A walk in the infosphere: Rethinking EE education in the wireless era

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Abstract

Do we need a new approach to electrical engineering education? Despite the obvious technological triumphs of the field in recent decades, enrollment in EE programs is flat or declining. I argue that today's students see EE-derived technologies at a higher, systems-oriented level, and that education should engage students at this level. In particular, new EE students are embedded in an "infosphere" mediated by a wide array of wireless devices, and this perspective can be used to engage them. I briefly describe two upper-division courses, in wireless sensor networks and wirelessly-networked embedded systems, that serve as a start in this direction, and furthermore as a basis for development of compelling introductory courses that integrate EE subdisciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009
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StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009 - Clearwater, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 20 2009Apr 21 2009

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Other2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009
CountryUnited States
CityClearwater, FL
Period4/20/094/21/09

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Flikkema, P. G. (2009). A walk in the infosphere: Rethinking EE education in the wireless era. In 2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009 [5207229] https://doi.org/10.1109/WAMICON.2009.5207229