Remote Laboratory Collaboration Plan in Communications Engineering


  • Akram Ahmad Abu-aisheh University of Hartford
  • Tom Eppes University of Hartford



Remote, Virtual, E-learning environment, Communications Engineering


Communications laboratories for electrical engineering undergraduates typically require that students perform practical experiments and document findings as part of their knowledge and skills development. Laboratory experiments are usally designed to support and reinforce theories presented in the classroom and foster independent thinking; however, the capital cost of equipment needed to sustain a viable laboratory environment is large and ongoing maintenance is an annual expense. Consequently, there is a need to identify and validate more economic solutions for engineering laboratories. This paper presents a remote laboratory collaboration plan for use in an elctrical engineering communications course.

Author Biographies

Akram Ahmad Abu-aisheh, University of Hartford

AKRAM ABU-AISHEH is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Hartford where he has served as the assistant chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and director of the electronic and computer engineering technology program for two years. Professor Abu-aisheh has a doctorate in Optical Communications from the Florida Institute of Technology and Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. Professor Abu-aisheh has ten years of industry experience in the US including five years as a senior member of the technical staff at Tyco Telecommunications. His research interests include Fiber Optic Communications, Solar Energy, Power Electronics, and Engineering Education. He has published a book, a book chapter, and several international journals and conference papers. Dr. Abu-aisheh may be contacted at

Tom Eppes, University of Hartford

TOM EPPES received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University. His industry background spans twenty-two years with experience in research & development, engineering, product development, manufacturing and operations. He was employed by three Fortune 500 companies and later became a principal in four start-up ventures, one of which completed a successful initial public offering. Prof. Eppes has fifteen years of experience in higher education as an assistant professor and associate professor. His research interests include advanced manufacturing technologies, applied photonics, multiphysics modeling, and software development. He is a contributing author for seventy journal and conference papers. In the past seven years, he co-developed six network and software applications now in commercial use. Prof. Eppes served as Chair of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering for three years responsible for six graduate and undergraduate programs. He may be contacted at




How to Cite

Abu-aisheh, A. A., & Eppes, T. (2012). Remote Laboratory Collaboration Plan in Communications Engineering. International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE), 8(4), pp. 4–8.