EE455: Electrical / Mechanical Design

Engineering in practice often employs a hybrid of electrical and mechanical design skills. This laboratory-intensive course takes students already proficient in analog design and microcontroller programming, and in the first module ties these skills together with microcontroller analog interfacing methods. The second module consists of a brief treatment of statics and continuum mechanics, and then introduces three-dimensional solid modeling, additive rapid prototyping, and stress analysis techniques. Students then demonstrate mastery of electrical and mechanical design skills in the third module design project. Laboratory experiments involving microcontroller interfacing and computer-aided design complement the lectures. Elective course. Prerequisite: EE223, EE339, PY208.


Lecture Schedule

In the following table, the readings and homework are assigned on the day listed and due on the following lesson. The readings are taken from the custom-printed class textbook unless otherwise noted.

# Date Title
Module 1: Project Management
1 13 Jan Course administration, Syllabus
Lab 1 14  
2 19  
3 20  
Lab 2 21 Client Meeting #1
Graded Review #1
4 26  
5 27  
Lab 3 28 Client Meeting #2
Graded Review #2
Module 2: Microcontrollers
6 2 Feb  
7 3  
Lab 4 4  
8 9  
9 10  
Lab 5 11 Graded Review #3
10 16  
11 17  
Lab 6 18  
12 23  
13 24  
Lab 7 25 Graded Review #4
Module 3: Solid Modeling
14 1 Mar  
15 2  
Lab 8 3  
16 9  
Lab 9 10 Graded Review #5
17 15 poor attendance
Lab 10 16 Ac Thur + poor attendance
Module 4: Project Management
18 29  
19 30  
Lab 11 31 Graded Review #6
20 7 Apr  
21 12  
22 13  
Lab 12 14
Field trip to Dr. English's lab at Western New England University and Graded Review #7.  Leave VMI 0700 on Friday, 15 April.
23 19 Lab cleanup, reorder parts
24 20 Intellectual property
Lab 13 21 Intellectual property
25 26 Administration
26-27 27 Apr - May 4 Class DNF - Comp Time

Documents

Graded Review  Complete these and email to me by midnight before the day of the graded review.

Timeline  The timeline will need to be updated at each graded review if milestone dates change.

Parts Order Form  Example of parts order form. Be sure to check that your parts are in stock.

Peer Review  At midterms and again at the end of the course you'll have a chance to rate your classmates work ethic.