College of Engineering Faculty Meeting April 6, 2011 William F. Mitchell Auditorium Agenda 1. Dean’s Intro & Announcements Rankings BTOP Program Bruce Eisenstein 2. Associate/Assistant Dean’s Reports Research & Graduate Undergraduate Affairs Facilities Bruce Eisenstein Adam Fontecchio Wayne Hill 3. Staff Reports Recruitment/Admissions Update Amy Campbell 4. Special Reports Faculty Senate Elections Engineering Curriculum 5. Old business 6. New business 7. Adjourn Masoud Soroush Moshe Kam Drexel University Rankings U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings 2011 #86 National Universities #2 Up-and Coming Schools #101 Best Undergrad Business Programs #52 Best Undergrad Engineering Programs #98 High School Counselor Rankings US News Best Grad School Rankings #107 Best Business Schools #73 Part-time M.B.A. #78 Best Education Schools Drexel University Rankings U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings 2011 • #60 Best Engineering Schools #43 Biomedical/Bio Engineering #53 Chemical #41 Civil #99 Computer Science #61 Computer Engineering #59 Electrical/Electronic/Communications #42 Environmental/Environmental Health #37 Materials #51 Mechanical Drexel University Rankings U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings 2011 Unranked Best Law Schools #14 Healthcare Law #21 Legal Writing #91 Best Medical Schools : Research Sciences #144 Biological Sciences – Main Campus #160 Biological Sciences – DUCOM #129 Chemistry #116 Clinical Psychology # 146 Psychology #111 Math #93 Physics #9 Library & Information Studies #6 Digital Librarianship #5 Health Librarianship #3 Information Systems #127 Nursing #41 Nursing-Anesthesia #57 Physical Therapy #22 Physician Assistant #21 Public Health Broadband Project Joanne Ferroni Holly Burnside Tony Lowman Freedom Rings Partnership • The Freedom Rings Partnership is a collaboration of grassroots organizations, government, and universities that brings Internet access, training and technology to low-income communities across Philadelphia. • The Freedom Rings Partnership will: – Reach over 100,000 Philadelphians with information about the relevance of broadband to their daily lives. – Provide free Internet access and hands-on training and open access to 15,000 people at over 100 locations citywide, including 77 Public Computer Centers. – Create 177 full and part time jobs • Drexel is a leading partner in the $25M investment in Philadelphia to bridge the digital divide Freedom Rings Partnership • In a city where 41% of people do not use the internet digital equity is a pathway to the digital economy • Designed to serve people of all ages in low-income communities. • Trainings are focused on basic computer skills and media literacy. • Open access hours are designed to allow community members to check email, conduct job searches, complete school work, read the news, and access life saving health information and social services. Freedom Rings Partnership Drexel’s role and commitment is to: – Provide over 40,000 hours of digital literacy training to Philadelphia Housing Authority Residents – Develop an online portal which will bring together digital literacy curriculum with resources for low income residents in Philadelphia – Spearhead a public awareness campaign to raise broadband awareness among 75,000 residents in citywide – Provide meaningful student experiences by hiring over 40 Drexel undergraduate Co-ops and five graduate students – Leverage existing University resources to develop educational and training materials Research & Graduate Report Research Office Updates • New policy in place for internal competition that includes multiple steps • Timelines condensed for many internal competitions with respect to deadline of sponsor – please look for COE emails • Electronic routing of proposal internal paperwork piloted in ECE, will be Universitywide by end summer Overhead Distribution Overhead distribution to PIs and departments complete Faculty should have received individual memo outlining distribution Questions about specific accounts should be directed to Holly Burnside and Tony Lowman Important to provide accurate information on distribution of credit forms when submitting proposals as it affects OH distribution to PIs, Departments and College Research Expenditure Analysis Point in Time – Q1/Q2 $60,000,000 $50,000,000 $40,000,000 "2009 27% of University Total" $30,000,000 "2010 29% of University Total" $20,000,000 $10,000,000 "2011 31% of University Total" $0 COE University University w/out COE COE Research Expenditure Analysis • COE expenditures continue to grow • 6 new awards of greater than $1.0 million in FY 2011 • Includes awards of $6.0 million from NSF and $5.5 million from Dept of Commerce (BTOP) Undergraduate Affairs Report Presented by: Dr. Adam Fontecchio CoE Fellowships AEFIS Implementation, Faculty Workshops, syllabi management Retention within CoE FELLOWSHIP UPDATE CoE Scholarships/Fellowships • Goldwater Scholarships: – Magdalena Bielinski, BS/MS Electrical Engineering Magda expects to pursue a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a specialty in Telecommunications. She intends to conduct research on wireless communications and digital signal processing that would benefit hospitals and healthcare programs. – Kevin Knehr, BS Mechanical Engineering- He intends to get a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. His goal is to conduct research in renewable energy storage systems to improve the efficiency and cost of renewable energy. – 2011 NSF GRFP: – Magdalena Bielinski - BS/MS Electrical Engr – Prineha Narang – Materials Engr – Elizabeth Plowman – Electrical Engr – Honorable Mention: – – – – – Alexander Alspach – Materials Engr Tyler Carson – Civil Engr Jeffrey Dowgala – Civil Engr Paul Freeman – Mechanical Engr Eric Wargo – Mechanical Engr AEFIS / ACCREDITATION UPDATE AEFIS Course Evaluation System • AEFIS version 3.0 was rolled out to COE in Winter Term • New version has many features: – – – – – Survey Tools Course Evaluation Management Syllabi Management (course objectives) Program Management (student learning outcomes) Direct Assessment Management • You should have received a Faculty Evaluation message AEFIS Academic Evaluation, Feedback and Intervention System AEFIS version 3.0 rolled out Winter term 2010-2011: •https://drexel.goaefis.net - Log in using your Drexel User ID (i.e. abc123) and password. AEFIS-DREXEL FACULTY WORKSHOPS • Two AEFIS workshop opportunities for CoE faculty: – Thursday, April 7th – 4:00pm-6:00 pm in Bossone 709 – Thursday, April 20th – time and location TBD • Agenda: course catalog, syllabi management, student and faculty course evaluations • Important Spring Term Timelines: • Friday, April 1st - Winter term student evaluation results accessible via AEFIS • Monday, April 11th – Spring Term Syllabi Activation for faculty to access and update any spring term course syllabi • Week 9-Week prior to summer term: Student course evaluations open to students AEFIS and ABET • REMINDER: the next ABET Self-Study report will be due to ABET in Spring 2013 for our next accreditation cycle. • The report will encompass results for the previous 2 years from when it is prepared • All terms from the past winter until the visit will be included in the ABET review. • AEFIS will assist CoE in organizing our Self Study Report and all future accreditation cycles AEFIS and Syllabi Management • Syllabi template available via DrexelOne: Login Faculty tab The Drexel Learner Centered Syllabus (listed under Academic Information and Reports) AEFIS and Outcomes • Course syllabi in AEFIS should include the following applicable student outcomes: • • • • • • • • • • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (g) an ability to communicate effectively (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. • • • • FRESHMEN RETENTION UPDATE Retention Data for Incoming Freshmen (after Winter Term) Facilities Presented by: Wayne Hill Current CoE Capital Projects •CAT 382 • Hess 117 • Hess 117B • LeBow 434 • AEL 070/072 • AEL 073/075 • LeBow 334 • LeBow 240 • Hess 108/113E CBE Research Lab MEM Research Lab MSE Research Lab MSE Research Lab CAEE/MEM Student lab CAEE Research lab Clean room renovation Hill Conference room Temp Site for Shih’s Complete Final A&E review Final A&E review Partial Bid set in Work May Completion RFQ Ready Not funded Next few weeks • Woodring Entry • Bossone 620 • Randell 382A Simulation Lab Freshman Labs Freshman Comp Lab Moving Canoe Planning Planning Research Computer Center Name KW per Proposed KW per Rack(s) rack Rack(s) rack 2 14KW - Phone Department Cameron Abrams 895-2231 ChemBioEng David Breen 895-1626 CompSc - 1 Naga Kandasamy 895-1996 ECE 7-613 2 - Mark Hampstead 571-3688 ECE 7-613 1 - Gail Rosen 895-0400 ECE 7-613 1 1 - 2 New Faculty Location Existing ECE Walsh/Youngmoo 895-2360 ECE 1 - George Ciaarrocchi 895-1397 MEM 2 - MEM - 2 1 - 3 - New Faculty 7-613 David Goldberg 895-2715 Physics Steve McMillan 895-2723 Physics Luis Cruz Cruz 895-2739 Physics 1 1 Brigita Urbanc 895-2726 Physics 2 1 Kevin Schford 895-2649 Chemistry 1 - Karl Sohlberg 895-2653 Chemistry 1 - Frank Kepics 895-2221 BioMED 1 - Vibha Kalra 895-2233 CBE - 2 0 0 COMAD 3501 Market 7-620A Goodwin Nursing Public Health Total SubTotal 19 10 29 Recruitment Update Presented by: Amy Campbell Complete Apps vs. Offers by College Complete Apps vs. Offers: 2011 14000 12000 10000 Quantity 8000 6000 Complete Apps Offers 4000 2000 0 A AS B E G I NH R T Complete Apps 4255 12181 6119 7579 869 209 3511 1355 761 Offers 2608 9519 4676 5946 621 151 2423 1124 459 College Offers by Engineering Department Offers by Engineering Department 1400 1200 Quantity 1000 800 600 2010 2011 400 200 0 Still Deciding CAEE ECE CHE CS ENGR MECH MSE 2010 1171 1013 655 574 604 379 1159 55 2011 641 1118 827 542 721 882 1150 65 Engineering Department Confirms by College Confirms by College 250 200 Quantity 150 2010 100 2011 50 0 A AS B E G I NH R T 2010 158 120 119 155 21 15 58 28 5 2011 102 167 143 195 43 20 79 27 5 College Confirms by Engineering Department Confirms by Engineering Department 50 45 40 35 Quantity 30 25 2010 20 2011 15 10 5 0 Still Deciding CAEE ECE CHE CS ENGR MECH MSE 2010 18 34 17 11 30 13 28 4 2011 23 32 35 13 33 13 45 1 Engineering Department Upcoming Events – Accepted Students Day • Saturday April 9 – Spring Open House • Saturday May 14 Faculty Senate Elections Presented by: Masoud Soroush 2011 CoE Senate Election CoE Senate Nomination & Selection Committee has been seeking nominations for: •One Senator (three years, 2011-14) •Four Alternates (one year, 2011-12) •One Representative to serve on the University Faculty Grievance Panel (two years, 2011-13) 2011 Nominations Received • Senator Timothy P. Kurzweg Joseph P. Martin Current CoE Senators & Representatives • Senators Timothy P. Kurzweg Adam Fontecchio Giuseppe Palmese Cameron Abrams 2008-2011 2010-2013 2010-2013 2010-2013 ECE ECE CBE CBE • Standing Committee Members SNC – Masoud Soroush SCAA – Joseph P. Martin SCFA – Afshin Daryoush BPD – Giuseppe Palmese SCSL – Alisa Morss Clyne SCAS – Jeremy Johnson 2010-2012 CBE 2010-2012 CAEE 2010-2012 ECE 2010-2012 CBE 2010-2012 MEM 2010-2012 CS Current Departmental Representation 4 Total Senators 3 2 1 0 CBE CAEE CS ECE MSE MEM Extended Deadline for Submission of Nominations: 5:00 pm, Thursday, 4/7/11 • Self-nominations are welcomed • A short biosketch of the nominee and a vision statement to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm tomorrow • Biosketches and vision statements will be posted on the CoE senate nomination web site (link will be provided this Friday) • Next week: balloting by double sealed envelopes sent to the departments, as in the past year The Path to A New Drexel Engineering Curriculum Moshe Kam, Adam Fontecchio, Richard Primerano, and Pramod Abichandani 6 April 2011 The Premise • The time is right for a new effort to reform the engineering curriculum • Drexel is poised to lead a new engineering curriculum reform effort “The time is right for a new effort to reform the engineering curriculum” • Main reasons: – The new role of computing and programming in engineering practice • New software tools, proliferation of mobile technology • Disconnect between technology student access daily and what we use to teach engineering – Blurring of boundaries between engineering disciplines “The time is right for a new effort to reform the engineering curriculum” • Main reasons: – The ‘rise’ of Life Sciences and Energy – The ‘rise’ of the Service Economy – Increased interest in social impact of engineering – Increased need for engineers to understand basic law and business – Changes in the nature of the engineering job markets • Including Globalization “Drexel is poised to lead a new engineering curriculum reform effort ” • Main reasons: – We have the knowledge, background and experience in working on curricular reform • Enough institutional memory to benefit from the experience of the last round – Though we have slipped, we still have credibility as an institution in the area of curricula reform – Our student demographics make us a better place to test ideas in curriculum development than many other schools So… what do we do now? So… what do we do now? • We need a plan for a new experiment in the spirit of E4 • The timeline should be… – Prepare the 1st version of the curriculum – Firm up the logistics (esp. recruiting) – Test over one term with students and faculty (probably in summer time) – Run during an academic year (three terms) • Effort will cover the 1st and 2nd years Elements that should be part of the experience (1) • Combining the mathematics and physics experience with computation, programming and hands-on experiments – Control of the local environment, monitoring infrastructure, simple robotics • Exploit Mobile Computing and modern hand-held devices • Elements of Energy – An opportunity for understanding environmental and global issues • Elements of Life Science and Healthcare – Possibly through study/design of assist devices – Tied to understanding social impact and societal trends Elements that should be part of the experience (2) • Applications in business and law – E.g., devising a system for transportation control; banking on-line • A “global touch” – understanding challenges in an international framework • Connection to the urban environment – Work tied to the Philadelphia environment Some questions we need to address • How do we approach programming and computation? – Languages, software libraries? • How do we interact with the other “service departments” at Drexel? • How to balance the need to develop strong analytic foundation with the desire to provide hands-on experience? – Students would still need the basics – What is the best way to tie to hands-on experience? Constraints • We should not have a sharp discontinuity at the third year • Students should not fall off the accreditation track • Topics should be varied – avoiding strong tilt in the direction of any specific discipline • Work needs to be part of the urban environment – strong connection with Philadelphia Challenges • This effort requires funding and human resources • The current facilities for 1st year students are already challenged – We are adding strain • Departmental and faculty buy-in may be a challenge: it may be time for the Drexel CoE Department of Engineering Education • Some of our faculty do not share the vision that Drexel CoE should have a strong focus on undergraduate education and curriculum development • We continue to struggle to motivate the higher end of the class • Our 1st and 2nd year classes continue to be too big Possible approaches and assorted Ideas (1) • Students divide into two-term tracks (W,S) – Robot/bridge/drone builders – Health of the urban infrastructure – Finance service providers – Communication services providers – Entertainment/music providers • Get Industry involved in first year design • See what we can learn from the ‘CAFÉ’ approach/DSP First/Signal Processing First Possible approaches and assorted Ideas (2) • CoE research labs should “adopt” 1st year students • Try to integrate mobile applications in every aspects we teach – Including as substitute for lectures – Apps for learning materials and testing • Tour facilities in this area with students “behind the scenes” – Power stations, concert halls, museums, the airport, hospitals, construction sites, stadiums, parks, corporations The Next Steps • Need a design group – First from CoE (include some employers at one point) • What do we want? • List of competencies needed by end of 2nd year • Draft of objectives and desired outcomes – Next, expand to CoaS – Next, expand to Business and Law • Prepare a road map and detailed plan – With timeline, budget, human resources, infrastructure • Start now, present a roadmap during the 2nd week of the Fall 2011/2 term Questions or Comments • Old Business • New Business Thank You For Attending!