Fall 2019 Lecture Material:

Pre-Lecture #1:

(before class on August 27th, 2019)

Brainstorming and Ideation

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

Lecture #1:

(August 27th, 2019)

Getting Started

  • Welcome and Course Overview (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • Arijit Banerjee: Smart Interface for Solar Panels (contact)(pptx)
    • Irfan Ahmed: Health Make-a-thon Overview(contact)(pptx)
    • Irfan Ahmed: Health Maker Lab (contact)(pptx)
    • Dena Strong: Programmable Pillbox (contact)(pptx)
    • Howard Schein: Pacer for Swimming (contact)
    • Yamuna Phal: Active Feedback Controller for Laser Pointing Stability (contact)(pptx)
    • Brian Cunningham: PathTracker(contact)(pptx)
    • Brian Cunningham: Smartphone Hemocytometer (contact)(pptx)
  • Brainstorming & Ideation Activity (pptx)
  • RFA Process (pptx)
  • Winter is Coming (pptx)

Pre-Lecture #2:

(before September 3rd, 2019)

Beyond Ideation

Lecture #2:

(September 3rd, 2019)

Moving Forward

  • Agenda
  • Lab Rules and Safety (pdf)
  • Pitches
    • Blake Landry: Enabling enhanced understanding of the riverine and marine environments(contact)
    • Widya Ramadhani: ALICE Sensors (contact)(pptx)
    • Shelby Lawson: Bird Box (contact)(pptx)
    • Michael Lembeck: Magnetorquer (contact)(pptx)
  • Project Management (pptx)
  • Design Process (pptx)
  • Block Diagram Activity (pptx)

Pre-Lecture #3:

(before September 10th, 2019)

Design and Writing Tips

Lecture #3:

(September 10th, 2019)

Last Stop Before RFA

  • Welcome and Q&A (pptx)
  • Project Resources (pptx)
  • Intellectual Property (pptx)
  • Lab Notebook (pptx)
  • TA Meetings (pptx)
  • Building a Good R&V Table (pptx)
  • Writing Tips (pptx)
  • Communication Tips (pptx)
  • Ethics and Closing Remarks (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • Wonjoon Lee: Illinois AUV(contact)

Fall 2019 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)

Easy Cube Clock

Allan Englehardt, Jason Luzinski, Benjamin Riggins

Featured Project

Today's alarm clock market is full of inexpensive, but hard to use alarm clocks. It is our observation that there is a need for an alarm clock that is easy to set, and turn on and off with little instruction. Imagine an alarm that is set with the intuitive motion of flipping the clock over. When the alarm is on, you can see the alarm time on the top of the clock. To turn off the alarm, you simply flip it over to hide alarm display. Out of sight, out of mind. The front face of the clock will always show the current time, and will flip to the correct orientation.