workshops for third year, to improve responses (particularly to workshop call)

  • Arrange for authors to present at FIE 2009, and for special issue in IEEE Transactions on Education

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