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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
Digital Technology Education Collaborative Second Year Progress Report
Presented at NSF Grantees’ Poster Session
Dr. Alaraje is an Associate Professor and Program Chair of Electrical Engineering Technology in the School of Technology at Michigan Tech. Prior to his faculty appointment, he was employed by Lucent Technologies as a hardware design engineer, from 1997- 2002, and by vLogix as chief hardware design engineer, from 2002-2004. In 2009, Alaraje was awarded the Golden Jubilee by the College of Engineering at Assiut University, in Egypt. He has served as an ABET/IEEE-TAC evaluator for electrical engineering technology and computer engineering technology programs. Dr. Alaraje is a 2013-2014 Fulbright scholarship recipient at Qatar University, where he taught courses on Embedded Systems. Additionally, Dr. Alaraje is recipient of an NSF award for a digital logic design curriculum revision in collaboration with College of Lake County in Illinois, and NSF award in collaboration with University of New Mexico, Drake State Technical College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College, the award is focusing on expanding outreach activities to increase the awareness of potential college students about career opportunities in electronics technologies.
Aleksandr Sergeyev is currently an Associate
Professor in the Electrical Engineering
Technology program in the
School of Technology at Michigan Technological
University. Dr. Aleksandr
Sergeyev earned his bachelor degree in
Electrical Engineering at Moscow University
of Electronics and Automation in
1995. He obtained the Master degree
in Physics from Michigan Technological
University in 2004 and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering
from Michigan Technological University in 2007.
Dr. Aleksandr Sergeyev’s research interests include high
energy laser propagation through the turbulent atmosphere,
developing advanced control algorithms for wavefront sensing
and mitigating effects of the turbulent atmosphere, digital
inline holography, digital signal processing, and laser spectroscopy.
Dr. Sergeyev is a member of ASEE, IEEE, SPIE and
is actively involved in promoting engineering education.
Mr. Craig Kief (PI) is the Deputy Director of COSMIAC and the Program Manager for the ORS Squared Satellite. Kief is a Research Scholar on the faculty at the University of New Mexico. Mr. Kief has more than 32 years of experience in computer and satellite communications, including voice and data networks, testing, troubleshooting, debugging, system administration, embedded software development, software/hardware integration, and network monitoring. Mr. Kief has an extensive background in the design of systems based upon microcontrollers and FPGAs. Kief retired from the Air Force in 1998 following 20 years of military service. His final military assignment was at the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) at Kirtland Air Force Base. Kief holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He has published and taught in the areas of digital and programmable logic, satellite design, and system verification and validation. He is also an IEEE senior member.
Dr. John Reutter is Director of Planning and Research for Drake State Community and Technical College with responsibility for guiding the College's strategic planning process and developing grant projects. Over the past five years, Dr. Reutter has secured more than $20 million in grant funds for the college. Previously, he served as Dean of Instruction for two Alabama community colleges and also taught computer science classes for over 28 years at various colleges and universities in California and Alabama. He is a Senior Fellow of the IEEE Society and the founder of two Silicon Valley software companies. Dr. Reutter began employment at Drake State in 2006 as Dean of Instruction and assisted the President in spearheading the campus efforts to achieve regional accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. He was previously involved in SACSCOC reaffirmation efforts at three other Alabama colleges before joining the Drake State family. He is the author of Data Processing Systems and Concepts, a McGraw-Hill textbook published in 1977 and earned his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Alabama in 2004.
Bassam Matar started his career at Glendale Community College (GCC) teaching engineering, electronics and semiconductor classes. Through his eleven years teaching at GCC, Bassam developed a variety of courses in these fields. He served on several committees, such as budget, computer technology, advanced technology partnership and industry advisory. Also, he served as assistant chair for the last five years before transferring to Gilbert-Chandler Community College (GCCC). He implemented GCCC’s engineering program in Fall 2001 and is responsible for its success. He has served as a PI or Co-PI on seven NSF-funded grants. Mr. Matar is also a lecturer faculty for the Electrical Engineering Department at Arizona State University. Bassam Matar, has taught for more than 25 years. Mr. Matar received the following awards:(Summer 1999) Motorola Educator of the Year award; (Spring 2000) National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development award; (Fall 2009) Gilbert Community Excellence Awards; (Spring 2010) Electronic Engineering Times (EE Times)-- Educator of the Year Award. Mr. Matar is a member of Engineering Articulation Task Force, and the American Association of Engineering Education.
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