Fall 2018 Lecture Material:

Pre-Lecture #1:

(before class on Aug 28th, 2018)

Brainstorming and Ideation

  • Brainstorming and Ideation slides (pptx)
  • Videos (watch before coming to class)

Lecture #1:

(Aug 28th, 2018)

Getting Started

  • Welcome and Course Overview (pptx)
  • Pitches
  • Brainstorming & Ideation Activity (pptx)
  • May is Coming

Pre-Lecture #2:

(before Sep 4th, 2018)

Beyond Ideation

Lecture #2:

(Sep 4th, 2018)

Moving Forward

  • Agenda (pptx)
  • The RFA Process (pptx)
  • Project Management (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • Blake Johnson: POETS/John Deere Wireless Power Transfer System (pptx, contact)
    • Amr Martini: DLP Shape Shifter (pptx, contact)
    • James Allison: Wind Turbine Generator (pdf, contact)
    • Fiona Kalensky: Therapalz (pdf, contact)
  • Lab Rules & Safety I (pdf)
  • Writing Tips (pptx)
  • Design Process (pdf)

Pre-Lecture #3:

(before Sep 11th, 2018)

Design and Writing Tips

Lecture #3:

(Sep 11th, 2018)

Last Stop Before RFA

  • Agenda (pptx)
  • Effective Communication
  • Intellectual Property (pptx)
  • Presentation Tips (pptx)
  • Lab Rules and Safety II (pdf)
  • Building a Good R&V Table (pptx)
  • Project Resources (pptx)
  • Ethics (pptx)

Fall 2018 Video Lectures:


Finding a Problem (Video)
Generating Solutions (Video)
Diving Deeper (Video)
Voting (Video)
Reverse Brainstorming (Video)
Homework for Everyone (Video)

Important Information

Using the ECE 445 Website (Video)
Lab Notebook (Video , Slides)
Modular Design (Video, Slides)
Circuit Tips and Debugging (Video , Slides)
Eagle CAD Tutorial (Video)
Spring 2018 IEEE Eagle Workshop (Slides)
Spring 2018 IEEE Soldering Workshop (Slides)

Major Assignments and Milestones

Request for Approval (Video, Slides)
Project Proposal (Video, slides)
Design Document (Video, slides)
Design Review (Video, slides)
Writing Tips (Video, slides)

Environmental Sensing for Firefighters

Andri Teneqexhi, Lauren White, Hyun Yi

Environmental Sensing for Firefighters

Featured Project

Hyun Yi, Lauren White, and Andri Teneqexhi earned the Instructor's Award in the Fall of 2013 for their work on the Environmental Sensing for Firefighters.

"Engineering is all about solving real life problems and using the solutions to improve the lives of others. ECE 445 allows you to actually delve deeper into what this really means by providing students the chance to undergo the engineering design process. This requires taking all of the theoretical knowledge, lab experiences, and ultimately, everything that you have ever learned in life, and applying it to your project. Though, there is structure to the course and deadlines in place to measure your team's progress, the actual design, implementation, and success of your project is all determined by you. Unlike any other course that I have taken, I've gained an appreciation for the utilization and benefits of external resources, unforeseen scheduling delays, delegating tasks, and most importantly, teamwork. I consider ECE 445 to be a crash course into real life engineering and a guide to become a successful engineer." -- Lauren White