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Integration of NASA Research into Undergraduate Education in Math, Science, Engineering and Technology at North Carolina A&T State UniversityThe NASA PAIR program incorporated the NASA-Sponsored research into the undergraduate environment at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. This program is designed to significantly improve undergraduate education in the areas of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology (MSET) by directly benefiting from the experiences of NASA field centers, affiliated industrial partners and academic institutions. The three basic goals of the program were enhancing core courses in MSET curriculum, upgrading core-engineering laboratories to compliment upgraded MSET curriculum, and conduct research training for undergraduates in MSET disciplines through a sophomore shadow program and through Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. Since the inception of the program nine courses have been modified to include NASA related topics and research. These courses have impacted over 900 students in the first three years of the program. The Electrical Engineering circuit's lab is completely re-equipped to include Computer controlled and data acquisition equipment. The Physics lab is upgraded to implement better sensory data acquisition to enhance students understanding of course concepts. In addition a new instrumentation laboratory in the department of Mechanical Engineering is developed. Research training for A&T students was conducted through four different programs: Apprentice program, Developers program, Sophomore Shadow program and Independent Research program. These programs provided opportunities for an average of forty students per semester.
Document ID
20030020929
Document Type
Contractor or Grantee Report
Authors
Monroe, Joseph (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Univ. Greensboro, NC, United States)
Kelkar, Ajit (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Univ. Greensboro, NC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
March 31, 2003
Subject Category
Engineering (General)
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NCC5-349
PROJECT: Proj. 98-0216
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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