Applications of Wireless Technology


NSF Grant Number
1044596

Enhancing the Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum by Integrating Applications of Wireless Technology

The primary objective of this Type 1 TUES Exploratory project is to enhance the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) undergraduate curriculum at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) through integration of applications of wireless technology. Specifically, we propose application-oriented projects to explore healthcare-related applications in collaboration with NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine into the engineering curriculum. We anticipate that innovative curriculum enhancements bridging connections between the healthcare and engineering fields will increase overall enrollment, especially females, to study engineering. In particular, we propose a course stream for wireless communications and networking specialization.

Wireless technology and real world healthcare applications will be integrated into four courses including the senior design projects of this specialization. These enhancements will familiarize students with theoretical and practical aspects of wireless networked systems design, expose them to progressively more sophisticated theory and applications, and culminate in design projects applicable to real-life problems, including wireless networked human body monitoring systems. The anticipated outcomes include a closer integration of engineering education and research; improvement in the preparation of undergraduate students, especially female students, for careers in industry and academia; and significant, measurable increases in enrollment in NYIT’s ECE program.

A rigorous Evaluation Plan is designed to ensure the integrity of implementation and achievement of anticipated outcomes of the project. A multifaceted Dissemination Plan outlines the dissemination of the project curriculum innovations. This plan includes a network of faculty from Computer Engineering departments at collaborating universities, including the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, who will actively provide input through project workshops and a listserv for the development and testing of the wireless communications and networking curriculum.

Project outcomes will be demonstrated in workshops and showcases on NYIT campus and in regional high school and community college career events. Project outcomes and curriculum enhancements will be publicized in conference (ACM, IEEE).

Intellectual Merit

This project will produce an exemplary curriculum in wireless communications and networking at NYIT with significant potential to be replicated by other universities. Among the anticipated outcomes, the enhanced curriculum will better prepare NYIT engineering graduates, especially women, for entering the 21st century engineering workforce. The Evaluator from NYIT’s School of Education, chair of the project’s Evaluation Committee, and the Technical Advisory Board of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, will ensure that the new specialization course stream is aligned with ABET accreditation criteria.

Broader Impact

In the past two decades our society has been transformed by the revolution in wireless technology. These advances demand that ECE graduates are fully prepared to contribute to this field. This project develops ECE students to become wireless technologists and engineers with knowledge and skills to explore the enormous potential of wireless technology for biomedical applications. Given the demonstrable scarcity of qualified engineers in the USA, this project fulfills the need to better equip undergraduates, especially females, for innovative engineering careers. The participation of an interdisciplinary team at NYIT, and the involvement of Computer Engineering departments at other universities, will ensure a broad impact within the STEM education community.