ECET Graduate Courses
ECET 525 - Applications in Forensic Engineering Technology. A study of the application of engineering and technology in the jurisprudence system. Topics include failure analysis of electrical and mechanical systems, evidence collection and handling, development of failure hypotheses, levels of confidence, forensic engineering reports, the legal process, expert witness testimony, international issues, fire science, explosion dynamics, and use of x-rays for non-destructive testing. Actual case studies are used extensively.
ECET 581A - Analog Systems: Analysis, Design and Control. This course provides a broad review of discrete analog circuits, general purpose analog ICs (i.e. op amp), and specialized analog ICs. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of design alternatives, and worst-case performance. Simulations are used extensively, including the creation of models from manufacturers’ specifications. Students are required to control their analog systems via a higher-level language. A variety of software and analog IC performance envelopes is encouraged to allow each student to customize the course to their area of interest. The students are required to complete a hardware project.
ECET 581B - Advanced Printed Circuit Board Layout. In this course advanced printed circuit board design and layout are studied. Topics include substrates, design methodologies, mechanical design, EMI, electrical characteristics, power systems, multilayer & stackup and design for testability. The course encompasses RF, high speed digital and mixed signal printed circuit boards throughout the semester.
ECET 581C - Efficient Energy Engineering Technology. A study of energy auditing, rate structures, economic evaluation techniques, lighting efficiency improvement, HVAC optimization, cogeneration with renewable sources, building energy flow, Distributed Digital Control systems, process energy management, and maintenance considerations.
ECET 581D - Advanced Electronic Manufacturing. Uses concurrent engineering principles to design printed circuit boards (PCBs) for the appropriate automated process steps in the manufacturing and testing of circuit board assemblies which use newer electronic packaging techniques such as flip chip devices and array technology devices such as ball grid arrays (BGAs). Design for testability (DFT) with automated test equipment (ATE) is also covered. Included are laboratory exercises using Design of Experiments (DOE) in the evaluation of process steps as well as other lab exercises with the use of analytical and software tools to determine if the process steps are in control. Case studies are used to evaluate process steps
ECET 581E - Applied Electromagnetics. This course provides an advanced treatment of electromagnetics and applications at the graduate level. In the course, electric and magnetic field theory is presented culminating in a thorough treatment of Maxwell’s equations. This course provides a solid background for the continued study of wireless and other areas of RF communications at the graduate level. Topics include vector analysis, electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic wave radiation and propagation in freespace, waveguides and fiber optics. A semester long project based on applied electromagnetics is required for each student.
ECET 581M - Embedded Microcontroller Systems. A project-oriented applications course emphasizing embedded microcontrollers. Students will complete 2 major projects involving a variety of embedded microcontrollers and a review of the associated development systems. The course is taught on a combined lecture and lab basis.
ECET 581S - Selected Topics in Sensor Networks. Reduced device size combined with improvements in wireless communications has sparked interest in deploying networks of sensors in a wide variety of monitoring and control applications in several scientific and industrial disciplines. The application-specific nature of these networks presents new challenges in many disparate, but tightly coupled areas such as packaging, power management, processing, and communications. In addition, sensor networks are being proposed on scales never before imagined, which then amplifies issues such as network organization, cooperation, data movement, reliability and fault tolerance. Communication and routing techniques used in other large scale networks (such as the Internet) may not be applicable to sensor networks, given their unique operational and performance requirements. This course is for students from many disciplines, including the sciences, agriculture, and all areas in the College of Technology. This course will introduce students to the general technological issues and constraints in sensor networking while focusing on a ”core” issue or challenge as the central theme of each semester. Students will also be directly exposed to the current state-of-the-art in off-the-shelf sensor network components and the class will analyze the state of current standards and research trends.