Deborah Sharer, Ph.D.

Deborah Sharer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology
Phone: 
704-687-5057
Fax: 
704-687-1607
Degrees & Professional Registration: 
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1999
  • M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1993
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1990
  • Engineer in Training Certificate, North Carolina
Other Professional Appointments: 
  • UNC Charlotte, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Graduate Faculty, 2001–Present
  • Johnson C. Smith University, Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Assistant Professor, 2000–2001
  • UNC Charlotte, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1999-2000
  • UNC Charlotte, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Faculty Associate, 1994–1999
  • EPRI NDE Center, Charlotte, North Carolina. Member, Technical Staff, Inspection Division, 1991
  • UNC Charlotte, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1990–1994
  • ABET Self-Study Writing Committee, Member, ongoing
  • ET Department TAC/ABET Outcomes, Objectives and Assessment Strategies Committee, Member, ongoing
  • Freshman FAIT, Chair, ongoing
  • ELET FAIT, Member, ongoing
  • Communications FAIT, Member, ongoing
  • Faculty Grievance Committee, Member, 2005-2007
  • Distance Education Senior Program Manager Search Committee, Member, 2004
  • Faculty Advisory Library Committee (FALC), College of Engineering Representative, 2003-2005
  • Faculty CID Grants Committee (FCGC), Member, 2003-2005
  • Faculty Research Grants Committee (FRGC), Alternate, 2003-2005
  • ETEE Distance Education Program Assessment and Reauthorization, draft author, 2003-2004
  • Freshman Program Instructor/Advisor Search Committee, Member, 2003
  • Engineering Technology Department ABET Committee, co-Chair, 2002-Present
  • Faculty Honorary Degree Advisory Committee, 2002-2004
  • ET/ECE Laboratory Equipment Committee, Member, 2002-2003
  • Engineering Technology Department Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member, 2002
  • MET/CET Faculty Search Committee, Member, 2002
  • Ad Hoc Committee for 5-Year Plan (developed draft of Departmental Goals), Member, 2002
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Lower Division Proposal (developed admissions criteria matrix), Member, 2002
  • Celebration of Student Achievement Award Committee, Member, 2002
  • Undergraduate COE Excellence in Teaching Award Committee, Member, 2002
  • Graduate COE Excellence in Teaching Award Committee, Member, 2002
  • ELET SOAR Advisor, 2004-Present
  • ELET Freshman Mentor, 2004-Present
  • Volunteer, JETS Competitions, 2004-2005
  • Volunteer, Diversity in Engineering Technology Program summer camps, 2004
  • Judge, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Regional Science Fair, 2004 & 2005
  • National College Fair, Charlotte, North Carolina, ET Department Representative 2004 & 2005
  • NC Community College Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina, ET Department Representative, 2004
  • Co-moderator: 2004 ASEE Conference, Course/Program Assessment, Session 3650
  • Microelectronics text focus group, Member, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2004
  • Tau Alpha Pi, Faculty Advisor, 2003-Present
  • Participated in ET Department Articulation Conference, 2003 and 2005
  • Explore UNC Charlotte, ET Department representative, 2002-2005
  • Facilitator and participant, “Strategies for Success” summer programs, 2002-2004
  • ETEE faculty representative/student advisor for Solar Decathlon competition, 2002
  • Faculty mentor/advisor for McNair scholar, 2002
  • Advisory Committee member for “Strategies for Success” program, 2001-2004
  • Dissertation committee member, 1 Ph.D. electrical engineering student, 2005
  • Thesis committee member, 3 electrical engineering master’s students, 2002-2004
  • Senior Project Advisor for Electrical and Computer Engineering team, 2003-2004
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, Faculty Advisor, 2002-2004
  • Invited speaker to student chapter of SWE, 2002
  • Invited speaker for Charlotte chapter of Women In Engineering (WIE), 2001
  • Reviewer: ASEE SE Conference, 2004-2005
  • Reviewer: ASEE Conference, 2002-2005
  • Reviewer: FIE Conference, 2002-2003
  • Book review: Basic Electronics, 9th Edition, Grob & Schultz (approximately 1025 pages), 2003
  • Book review: Electronic Design, 4th Edition, Roden & Carpenter (approximately 950 pages), 2001
Research Grants: 
  • PI, IEEE Donation to support Diversity in Engineering Technology Project ($4,500), 2005
  • COE Small Grant funded to support attendance of one student at the 2003 ASEE Annual Conference ($635)
  • co-PI, “Strategies for Success,” direct congressional appropriation funded through the Department of Education ($544,000), 2001-2004
  • co-PI, “Test Solutions for Next-Generation Embedded Memories,” NSF ($356,602), 2000- 2003
Recent Publications: 
  • P.A. Tolley, C.M. Blat, D.L. Sharer and F. Tranjan, “Strategies for Success: Enhancing Minority Student Success in Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Professions,” Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2004 (nominated for best conference paper)
  • Raed Abou-Fakher and Deborah L. Sharer, “Comparison of Supplemental Instruction Strategies and Results for On-Campus and Distance Education Students,” Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2004
  • Catherine Blat, Jennifer Carroll, Deborah Sharer, and Patty Tolley, “Enhancing Minority Student Success in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Professions,” one hour workshop for the 10th National Conference on Students in Transition, Orlando, FL, November 2003
  • Deborah L. Sharer and Marty D. Frisbee, “Don’t Just Tell Me, Show Me! Presenting a Microelectronics Course Completely on the Internet,” Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Nashville, TN, June 2003
  • Marty D. Frisbee and Deborah L. Sharer, “Providing Additional Support to Internet Based Distance Learning by Applying Supplemental Instruction Techniques,” Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Nashville, TN, June 2003
  • Stephen J. Kuyath, Tomas G. Owen, Deborah L. Sharer, David L. Murphy, Jeffrey T. Kimble, and Mary F. Englebert, “Development of an Electrical Engineering Technology Distance Education Curriculum,” Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Nashville, TN, June 2003
  • Kyla Fields, Stephen Lopez, Deborah Sharer, and Patty Tolley, “Enhancing Minority Student Success in Engineering,” one hour workshop for the Diversity in Mentoring Conference (sponsored by the International Mentoring Association), Philadelphia, PA, April 2003
  • D. Sharer and F. Tranjan, “Model Generation of the Silicon Germanium (Si1-xGex) Bipolar Inversion Channel Field Effect Transistor (BICFET) Utilizing a Two-Dimensional Device Simulator,” Microelectronics Journal Vol. 33 No. 11, pp. 975-984, November 2002
Honors & Awards: 
  • Senior Member, IEEE, 2007
  • John H. Maxheim Faculty Fellowship, 2006
  • The William States Lee COE Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (undergraduate), 2006
  • Tau Alpha Pi: installed 2003
  • Golden Key International Honor Society: installed 2002
  • Phi Kappa Phi: installed 1992
  • Tau Beta Pi: installed 1988