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Teaching Engineering & Science: ENGI 501

"College teaching may be the only skilled profession for which no preparation or training is provided or required." —Richard M. Felder. This graduate seminar, aimed at engineering and science graduate students who are considering a career in academia, focuses on the issues, principles, and practices associated with effective teaching. The principles and skills presented are particularly applicable to teaching quantitative subjects, but are valuable for any teaching situation.

Electronic Measurement & Instrumentation: ELEC 243

Directed at non-electrical engineering majors. I designed this course with the goal that at the end, students should be able to design, construct, and assess electronic systems to measure, monitor, and/or control physical properties and events. The course spans the traditional electrical engineering areas of circuits, signals, systems, and digital information processing using modern computer tools, such as Labview and Matlab. The course includes a laboratory and provides 4 semester hours of credit. Given Spring semester. Currently taught by Dr. Wise.

Photonic Measurements: ELEC 364

I developed this laboratory-based course to provide students with experimental experience in a modern optical laboratory, to reinforce concepts learned in earlier courses through practical application, and to prepare students for experimental optical research in industry or in graduate school. After completing this course, students will have the knowledge and experimental skills to design and apply a photonic measurement system to monitor an environment, a process, a life form, a device, or a system. The course is now being taught, and further developed, by Dr. Mittleman in the Spring semester.

Introduction to Engineering Design: ELEC 201

The course was last taught in 2007 and is no longer scheduled. However, for almost 10 years "LEGO Lab" was one of the most popular courses on campus. Developed by Dr. Bennet and myself, this hands-on course immerses students in an engineering design and problem solving team process that exposes them to the challenges and rewards of practicing engineers. The course targets two groups. First, freshmen and sophomores who are considering an engineering major but who want more information on the principles of engineering design and the profession. Second, non-engineering majors who want to experience and understand the design process that creates the technology that permeates today's economy, society, and political decisions. The course is completely self-contained, assumes no prerequisites, and is intended for all majors. The course website contains a wealth of information on small robot construction.