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Michael Loui

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Professor Emeritus, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980

Together with undergraduate and graduate students, I conduct research in computational complexity theory, ethics in engineering and computing, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and engineering education. We have developed optimal on-line simulations between computational models, designed the first distributed election algorithm on complete networks, analyzed fault-tolerant consensus protocols for shared memory systems, introduced informed consent into the theory of privacy, and assessed the outcomes of ethics instruction and peer-led team learning. Recently we have categorized students’ misconceptions in digital logic, we have identified special responsibilities of developers and users of computational models in research, and we have studied the effect of structured pairing in laboratories on students’ confidence and attitudes. Currently we are investigating whether instruction in professional ethics promotes students’ technical learning, we are assessing the long-term effect of general education courses, we are describing how graduate students develop mentoring skills as they supervise undergraduate researchers, and we are demonstrating how to convert core engineering courses to harness students’ intrinsic motivation to learn.

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