NOTE: On September 8, 2006, Patrick Frantz left full-time employment at Rice University to start a new career in Tokyo, Japan. These pages are maintained primarily for archival purposes.
What did I do at Rice?
I wore several hats in my job at Rice. Here they are in descending order of importance:
- As CMC Executive Director, I handled administrative tasks related to the research conducted by the Center for Multimedia Communication.
- As CMC Technical Director, I directed the activities of the CMC research lab, especially as it relates to experimental research and hardware development as is being done in the TAPs and WARP projects.
- As Director of ECE Affiliates, I organized and mangaged the corporate relations for the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
- As Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, I taught several courses, most recently an introductory microcontroller programming course based on the TI MSP430 16-bit microcontroller, ELEC 226: Microcontroller and Embedded Systems Laboratory. (Download spring 2006 syllabus).
- As Special Liaison for International Engineering Education, I worked closely with my colleague Dr. Cheryl Matherly to develop international opportunities for engineering students. Our most recent project was the INNOVATE conference, which took place in Tokyo and Singapore in March 2005, and Shanghai, China and Kansai, Japan in March 2006. As part of the conference, we co-taught ENGI 205: Topics in Global Leadership in Technology for the benefit of the Rice delegates. In addition, I was a co-PI on an NSF grant for Rice's NanoJapan project.
- Informally, I served as the point-person on the internationalization of the Connexions project, especially where it related to developing Asian language content.