Mock Design Review


The Mock Design Review (MDR) is intended to aid your team as it prepares its design document. The MDR focuses narrowly upon providing feedback on the preparation of historically problematic design document elements. If these elements fall short during your Design Review the following week, precious time is lost…. to your detriment.

The MDR provides feedback on your preparation of important design review document elements including, but not limited to:

During the MDR, your team will have approximately 5 minutes to present an example of each of these elements. Expect to share the 30-minute MDR session with 4 to 5 other design teams… and come prepared to learn from their work… both the good and bad.

Your task is to prepare and present an “elevator pitch” of your project (i.e. high-level project description in 2 minutes). Your pitch is your MDR submission and should include samples of each element listed above extracted from your design document draft. During the MDR, speak to your MDR submission, which will be projected for all to see.

This is not a presentation of your design document, which will be substantially longer than the 4 to 6 pages of your MDR submission. Organize your submission in accordance with the design review document guidance and the example design review document. (Your submission should look like a report prepared in MS Word rather than a PowerPoint presentation). During the MDR, make your pitch directly from your submission.

The course staff will focus on providing feedback on the form of the sample MDR elements you present – the very limited available time will not afford detailed feedback on your design.

Requirements and Grading

We are looking for a high-level understanding of your design efforts – substantially via the sample elements (listed above) extracted from your in-progress design document. Upload your MDR submission to your project page on PACE (i.e. ECE 445 web board) before arriving at MDR:

As in your future design document, number pages after the title page in your MDR submission.

Any material obtained from websites, books, journal articles, or other sources not originally generated by the project team must be appropriately attributed with properly cited sources in a standardized style such as IEEE, ACM, APA, or MLA.

The course staff at the MDR will assign individual grades to each student based upon:

Submission and Deadlines

Sign-up for the Mock Design Review on to the ECE 445 course website – specifically at the Sign up for Team Presentation item on the PACE tab. Sign-up will open the Monday one week prior to the MDRs.

Upload your MDR submission (.pdf format) to the ECE 445 course website before your MDR session – specifically at the My Project item on the PACE tab.

While you will not complete peer reviews during the MDR, you are expected to actively contribute to the discussion.

S.I.P. (Smart Irrigation Project)

Jackson Lenz, James McMahon

S.I.P. (Smart Irrigation Project)

Featured Project

Jackson Lenz

James McMahon

Our project is to be a reliable, robust, and intelligent irrigation controller for use in areas where reliable weather prediction, water supply, and power supply are not found.

Upon completion of the project, our device will be able to determine the moisture level of the soil, the water level in a water tank, and the temperature, humidity, insolation, and barometric pressure of the environment. It will perform some processing on the observed environmental factors to determine if rain can be expected soon, Comparing this knowledge to the dampness of the soil and the amount of water in reserves will either trigger a command to begin irrigation or maintain a command to not irrigate the fields. This device will allow farmers to make much more efficient use of precious water and also avoid dehydrating crops to death.

In developing nations, power is also of concern because it is not as readily available as power here in the United States. For that reason, our device will incorporate several amp-hours of energy storage in the form of rechargeable, maintenance-free, lead acid batteries. These batteries will charge while power is available from the grid and discharge when power is no longer available. This will allow for uninterrupted control of irrigation. When power is available from the grid, our device will be powered by the grid. At other times, the batteries will supply the required power.

The project is titled S.I.P. because it will reduce water wasted and will be very power efficient (by extremely conservative estimates, able to run for 70 hours without input from the grid), thus sipping on both power and water.

We welcome all questions and comments regarding our project in its current form.

Thank you all very much for you time and consideration!