In 2018, I was asked to share an innovative assignment as part of Kettering University's Principles of Effective Teaching (PoET) lecture series. In this talk, I describe an assignment where I have students share a real-life application of something they learned in the course with their peers.
Read more: Applications Monday: Students bring real-life control system experiences into the classroom
At the 2017 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, I published the results of a comparison of lab kits using the control systems laboratory framework (CSLF) that I published earlier this year in the IEEE Transactions on Education. The paper also includes a suggested process for using the CSLF in new laboratory development (see photo above). The full paper can be accessed in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
Read more: Applying a common framework to develop undergraduate control systems laboratory kits
At the 2017 Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, I published a paper about teaching assistants (TAs). The observations about the influence of TAs in the laboratory emerged from the laboratory equipment study that I conducted during my dissertation. Based on student comments during the original study, the TAs had an impact on the learning environment in the laboratory. The full paper can be accessed in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
Read more: The influence of teaching assistants in an undergraduate engineering laboratory course
During my dissertation, I surveyed control systems faculty, laboratory staff, and industry professionals to determine common aspects of undergraduate control systems instructional laboratories. Through two different survey techniques, I defined the most common learning objectives, concepts, and components of a laboratory apparatus. The results of this study were recently published in IEEE Transactions on Education. The full paper can be downloaded from IEEE Explore.
Read more: Common Learning Objectives for Undergraduate Control Systems Instructional Laboratories
The technical details of my laboratory kit for control systems were published in the Raspberry Pi special edition of Electronics. This article also includes the newly added Furuta Inverted Pendulum attachment for the kit. The open access paper can be found on the Electronics website.
Read more: Developing an Affordable and Portable Control Systems Laboratory Kit with a Raspberry Pi
I created a video demonstration of my control systems laboratory kit to help expand the reach of the new possibilities of instructional laboratories with low-cost hardware.
Read more: Video of Control Systems Laboratory Kit
On April 1, 2016, I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation in submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My dissertation consisted of three different studies related to experiential learning.
Read more: Successfully Defended My Dissertation
At the 2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education conference, I presented the preliminary analysis of the quantitative data we collected about a laboratory kit during the 2014-2015 school year. During both semesters, half of the GE 320 laboratory sections used our new kit (treatment) and the other half used the existing equipment (baseline). In this preliminary analysis, we determined that we could not detect a difference in performance on exams between the treatment and baseline groups. The full paper can be found on the IEEE Explore website.
Read more: Assessing an affordable and portable laboratory kit in an undergraduate control systems course
At the 2015 American Control Conference (ACC), I presented a paper in the invited session on Controls Education. In this paper, I included the technical details and code developed for the GE 320 laboratory kit. The technical details include a bill of materials and circuit board diagrams. The code includes s-function code and Simulink models used in the laboratories. The models used to 3D print other parts are available upon request. The full paper can be found on the IEEE Explore website.
Read more: Developing a new affordable DC motor laboratory kit for an existing undergraduate controls course
At WE14, Diane Peters and I shared tips for teaching STEM in a workshop on Saturday afternoon.
Read more: Tips for Teaching STEM
The MATLAB and Simulink files for my motor control lab kit is available on GitHub.
The instructions for experiments using my motor control lab kit is available on GitHub.