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AU LITEE Case Studies Disseminated Nationwide

Sunday, 08 February 2009 01:22

Engineering and business students are increasingly being asked by potential employers to demonstrate “soft” skills (such as problem solving and business skills) in addition to their “hard” technical skills.  Realizing the importance of addressing these requirements, Drs. P.K. Raju and Chetan S. Sankar at Auburn University, AL, formed the Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education (LITEE) in 1997 (www.litee.org). As part of an ongoing NSF Project (NSF DUE #0442531), LITEE initiated a grant competition in Fall 2008, to promote the use of LITEE’s case studies in university classrooms across the country.  These case studies use multimedia tools and real-world scenarios to bring engineering and business concepts alive for students.  The case studies are available for use by students and faculty members without any charge from www.liteecases.com.


Of the many who responded, Dr. Raju and Dr. Sankar selected a total of 26 faculty members for the grant awards.  The participants have agreed to integrate LITEE case studies in their courses during Spring and Fall 2009 and conduct a study to determine the impact of the LITEE case studies on student learning.  Participants will report their findings in a special issue of the Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research (www.jstem.org) and/or in relevant journals/ conferences.  Dr. Raju serves as the editor-in-chief of this journal.


The award recipients include engineering and business faculty members from the  University of Toledo, Kettering University, Auburn University, Washington State University, Morgan State University, Hampton University, North Carolina A & T University, the University of Cincinnati, Manhattan College, Oklahoma Christian University, University at Buffalo—SUNY, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Lafayette College, the University of Mississippi, Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Maine, Ohio Northern University, the University of Denver, the University of North Carolina—Pembroke, the University of North Carolina—Charlotte, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Seton Hall University, Southern University and A & M College, and Texas Tech University.


For more information, please contact Dr. Raju at 334 844 3301 or Dr. Sankar at 334 844 6504.


NSF Grant Obtained Based on LITEE Work at Auburn University

Tuesday, 04 November 2008 14:54

Victor Mbarika (Principal Investigator) and Moustapha Diack (Co-Principal Investigator) at Southern University have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to evaluate the impact of LITEE case studies on undergraduate education.  The Laboratory for Innovative Technology and Engineering Education (LITEE) is a joint laboratory of the Colleges of Engineering and Business at Auburn University led by Drs. P.K. Raju and Chetan S. Sankar.  More information can be found at www.litee.org.  Dr. Mbarika obtained his doctoral degree from the Department of Management in the College of Business, Auburn University.

The project by Drs. Mbarika and Diack, entitled “Education Research Grant: A Multi-Metric Approach to Assess the Impact of STEM Instructional Multimedia on Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Outcomes,” has been awarded $355,517.   The proposed three-year research and education plan aims to identify and validate a battery of measures to analyze how the teaching and learning of real-world technical issues through the use of multimedia case studies can enhance learning outcomes.  The investigators will perform their assessment of LITEE case studies at Southern University, which will act as the lead institution, Winston-Salem State University, Auburn University, and North Carolina State University.  This study will involve about 2300 undergraduate engineering and IT students and more than 100 multidisciplinary faculty members.

To access details about this grant or read the complete abstract, please visit http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0811453.

Call for Applicants!

Friday, 03 October 2008 20:45

LITEE is pleased to announce the U.S.-India International Research Program for Summer, 2009. Participants will spend two to three months working with students and faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and local industry managers to perform independent-study research projects. All study takes place in real-world environments as guided by the industrial and educational partners. Students serve as the driving force for their own research, then use the results of their work to create a LITEE case study to teach undergraduate students about the particular aspect of engineering, business, or other field they have researched in India.

All expenses are paid! Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, air travel, boarding, and lodging will be funded for next year’s five participants. All Auburn University seniors and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible. Selection will be based on students’ backgrounds and interests, as well as availability of projects in India.

The program directors welcome interested students to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mechanical Engineering Conference Room (room 278), Ross Hall. Students and faculty members who have participated in the program in previous years will share their experiences and answer questions. Refreshments provided.

Indian construction conglomerate Larsen & Toubro, Ltd. and General Electric have partnered with the program to help direct students’ research in previous years. Additionally, projects have worked toward changing the lives of rural workers: some students have worked to expand and update the textile products produced and sold at the Gandhi Rural Rehabilitation Center and researched the feasibility of installing solar panels to provide affordable, sustainable energy there.

The following case studies have been developed by the students who performed projects with the program in 2006, 2007, and 2008: data synchronization between headquarters and sites, acoustic issues in Mauritius auditorium design, assuring thermal comfort of buildings, non-destructive evaluation of induction welds, design of solar panels for powering a weaving center, and design of handbags in a rural village for Project Hunger. Many of these case studies are available for viewing and use at liteecases.com.

All participants must be Auburn students during Summer, 2009. Selected students enroll in a course taught by one of the program directors, Dr. P. K. Raju, Mechanical Engineering, or Dr. Chetan S. Sankar, Management Information Systems, during Spring, 2009, to learn about projects and life in India.  In many cases, the summer research portion can be performed for credit as well. Students should contact the appropriate advisors or administrators within their fields of study to arrange credit for summer.

For more information, please email litee [at] eng [dot] auburn [dot] edu or check out the International Projects section.


Student in Ireland uses LITEE case study for dissertation

Tuesday, 16 September 2008 18:57

LITEE case studies continue to gain global significance. Ciaran Timpson, a student of Construction Economics at the Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland, recently began utilizing the Mauritius Auditorium Design case study and CD-ROM to complete research for a required dissertation. Timpson’s topic of choice is architectural acoustics.

“I find this study to be a great source of information and I believe that this case study would greatly benefit me when producing the dissertation,” Timpson noted.

The dissertation employing information from the Mauritius case study, which focuses on an acoustical design problem of the polyvalent hall at the Swami Vivekananda International Convention Center on the island of Mauritius, will serve as partial fulfillment of Timpson’s Bachelor of Science degree.

Interview with Dr. Chetan Sankar

Monday, 16 June 2008 15:34


Dr. Chetan Sankar was recently interviewed by Sundar Rajan G S for the blog Coffee With Sundar. The two discussed several topics, including education in India, the importance of work experience in teaching, academic and professional success, and the current atmosphere of change in India.


Coffee With Sundar is a blog run by a three member team of writers and interviewers, including Mr. Rajan. The blog features interviews with experts in education, business, and engineering, as well as discussions of life in and after college. Dr. Sankar’s interview is currently available as a sound file on the blog and in MP3 format.


You can find the interview at Coffee With Sundar.


Students on India Research Trip Keep Blog

Wednesday, 28 May 2008 16:31


Students participating in LITEE’s U.S.-India Research trip are keeping each other and their fellow students and researchers up to date with a blog.

The blog allows each student to contribute his or her thoughts about conditions in India, their work on projects, pictures, their ideas about technology and education, and sustainability in a forum where anyone can read them. The blog’s first posts are already completed, and readers will find new posts almost everyday from the students, Dr. Sankar, or any of the other LITEE colleagues that will be in India this summer.

You can find the blog here: http://litee.org/blog/india/


Sankar Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Monday, 12 May 2008 20:29


Dr. Chetan S. Sankar, Thomas Water Professor, Department of Management, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for the year 2007-2008 by the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.  The award was presented by Mr. R.Seshasayee, Chairman, Ashok Leyland, and Prof. P.S. Manisundaram, Founder Principal, REC, Trichy, on May 3, 2008 in an elaborate ceremony.   Prof. M. Chidambaram, Director, NIT, Trichy, provided the presidential address.


The Institute honors its outstanding Alumni by presenting them with Distinguished Alumni Awards for Academic, Research, and Managerial Contribution.  Dr. Sankar was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for his academic and research excellence.


The citation reads, “Dr. Chetan Sankar received his BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from NITT (RECT) in 1971.  He obtained his MBA from IIM Calcutta and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Professor in the Department of Management, College of Business, Auburn University. He earlier worked as an Assistant Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He was also a member of the Technical Staff of AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ. He has won several Awards and Recognitions which includes iNEER Recognition Award by the IntlNetwork for Engineering Education and Research; Outstanding Research Award, College of Business; ASME Curriculum Innovation Award; I prize Decision Sciences Institute Instructional Innovation Education Award; American Society for Engineering Education Instructional Unit Competition. He has  11 full books by Tavenner Publishers & 11 Books with few chapters. He has several articles in refereed journals and over 100 papers published in conference proceedings. He has served on several editorial boards like the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education; Americas Conference on Information Systems, IT in Education; Journal of STEM Education: Innovations & Research; Journal of Global Information Technology Management; Case Research Journal; and Technology/Engineers Track for the Case Research Journal. He has several sponsored projects with a total budget of $2.2 Million.” Further information is available at: http://www.nitt.edu/home/icsr/alumni/daa2007-08/.