ECE Senior Design Advisory Committee Report Dave Meyer, Chair Eric Furgason, Jim Krogmeier, Jeff Gray, Carla Zoltowski, Barrett Robinson December 10, 2004
Outline • Definitions • SDAC Mission • Current ECE Senior Design Options • Design Project Snapshots • Items Under Consideration
Definition – Senior Design Course A Senior Design Course must provide students with a major multi-disciplinary design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work. The design project must be team-based and must incorporate engineering design standards and realistic constraints that include most of the following considerations: economic; environmental; sustainability; manufacturability; ethical; health and safety; social; and political. The experience must also reinforce the students’ understanding of ethical and professional responsibility and their ability to communicate effectively.
Definition – Major Design Experience • the establishment of objectives and criteria • synthesis • analysis • construction • testing • evaluation A major design experience is one that involves at least three (3) credit hours of coursework with 100% engineering design content and involves most of the following elements of the design process:
SDAC Mission • Review ECE senior design course certification requests • Review ECE senior design semester reports • Make recommendations to ECE Curriculum Committee regarding reviews
Current ECE Senior Design Options • ECE 402 ECE Design Projects • ECE 477 Digital Systems Senior Project • ECE 490 Senior Participation in EPICS
Items Currently Under Consideration • Approving senior design courses offered by other engineering departments (e.g. ME 463) for ECE senior design credit • Developing a “project course” evaluation form that could be used for all senior design options • Revamping/reinstituting ECE 300 (“Junior Seminar”) as a pre-requisite for senior design • Promoting design across the curriculum