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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. EAB Joint New Initiative with WIE Two year project: 2007-2008

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PAC 2008 Activities

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  1. PAC 2008 Activities EAB Public Awareness Committee (PAC) Joan Carletta, PAC Chair 15 November 2008 New Brunswick, NJ, USA

  2. 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)

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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?

  7. Results of RWEP Calls 2007 • 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

  8. Results of RWEP Calls 2008 • 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

  9. Project Library on RWEP Portal Status: • Six of the eight 2007 awarded projects available now. • Two of the eight being edited for quality. Publicity: • Beginning, with IEEE staff pushing information out on email distribution lists. • Article in December issue of IEEE Institute. • Interface with ECEDHA annual meeting. Assessment: • 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.

  10. 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 www.realworldengineering.org

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