Research

Improving Engineering Education in the USA and Africa:

My research interests include technology-enhanced active learning pedagogy,  and the use of problem-based learning to enhance student motivation and success. I have 15 years  experience in the development and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous web based training/teaching materials using the Blackboard Learn Academic Suite. I have developed web-based course supplements for five electrical engineering courses. I also thought a graduate course (Computer Networks ECEG-654) completely online for three years (2002-2004) for the Electrical and Computer Engineering program of the “Faculty of Technology” of Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. I have also conducted several training workshops on engineering technology and pedagogy to five universities in Ethiopia for the past 4 years.

Please see the link entitled “Improving Engineering Education in Ethiopia” and Africa for more information.

Wireless Communication:

Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANET) Currently conducting research on the implementation of a new MANET- Cellular Mixed Network (MCMN) architecture for the “Signals, Communications and Networks” (SCN) lab. The design and implementation of an integrated wireless Local Area Network (LAN)-cellular communication system to provide a “mobile Internet” is a very challenging task because both systems operate using different design constraints that are not directly compatible. Changes have to be made in the Internet protocol (IP also known as the TCP/IP protocol) at the different layers in order to provide a seamless integration between the two communication systems. The goals of this research will be to develop technology solutions that incorporate Mobile Ad Hoc networking and Cellular networking into an integrated solution.

Please see the link entitled “ASEE and EEE and other Conference Presentations” for more information.