ECEN 1100 Freshman Seminar
Fall Semester 2012

Instructor: Prof. Michael Lightner, ECEE 1B55, 492-5180, 492-2758 (Fax)


Schedule: ECCR 200
Tues 5:00-5:50, ECCR 245 beginning 8/27 and continuing weekly
Grading: Reports must be submitted to our D2L page using the online form by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday following the seminar to receive full credit (full credit = 1 point).
Reports submitted after 5:00 p.m. on Friday but before 5:00 p.m. on Monday of the next week will receive 1/2 credit (half credit = 0.5 point).The lab visit reports due later in the semester are worth 2 points each.
Accumulate 12 or more points to earn an A
9 to 11.5 points to earn a B
7 to 8.5 points to earn a C
5 to 6.5 points to earn a D
0 to 4.5 points to earn an F


Introduce freshmen engineering students to electrical and computer engineering and to the people who practice it. Help students design a curriculum that will prepare them to follow a career in electrical and computer engineering.


Our classes will be of four types: A seminar from a faculty member: A student panel presentation: A presentation/discussion on ECEE curriculum, electives, etc,; Visits to undergraduate and research labs. Seminar speakers will introduce themselves. They will discuss an interesting product or project they are working on, at a level of complexity that makes the talk accessible to an intelligent layman. To the extent possible they will talk about the industry they work in and explain to students the kind of curriculum they should follow if they seek a career in that industry. Students will be encouraged to engage speakers in a dialog, so that they will have their questions about electrical and computer engineering answered by people who work and teach in the the industry. The emphasis will be on informality.