School of Technology Works to Upgrade College Curricula with Enhanced Digital Design

As part of a $269,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, two faculty in the School of Technology (SOT) are embarked on an effort to bring academia abreast of industry.

The principles involved are Associate Professor Nasser Alaraje, who is chair of the electrical engineering technology program, and Assistant Professor Aleksandr Sergeyev. The two just conducted an intensive, two-day workshop on Very High Speed Integrated Circuit Hardware Description Language (VHDL) and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).

Representatives from seven institutions in six states (Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Georgia) engaged in the hands-on learning experience, working with both the software and the hardware. Continue reading

School of Technology Begins New Minor

Fanuc RobotA new minor in data acquisition and industrial control begins this semester in the School of Technology.

The focus: an understanding of the electrical and electronic systems that control modern industrial processes.

“Engineers need this experience,” said Dean Jim Frendewey, “and it will help them and us.”

Associate Professor Nasser Alaraje, chair of the School’s electrical engineering technology program, put together the new minor. He said, “It’s a valuable skill that is highly marketable, highly respected, and highly desired by industry. There is great interest.”

The minor addresses gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data as a component of designing and conducting experiments and industrial functions.

Alaraje said the capability is ideal for engineers of every discipline being offered on campus. “It’s the basis for collaboration on multidisciplinary projects, because most real-world work involves several disciplines.” The specialty, he added, brings together electrical systems, computing, sensing hardware, data acquisition software and control systems.

The minor, the first in the School, entails 16 credits. All of the required and elective courses are already being taught on a regular basis by existing faculty.