EE455: Electrical / Mechanical Design

Engineering in practice often employs a hybrid of electrical and mechanical design skills. This laboratory-intensive course takes students already proficient in analog design and microcontroller programming, and in the first module ties these skills together with microcontroller analog interfacing methods. The second module consists of a brief treatment of statics and continuum mechanics, and then introduces three-dimensional solid modeling, additive rapid prototyping, and stress analysis techniques. Students then demonstrate mastery of electrical and mechanical design skills in the third module design project. Laboratory experiments involving microcontroller interfacing and computer-aided design complement the lectures. Elective course. Prerequisite: EE223, EE339, PY208.


Lecture Schedule

In the following table, the readings and homework are assigned on the day listed and due on the following lesson. The readings are taken from the custom-printed class textbook unless otherwise noted.

# Date Title
Module 1: Project Management
1 16 Jan Course administration, Syllabus
2 17
3 22  
4 23  
5 24 Graded Review #1: CDR Draft
6 29  
7 30  
8 31 Graded Review #2: CDR Due
Module 2: Microcontrollers
9 5  
10 6  
11 7  
12 12  
13 13  
14 14 Graded Review #3
15 19  
16 20
17 21  
18 26  
19 27  
20 28 Graded Review #4
Module 3: Project Management (usually Solid Modeling)
21 5 Mar  
22 6  
23 7  
24 12  
25 13  
26 14 Graded Review #5 (just before spring break)
27 19  
28 20  
29 21 Graded Review #6
Battle of the Rockets, 29-31 March
Module 4: Project Management
30 2 Apr Comp time for 48 hours at competition
31 3 Clean rocket/flight systems, rover for window display
32 4 Comp time for 48 hours at competition
33 11 (FTX on T, W-is-a-M) Comp time for 48 hours at competition
34 16 Solidworks
35 17 Solidworks
36 18 Solidworks
37 23 Solidworks
38 24 Solidworks
39 25 Solidworks
40 30 Entrepreneurship
41 1 May Entrepreneurship
42 2 Admin

Documents

Graded Review  Complete these and email to me by midnight before the day of the graded review.

Timeline  The timeline will need to be updated at each graded review if milestone dates change.

Parts Order Form  Example of parts order form. Be sure to check that your parts are in stock.

Peer Review  At midterms and again at the end of the course you'll have a chance to rate your classmates work ethic.