Short Course in Applied Optics for College Teachers DUE 9653380
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August 3-14, 1998
SITE(S): Oakland University
Rochester, MI

This course presents 25 undergraduate teaching faculty with the principles and applications of optics in engineering. A mixture of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experiments, and projects represents the core of this program. Topics to be covered include Fourier analysis, diffraction theory, interferometry, geometrical optics, fiber optics, holography, photoelasticity, shearography, Moiré methods, optical data processing methods, nondestructive testing, and digital image processing. Participants will work intensively with the latest in optical equipment and related instrumentation. As a follow-up, participants will be assisted in implementing applied optics programs and laboratory experiments at their home institutions.
CONTACT: Joseph Hovanesian
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309
Phone: 248-370-2224
Fax: 248-370-4261

Measure Up Dimensional Metrology Summer Institute DUE 9752032
April 1, 1998
June 14-19,1998
SITE(S): Madison Area Technical College,
Madison, WI
Twenty-five high school and technical education teachers will work with experts to develop teaching modules on metrology, industrial statistics, international measurement and calibration standards (ISO 9001), and physics. These participants will use electronic media to plug into a network of metrology and related experts from companies such as the Ford Motor Company, Brown & Sharpe, and Giddings & Lewis. They will also work on state-of-the art metrology equipment in Madison Area Technical College's laboratory and take home a kit including a caliper, a micrometer, some gage blocks, and a metrology textbook. On a rotating basis, teachers will be able to check out a more comprehensive metrology kit including combination sets, sine bar, scratch plates, micrometers, gage block set, calipers, optical flat and monochromatic light. Finally, teachers can use a metrology listserve to stay in touch with various experts and with each other once they get home.

CONTACT: Barbara Anderegg
Machine Tool Program
Madison Area Technical College
3550 Anderson Street
Madison, WI 53704
Phone: 608-246-6840
Fax: 608-246-6806

Semiconductor Manufacturing Training DUE 9602349

January 5-8, 1998

March 10-14, 1998

May 11-15, 1998

June 23-27, 1998

August 10-14, 1998

October 6-10, 1998


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SMT Laboratory
Albuquerque TVI

SMT Laboratory
Albuquerque TVI

SMT Laboratory
Albuquerque TVI

SMT Laboratory
Albuquerque TVI

SMT Laboratory
Albuquerque TVI

SMT Laboratory
Albuquerque TVI

The goal of project Training for Industry Education (TIE) is to improve training in semiconductor manufacturing processes and techniques primarily at the community college level and secondarily at the high school level through faculty training workshops. Over 120 faculty will have the opportunity to work in Albuquerque's Technical Vocational Institute (TVI) Regional Semiconductor Manufacturing Training Lab conducting experiments, using semiconductor equipment, learning semiconductor processes, and practicing skills required of manufacturing technicians. Workshops will promote an exchange of ideas and information on ways to teach this material with limited or no access to a cleanroom.
CONTACT: Mary Jane Willis
Department of Technology
525 Buena Vista, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-224-3352
Fax: 505-224-3341

Packaging of Microelectronic Devices DUE 9653375
March 15, 1998
July 6- 10, 1998;
July 20-24, 1998
SITE(S): College of Engineering
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA
Four week-long short courses on Microelectronic Packaging will be offered over a two-year period. Microelectronic packaging, which is the technology of encapsulating semiconductor devices, is an interdisciplinary field requiring knowledge from several traditional engineering and science disciplines. The subject matter of the short course will be of interest to electrical, mechanical, materials, and industrial engineering faculty. Hands-on laboratory exercises that emphasize multidisciplinary package design, long term reliability, and manufacturing operations will be a major component of the course. A field trip to a local Silicon Valley industry will enhance the learning process. Examples of how the short course material can be integrated into existing curricula will be provided. Support will be provided for participants introducing these concepts at their home institutions. This will be monitored on an ongoing basis through questionnaires and e-mail contact. Pertinent information such as problems, solutions, and new laboratory exercises will be compiled and distributed in a periodic newsletter to all participants. San Jose State University's College of Engineering will serve as a depository for this material. All participants will receive a manual on "Laboratory Exercises in Microelectronic Packaging." The manual will also be available to other interested university faculty. An independent evaluator will conduct, compile, and distribute course evaluations by participants.
CONTACT: Guna Selvaduray
Department of Materials Engineering
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
Phone: 408-924-3874
Fax: 408-924-4057

Industry Education Conference on Workforce Development for the United
States Semiconductor Industry
DUE 9653429
June 17, 1998
August 3-6, 1998
SITE(S): Portland Community College
Portland, OR

Developing a competitive, world-class technical workforce for our nation's semiconductor industry is a big challenge facing our country today. Community colleges and secondary schools are increasing such programs to prepare the needed workforce. This project continues a successful national conference on advanced technological education in semiconductor manufacturing that has serves as a forum for educators and industry people to share best practices, learn about industry needs, and enhance faculty capability through presentations and workshops. For more information see Maricopa Advanced Technological Education Center (MATEC) Home Page,
CONTACT: David Hata
Department of Microelectronics Technology
Portland Community College
P.O. Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280-0990
Phone: 503-533-2929
Fax: 503-533-2948

Professor Training Course for Geosynthetics DUE 9653395
February 15, 1998
August 2-7, 1998
SITE(S): Auburn University,
Auburn, AL
Geosynthetics (polymeric materials used in civil engineering projects) are starting to be used in civil engineering structures, but few graduating civil engineers receive instruction on how to use them. Many of the practicing engineers who use them do so without an adequate background. Because geosynthetics can provide less expensive, more elegant, and more efficient designs, there is a need to improve the education of undergraduate civil engineering students. Geosynthetics are used in roads, landfills, earth slopes, dams, retaining walls, erosion control, drainage structures, and agriculture.

The objectives of the Professor Training Course for Geosynthetics are to: (1) teach Civil Engineering professors about geosynthetics so they can teach their students about geosynthetics; (2) provide class notes for professors to use in incorporating geosynthetic designs in their courses; and (3) provide motivation, samples, informational contacts, and instructional materials to professors to assist them in incorporating geosynthetics instruction into their courses. The courses will be offered once a year to 35 professors unacquainted with geosynthetics. The objectives will be met through an intense week-long series of seminars. Participants will receive instruction from experts from academia and the private sector who are teachers, researchers, and practitioners in geosynthetics.

CONTACT: David Elton
Department of Civil Engineering
Auburn University
238 Harbert Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: 334-844-6285
Fax: 334-844-6290

Team-Oriented, Project-Based Collaborative Learning
Workshop for Engineering Faculty Development
DUE 9752726
May 1, 1998
July 19-24, 1998
SITE(S): University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
This proposal is for the development of a week-long faculty workshop that is intended to assist mechanical, electrical and computer engineering faculty in the development of project-based, collaborative learning exercises. The goal is to present a workshop in which faculty will participate in a "hands-on" project in order to develop an understanding of how fundamental topics in the engineering curriculum can be applied in engineering practice--to make a distinction between "academic problem solving" and "engineering decision making." The workshop will group faculty in small design-build teams, provide them with a "statement of opportunity," a schedule, computing, fabrication and material resources, and technical support. Each faculty team will define, design, fabricate and demonstrate an autonomous, computer-controlled, electro-mechanical system. The purpose of the project is to provide these faculty with the opportunity to apply their own discipline expertise to team-based decision making in the product development process. This experience can then be used by participating faculty in developing similar experiences for their own curriculum. Part of the workshop will include establishing specific project goals, identifying deliverables, such as written or oral reports and prototypes, appropriating resources and developing effective project schedules. The unique feature of this two-year project is that the faculty will actually be engaged in the team-based product and process development process, so they can carry their own experience back to their classroom, not those from a book or lecture.
Stephen M. Batill
Department of Aerospace and
Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5637
Phone: 219-631-5591
Fax: 219-631-8355

Digital Signal Processing and Applications DUE 9752735
May 11, 1998
July 20 -24, 1998
July 27-31, 1998
SITE(S): University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA

The workshop will combine both the lecture and laboratory components of digital signal processing (DSP), with a special emphasis on the laboratory component, and provide participants with valuable hands-on experiences. The 40 undergraduate faculty participants (20 in each session) will implement a wide range of experiments and mini-projects such as finite and infinite impulse response filters, adaptive filters, and fast Fourier transform using both real-time DSP techniques. Hardware tools include the TMS320C31 Digital signal processing Starter Kit (DSK) with input and output support, signal generator and analyzer, scope, etc. Digital signal processors have found their way into a number of applications such as communications and controls, instrumentation, graphics, speech, and image processing. Participants will learn how software and hardware experiences can motivate their senior students and how to integrate these experiences into courses at their home institutions.

CONTACT: Rulph Chassaing
John Buck
Department of Electrical and
Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Phone: 508-999-8474
Fax: 508-999-8489
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Teaching Teachers to Teach Engineering DUE 9752810
April 20, 1998
July 26-31, 1998
SITE(S): United States Military
Academy at West Point
West Point, NY

This one-week short course will be offered during the summer at the United States Military Academy, West Point. The goal of the program is to raise the standard of teaching excellence in undergraduate engineering programs nationwide by increasing the number of engineering faculty who have studied and practiced sound, proven teaching methods. The principal objectives of the short course are (1) to provide a diverse group of 24 relatively inexperienced engineering: educators with an opportunity to make substantive improvements in both the effectiveness and efficiency of their teaching; and (2) to provide six additional senior faculty members or administrators to observe the course, for the purpose of establishing similar programs at their own institutions. The course strives to meet the needs of faculty from two-year and four-year teaching and research institutions and to achieve appropriate representation from groups that are typically underrepresented on engineering faculties--women, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and individuals with disabilities.

In a series of workshops, the short course addresses topics in organization and presentation of classes, establishing objectives, student learning styles, instructional technology, student-teacher relations, promotion and tenure, and success in academia. Working in small groups, participants will prepare and present practice classes and will be critiqued on their performance by the T4E faculty and their fellow participants. Through this experience, participants will build confidence and poise; they will significantly improve their ability to prepare classes efficiently; and they will develop the self-assessment skills necessary for continued long-term improvement after the short course. This highly focused, week-long immersion experience will provide a foundation on which participants can build their own individual teaching styles, consistent with their own personalities and teaching environments. Following the workshop, participants are expected to interact with faculty at their own institutions to promote the cause of teaching excellence.

The course textbook--Teaching Engineering by Wankat and Oreovicz--is provided to participants at no cost. The course will be conducted at the historic United States Military Academy, the nation's first school of engineering. More information is available at^4eflyer.htm.

CONTACT: Stephen Ressler
Department of Civil and
Mechanical Engineering
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996-1792
Phone: 914-938-2478
Fax: 914-938-5522

Vacuum Technology Workshop DUE 9602373
March 13, 1998
March 23-25, 1998
June 15-17, 1998
SITE(S): Portland Community College
Beaverton, OR

These three-day workshops will cover basic vacuum principles which include: gas laws; molecular versus viscous flow; and pressure units. Other topics include: vacuum system design; rough and high vacuum pumps/gauges and their operation; leak detection; and the use of residual gas analyzers. The workshop will include laboratory exercises utilizing Varian Mini-Pumping Station-Based Training System, helium leak detectors, gas analyzers, Lametcher, and a gold evaporator.

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CONTACT: Richard Newman 2323 West 14th Street, Suite 402
Tempe, AZ 85281-6950
Phone: 602-517-8654
Fax: 602-517-8669

Electromechanical Devices Workshop DUE 9602273
March 9, 1998
March 16-18, 1998
SITE(S): Northern New Mexico
Community College
Espanola, NM

This hands-on workshop will provide information and teaching resources for faculty teaching electromechanical devices topics and courses. The workshop will cover electronics, motors (DC, AC, Stepper), controllers for motors, industrial sensors, pneumatics, hydraulics, and programmable logic controllers (PLC's). Laboratory exercises using SEC's motor control lab, TII's pneumatics, hydraulics, and industrial sensors trainers will also be included in the workshop.

More information is available at

CONTACT: Richard Newman 2323 West 14th Street, Suite 402
Tempe, AZ 85281-6950
Phone: 602-517-8654
Fax: 602-517-8669

Semiconductor Manufacturing Process Workshop DUE 9602373
May 20, 1998
May 27-May 30, 1998
SITE(S): Texas State Technical College
Sweetwater, TX

This workshop is designed to acquaint the participants with the basic fundamentals of semiconductor processing. The uniqueness of this workshop is that the attendees actually process silicon wafers in a laboratory through various key process steps by observing the typical semiconductor industry practices. However, the laboratory is designed to serve as a teaching facility, therefore many pieces of equipment are intentionally manually operated for better understanding by the student. The use of sophisticated equipment and high-class cleanroom characteristics will be taught to the participants.

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CONTACT: Richard Newman 2323 West 14th Street, Suite 402
Tempe, AZ 85281-6950
Phone: 602-517-8654
Fax: 609-517-8669

Developing Wireless Communications Systems DUE 9752731
April 15, 1998
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SITE(S): Polytechnic University of NY
Farmingdale, NY
Technology that can be used for wireless information networks is currently undergoing rapid development. Such networks are taking an expanding role in the world's telecommunication infrastructure, and interest in wireless communications is growing faster than ever. It is important for schools of electrical engineering and computer engineering to prepare their students for careers in this important discipline.

This project offers a short course suitable for electrical engineering undergraduate faculty interested in developing a Wireless Communication Systems Laboratory at their home institution, or including wireless topics in the courses they teach.

CONTACT: Dr. Frank Cassara
Department of Electrical Engineering
Polytechnic University of NY
Long Island Center, Route 110
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 516-755-4360
Fax: 516-755-4404

Introductory Engineering Design, Engineering Design Graphics (EDG), and Technical Graphics Problem Solving DUE 9752714
April 15, 1999
June 1999
SITE(S): Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI

The principal objective of the proposed project is to greatly improve the quality of entry-level design, Engineering Design Graphics (EDG), and Technical Graphics (TG) courses throughout the United States. Faculty members teaching at community colleges, technical institutes, and universities are the target population. Their students will benefit from the content and process developed during the project. The project will initiate greater understanding about the engineering design process that exists in university/college/technical institute level introductory (freshman/sophomore) design, EDG and TG classes. The project will bring together educational and industrial leaders with concerns and responsibilities for introductory design via a national, eight-day workshop.

The workshop participants will develop strategies and curriculum materials suitable for infusing the design process into introductory level courses. Faculty participants will be drawn from community college, technical institute, and university ranks. A monograph containing the workshop outcomes will be developed and disseminated nationally. Twenty-seven faculty participants and a minimum of five consultants will be directly involved in the preparation of 700 monograph copies (150 pages each) which will be disseminated and used by faculty to affect at least 100,000 undergraduate and 1,500 pre-college students.

CONTACT: Dr. John Nee
Department of Industrial
and Engineering Technology/250IET
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 517-774-3996
Fax: 517-774-4900

Teacher Institute in Materials Science and Technology DUE 9602360
July 5-18, 1998
SITE(S): Kennewick High School
Kennewick, WA

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), along with the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technology Education project on Materials Aspects of Manufacturing Technology, are pleased to announce the 1998 Teacher Institute in Materials Science and Technology (MST). This intensive institute is designed to introduce current and pre-service teachers to the exciting and motivational field of Materials Science and Technology. The Institute will be held July 5-18 at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Kennewick High School.

The institute will begin Sunday evening, July 5, with a welcoming reception and conclude with a final luncheon on Saturday, July 18. The format includes work with materials scientists and engineers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Edmonds Community College and University of Washington, and seminars, field trips and hands-on laboratory time in a local high school MST classroom. Participants will explore the world of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Working with researchers, technicians, and mentor teachers, they will enhance their knowledge of the nature and behavior of materials; conduct experiments; integrate writing and sketching in a journal to record observations; and explore creativity, innovation, and scientific inquiry in the workplace. Participants will leave the Institute with a Materials Science and Technology Teacher handbook developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory staff and Northwest teachers. The handbook will help them conduct an MST course in their home classroom and help administrators, principals, and specialists support the implementation of MST. In addition, all participants will receive a document that shows the alignment of MST with the Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements in science, mathematics, communication, writing, and art.

Participants selected for the MST Institute must commit to:

Attending as a team if possible; individuals may also be considered;

Attending and participating in all Institute activities;

Developing a blueprint for the implementation of MST in their high school and/or middle school and for interactions with local community colleges, as appropriate; and

Completing evaluations of the Institute.

Application information is available from Karen Wieda, Education Specialist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, MS K1-12, Richland, Washington 99352

Phone: 509-375-3811, Fax: 509-375-2576, E-mail:

CONTACT: Thomas Stoebe
Materials Science and Engineering
University of Washington
Box 352120
Seattle, WA 98195-2120
Phone: 206-543-7090
Fax: 206-543-3100

A Multidisciplinary Workshop on Novel Process Science
and Engineering Principles
DUE 9752789
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July 26-30, 1998
SITE(S): Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ

Process engineering is critical to virtually all modern products used by society. In addition, process engineering spans many disciplines including chemical, petroleum, biochemical, environmental, food, materials production and manufacturing. Society is requiring these products to be produced in an environmentally benign manner that necessitates the infusion of new and emerging process engineering concepts. Many faculty do not have the experience in novel process engineering required to teach this information to students. For example, many new faculty from engineering, science, mathematics and technology are hired with no industry experience and only have a highly specialized knowledge of one particular field. Faculty should have experience in emerging process engineering technologies such as environmental processing, hazard evaluation, materials engineering, particle processing, bioprocessing, and novel unit operations.

The thrust of this proposal is to conduct two hands-on, industry-integrated workshops that have a major impact on lower level engineering, technology and science instruction as well as having a secondary impact in the preparation of future teachers. One workshop is planned for each summer, in 1998 and 1999, with participants actively recruited from under represented groups in science and engineering. Participants in these workshops will gain experience in process engineering through hands-on laboratories, industry experts, and interactive demonstrations. Through industry involvement, faculty are given an initial networking base for process engineering. Participants are required to use the given methodology to integrate novel processing into their curricula and develop an action plan for their home institution. Active learning methods are employed in the workshop and participants are encouraged to incorporate this experience into their teaching style. This state-of-the-art workshop in process engineering facilitates the integration of engineering practice into the undergraduate curriculum.

CONTACTS: Dr. C. Stewart Slater


Dr. Robert P. Hesketh
Department of Chemical Engineering
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701
Phone: 609-256-4670
Fax: 609-256-4950
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