Spring 2020 Lecture Material:

Pre-Lecture #1:

(before class on January 21st, 2020)

Brainstorming and Ideation

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

Lecture #1:

(January 21st, 2020)

Getting Started

  • Welcome and Course Overview (pptx)
  • Pitches
    • Nate Ogden: John Deere Modular Interface PCB (contact)(pptx)
    • Ann Witmer: Agricultural Applications of ECE (contact)
    • Greg Tucker: Dryer Sensor (contact)(pptx)(doc)(vid)
    • Prof Arne Fliflet: Autonomous Sailboat (contact)(pptx)
    • Prof Jonathon Schuh: Solar Panel Submetering of ECEB (contact)(pptx)
    • Thomas Dillavou: Fagan Scooters (contact)(pptx)
  • Brainstorming & Ideation Activity (pptx)
  • RFA Process (pptx)
  • Winter is Coming (pptx)

Pre-Lecture #2:

(before January 28th, 2020)

Beyond Ideation

Lecture #2:

( January 28th, 2020)

Moving Forward

  • Agenda
  • Lab Rules and Safety (pdf)(pptx)
  • Pitches
  • Project Management (pptx)
  • Design Process (pptx)

Pre-Lecture #3:

(before February 4th, 2020)

Design and Writing Tips

Lecture #3:

(February 4th, 2020)

Last Stop Before RFA

  • Welcome and Q&A (pptx)
  • Project Resources (pptx)
  • Intellectual Property (pptx)
  • Lab Notebook (pptx)
  • TA Meetings (pptx)
  • Building a Good R&V Table (pptx)
  • Writing Tips (pptx)
  • Communication Tips (pptx)
  • Ethics and Closing Remarks (pptx)

Spring 2020 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)

Growing Degree Day Monitor

Anthony De Roo, John Habegger, Jay Zhaoyu Yao

Featured Project

The purpose is to create an inexpensive growing degree day monitor that records temperature and computes growing degree days for a specific farming field during a growing season. This monitor will be placed near a farm field where it will monitor temperature conditions during the growing season. It will record both the ambient air and soil temperatures over the course of day. These temperatures will then be used to calculate the growing degree days. The cumulative number of degree days will then be displayed on either a seven-segment display or this can be downloaded to a computer. This monitor will be powered through a combination of both solar and battery power.