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AlliedSignal Computer Classroom Enhances Departments Instructional Facilities
Pictured: The AlliedSignal Computer Classroom.
|The department launched a state-of-the-art
instructional facility this semester, thanks to support from AlliedSignal, Inc.
The AlliedSignal Computer Classroom, which features 24 PC workstations, an instructor workstation, and the latest in electrical engineering software, opened in January.
The classroom was designed as an optimal learning environment, replete with customized tables, concealed wiring, and a noise reduction scheme.
The classrooms tables, custom-designed by Prof. Charles Striffler, seat three students each, and not only allow for collaborative work, but are also spaced strategically to enable the instructor to easily navigate the room and monitor each students work.
A drop-down screen enables instructors using the facility to project data from their workstation to the entire classroom. Carpeting covers the entire floor and part of the walls, helping to absorb environmental (keyboard) noise. Each PC is equipped with both the Windows 95 and Linux operating systems, as well as MathCad, Pspice, Mathematica, Magic, and more.
The classroom was used for five courses during the spring semester. Both Striffler and
Ms. Heidi Herne, Director of Computing Facilities, were instrumental in the design and
implementation of the classroom.