NSF REU Site: Engineering Sensors, Systems, and signal Processing for Speech Pathology

Project Description

In this project, funded by the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, 9 students were recruited per year (3 years, ending in 2022) to participate in a10-week, hands-on, multi-disciplinary summer research experience. REU activities were shared across the facilities of the College of Engineering, the Department of Communicative Disorders, and the Speech and Hearing Clinic at UA, under the supervision of faculty from all units. All student projects apply engineering principles to develop technologies to support speech pathology research. This theme was chosen because it provides the opportunity for students to work on projects that have direct applications to improve society and are aimed at increasing students’ awareness of social responsibility in engineering. The evaluation provided by ISSR included formative and summative components and focused on the impact of the research experience on students’ development of research skills, interests in participation in further research, commitment to engineering, and post baccalaureate plans.


T.J. Freeborn, M. Gosa, D.M. McCallum, E. Steele, Student satisfaction and perceptions of summer REU experience in an engineering/communicative disorders focused site at program midpoint, 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN, 2022. https://peer.asee.org/student-satisfaction-and-perceptions-of-summer-reu-experience-in-an-engineering-communicative-disorders-focused-site-at-program-midpoint

Freeborn, T., Gosa, M., McCallum, D., & Steele, E. Speech pathology clinical shadowing and research experiences for undergraduate engineers & computer scientists. Paper presented at ASEE-SE 2020 conference, Auburn, AL, March 2020.