Lectures :: ECE 445 - Senior Design Laboratory


Spring 2023 Lecture Material:


Pre-Lecture #1:

(before the first lecture)



Brainstorming and Ideation

  • Brainstorming and Ideation slides (pptx)
  • Videos (watch before coming to class)



Lecture #1:

(January 17th)



Getting Started

  • Welcome and Course Overview (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • Photo-irradiation of Glioblastoma (ads10@illinois.edu) (link)
  • Request for Approval (link)



Pre-Lecture #2:

(before the second lecture)



Beyond Ideation



Lecture #2:

( January 24th)



Moving Forward

  • Introduction (link)
  • Team Contract (link)
  • Writing Center (link)
  • Ethics (link)
  • Intellectual property (link)
  • Pitches
    • STRE&M: Automated Urinalysis (rom2@illinois.edu) (link)
    • Control System for the Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) Pilot Reactor (yzhang1@illinois.edu) (link)
    • Isolated Voltage Sensor (jop2@illinois.edu) (link)
  • PCB Tips (link)
  • Professor and TA Introductions
  • Additional Pitches:
    • Soil Moisture Controller (awitmer@illinois.edu) (link)
    • CfA Flying Area Accuracy Determination (jmhart3@illinois.edu) (link)


Pre-Lecture #3:

(before the third lecture)



Design and Writing Tips



Lecture #3:

( January 31st)



Last Stop Before RFA

  • Introduction (link)
  • Communication Tips (link)
  • Senior Design and Lab Safety (link)
  • Machine Shop – Gregg Bennett (gbenntt@illinois.edu)
  • Lab Noteboopk (link)
  • Modular Design (link)
  • R&V Table (link)
  • Proposal (link)
  • Design Review (link)

Spring 2023 Video Lectures:


Finding a Problem (Video)
Generating Solutions (Video)
Diving Deeper (Video)
Voting (Video)
Reverse Brainstorming (Video)
Homework for Everyone (Video)

Important Information

Using the ECE 445 Website (Video)
Lab Notebook (Video , Slides)
Modular Design (Video, Slides)
Circuit Tips and Debugging (Video , Slides)
Eagle CAD Tutorial (Video)
Spring 2018 IEEE Eagle Workshop (Slides)
Spring 2018 IEEE Soldering Workshop (Slides)

Major Assignments and Milestones

Request for Approval (Video, Slides)
Project Proposal (Video, slides)
Design Document (Video, slides)
Design Review (Video, slides)
Writing Tips (Video, slides)

RFI Detector

Jamie Brunskill, Tyler Shaw, Kyle Stevens

RFI Detector

Featured Project

Problem Statement:

Radio frequency interference from cell phones disrupts measurements at the radio observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Many visitors do not comply when asked to turn their phones off or put them in airplane mode.


We are planning to design a handheld device that will be able to detect radio frequency interference from cell phones from approximately one meter away. This will allow someone to determine if a phone has been turned off or is in airplane mode.

The device will feature an RF front end consisting of antennas, filters, and matching networks. Multiple receiver chains may be used for different bands if necessary. They will feed into a detection circuit that will determine if the power within a given band is above a certain threshold. This information will be sent to a microcontroller that will provide visual/audible user feedback.

Project Videos