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Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
 

Summary: Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition
Copyright 2003, American Society for Engineering Education
Session 3232
A Cross-Cultural VLSI Design Project
David Harris Tayfun Akin
Harvey Mudd College Middle East Technical University
Claremont, CA Ankara, TURKEY
Abstract
Harvey Mudd College (HMC) and the Middle East Technical University (METU) have
conducted a joint cross-cultural Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design course supported by
a grant from the Mellon Foundation. In the spring of 2002, three teams of two American
students HMC enrolled in E158 (Introduction to CMOS VLSI Design) worked with teams of two
Turkish students from METU who had taken a VLSI course in the previous semester. The teams
collaborated across cultures and time zones using email, web pages, chat, videoconferencing, and
the telephone. At first students preferred voice communication to get to know each other; as the
projects progressed, email and chat reduced difficulties with spoken English. Each team
completed the design of a MOSIS TinyChip. One of the designs, a FIR filter, was fabricated and
tested to operate as intended. This paper describes the logistics of running the cross-cultural
VLSI design project course. Students found that the extra communication effort roughly offset
the time savings of splitting the project four ways instead of two. However, they enjoyed the

  

Source: Akin, Tayfun - Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Middle East Technical University
Harris, David Money - Department of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College

 

Collections: Engineering