Enhancing the Undergraduate Research Experience in a Senior Design Context

AC 2010-2185: ENHANCING THE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
EXPERIENCE IN A SENIOR DESIGN CONTEXT
Farrokh Attarzadeh, University of Houston
FARROKH ATTARZADEH earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Houston in 1983. He is an associate professor in the Engineering Technology Department,
College of Technology at the University of Houston. He teaches software programming,
operating systems, digital logic, and is in charge of the senior project course in the Computer
Engineering Technology Program. He has developed a concept referred to as EMFA
(Electromechanical Folk Art) as a vehicle to attract young students to the STEM fields. He is the
Associated Editor for student papers at the Technology Interface Journal
(http://engr.nmsu.edu/~etti/), and Chair, Conference/Organization Member Affairs for IAJC
(http://www.iajc.org/). He is a member of ASEE and has been with the University of Houston
since 1983.
Enrique Barbieri, University of Houston
ENRIQUE BARBIERI received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State
University in 1988. He was on the faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department (1988-96),
and Chair of the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department (1996-98) at Tulane
University. In 2002 he joined the University of Houston as Professor & Chair of the Department
of Engineering Technology. In September 2009, he was appointed Associate Dean for Research
& Graduate Studies for the College of Technology. His teaching and research interests are in
control systems and applications to electromechanical systems. He is a member of IEEE and
ASEE and represents the Texas Gulf Coast region on the Executive Council of the Texas
Manufacturing Assistance Center.
Miguel Ramos, University of Houston
MIGUEL A. RAMOS earned his Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation
from Boston College in 2004. He is the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation
Services in the College of Technology at the University of Houston. Dr. Ramos has worked as
Program Evaluator for Boston Connects, a school-community-university partnership designed to
address non-academic barriers to school success via a web of coordinated health and social
service resources across ten public elementary schools. He has also worked as a federal education
researcher for the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory evaluating the effectiveness of
reform models developed to improve student academic performance by enhancing systemic
coordination of academic resources. In addition, Dr. Ramos has served as a consultant in a variety
of contexts investigating a range of issues including program effectiveness, organizational
communication, assessment and public policy, and research methodology.

American Society for Engineering Education, 2010

Attarzadeh, Farrokh; Barbieri, Enrique & Ramos, Miguel. Enhancing the Undergraduate Research Experience in a Senior Design Context. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc115192/. Accessed July 23, 2014.