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SPEN Fellows Program

The Need

The SPEN community is working to develop a comprehensive signal processing curriculum that includes textbook and lecture materials, interactive simulations, and problems and solutions. The team is currently creating an inventory of the extant core of signal processing content in Connexions. The next step is to analyze the existing content, identify gaps, and finally develop textbooks that are equivalent in quality to the most popular SP texts currently available.

Using Connexions, this curriculum will be free for anyone to use and open so that anyone can adapt it for their purposes.

Based on preliminary discussions, curricular topics should include:

  • Intro to Engineering
  • Intro to Microcontroller architecture
  • Intro to Analog Circuits
  • Analog Signal Processing
  • Advanced System Architecture
  • Optimizing C Code for embedded processors
  • Control
  • Preparation for a Senior Project

Fellow Selection Process and Responsibilities

Selection Process

SPEN fellows are exemplary members of the SP community, who have been nominated by peers and selected by the Principal Investigators, to provide leadership and fulfill specific duties of a SPEN Fellow. A SPEN fellow is chosen based on their expertise in one or more of the topics above.

The nomination and selection process is outlined below:

  1. A funder, such as a industry partner or organization, suggests a project and a prize amount.
  2. SPEN then issues a broad call for nominations for fellows to address this project.
  3. The SPEN Principal Investigators selects the fellow candidate from the nominations.
  4. The Nominee(s) is notified of their selection and may accept or decline the nomination.

The scope of each project may vary, but in general each project involves architecting a book in Connexions on the proposed topic. In more detail, architecting refers to the following task:

  1. Outlining an appropriate and comprehensive approach to teaching the topic
  2. Identifying existing materials in Connexions that fit into the outline
  3. Identifying gaps and inadequacies in the existing materials
  4. Suggest laboratory tools and procedures that complement the theoretical course
  5. Build out the collection in Connexions as much as possible

Once the new fellow agrees to the statement of work outlining the deliverables, the fellow is paired with a technical liason from the funding company. The completed project is submitted for review by the IEEECNX Project, and upon acceptance to the IEEECNX lens, the fellow receives the fellowship honorarium.

This process diagram clearly illustrates the fellows program process.

After this initial architecting phase is completed, the fellow will present their results to the PI panel, who will then use this information to mobilize the SPEN community to fill the gaps. For difficult gaps, reserve funding from the SPEN Fellows Program would be used to contract an area expert to author the missing pieces.

Funding for the SPEN Fellows Program has been generously provided by Texas Instruments.