Fall 2020 Lecture Material:

Pre-Lecture #1:

(before class on August 25th, 2020)

Brainstorming and Ideation

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

Lecture #1:

(August 25th, 2020)

Getting Started

  • Welcome and Course Overview (pptx)
  • COVID-19 Guidlines (pptx)
  • ECE Writing Center (pptx)
  • Pitches
  • RFA Process (pptx)
  • Winter is Coming (pptx)

Pre-Lecture #2:

(before August 25th, 2020)

Beyond Ideation

Lecture #2:

( September 1st, 2020)

Moving Forward

  • Agenda
  • Machine Shop (contact)
  • Lab Rules and Safety (pdf)
  • Pitches
    • Greg Tucker: Dryer Project (contact)(pptx)
    • Tom Dillavou: Scooter Project (contact)
    • John Hart: Greenhouse Data Project (contact)
    • Ryan Corey: Hearing Aid Project (contact)(pptx)
    • Andy Singer: Acoustically silent rail project (contact)(pptx)
  • Ideation Activity (pptx)

Pre-Lecture #3:

(before September 8th, 2020)

Design and Writing Tips

Lecture #3:

(September 8th, 2020)

Last Stop Before RFA

  • Welcome and Q&A (pptx)
  • Project Resources (pptx)
  • Intellectual Property (pptx)
  • Lab Notebook (pptx)
  • Effective Teamwork (pptx)
  • HL requirement & R&V Table (pptx)
  • Block Diagram (pptx)
  • Communication Tips (pptx)
  • Ethics and Closing Remarks (pptx)

Spring 2020 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.