Summary

Prof. Peroulis has been instrumental in the most important Electrical Engineering undergraduate curriculum innovation at Purdue University over the past decades. This curriculum innovation focuses on beginning engineering students and impacts more than 1,000 students/year in many engineering areas. During the past five years Prof. Peroulis has been re-developing mandatory courses and laboratory exercises based on a new learning paradigm. Rather than following the traditional circuits-centric approach for introducing students to Electrical Engineering, this new paradigm offers a holistic view that empowers students to appreciate the wide application-range and tremendous societal impact of this engineering area. Courses by Prof. Peroulis are studentcentered and are typically offered in a hybrid mode where part of the content is not explicitly taught in class but is made available to students in pre-recorded concept-nuggets. The class period focuses on active learning and encourages student participation in a variety of ways. This embraces diverse learning styles and abilities in a strong, inclusive, demanding, and rewarding learning environment. Moreover, it enhances student learning communities that emphasize the values of teamwork, balancing competing demands, and calculated risk-taking. Prof. Peroulis is a member of the Purdue Teaching Academy, a 2011-2012 Purdue IMPACT faculty fellow, and has won 10 teaching awards over the past 9 years including the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (Purdue University’s highest undergraduate teaching honor) and the Eta Kappa Nu C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award (national award presented to Electrical Engineering professors who have demonstrated, early in their careers, special dedication and creativity in their teaching responsibilities). Prof. Peroulis has also advised more than 20 undergraduate student-researchers who have published numerous journal and conference papers. Four of these students have won six best poster and other research-based national awards.


New Classes

1. ECE 201H - Linear Circuit Analysis I: Over the past three years Prof. Peroulis completely revised (along with five other faculty members led by the current ECE Department Head) the first course to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE 201) that all  electrical, mechanical, nuclear, and industrial engineering students typically take in their sophomore year. This is part of a major curriculum innovation that focuses on a complete redesign of our educational approach at the vital second-year level where the majority of compulsory courses are being taught. It has now become the most significant undergraduate curriculum change in ECE over the past several decades.  The critical idea supporting this change is that students should be given a holistic view of Electrical Engineering at the beginning of their studies rather than limiting themselves to a series of circuit analysis methods (existing method). The committee completely revised the introductory compulsory courses that now cover all three major pillars of electrical engineering: electromagnetics and waves, circuit theory and linear systems, micro/nano-semiconductors and non-linear systems. Pilot-version of these courses have already been offered twice by Prof. Peroulis (2009, 2010) with extraordinarily positive student feedback. The third offering will be expanded to more students and is scheduled to be offered in Fall 2011.

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2. ECE 207H - LEARN lab I:  All incoming ECE students and many others from several engineering disciplines begin their second-year education by taking the ECE 207 (first semester) and ECE 208 (second semester) labs. These two labs are the gateway to experiments and applications of electrical and computer engineering. These two labs support well over 1,000 students per year in a wide variety of learning activities and educational objectives. Despite the success of these labs over the past years, the School of ECE has decided to completely re-design them and integrate them into the LEARN (Lead Engineering Advancement to Realize your aspiratioN) lab in order to better align their mission to the new educational objectives and methods described in the previous section. The LEARN lab primarily focuses on the following two major principles:
  • Embrace diverse learning styles and abilities in an inclusive, demanding and rewarding learning environment.
  • Dramatically enhance student learning communities that emphasizes the values of teamwork, balancing competing demands, and calculated risk-taking.
Prof. Peroulis is leading the development of this lab with the first offering scheduled for Fall 2011.

3. ECE 595 - RF MEMS for Intelligent Communications Systems: This is an entry level graduate-level course that focuses on the modeling, design, technology and applications of RF Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). It was created and taught for the first time by Prof. Peroulis in Spring 2005 with 30 registered students (11 of which were advanced undergraduate students). The course was also taught in Spring 2007 (26 registered students with 3 undergraduate students) and Spring 2011 (26 registered students with 7 undergraduate students).

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4. ECE 695 - Advanced Electromagnetic Theory: This an advanced course on electromagnetic theory that follows the entry-level graduate course on electromagnetics (ECE 604). The main objective of this course is to teach a systematic methodology for formulating a wide variety of electromagnetic boundary-value problems in radiation, scattering and propagation of electromagnetic waves. The main techniques taught are: a) Green’s functions; b) Spectral domain field representation; c) Equivalent problem formulation based on basic electromagnetic theorems; d) Approximate boundary conditions. The course was created and taught for the first time by Prof. Peroulis in Spring 2009 with 22 registered students.

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Other Classes Taught

5. ECE 311 - Electric and Magnetic Fields:  This is a junior-level course that focuses on introducing students to the basic electromagnetic concepts and their applications to high-performance electronic, optical and wireless networks. Prof. Peroulis has taught this class the following semesters: Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2008 to an average of 50-80 students.

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6. ECE 495TUV - Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP): Every semester Prof. Peroulis leads a 4-6 student team of undergraduate student researchers in the framework of the “Vertically Integrated Projects” (VIP) series of courses. VIP, which is administered by Prof. Jan Allebach, constitutes a truly novel approach for teaching engineering students. A VIP student may focus on the same (if desired) research project from his/her second to his/her fourth year. This ensures a coherent multi-year plan with emphasis on teamwork that is not typically found in traditional courses. Students in the VIP course are typically in their third and fourth years, although the class does include several sophomores.