Design Projects

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Antares rocket
Satellite Created by Senior Design Students Launched into Space

ECE senior design students worked on the design and creation of a thinsat that was launched into space.

Design projects are an integral component of our undergraduate programs. They are part of several required and elective undergraduate courses, starting as early as the freshman year. These projects prepare our students for the culminating team-based design experience during their senior year.

Senior Design Projects

Our students produce designs that are ultimately built in hardware in our senior design lab. Many of our projects also have a significant software aspect to them as well as being multidisciplinary in nature. Our students work with bioengineers, cybersecurity engineers, mechanical engineers, and others to come up with innovative designs to solve challenging problems.

Each semester, we select the winner of the outstanding senior design project award. We encourage you to browse through some of our latest list of projects and award recipients:

Fall 2021-Winner

Virtual Piano

Virtual piano F21

Alborz Alaeddini, Patrick Hawkes, Luis De Jesus, Joel James

Project Advisor: Dr. Q. Li

Spring 2021-Winner

Inexpensive COVID-19 Touchless Door Handle Turner Attachment

James Day, Robert Landon DeCoito, Samuel Dunn, Dom Huh, Aaron Poulter-Martinez, and Daniel Rodriguez

Project Advisor: Dr. B. Mark

Fall 2020-Winner

Mapping the Mason Pond

F20 Senior Design Winner_0 (1)

T. Ahmed, A. Dirie, P. Kim, K. Shiflett, and D. Tran

Project Advisor: Dr. F. Zhang 

 

Spring 2020-Winner

ECE/VSE Satellite Communications Ground Station

William Barnhart, Jamil Al Kallas, and Dominic Nguyen

Project Advisor: Dr. P. Pachowicz

Fall 2019-Winner

Parametric Audio Controller (PAC)  Chris Carlson, Taylor Delawter Reuter, Thao Tran, Huy Vo, and Zachary Yarashus  Project Advisors: Dr. J. Jones and Dr. J. Nelson

Parametric Audio Controller (PAC)

Chris Carlson, Taylor Delawter Reuter, Thao Tran, Huy Vo, and Zachary Yarashus

Project Advisors: Dr. J. Jones and Dr. J. Nelson

 

Spring 2019-Winner

Hardware Acceleration of a Software Defined Radio Using an FPGA  Joseph Coffin, Thai Huynh, Pedro de Jesus, Alex Maxseiner, Lance Strain, and Nguyen Vo Project Advisors: Dr. Brian Mark and Dr. Peter Paris  Short Report

Hardware Acceleration of a Software Defined Radio Using an FPGA

 

Joseph Coffin, Thai Huynh, Pedro de Jesus, Alex Maxseiner, Lance Strain, and Nguyen Vo

Project Advisors: Dr. Brian Mark and Dr. Peter Paris

 

Short Report

 

 

 

2018 and Earlier

List of Awarded Senior Advanced Design Projects is listed here

For more information, or to sponsor a senior design project, contact Peter Pachowicz, ECE Department Senior Design Project coordinator

Class Projects

A significant part of the undergraduate student experience is to design and build an assortment of smaller electronic projects throughout the curriculum. Our electrical and computer engineering students work on these smaller-scale projects as part of several courses in our programs leading up to the culminating senior design project. We invite you to check out samples of these projects presented in our ECE 285 circuit analysis I showcase event. 

Club Projects

Members of student organizations are also actively involved in interesting projects. ECE students who want to get involved are encouraged to participate in one or more of these clubs. Participating in these clubs opens up many opportunities to learn together and connect with peers who have the same interests.