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1 ECE The Engineering Clinic Program Steve Blair - Undergraduate students working with industry on real-world projects

2 Engineering Clinics Industry proposes problems of interest. The department selects up to five undergraduate students (seniors) and a faculty member to work on the problem over a one-year period. Formal statement of work created through discussions between the University team and the industry sponsor. Periodic design reviews, formal written reports and formal oral presentation of the results

3 Sponsor Benefits Companies Invest in engineerings future Access to students and faculty Solve problems of importance to sponsors Good recruiting tool Ability to support education without outright gifts Significant visibility and recognition at the U

4 Student Benefits Students The learning experience is unequalled by traditional academic environments Satisfies the senior thesis requirements Experience in team work and technical presentations Opportunity to apply engineering skills to real-world engineering problems Student scholarships ($1000/student)

5 Clinic Projects Applied Signal Technology: Design and Implementation of a Capture and Analysis Tools for New Internet Protocols GE Healthcare: HDTV Video Converter with Touch Screen Control Hill AFB (2 projects): Programmable Interface Module Redesign of Common Aircraft Portable Reprogramming Equipment Low-Power Bi-directional Level Shifter L-3 Communications: Phase Tracking for Low-SNR Communication Systems Micron: Power Efficient Memory Management in Cell Phones Moog: Digital Control Circuit for Aircraft Flight Control Actuation Sandia National Laboratories: Damage Detection in Short Fibers Using Optical Time Domain Reflectometry

6 Clinic Projects Applied Signal Technology: A Phase-Locked Loop with Arbitrarily Wide Lock Range for Software-Based Radios GE Healthcare: USB Hub Design with 4000V Isolation Hill AFB (2 projects): Integration of Programmable Interface Module and Low-Power Bi- directional Level Shifter DDC assembler Micron: Novel hybrid hard drive design Moog: Antenna study Motorola: Backward wave oscillator with carbon nanotube emitter MOXTEK: X-ray detection electronics Sandia National Laboratories: High-Resolution OTDR for Damage Detection in Short Length Optical Fibers ZEVEX: Characterization of an Ultrasonically Driven Needle

7 Project Timeline Spring semester, Junior Year Sponsors identified Student team and faculty advisor chosen Initial meeting with sponsor Senior Year The team, along with the faculty advisor and the industrial liaison, prepare a proposal that includes the tasks to be completed and a schedule with milestones During the course of the year, the team conducts several design reviews including, in many cases, at the sponsor site The students complete the project, write a formal report and make a formal presentation during the spring semester

8 Integration with CE Program Many projects are CE related Guarantee at least 5 slots for CE students each year CS/EE initial clinic sign up CS/EE prepare mock proposal CS/EE work with clinic team CS/EE work with clinic team


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