As a postdoctoral researcher at NCN, during the years 2005-7, in addition to usual research activities, I was tasked with working closely with the nanoHUB Team to augment a few pre-existing quantum device simulators, create rappturized user interfaces, and run end-to-end simulations for scientific validation. These routine yet tedious pieces of work consumed quite a bit of my time and often I was dubious about the outcomes. However, these initial doubts of mine began to fade out after I joined SIU and started to use the same resources in my own classrooms and multifaceted pedagogical activities thanks to my colleagues in the C&I Department.
In this presentation, I will discuss how I have used the nanoHUB resources in: a) classroom teaching activities in both undergraduate and graduate courses; b) developing laboratory modules and projects; c) training REU students; and d) designing and implementing a professional development program for K-12 science teachers in the greater Southern Illinois region. I realized and witnessed how my efforts during those two years at Purdue resulted into powerful products that could be used not only in cyber-based research but also the emerging domain of personalized and service-learning activities. Finally, I will share my recent experiences on facing certain barriers/challenges while educating a couple of instructors on how to integrate nanoHUB in their courses and how I was able to address/overcome the same. Finally, I will share my recent experiences on facing certain barriers/challenges while educating a couple of instructors on how to integrate nanoHUB in their courses and how I was able to address/overcome the same.
Shaikh Shahid Ahmed received the B.S. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 1998, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Nanostructures Research Group at Arizona State University, Tempe, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. From 2005 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and at the National Science Foundation (NSF) Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. In August 2007, Shaikh Shahid Ahmed joined Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, USA, where he is currently a full professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Research activities in Ahmed’s Group focus mainly in the field of computational nanoelectronics and involves multiscale modeling of electronic structure and transport in nanoscale devices including novel transistors, semiconducting 2-D structures and nanowires, quantum dots and nanocrystals, solid-state lighting sources and their reliability, nanoscale thermoelectric and piezoelectric energy-harvesting devices, and nanoelectronic devices for applications in harsh environments.
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