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Image of Arlen PlantingArlen Planting: Special Lecturer

Office: ET 227
Tel.: (208) 426-4826

Arlen Planting received his B.S. degree in Mathematics and his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Boise State University.

During his nearly two decades in government and corporate environments, Arlen held positions at the Oregon Department of Higher Education, Blue Cross of Idaho, H&W Computer Systems, and Hewlett Packard.  His industry experience has involved conceiving, developing, and implementing computer system solutions, working extensively in assembly language with Honeywell and IBM mainframe computer systems.  At H&W, Arlen specialized in custom programming (mainly in assembly language) to meet needs of Fortune 500 customers.  He developed a full-featured peer-to-peer communications channel for email messages between the mainframe environment and an IBM/Motorola paging engine, using both assembly and C languages.  The result was a successful commercial product to forward email messages from SYSM system (mainframe email) to alphanumeric pagers.

As a graduate student, Arlen was involved in research for Boise State’s FAA Center of Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research.  His pivotal role in the integration of hardware and software design for a wireless sensor network that could be used to detect and measure various contaminants in airliner cabins, earned him the 2006 FAA Air Transportation Centers of Excellence Outstanding Student of the Year.  

While working on his Masters degree, he developed and taught an experimental Embedded Systems Programming course to transition students’ knowledge of object oriented principles to the C programming language, and apply these methods to small embedded systems without operating systems.  He also helped to update the course materials for Digital Systems and Microprocessors (with FPGAs and soft core processors), and assisted in teaching these courses.

Arlen’s teaching interests are in the areas of device level software, digital communications (hardware and software), network protocols, hardware/software co-design, and embedded systems.

Arlen is a member of IEEE and the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE), and has presented papers at several ASEE conferences.