The mission of the Department of Engineering and Computer Science at NCSSM, education professionals with a depth and breadth of technical expertise, is to serve the larger mission of the school with focused efforts to expand and diversify the population of students engaged in engineering and computer science.
Our mission statement is to:
Foster curiosity and innovation through hands-on exploration and the joy of discovery
Provide exposure to our disciplines through meaningful interactions with technology and technical professionals
Instill fundamental skills necessary for excellence in engineering and computer science
Create, teach, share, and disseminate innovative course content using pedagogical best practices
Engage in meaningful personal and professional development
Mr. Kleiner named a NCWIT Aspirations Award Recipient
Congratulations to Keethan Kleiner '09, #NCSSM Instructor of #computerscience, who has been named a 2021 Aspirations in Computing Educator Award Honorable Mention by the @NCWIT! The award recognizes educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing. #IamCS
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Dr. Hubbard Wins EdTech 2021 Trendsetter Award
The EdTech Awards from EdTech Digest is the largest recognition program in all of education technology and recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere.
Dr. Hubbard is recognized for a variety of accomplishments. Her Biomedical Engineering courses are a unique opportunity for high school students to get exposure to a wide range of STEM applications by studying advanced topics such as Honors Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics of Injury, and Biomedical Instrumentation. In these courses, students learn in-depth anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems and use practical hands-on activities to probe the relationship between the structure and function of biomedical systems and fundamental engineering concepts such as circuits and simple machines. Students apply their course knowledge by implementing projects and case studies based on peer-reviewed research in subspecialties of biomedical engineering such as bioelectricity and sports biomechanics.
In 2018, Dr. Hubbard developed curriculum to introduce students to additional topics in biomedical engineering. In the tissue engineering module, the class mimicked state-of-the-art decellularization protocols to create “ghost” piglet hearts that could then serve as a scaffold to grow replacement tissue. Students were also introduced to modern medical imaging technology by learning how to read basic CT scans, segmented the data using the 3D modeling software 3D Slicer, and then 3D printed skulls and hearts. Students explored the next frontier of human/machine interfaces by using EMG signals obtained from commercial muscle sensors and an Arduino microcontroller to power a robotic arm. This neuroprosthetics module is now regularly taught in the Bioinstrumentation course.
In 2019/2020 Dr. Hubbard led our school's entry in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition, bringing together sustainability and artificial intelligence, to address the problem of recycling cross-contamination. Dr. Hubbard's team was one of 5 winning teams out of almost 3,000 from around the nation.
ECS/AI Welcomes Lisa Palmisano as New Program Associate
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The Congressional App Challenge is the most prestigious prize in student computer science. Participation in the challenge has grown exponentially and has reached underserved, diverse, and rural student populations. We celebrate all the winning students and note that two of the six North Carolina winners have connections to NCSSM.
Rep. Mark Walker has named Jayden Sansom from Chatham School Of Science And Engineering as the winners of the 2020 Congressional App Challenge in (NC-06). Jayden was a student in NCSSM's Open Enrollment STEM Scholars program.
ECS Faculty Engage NCSSM students in First Ever Virtual J-Term
January 2021 marked the first January Term (J-Term) at NCSSM. J-Term is an opportunity for students to take short 2-4 week courses in topics that may be outside the scope covered during the traditional semester or courses that prepare them for advanced study during the upcoming semester. J-term was held in a virtual format this year in response to COVID-19. ECS Faculty stepped up to the challenge by creating and redesigning a range of engaging course options for students.
Creating 3-D Puzzles with Dr. Shannon Namboodri
Students learned Fusion 360 (CAD) and 3-D printing to create designs for 3-D interlocking puzzles.
Digital Audio Engineering and Production with Mr. Larry Myers and Mr. Scott Laird
Students surveyed interdisciplinary concepts in acoustics, music and engineering with a focus on hands-on discovery.
Engineering Design for Competition with Dr. Garrett Love
Students applied the Engineering Design Process to structural engineering (bridge/truss design) including multiple builds, testing and analysis.
Engineering the Human with Mr. John Kirk
Students explored the history of what we call the robot, how it was first developed, the problems that it was intended to solve and those that it created.
Java Programming with Mr. Keethan Kleiner
Students experienced with programming were prepared for the spring Advanced Java course
Managing Data with Unix Tools with Dr. John Morrison:
Students learned how to use a toolset available on any UNIX computer that could be used to process, clean, transform, and visualize data.
3-D Printing and Medical Device Design with Dr. Rex Jeffries
Students created bioinspired CAD designs using a library of available templates and 3-D printed anatomical structures
Visualization, Perception, and Your Presentation with Dr. Letitia Hubbard
Students explored the practice and power of data visualization through the lens of experts such as Edward Tufte and Colin Ware.
NCSSM Awarded 100K Cybersecurity Grant from Cisco
NCSSM has been awarded a $100K grant in partnership with Cisco to develop and pilot engagement activities in cybersecurity, computer science, and artificial intelligence for K12 teachers and students. The grant will foster relationships with collaborators and researchers at Cisco, the largest cybersecurity company in the world, with a targeted focus on underrepresented groups.
"To have the support, expertise, and partnership of Cisco, which has such a major presence right here in Research Triangle Park, really validates and energizes our efforts to bring this field of learning to elementary and secondary students and teachers," says Charlotte Dungan, the AI Program Architect with AI for Teachers, a project of NCSSM's Ryden Program for Innovation and Leadership in Artificial Intelligence.
"This gift from Cisco is an enormous boost to this vital effort that allows us to expand our reach into K-12 cybersecurity #education, and we look forward to partnering with them closely for many years to come," Dungan says.
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Charlotte Dungan and Garrett Love recognized as Finalist EdTech "Educator Setting a Trend"
Thank you to our ECS Faculty and Staff for your service!
A hearty congratulations and thanks to those in Engineering and Computer Science being recognized by service awards in November 2020. The wonderful programs in our department and school would not be possible without your amazing contributions! Thank you!
Charlotte Dungan and team author paper selected for AERA annual meeting
Charlotte Dungan is the primary author on one part of a paper selected for the 2021 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Virtual Annual Meeting, from more than 10,000 submissions. Dungan worked on the submission, "Critical Perspectives on using Simulations to Broaden Participation in Computer Science through K-12 Teacher Education" along with, as she says, an "awesome team of researchers from a consortium of other schools who authored the other sections as part of the team's work with INSPIRE CS-AI." The educational simulations are being used in the Ryden AI Program's AIforTeachers.org Professional Development initiative.
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Charlotte Dungan elected NCSSS Board Member
Charlotte Dungan, AI Program Architect in the Ryden Program for AI at NCSSM, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Consortium of Specialized STEM Schools (NCSSS) and will begin her term of service in November. Dungan goes into the role focused on working toward equity in STEM schools nationwide as well as implementing more teacher-to-teacher sharing between schools. She says, "I look forward to representing NCSSM and advancing the cause of secondary STEM schools nationwide through this opportunity." Dungan was also recently nominated to the national K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Initiative team on the high school gradeband.
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NCSSM Team Named National WINNERS in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest
A team of NCSSM students led by Instructor of Engineering Dr. Letitia Hubbard has been named one of five NATIONAL WINNERS in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. As a National Winner, the NCSSM Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Sustainable Recycling Team has been awarded $100,000 in Samsung technology for the school.
The students created an app that uses image processing and machine learning algorithms to help people separate recyclables and non-recyclables. An estimated 25% of recycling is contaminated by waste, making cross-contamination a tremendous problem for recycling centers across the country.
Dr. Hubbard says, "This award is only a small glimpse of what happens at NCSSM and definitely could not have happened without all of the support from the entire NCSSM community."