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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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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 calls1
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
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
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