High Impact Technology Exchange Conference

2018 HI-TEC Poster Sessions

Re-Engineering Our Future

South Florida State College launched its Re-Engineering Our Future project with the goal of revolutionizing postsecondary STEM educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students in rural central Florida. Re-Engineering Our Future focuses on four activities: 1) developing a high-tech degree pathway that enables transfer to the University of South Florida and Florida Polytechnic University; 2) improving pre-collegiate services to better prepare low-income Hispanic students for these programs; 3) improving college academic support and student services to better support low-income Hispanic college students; and 4) creating a more culturally-sensitive campus culture to increase student engagement and success at South Florida State College.
Robert Frank, South Florida State College, Avon Park, FL

Enhancing Critical Reasoning in Computer Education

This project seeks to increase the critical thinking skills of computer science and information technology students. Using a project-based approach, students develop technical skills that make them competitive. The curriculum was developed with inputs from industry leaders and advisers in the community. The project draws from successful problem-based learning (PBL) in engineering and computer science to integrate additional critical thinking and hands-on learning in the IT curriculum at St. Johns River State College.
John Etienne, Walter Lara, St. Johns River State College, Palatka, FL

Cyber Service! Interdisciplinary and Experiential Education for Cyber Forensics Technicians

Cyber Service! is an innovative new program designed to prepare a diverse group of students, traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, to enter the cyber forensics industry as middle-skilled technicians. Experiential education is integrated into the curriculum and culminates with the Cyber Capstone, enabling students to demonstrate their interdisciplinary knowledge and technical skills, and to build 21st-century career skills and civic responsibility through service-learning.
Cynthia Roemer, Elizabeth Hawthorne, Union County College, Cranford, NJ

PAL-TEC: Photonics and Laser Technical Education Center

Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York, has received funding from the NSF ATE program to develop PAL-TEC: Photonics and Laser Technical Education Center. The three main goals of the grant are to establish a pathway to photonics careers, implement gender-inclusive recruitment strategies, and promote gender-inclusive retention strategies. Members of the PAL-TEC team will discuss the progress made to date, challenges and opportunities encountered in the implementation, and our schedule for moving forward.
Kyriakos Ioannou, Stephen Leone, Tom Curanovic, Maria Boada, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY

Convergence Technology Students Present a New Perspective

Student representatives from schools in the CTC’s nationwide Convergence College Network (CCN) community of practice will provide an overview of recent research, learning projects, and career opportunities in the information communications technology space.
Ean Towne, Collin College, Frisco, TX
Cole Morgan, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio

Creating Technical Scholars (CTS)

This session will present Eastern Shore Community College’s CTS project, which is bringing together local high-tech employers, school districts, and four-year institutions to create flexible career pathways beginning in high school and potentially culminating in a bachelor of applied science degree. The CTS project emphasizes recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations. Students in trade programs will be able to apply classes already taken to a technical studies associate of applied science degree. This project fills a gap in short-term training programs that prepare individuals for immediate employment but do not serve students who want to earn more advanced degrees.
Debbie Daniels, Chevelle Mason, Lori Kelly, Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa, VA

Terahertz Spectroscopic Studies of Quantum Dots-Conjugated Gold Nanoparticles

Composite structures of metal nanoparticles and semiconductor nanomaterials present unique properties that make them candidates for several applications. The properties of these hybrid structures, to a large extent, depend on the design and the nature of the constituent materials. We will present the synthesis and characterization of CdSeS/ZnS quantum-dot gold nanoparticle hybrids and studies on their interaction with terahertz radiation. Strong photoluminescence quenching was observed upon the conjugation of the quantum dots with the gold nanoparticles. Also, unique features were observed on the terahertz spectrum of the composite structures in comparison with that of the either the QD or the GNP.
William Ghann, Hyeonggon Kang, Jamal Uddin, Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD

Expanding Pathways into Vacuum Technology with Hands-on Technical Education

Project DELIVER combines standards-aligned courses with hands-on training and uses telepresence technology to deliver vacuum technician education nationwide. Vacuum technicians are critical in the hard drive and semiconductor industries. Starting with a foundations course that contextualizes math and science concepts for vacuum technology, students progress through four semester-length courses to earn a certificate in vacuum technology from Normandale, an accredited higher education institution. Throughout the program, students use vacuum equipment trainer systems, models of the multi-million-dollar equipment used on job sites. With a certificate, students can move directly into the workforce or continue toward degrees. Employees can advance their careers.
Nancy Louwagie, Del Smith, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN

Enhanced Photoluminescence and Efficiency Improvement of Dylight 680 Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells by the Conjugation of a Dendritic Europium Complex to the Dye

Dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated with Dylight 680 dye and its corresponding Europium-conjugated dendritic Dylight 680 dye, 680-Eu-G5PAMAM, to study the effect of Europium on the current, voltage, and fluorescence properties of the Dylight 680 dye. DSSCs fabricated with Dylight 680 dye conjugated to Eu-G5PAMAM demonstrated enhanced photoluminescence and solar-to-electric energy conversion of 0.32 % under full-light illumination (100 mWcm-2, AM 1.5 Global). The enhanced photoluminescence and solar cell performance is attributed to the incorporation of Europium into the dendritic dye.
Jamal Uddin, William Ghann, Hyeonggon Kang, Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD

The Increasingly Important Role of Photonics in the Automotive Industry

Michigan is known for its automotive industry, an industry that is now in hot pursuit of developing and bringing to market autonomous and connected vehicles. Photonics is poised to play a key role in making those vehicles by providing the sensors that can act as “eyes.” These sensors include lidar, the light detection and ranging device based on lasers, as well as cameras. This session will describe different types of lidar and their introduction into the curriculum of the two-year photonics and laser technology program at our college.
Anca Sala, Ellis Love, Baker College, Flint, MI

Creating Synergy Through Maritime Mechatronics

In a field where electronic, mechanical, control, and computer systems all combine to form a single area, mechatronics is the pinnacle of a synergistic field of study. Using the synergy inherent in this field, Tidewater Community College brought together industry partners, educators, and multiple grants under the direction of the SMART Center PI, Thomas Stout, to create a maritime mechatronics academic pathway and experiential learning lab. This session will show how each contributing partner played a part in creating a synergistic learning environment that embraces the essence of maritime mechatronics.
Thomas Stout, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA

Responding to Manufacturing Workforce Needs Through Student Projects

Data shows that industry is seeking employees who have not only the essential technology skills for jobs in manufacturing, but also the professional skills that will make them reliable leaders in their companies. Mechanical and Manufacturing Technologies for Energy and Sustainability Program (MET2) projects will be highlighted, showcasing the journey from project proposal to prototype manufacturing and how professional skills were necessary throughout the process. Projects include the use of additive manufacturing and microcontrollers as well as other exciting technologies.
Karen Wosczyna-Birch, Wendy Robicheau, Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing (RCNGM), Farmington, CT
Eric Flynn, Gateway Community College, Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technologies Program, New Haven, CT
John Birch, The Birch Group, Farmington, CT

Mutual Benefits of Externship to the Biomanufacturing Industry and Academia

Kansas City Kansas Biomanufacturing Training Laboratory (KCKBTL) was created to help raise public awareness of the many opportunities that are available in the biomanufacturing industry. It was also created to provide training for future biomanufacturing employees. The KCKBTL summer externship at Ceva Biomune, which is offered to Kansas City Kansas Community College faculty and Kansas City Kansas Public Schools high school science teachers, has helped achieve both KCKBTL objectives.
Alphonse Joseph Mendy, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, KS

Application of Environmentally Safe Experiments and Virtual Reality in Nano/Microfabrication Labs

Hands-on laboratory experiments are a key contributor to student learning and engagement in the growing field of nanotechnology. Printing technology provides a new, simpler fabrication process that is well suited for use in a laboratory classroom setting. This session will focus on size and scale study using nanoparticles and the application of silver nanoparticles, graphene, and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) in fabricating electronic components. The results will then be discussed, as well as the viability of using nanomaterial and inkjet printing in conducting in-class laboratory experiments without the use of a cleanroom.
Reza Kamali-Sarvestani, Paul Weber, Utah Valley University, Orem, UT

Big Data Analysis Curriculum

We have developed big data analysis curriculum for associate and bachelor’s degrees. This curriculum is not training the student for data science. We are using current big data technologies developed by Microsoft, AWS, Google, and open-sources to train students to become a big data technicians.
Xin Tao Liu, Herzing University Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Best Practices in Teacher Professional Development: Data from Renewable Energy Workshops

The Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE) has been gathering data regarding the success of its renewable energy workshops for high school and community college instructors for several years. This poster will summarize the data and the best practices suggested. This information will be valuable to centers and projects planning to conduct workshops for teachers.
Joel Shoemaker, Kathy Alfano, Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education, Madison, WI

Need Math for Working Technicians

This poster will showcase an industry-driven conference project that defined the math skills needed for ATE technicians in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. The poster will present the systematic work of a dynamic steering committee; the choreography of the face-to-face conference workshop; and a preview of the findings, recommendations, and next steps indicated by the project outcomes.
Marilyn Barger, FLATE, Tampa, FL
Gordon Snyder, OP-TEC, Waco, TX
Michael Hacker, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY