FLCC's Emerging Technologies Progress Report

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Victor Campus Center


200 Victor Heights Parkway

Victor, NY 14564 585-785 1105

We now have 15 students enrolled in the courses for the new curriculum AAS Instrumentation and Control Technologies (ICTech http://www.flcc.edu/ictech/), of which 12 of them are taking courses as full-time students. During this Fall, I am teaching three courses in the new curriculum: Introduction to Emerging Technologies, Applied Physics I, and Computing for Engineers II. I am using Excel and LabVIEW software to integrate learning in these three courses, so as to increase success of the students in the program. The most important part of the Introduction to Emerging Technologies ("First Year Seminar" course for the ICTech degree program) is visiting the high-technology companies offering internships (required) for the program – provides opportunity for the industries to get a first look at students who would be their potential employees upon graduation. Fifteen students and I will be visiting dozen businesses during this Fall. Through training membership offered by National Instruments I have attended classes crucial for developing learning activities for students in the ICTech program. Our part-time technical specialist and I have continued to develop lab hardware set-ups for the program.

I attended NI Week Conference in Austin, TX during the first week of August, to gain latest knowledge and hands-on experience related to precision measurements and advanced automation crucial for developing and enhancing our curriculum. The majority of 3300 attendees were corporate and government engineers and I was one of the very few community college teachers. Interactions with leaders of industries and academia is very important for development of the ICTech program.

Besides the colleagues at the college, I want to especially acknowledge support of Ontario County Economic Developer Mike Manikowski, and Finger Lakes Advance Manufactures’ Enterprise http://www.nyfame.org/ for helping develop this innovative "Liberal Arts for High-tech" program to address the shortage of skilled high-tech workers across many industry segments.

Please feel free to contact me at samantpg@flcc.edu or call me (585) 785-1105, for further information.

ProgressReport_SamSamanta_October2011.docx samantpg@flcc.edu