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
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009 - Clearwater, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 20 2009Apr 21 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009

Other

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

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] (2009 IEEE 10th Annual Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference, WAMICON 2009). https://doi.org/10.1109/WAMICON.2009.5207229