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)

LED Cube

Michael Lin, Raymond Yeh

LED Cube

Featured Project

LED technology is more advanced and much more efficient than traditional incandescent light bulbs and as such our team decided we wanted to build a device related to LEDs. An LED cube is inherently aesthetically pleasing and ours will be capable of displaying 3D animations and lighting patterns with much increased complexity compared to any 2D display of comparable resolution. Environmental interaction will also be able to control the various lighting effects on the cube. Although our plan is for a visually pleasing cube, our implementation can easily be adapted for more practical applications such as displaying 3D models.