Technology Startup Lab

Class: ECE 4377, ECE 5377 and cross-lists. Open to all engineering majors 

When: Offered Spring and Summer II semesters each year.

What: Students learn an industry standard process for commercializing an idea. The Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup methods are taught and implemented by student teams on ideas of their choosing. Engineering students partner with Rawls College of Business students to form project teams. Students "get out of the building" to discover customers for their product and report on their progress weekly. Entrepreneurs, innovators, and other community members share their insights through guest lectures, discussions, and tours.

Collaborators: Prof. Kelli Frias and Bagley Chair Ronald Mitchell (Rawls College of Business)

Introduction to Microsystems (MEMS I)

Class: ECE 4385, ME 4385, ECE 5385, ME 5385

When: Offered Fall semester each year.

What: The objectives of the course are: (1) To gain an interdisciplinary overview of the current state of MEMS and Microsystems (2) To understand the underlying physics, chemistry, and mathematical principles of MEMS (3) To operate and analyze the behavior of MEMS. (4) To be able to utilize computer tools to design MEMS devices for fabrication in a foundry process. Student teams will design a MEMS device that they will produce at the macroscale using a 3D printer. Other hands-on labs include the Class on a Chip System and wireless athletic performance sensors.

Collaborator: Prof. Jordan Berg (Mechanical Engineering)

Introduction to Microsystems II (MEMS II)

Class: ECE 4386, ME 4386, ECE 5386, ME 5386

When: Offered Spring semester each year.

What: Upon completion of the course, students should be able to design, develop, and test a MEMS-based sensor system from components. Student teams select a sensor project to design, build and test. Previous projects have included: an anti-bike theft device, a solar-powered garden soil monitor, and a wearable UV monitor.

Solar Energy

Class: ECE 4378, ECE 5378

When: Offered Summer I semester each year.

What: Provides an overview of photovoltaic materials, devices, and systems. Students learn to analyze performance based on available solar light. Design projects provide practical experience. Field trips to a local solar array and a semiconductor foundry give students in-depth views of industrial processes and systems.

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