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 14 Jan Course administration
2 15  
L1 16  
3 21  
4 22  
L2 23 Client Meeting #1
Graded Review #1
5 28  
6 29  
L3 30 Client Meeting #2
Graded Review #2
Module 2: Microcontrollers
7 4 Feb  
8 5  
L4 6  
9 11  
10 12  
L5 13 Graded Review #3
11 18  
12 19  
L6 20  
13 25 night class
14 26  
L7 27 Graded Review #4
Module 3: Solid Modeling
15 4 Mar  
16 5  
L8 6  
  no class: spring break
17 18  
18 19  
L9 20 Graded Review #5
19 25  
20 26  
L10 27  
Module 4: Project Management
21 1 Apr  
22 2  
L11 3 Graded Review #6
  no class: T = FTX, W = M, R = comp for 25 Feb
23 15  
24 16  
L12 17  
25 22  
26 23  
L13 24 Final Report - Graded Review #7
27 29 Lab cleanup, parts re-ordering
28 30 Client Meeting #3
Site Visit = Graded Review #8
Thu, Fri, Sat?  Fri, Sat, Sun?
L14 1 May End of year admin

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.

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