This course is a two-semester-long ECEN capstone design lab, where
teams of 4-6 students propose, design, document, build, test,
and demonstrate a working prototype of an electronic system.
The project topic can be related to one or more ECEN areas,
including Bioengineering, Communications and Signal
Processing, Control Systems, Electromagnetics,
Optoelectronics, Power Electronics, Solid State Materials and
Devices. If possible, students interested in
taking the lab should form teams before the year starts and
discuss their project topic
ideas with the lab instructors and other faculty in various
ECEN areas. The result of each team's effort
will be a reliably operating electronics system
with publication quality technical documentation.
A typical project will consist of digital hardware
interfacing with "peripherals" (such as sensors, RF and
microwave electronics, optoelectronics, power amplifiers and
converters, motors and other actuators), and software.
EEEN and ECEN majors must have successfully completed the
required prerequisites of all ECEN core courses
(specifically, ECEN 2270, 3360 and all of
the prerequisites for those courses) along with
at least a co-requisite of an advanced analog
core course for the first semester of capstone
For the second semester of capstone (ECEN 4620), prerequisites are
ECEN 4610 plus two advanced analog core for ECEN majors and
three advanced analog core for EEEN majors.
Any student not meeting the
requirements will not be allowed to register for the
It is beneficial if students have also completed
ECE electives, 4000-level ECE labs, and
4000-level ECE theory courses related to the selected project topic.
The digital hardware part of the project can be realized
using one or a combination of the following options:
- Processor/DSP development board
- General-purpose microcontrollers and digital logic
- Digital logic implemented in FPGA
- PC with standard interface ports in conjunction
with a target processor
The final project will be demonstrated to the world at
large during the Capstone Lab Expo at the end of
the second semester.