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Teaching optics in electrical engineering curriculums
Author(s): Alexander D. Poularikas; Samuel Seely

Paper Abstract

A program is proposed that alleviates to some extent the educational problems created by the introduction of the many new technical areas into electrical engineering. It presumes the time-tested philosophy of circular learning, namely, successive review and extension of knowledge and understanding with successive courses. We propose a one year program that provides a broad overview of the foundations to all subsequent courses; thus included within this program are the first essentials of a wide variety of later studies. In addition, it is proposed to divide the science of electrical engineering into broad fundamental areas which will be made up of the appropriate parts that are taught today separately. Included, as a fundamental concept in this scheme, is also proposed to embed in the already existing areas any new diverse topic such as optics, superconductivity, etc. In the present study we have used the optics to test our new philosophy on engineering education.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1603, Education in Optics, (1 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57852
Show Author Affiliations
Alexander D. Poularikas, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)
Samuel Seely, Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1603:
Education in Optics
Gregory B. Altshuler; Brian J. Thompson, Editor(s)

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