The main purpose of our highest
priority list is to make the student lab experience in some of
our most popular labs more productive, educational, and positive.
For example, it has been our experience that the CS majors taking
EECS150 do not make adequate use of debugging tools, such as the
HP 1651A Logic Analyzers and the dual mode Tektronix 2230
oscilloscopes, primarily due to the high complexity of the
instruments and the limited previous exposure to instruments by
those students. This makes teaching and implementation of
debugging techniques very difficult, and the students spend too
much of their time debugging their designs. Our goal is to
replace the two complex instruments with the new, unique 54615D
MSOs, which we have successfully tested with some CS students
during the Summer. The course instructors are very much looking
forward to developing new labs around the MSO, and, in working
with HP's Colorado EMD, make the labs available to anyone on the
web. The displaced 1651As will be welcomed with open hands by our
EE students in upper division circuit labs.
All of our lower division
students take EECS43, which stresses hands-on experiments. Due to
space limitations, we loan out kits, including a Radio Shack
Micronta DMM (with very high mortality rates!), and electronic
robot kits for the students to take home. This has the added
benefit in allowing the students to do some exploring and
tinkering on their own time. This added freedom and flexibility,
coupled with weekly 'Robot Parties', where students informally
gather with faculty to share their experiences, is an important
means of discovery and learning that often gets lost in a more
structured lab environment. Even though many students get
attached to their projects, the items are returned at the end of
the semester, to be used again the following semester.
The hands-on experience is
carried through to the Upper Division labs, where students are
introduced to more advanced concepts, including lab automation.
In EECS143, they design, build, and, using the HP SPA, analyze
their ICs. The same SPA is used by EECS105, and we are currently
facing a serious shortage of those, seriously affecting
EECS1: Electrical Engineering - A First Course
Faculty in charge: Prof. White
Description: This course is
intended for freshmen who are majoring in (or who think they
might like to major in) electrical engineering and computer
science. The lecture component of the course is a survey of the
major areas of the field. The laboratory component is a two hour
per week, hands-on, opportunity to discover the tools of the
EECS105: Microelectronic Devices and Circuits
Faculty in charge: Prof. Rabaey
Description: The course covers analysis of bipolar and MOS circuits, propagation delay and noise margins, dynamic logic concepts, regenerative logic circuits, and memories.
EECS143: Processing and design of Integrated Circuits
Faculty in charge: Profs. Cheung and Spanos
Description: This clean room lab is very unique in the undergraduate curriculum. The students design, lay out, build and characterize simple semiconductor circuits, including a ring oscillator.
Currently, the above courses
time share the use of a limited number of Hewlett Packard
Semiconductor Parameter Analyzers. We have recently automated the
characterization process in EECS143 to increase the efficiency of
use of the SPAs, but still fall short in the larger EECS105 labs.
EECS105 and EECS141 share the same lab space, and we are
currently targeting the two labs for a major revision. Just a few
weeks ago, we received 12 Hewlett Packard 54615B DSOs to replace
the slower 100 MHz Tektronix analog scopes, and still need to
replace the old Fluke DMMs, add PCs and put the new scopes
on-line with the MSM/HPIB modules.
EECS40, 40I, 41I, 43: Introduction to Electrical Engineering (Self-Study)
Faculty in charge: Profs. Howe, White
This lab course covers passive circuit analysis, analog and digital building blocks and systems, semiconductor devices, and simple circuits.
We currently have over 200 take-home kits for the introductory courses, due to a shortage of lab space. The kits include some basic electronic active and passive components and either a Micronta DMM or VOM. The Micronta meters are not very rugged, and have been failing at a high rate. We are requesting hand-held meters that are better suited for such a harsh environment, both physical and electronic.
EECS150: Components and Design Techniques for Digital Systems
Faculty in charge: Profs. Katz and Newton
This extremely popular course covers basic building blocks and design methods to construct synchronous digital systems, logic families, finite state machines, and a substantial design project. The existing Tektronix 2230 oscilloscopes are difficult to use, are wearing out, and are not longer supported by the manufacturer. The Hewlett Packard 1651A logic analyzers that would be displaced would be welcomed by the EECS105 and EECS141 shared laboratory.
EECS117: Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
Faculty in charge: Prof. Lieberman
This introductory, junior/senior level course describes and analyzes phenomena in electromagnetic fields and waves from both the engineering applications and theoretical points of view. Upon completion, the student will have engineering intuition and analysis skills for treating pulses and sinusoidal signals on transmission lines, electrostatic and magnetostatic phenomena, plane wave scattering from surfaces, and simple radiating systems. EECS 117 would benefit greatly from the 8594E Spectrum Analyzer, which would be used to develop a new RF antenna experiment for the lab component of the course.
It was difficult to draw the
line between this and the highest priority group. We further plan
to reduce the amount of unproductive time students need to spend
in the lab, by forcing lab automation by way of HPIB control and
PCs running HPVEE. We have purchased a license for HPVEE, which
we share with the rest of the College. The EECS100 lab currently
exposes a great majority of non-EECS Engineering (Colleges of
Engineering and Chemical Engineering) majors to modern equipment
and lab automation. Due to resource limitations, the lab shares
space and equipment with EECS145L and EECS145M (as well as
MSME238). One of our former students has developed a set of labs
based on a Magnetic Bearing, including an Air Turbine, and we
would like to offer these new labs in the coming year.
We are taking a closer look at
the experiments offered to our students in our Microwave courses,
and have a set of new experiments planned for EECS117, to include
antennas, modulation, and transmission.
EECS113: Power Electronics
Faculty in charge: Prof. Sanders
This recently revised lecture
lab contains experiments involving characterization and design of
magnetic devices, semiconductor power devices and power control
and conversion. We are requesting a rack-mount 1800-W electronic
load mainframe along with two 600-W electronic loads to allow us
to test our circuits under a controllable load. In the lab, we
have an HP4195A, and are requesting an impedance test kit to
allow us to make measurement of various components used in the
EECS145L: Introductory Electronic Transducer Laboratory
Faculty in charge: Dr. Derenzo
This lab explores a variety of electronics transducers for force, displacement, sound, light, ionic potential, using circuits for low-level differential amplification and analog signal processing and use of microcomputers for digital sampling and display.
EECS145M: Introductory Microcomputer Interfacing Laboratory
Faculty in charge: Dr. Derenzo
In this lab students construct basic interface circuits and write code for data acquisition, storage, analysis, display, and control.
EECS100: Electronic Techniques in Engineering
Faculty in charge: Dr. Wujek
This overview course covers analysis of passive circuits, sinusoidal steady-state response, transient response, operational amplifiers, digital building blocks, digital systems, microprocessor control, power systems, and control.
The existing DMMs do not offer
sufficient accuracy, are not identical, nor reliable.
For various student projects, Instruction needs a fast logic analyzer with a pattern generator. This piece of equipment would float from lab to lab, as needed.
EECS120: Signals and Systems
Faculty in charge: Profs. Kahn and Fearing
Description: This junior level lab has been well received in the Department. The course covers frequency response, modulation, sampling, aliasing, and PID controllers, using HPVEE. A fourth station will ease crowding and reduce the impact on our existing resources.
We really need a fourth station
for our Upper Division systems lab, EECS120L, but have managed
with three by allowing our students 24 hour access to the
equipment. The lab has had to be quite robust, runs on HPVEE, and
will be distributed to HP's Educational Advisory Council. We have
formed a committee of faculty members to review the EECS135 lab,
to modernize the experiments (we are still using a tube 12GHz RF
source that we fixed after HP disposed of it some 10+ years ago,
and maintenance is becoming an important issue). We also plan to
add new optics experiements.
EECS135: Microwave, Optics, and Plasma Laboratory
Faculty in charge: Prof. Lieberman and Dr. Tien
Description: This course
includes 18 separate experiments ranging from optics, plasmas,
vacuum systems, and microwave design and analysis. The lab needs
to be updated, and the scopes will be used to make high frequency
measurements in fiber optic and MHD booster stage rocket
EECS192: Mechatronic Design Laboratory
Faculty in charge: Prof. Fearing, Dr. Flynn
This senior design course focuses on application of theoretical principles in electrical engineering to control of a small-scale system, such as a mobile robot. Small teams of students design and construct a mechatronic system incorporating sensors, actuators, and intelligence.
The lab consists of 6 independent stations, and a triple supply is requested for each, to assist in the development of logic and interface circuits and high current bipolar motor drive stages.
EECS125: Introduction to Robotics
Faculty in charge: Prof. Sastry
This lab serves as an introduction to kinematics, dynamics and control of robot manipulators, robotics vision, sensing and the programming of robots. We have three robot arms in the lab, and are adding a magnetic bearing and air turbine experiments. The scopes in the lab are old Tektronix 5000 series scopes, and the mechanical switches have worn out, making measurements very unreliable.
(please see Priority One)
The lab characterizes various passive and magnetic components used in switching power circuits and a good impedance meter is requested.