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 2022 - Winner
NES Handheld Emulation Breakout Board for the BASYS-3
Brooks Corbett, Amilcar Paniagua, Sameul Kebadu, Joshua Riggs
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Jens-Peter Kaps
Spring 2022 - Winner
Synthetic Aperture Radar System
Jacob Brookhart, Thomas Page, Kelsey Schneider, Darwin Quiroz
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Qiliang Li
Alborz Alaeddini, Patrick Hawkes, Luis De Jesus, Joel James
Project Advisor: Dr. Q. Li
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
T. Ahmed, A. Dirie, P. Kim, K. Shiflett, and D. Tran
Project Advisor: Dr. F. Zhang
ECE/VSE Satellite Communications Ground Station
William Barnhart, Jamil Al Kallas, and Dominic Nguyen
Project Advisor: Dr. P. Pachowicz
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
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
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
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.
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.