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Lisa Gresham Huettel

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of the Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Box 90291, Durham, NC 27708-0291
112 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Publications


Practices for Implementing Interactive Teaching Development Groups

Journal Article Advances in Engineering Education · October 1, 2021 This paper reports on a two-year project to form teaching development groups in engineering departments. The goal of each group was to discuss and implement interactive teaching strategies (e.g., in-class problem solving). The research design used meetings ... Cite

Developmental changes in college engineering students' personal epistemology profiles

Journal Article Learning and Individual Differences · May 1, 2016 The current study empirically tested Greene, Azevedo, and Turney-Purta's (2008) combined theory of personal epistemology development among a sample of college engineering students (N = 917). Participants were invited to complete surveys assessing personal ... Full text Cite

A grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning in engineering: Impact on student outcomes and motivation

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2015 Exposure to meaningful, societally relevant applications can increase student motivation and improve learning outcomes. Here, we describe assessment results that evaluate a pedagogical framework based on the NAE Grand Challenges, in which specific engineer ... Cite

Evidence for the effectiveness of a grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2014 Student motivation - and associated educational outcomes - can be influenced by the degree to which course material connects to recognizable societal problems. The National Academy for Engineering has established the "Engineering Grand Challenges", a set o ... Cite

Virtual community of practice: Electric circuits

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2014 Disseminating effective practices for engineering education requires developing pedagogical communities that bring together faculty from many institutions. Through an NSF-funded ASEE effort aimed at facilitating faculty development in research-based instru ... Cite

A grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning in engineering

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · September 24, 2013 A key finding within the current engineering education literature is that exposure to real-world applications - especially when presented in an active, experiential learning environment - increases both student interest and pedagogical effectiveness. This ... Cite

Developing interactive teaching strategies for electrical engineering faculty

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · September 24, 2013 Cite

Connecting theory and practice: Laboratory-based explorations of the NAE Grand Challenges

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · August 25, 2011 This paper describes a pilot project, conducted during the Fall 2010 semester, that incorporated laboratory exercises inspired by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges into an introductory digital signal processing course. The Challeng ... Cite

Connecting theory and practice: Laboratory-based explorations of the NAE Grand Challenges

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2011 This paper describes a pilot project, conducted during the Fall 2010 semester, that incorporated laboratory exercises inspired by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges into an introductory digital signal processing course. The Challeng ... Cite

Enhancing the undergraduate design experience with Surface Mount soldering and Printed Circuit Board techniques

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · August 30, 2010 In 2006, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University rolled out extensive revisions to the undergraduate curriculum. One of the overarching goals of the curriculum reform was to provide students with practical experiences solvi ... Cite

Enhancing the undergraduate design experience with Surface Mount soldering and Printed Circuit Board techniques

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2010 In 2006, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University rolled out extensive revisions to the undergraduate curriculum. One of the overarching goals of the curriculum reform was to provide students with practical experiences solvi ... Cite

Integrated sensing and information processing theme-based redesign of the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering curriculum at Duke University

Journal Article Advances in Engineering Education · 2010 The field of electrical and computer engineering has evolved significantly in the past two decades. This evolution has broadened the field of ECE, and subfields have seen deep penetration into very specialized areas. Remarkable devices and systems arising ... Cite

Integrating sensing and information processing in an electrical and computer engineering undergraduate curriculum

Conference Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE · December 1, 2009 The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Duke University has completed a full-scale redesign of its undergraduate program based on the theme of Integrated Sensing and Information Processing. This theme provides a coherent, overarching framewor ... Full text Cite

Transcending the traditional: Using tablet PCs to enhance engineering and computer science instruction

Conference Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE · December 1, 2007 Traditional instructional methods present many obstacles to effective teaching and learning in engineering and computer science courses. These include a reliance on text-based or static mediums to convey equation- and graphics-heavy concepts, a disconnect ... Full text Cite

Experiment, explore, design: A sensor-based introductory ECE laboratory

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2007 A new introductory course, Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been designed to provide a rigorous, integrated introduction to the ECE field. The course laboratory, described in this paper, both promotes concept integration and p ... Cite

Fundamentals of ECE: A rigorous, integrated introduction to electrical and computer engineering

Journal Article IEEE Transactions on Education · 2007 The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Duke University, Durham, NC, is undergoing extensive curriculum revisions that incorporate novel content, organization, and teaching methods. The cornerstone of the new curriculum is a theme-based ... Full text Cite

Experiment, explore, design: A sensor-based introductory ECE laboratory

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · 2007 A new introductory course, Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been designed to provide a rigorous, integrated introduction to the ECE field. The course laboratory, described in this paper, both promotes concept integration and p ... Cite

Transcending the traditional: Using Tablet PCs to enhance engineering and computer science instruction

Conference 2007 37TH ANNUAL FRONTIERS IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE, GLOBAL ENGINEERING : KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT BORDERS - OPPORTUNITIES WITHOUT PASSPORTS, VOLS 1- 4 · January 1, 2007 Link to item Cite

Redesign of the core curriculum at Duke University

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · December 1, 2006 Cite

Practices for Implementing Interactive Teaching Development Groups

Journal Article Advances in Engineering Education · October 1, 2021 This paper reports on a two-year project to form teaching development groups in engineering departments. The goal of each group was to discuss and implement interactive teaching strategies (e.g., in-class problem solving). The research design used meetings ... Cite

Developmental changes in college engineering students' personal epistemology profiles

Journal Article Learning and Individual Differences · May 1, 2016 The current study empirically tested Greene, Azevedo, and Turney-Purta's (2008) combined theory of personal epistemology development among a sample of college engineering students (N = 917). Participants were invited to complete surveys assessing personal ... Full text Cite

A grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning in engineering: Impact on student outcomes and motivation

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2015 Exposure to meaningful, societally relevant applications can increase student motivation and improve learning outcomes. Here, we describe assessment results that evaluate a pedagogical framework based on the NAE Grand Challenges, in which specific engineer ... Cite

Evidence for the effectiveness of a grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2014 Student motivation - and associated educational outcomes - can be influenced by the degree to which course material connects to recognizable societal problems. The National Academy for Engineering has established the "Engineering Grand Challenges", a set o ... Cite

Virtual community of practice: Electric circuits

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2014 Disseminating effective practices for engineering education requires developing pedagogical communities that bring together faculty from many institutions. Through an NSF-funded ASEE effort aimed at facilitating faculty development in research-based instru ... Cite

A grand challenge-based framework for contextual learning in engineering

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · September 24, 2013 A key finding within the current engineering education literature is that exposure to real-world applications - especially when presented in an active, experiential learning environment - increases both student interest and pedagogical effectiveness. This ... Cite

Developing interactive teaching strategies for electrical engineering faculty

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · September 24, 2013 Cite

Connecting theory and practice: Laboratory-based explorations of the NAE Grand Challenges

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · August 25, 2011 This paper describes a pilot project, conducted during the Fall 2010 semester, that incorporated laboratory exercises inspired by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges into an introductory digital signal processing course. The Challeng ... Cite

Connecting theory and practice: Laboratory-based explorations of the NAE Grand Challenges

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2011 This paper describes a pilot project, conducted during the Fall 2010 semester, that incorporated laboratory exercises inspired by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges into an introductory digital signal processing course. The Challeng ... Cite

Enhancing the undergraduate design experience with Surface Mount soldering and Printed Circuit Board techniques

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · August 30, 2010 In 2006, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University rolled out extensive revisions to the undergraduate curriculum. One of the overarching goals of the curriculum reform was to provide students with practical experiences solvi ... Cite

Enhancing the undergraduate design experience with Surface Mount soldering and Printed Circuit Board techniques

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2010 In 2006, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University rolled out extensive revisions to the undergraduate curriculum. One of the overarching goals of the curriculum reform was to provide students with practical experiences solvi ... Cite

Integrated sensing and information processing theme-based redesign of the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering curriculum at Duke University

Journal Article Advances in Engineering Education · 2010 The field of electrical and computer engineering has evolved significantly in the past two decades. This evolution has broadened the field of ECE, and subfields have seen deep penetration into very specialized areas. Remarkable devices and systems arising ... Cite

Integrating sensing and information processing in an electrical and computer engineering undergraduate curriculum

Conference Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE · December 1, 2009 The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Duke University has completed a full-scale redesign of its undergraduate program based on the theme of Integrated Sensing and Information Processing. This theme provides a coherent, overarching framewor ... Full text Cite

Transcending the traditional: Using tablet PCs to enhance engineering and computer science instruction

Conference Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE · December 1, 2007 Traditional instructional methods present many obstacles to effective teaching and learning in engineering and computer science courses. These include a reliance on text-based or static mediums to convey equation- and graphics-heavy concepts, a disconnect ... Full text Cite

Experiment, explore, design: A sensor-based introductory ECE laboratory

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2007 A new introductory course, Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been designed to provide a rigorous, integrated introduction to the ECE field. The course laboratory, described in this paper, both promotes concept integration and p ... Cite

Fundamentals of ECE: A rigorous, integrated introduction to electrical and computer engineering

Journal Article IEEE Transactions on Education · 2007 The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Duke University, Durham, NC, is undergoing extensive curriculum revisions that incorporate novel content, organization, and teaching methods. The cornerstone of the new curriculum is a theme-based ... Full text Cite

Experiment, explore, design: A sensor-based introductory ECE laboratory

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · 2007 A new introductory course, Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been designed to provide a rigorous, integrated introduction to the ECE field. The course laboratory, described in this paper, both promotes concept integration and p ... Cite

Transcending the traditional: Using Tablet PCs to enhance engineering and computer science instruction

Conference 2007 37TH ANNUAL FRONTIERS IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE, GLOBAL ENGINEERING : KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT BORDERS - OPPORTUNITIES WITHOUT PASSPORTS, VOLS 1- 4 · January 1, 2007 Link to item Cite

Redesign of the core curriculum at Duke University

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · December 1, 2006 Cite

A novel introductory course for teaching the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · December 1, 2006 The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Duke University is undergoing extensive curriculum revisions incorporating both new content and organization and innovative teaching methods. The cornerstone of the new curriculum is a theme-based ... Cite

Integration of a DSP hardware-based laboratory into an introductory signals and systems course

Journal Article ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · December 1, 2006 Signal processing concepts are often presented in a very mathematical and abstract format. This can discourage students from further exploration because of the apparent irrelevance to real-world problems. A common solution is to provide a hands-on laborato ... Cite

A DSP hardware-based laboratory for signals and systems

Journal Article 2006 IEEE 12th Digital Signal Processing Workshop and 4th IEEE Signal Processing Education Workshop · December 1, 2006 Hardware-based laboratories have been successfully integrated into individual Digital Signal Processing (DSP) courses at many universities. Typically, most hardware-based DSP laboratory experiences are offered to upper-level students and focus on programmi ... Full text Cite

Redesign of the core curriculum at Duke University

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2006 Cite

A novel introductory course for teaching the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2006 The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Duke University is undergoing extensive curriculum revisions incorporating both new content and organization and innovative teaching methods. The cornerstone of the new curriculum is a theme-based ... Cite

Integration of a DSP hardware-based laboratory into an introductory signals and systems course

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2006 Signal processing concepts are often presented in a very mathematical and abstract format. This can discourage students from further exploration because of the apparent irrelevance to real-world problems. A common solution is to provide a hands-on laborato ... Cite

Work in progress: Using tablet PCs to integrate lecture and laboratory in an introductory electrical and computer engineering course

Journal Article Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE · January 1, 2006 In the Spring of 2006, Tablet PCs were used in a new introductory course in Electrical and Computer Engineering to bridge the gap between lecture and laboratory activities. Additionally, the Tablet PCs facilitated active learning in the classroom, such as ... Full text Cite

Theme-based redesign of the duke university ECE curriculum: The first steps

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · 2005 Undergraduates in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Duke University have benefited from the combination of curricular flexibility and rigorous coursework. The current curriculum is further limited in that the core courses do not offer a vertical ... Cite

A vertically-integrated application-driven signal processing laboratory

Conference ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings · January 1, 2005 Hardware-based laboratories have been successfully integrated into individual Digital Signal Processing (DSP) courses at many universities. Typically, most hardware-based DSP laboratory experiences are offered to upper-level students and focus on programmi ... Cite

Man versus machine: Robust regional processing of EMI data

Conference Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering · December 20, 2004 The handheld F3 metal detector, developed by the MineLab Corporation, measures the responses of buried objects to electromagnetic pulses. These responses can be processed to determine whether a landmine is present. The simplest processor calculates the tot ... Full text Cite

Work in progress: Theme-based redesign of an electrical and computer engineering curriculum

Conference Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE · December 1, 2004 The goal of this work-in-progress is to develop an innovative ECE curriculum that focuses on ECE fundamentals within the construct of real-world integrated system design, analysis, and problem solving. The curriculum will be formulated around the theme of ... Cite

A theoretical analysis of normal- And impaired-hearing intensity discrimination

Journal Article IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing · May 1, 2004 Interpretation of psychophysical data from impaired-hearing individuals on intensity discrimination tasks has been confounded by the fact that some impaired individuals' performance is near-normal in quiet, whereas for others, the difference limen is eleva ... Full text Cite

Predicting auditory tone-in-noise detection performance: the effects of neural variability.

Journal Article IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering · February 2004 Collecting and analyzing psychophysical data is a fundamental mechanism for the study of auditory processing. However, because this approach relies on human listening experiments, it can be costly in terms of time and money spent gathering the data. The de ... Full text Cite

Discrimination mode processing for EMI and GPR sensors for hand-held land mine detection

Journal Article IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing · January 1, 2004 Signal processing algorithms for hand-held mine detection sensors are described. The goals of the algorithms are to provide alarms to a human operator indicating the likelihood of the presence of a buried mine. Two modes of operations are considered: searc ... Full text Cite

Region processing of EMI data for landmine detection

Conference Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering · November 26, 2003 A hand-held mine detector has two modes of operation: search and localization. In search mode, the goal is to identify areas where a buried mine might be located. Since minimizing the number of misses is a top priority, many regions identified in this mode ... Full text Cite

A theoretical comparison of information transmission in the peripheral auditory system: Normal and impaired frequency discrimination

Journal Article Speech Communication · January 1, 2003 A theoretical analysis of auditory signal processing and the distortions introduced by various types of hearing impairments can aid in the design and development of digital hearing aids. In this paper, we investigate the differences between normal and impa ... Full text Cite

Sensor fusion of EMI and GPR data for improved landmine detection

Conference Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering · January 1, 2002 It is widely accepted that single sensors cannot simultaneously achieve both high detection rates and low false alarm rates for the landmine detection problem. Thus, in this paper we consider the fusion of two types of sensors, electromagnetic induction (E ... Full text Cite

A theoretical analysis of the effects of auditory impairment on intensity discrimination

Conference ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings · January 1, 2002 The effect of cochlear hearing loss on intensity discrimination has been experimentally investigated and reported in the literature. It has been observed that the impairment configuration has a significant effect on a subject's discrimination abilities. In ... Full text Cite

Model-based predictions of intensity discrimination for normal- and impaired-hearing listeners

Conference 7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, ICSLP 2002 · January 1, 2002 Interpretation of psychophysical data from impaired-hearing individuals on intensity discrimination tasks has been confounded by the fact that some impaired individuals' performance is nearnormal in quiet, whereas for others, the difference limen is elevat ... Cite

Single sensor processing and sensor fusion for GPR and EMI data

Conference Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering · December 1, 2001 As in many areas, performance of landmine detection algorithms is judged in terms of detection and false alarm rates. For the landmine detection problem, it is often the case that detectors satisfy one requirement at the cost of poor performance with regar ... Full text Cite

A theoretical study of information transmission in the auditory system using signal detection theory: Frequency discrimination by normal and impaired systems

Conference ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings · January 1, 2001 In this paper, we have investigated the differences between normal and impaired auditory processing for a frequency discrimination task by analyzing the responses of a computational auditory model using signal detection theory. Two detectors, one using all ... Cite

Predicting improved human auditory discrimination for landmine detection using EMI sensors

Conference Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering · 2000 In this study, an attempt is made to optimize the presentation of information to the operator and to predict improved performance prior to extensive experimental testing. It is shown that by supplying the sensor response more appropriately to the listener, ... Full text Link to item Cite

Predicting improved human auditory discrimination for landmine detection using EMI sensors

Conference Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering · 2000 In this study, an attempt is made to optimize the presentation of information to the operator and to predict improved performance prior to extensive experimental testing. It is shown that by supplying the sensor response more appropriately to the listener, ... Cite

Using computational auditory models to predict simultaneous masking data: model comparison.

Journal Article IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering · December 1999 In order to develop improved remediation techniques for hearing impairment, auditory researchers must gain a greater understanding of the relation between the psychophysics of hearing and the underlying physiology. One approach to studying the auditory sys ... Full text Cite