Grants

  • Currently serving as the Co-PI and “Lead Project Director” for a 3 year $3.8 Million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) called, “Experimental Centric Based Engineering Curriculum for HBCUs,” (see Extramural Funding below). I am leading the implementation of portable laboratory instrumentation such as the Analog Discovery Board, and innovative pedagogy in ECE departments of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  • I have served as the P.I. and program coordinator for the Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Engineering Research Center (ERC) grant at MSU for the past 6 years. I have made significant changes to the “Electric Circuits” and “Intro to Electrical Engineering Laboratory” courses in the department during the past five years. I have played a critical role in the implementation of the new Mobile Studio technology and pedagogy to enhance the learning and hands-on experience levels for students involved in both courses.
  • I also implemented the first lecture capture technology using the Panopto Focus software in the School of Engineering. It allowed the students enrolled in my electric circuit courses to download the podcasts and review the daily lectures, class discussions, and any in class activities. It has significantly improved the performance of the students enrolled in the course.
  • I lead the effort in the expansion and the use of lecture capture and the Mobile Studio technologies within our department to offer a completely online ECE curriculum. I implemented and piloted in 2010 the first two completely online ECE courses (Circuits and Circuits Lab) in our department using a combination of the Mobile Studio IOBoard, the Adobe Connect software (for online lab demos), and the Panopto Focus software (to podcast and stream the course lessons).
  • We submitted and received two separate grants in 2010 and 2011 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) to develop and deliver completely online ECE courses using the Mobile Studio Technology. I played a leading role in the approval by MHEC in 2011 of the first and only completely online ECE curriculum in the State of Maryland.
  • I have served as the Program Director for the “Foundations of Mathematics” (FOM) web-based course for the past twelve years. The goal of the FOM summer online math enrichment program is to improve the math skills of freshmen engineering  students, and prepare them for the math placement exams. During the past thirteen years, close to 450 engineering students have participated and benefited from the FOM online course and have successfully graduated from one of the three engineering programs.
  • As the Associate Chair of the ECE department and coordinator and of the recruitment committee, I participate in most of the recruitment activities for the undergraduate program. As the coordinator of the curriculum committee for the undergraduate program, I oversee all curricula changes and program development. The current enrollment in our department is primarily African-American and international students of African descent.

Extramural funding

  1. National Science Foundation, “Experimental Centric Based Engineering Curriculum for HBCUs,” 09/15/2013 – 08/31/2017, $3,801,901 (Co-Principal Investigator)
  2. National Science Foundation, Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center (ERC), 09/01/11-08/31/17, $709,372.00.. (Principal Investigator)
  3. National Science Foundation, “Strengthening the Collaboration and Partnership between US and African Engineering Programs by Working Closely with the African Engineering Deans Council (AEDC),”   09/01/15-08/31/17, $99,257. (Principal Investigator)
  4. National Science Foundation, “A Systematic Approach to Increase the Success Rates of  Engineering/Technology Students at an Urban Community College (ATE grant),”   09/01/12-08/31/16, $293,771. (Co-Principal Investigator)
  5. National Science Foundation, CCLI Phase III Supplement – “A National  Model for Engineering Mathematics Education,” 08/01/12-07/31/16, $99,952. (Principal Investigator)
  6. National Science Foundation, TUES Phase II- Center for Mobile Hands-On STEM, 09/01/12-08/31/14, $13,681. (Principal Investigator)
  7. Maryland Space Grant Consortium-MSU Student Balloon Payload Project, 09/01/11-08/31/12, $11,800. (Principal Investigator)
  8. Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), “Plus Two Electrical Engineering Program,”  01/01/11-12/31/11, $85,913. (Co-Principal Investigator)
  9. Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), “MSU Online Electrical Engineering Program,”  01/01/10-12/31/10, $85,843. (Senior Project Personnel)

Collaborators & Other Affiliations

  • Morgan State University: Richard Dean, Craig Scott, Kemi Ladeji-Osias, Arlin Maclin, Farzhad Moazzami, Kofi Nyarko 
  • Other Universities: Ken Conner (RPI), Elizabeth Herkenham (RPI), Mohamed Chouika (Howard), Odesma Dalrymple (ASU), Shawn Jordan (ASU), Mary Bowden (UMCP), Nathan Klingbeil (WSU), Kathleen Meehan (VTech), Deborah Walter (Rose-Hulman), Bonnie Ferri (Georgia Tech)