Fall 2017 Lecture Material:

Pre-Lecture #1:

(before Jan 17, 2017)

Brainstorming and Ideation

  • Brainstorming and Ideation slides (pptx)
  • Videos (watch before coming to class)
    • Finding a Problem and Generating Solutions (m4v)
    • Diving Deeper (m4v)
    • Voting (m4v)
    • Reverse Brainstorming (m4v, notes)
    • Homework (m4v)

Lecture #1:

(Jan 17, 2017)

Getting Started

  • Welcome and Course Overview (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • James Norton: Lava Lamps and Toy Trains (pptx)
    • Prof. Karl Reinhard: CPAP Performance Verification Device (docx)
    • Ryan Corey: Microphone Arrays (pptx)
    • Luke Wendt: Sneaky Pickle (pdf)
  • Brainstorming & Ideation Activity
  • May is Coming

Pre-Lecture #2:

(before Jan 24, 2017)

Beyond Ideation

Lecture #2:

(Jan 24, 2017)

Moving Forward

  • The RFA Process (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • Prof. Emad Jassim: Collaborative Projects with Mechanical Engineers (ppt, contact)
    • Rick Kessigner: LED Lighting for Photography (contact)
    • Prof. Karl Reinhard: Coil Guns and Solar Tracking
    • John Capozzo: Concussion Detection (pptx)
    • Luke Wendt: Water Aliasing, Balloon Assisted Strider and Ferrofluid Display (pptx, pdf)
  • Lab Rules and Safety (pptx, pdf)
  • Writing Tips (pptx)
  • Writing Requirements and Verifications (pptx, pdf)
  • Video Lecture Q&A Session
  • Charge!

Pre-Lecture #3:

(before Jan 31, 2016)

Design and Writing Tips

Lecture #3:

(Sep 6, 2016)

Last Stop Before RFA

  • Welcome and Video Lecture Q&A (pptx)
  • Intellectual Property (pptx)
  • The Design Process (pptx)
  • Project Resources (pptx)
  • Ethics (pptx)
  • Open Floor for Announcements

Fall 2017 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)

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)

Growing Degree Day Monitor

Anthony De Roo, John Habegger, Jay Zhaoyu Yao

Featured Project

The purpose is to create an inexpensive growing degree day monitor that records temperature and computes growing degree days for a specific farming field during a growing season. This monitor will be placed near a farm field where it will monitor temperature conditions during the growing season. It will record both the ambient air and soil temperatures over the course of day. These temperatures will then be used to calculate the growing degree days. The cumulative number of degree days will then be displayed on either a seven-segment display or this can be downloaded to a computer. This monitor will be powered through a combination of both solar and battery power.