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Letter from the President
Dear IEC Community,

Welcome to the inaugural edition of The IEC Exchange . Our efforts are materializing and we are thrilled to reach out to the community and share our progress. 

The Consortium is a collaboration of today’s leading minority-serving institutions, government, and industry, with a goal of increase the quantity and quality of underserved Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates. While we plan to act as a catalyst in bringing these communities together as a “super department,” we need your involvement to make it successful. 

This newsletter is so important, because it serves as your essential connection to the Inclusive Engineering Consortium community.

Craig Scott
Morgan State University
IEC-VIP Collaboration
Ken Connor
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mandoye Ndoye
Tuskegee University

As most of you know, we have been exploring opportunities to collaborate with the Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) Consortium. One of our member institutions – Howard – has been participating for some time. Their experiences and an overview of VIP were presented by Charles Kim as part of our monthly online meeting on 12 November. North Carolina A&T is in the process of becoming the second IEC school to join VIP.

There is also interest at Tuskegee. Like us, VIP recently became an official 501c3 nonprofit and we share a common interest in building multi-institutional collaborations. Thus, our interests, goals and passions all connect quite well. We strongly encourage you to learn more about VIP so we can have the benefit of ideas from everyone as we determine the best possible ways to work together. For a very complete picture, please check out their two websites:   at Georgia Tech and , the website for their new nonprofit. 

For a detailed overview see the following series of brochures:

For Industry: 

For New Faculty: 

For New Students: 

A publication list can be found at:   with their first publication from 2006 at the bottom of the page. A more recent (2014) paper on leveraging faculty research interests – 3rd on the list – is also an excellent introduction to VIP.
Calendar of Events
Feb. 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST
I EC Monthly Online Meeting
Contact Claire Seifert for details

March 18-21, 2020

March 20, 2020
IEC Workshop at ECEDHA - Orlando, FL

July 14-16, 2020
IEC Summer Workshop - Portland, OR
Grant Opportunities
Making and Makerspaces in Electrical and Computer Engineering Education Workshop Travel Grant
Close date: 1/31/2020

FY2020 Department of Navy (DoN) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program Department of Defense Office of Naval Research.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Grant Program Department of the Interior National Park Service.                    
Close date: 03/04/2020
Institutional Spotlights
Mohamed Chouikha
Prairie View A&M University

In the fall of 2018 and after 30 years at Howard University in Washington DC, I joined Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) located in Prairie view, a small city, outside of Houston, Texas. Change is always hard, no matter what type of change it is, and no matter where, when and how it happens. Moving from a university that I knew very well and that I loved and continue to love, to a University that I did not know much about (at the time) and to a place that I have never been was going to be hard, or so I thought. Fortunately, I was wrong. The warm welcome, friendship and respect I received from my new colleagues at PVAMU was unbelievable. The unconditional support of my friends at IEC was another blessing that got me through the difficult times during that period. So why am I in Texas? And what am I doing?

Kemi Ladeji-Osias
Morgan State University

On January 14 - 15, 2020, Dr. Ken Connor conducted a hands-on workshop at Morgan State University for the Adapting an Experiment-centric Teaching Approach to Increase Student Achievement in Multiple STEM Disciplines (ETA-STEM)  project. Over 20 Morgan faculty and students participated in the workshop in preparation for the redesign and implementation of experiment-centric curricula in seven STEM disciplines; civil engineering, computer science, physics/engineering physics, chemistry, industrial engineering and transportation systems. This project aims to implement an evidence-based teaching approach in these disciplines using personal instrumentation such as the M1K and M2K.

This project is funded by the NSF IUSE program through award #1915614:

Special Announcements
Making and Makerspaces in Electrical and Computer Engineering Education Workshop
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, Orlando, Florida
March 22, 2020

This is an excellent opportunity to benefit from three incredible meetings - IEC, ECEDHA, and Makerspaces.

Makerspaces often attract students with a strong interest in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) related topics, including embedded systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and electronics. Although many makers self-identify as having interests related to ECE, university and community college makerspaces often focus primarily on mechanical fabrication tools such as 3-D printers and laser cutters. This interactive workshop will: 1) explore how making and makerspaces can help departments attract and retain students in ECE, 2) show how student learning can change by their involvement with makerspaces, and 3) provide individuals considering whether to create makerspaces methods to do so more effectively. This workshop is designed for chairs, faculty, instructors, and lab staff from universities and community colleges along with industry, researchers, and others with an interest in making and makerspaces.

Workshop sessions will include a keynote from a thought leader in the maker movement; a panel on the current state of making in ECE; an opportunity to do hands-on ECE-related making over lunch; how to design, build, and sustain inclusive ECE makerspaces; and making action plans to continue collaborating within a making in ECE community of practice. Speakers and workshop facilitators include thought leaders from the Nation of Makers, Cypress Semiconductor, Digi-Key, Arizona State, Bucknell, Georgia Tech, University of Illinois, and Virginia Tech.

More information on the workshop and registration is available on the 2020 ECEDHA Annual Conference and ECExpo website . A limited number of travel grants are available thanks to support from the National Science Foundation (EEC-1853158). Apply for a travel grant here by January 31.
Professional & Career Development
Six Simple Techniques for Presenting Data
Hans Rosling gives excellent and inspiring talks on global development at TED talks and other places. How does he do it? He gets to the point and focuses on the data. His style:

1.    Explain the data axes
2.    Highlight subsets of data
3.    Dig deeper to unwrap data
4.    Place labels close to data points
5.    Answer the “Why?” questions
6.    Complement data with energetic delivery

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