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Remote Optical Circuits Knowledge

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…”

The ROCK project is an National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project that aims to create remotely-controlled optical circuits laboratory experiments. We expect this project to help introduce hands-on laboratory for distance education.

A group of faculty from three universities joined effort to develop this challenging research project – Dr. Driss Benhaddou (University of Houston – UH), Dr. Deniz Gurkan (UH), Dr. Alan Mickelson (Colorado University Boulder – CU), Dr. Frank Barnes (CU), Dr. Zhonqi Pan (University of Louisiana Lafayette).

Laboratory resources were developed at both the University of Colorado and the University of Houston. We are currently offering these labs at the engineering technology department at the University of Houston and the electrical and computer engineering department at University of Colorado. A major component of our work is outcome assessment and the continuous improvement model that was used to adapt the laboratories to provide an effective hands-on experience to the students in different setting.