ERIC Number: ED468025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
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A Combined Research/Educational Curriculum in Smart Sensors and Integrated Devices.
Auner, G. W.; Siy, P.; Naik, R.; Wenger, L.; Liu, G-Y.; Schwiebert, L. J.
The researchers are developing a new curriculum which integrates ongoing research efforts in the Center for Smart Sensors and Integrated Devices into a cooperative educational and traineeship program. A forerunner to this program was initiated with funding by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Combined Research and Curriculum Development (CRCD) program grant. This program developed a central course sequence where multidisciplinary-industrial collaborative work was combined with current device materials and structures research to form a comprehensive two semester hands-on course on sensor development and VLSI Technology. Students study the physics and technology of sensors and related devices, the associated electronics needed to drive the device and process information, and the techniques used for device fabrication. Students design, fabricate, and characterize sensor devices in a teaching laboratory and design associated VLSI circuitry for hybridization with the device. The new program builds upon existing sensor-related projects and the NSF CRCD-sponsored course sequence to develop a concerted program in the area of sensor integration with VLSI circuitry, a growing research strength at Wayne State University. Active programs in wide-bandgap semiconductor materials, graded pyroelectrics, photonic systems, thin-film magnetic devices, organic film devices, and integrated (intelligent) technology form the core research that will be the cornerstone of a new interdisciplinary curriculum. The curriculum will consist of a series of hands on (lecture and laboratory) courses on sensory and integrated devices developed by university and industrial participants. Undergraduate and graduate training is based on teaming where students work individually on different components of a major interdisciplinary project. Projects developing specialized integrated devices in the following strategically important areas are being developed: (1) automotive; (2) spacecraft; (3) aircraft; (4) enabling technology; (5) biomedical; and (6) energy systems. This research-educational initiative has the active support of industry, particularly Ford and General Motors, who have provided substantial resources to initiate this program and who will participate in lectures, research training, and oversight/assessment of the project. An outline of the combined research/educational curriculum in smart sensors and integrated device will be reported. (Author/MM)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Design, Electronics, Engineering Education, Hands on Science, Higher Education, Industry, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, School Business Relationship, Technology
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