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Dr. Agnieszka Miguel has recieved the 2013 Science and Engineering Teacher of the Year Award. Last year Dr. Henry Louie received the same award. That is 2 years in a row that ECE Faculty have recieved the honor! Way to go!!
Congratulations to Professor Al Moser who is a recipient of the Seattle Youth Initiative Fund for Engagement for the 2013-2014 year. Dr. Moser and a team of ECE students will teach a two week summer robotics program as part of the Rotary Boys and Girls Club summer camp. The camp is offered free to middle school aged participants and provides a fun way to engage minds, expand learning, and expose youth to new technology.
The ECE department's DSP Lab course (ECEGR 407) has been revamped for Spring Quarter thanks to a donation of 12 OMAP-L138 Low Cost Development Kits from Texas Instruments. These kits feature a dual core ARM9 and C6748 Fixed/Floating Point DSP capable of running at 450MHz. With a full host of peripherals, audio/video input and output, and a complete software development suite in Code Composer Studio (also donated by TI), any variety of DSP based solutions for biometric, audio, video processing, communications and analytics can be developed.
Leveraging this new hardware platform as well as the graphical programming environment LabVIEW, instructor Ken Rabold (TI Software Engineering Manager and Seattle University EE alum) has crafted a new set of lab exercises that cover the fundamental aspects of DSP programming in both simulated and real-world environments. The course culminates with the students creating a DSP project of their choice on theOMAP-L138.
Thanks for the donation go to Cathy Wicks of TI's University Program.
ECE students Patrick Berg (’14), Jeremy Deibell (‘13), Aaron Fitch (’13) and Caitlin Ryberg (‘13) were named PES Scholars by the IEEE Power & Energy Society. The nation-wide competitive scholarship “supports the most promising future engineers in power and energy”. ECE Assistant Professor Henry Louie served on the Steering Committee that created the multi-million dollar scholarship program, and notes that “Given the relative size of Seattle University, having four PES Scholars is a testament to our strong and growing power engineering program.” More information about the scholarship is found here www.ee-scholarship.org.
Seattle University ECE students were treated to a visit by the OMICRON Roadshow Bus, a “classroom on wheels” that is designed to teach about utility substation maintenance and operation. OMICRON is an international company that produces testing and diagnostic equipment for the electric power industry. Experiential, outside-the-classroom experiences such as the bus tour are a distinction of a Seattle University education
It has been said that 90 percent of the engineers in the world design products and solutions for the world’s wealthiest 10 percent. As part of Seattle University’s commitment to social justice, ECE students spent a recent Saturday learning design methods for the “other 90 percent”. Every night, nearly one billion people are left without adequate light to study, socialize or otherwise be productive. To learn about appropriate lighting methods, students constructed “Lightsticks”—small, battery-operating LED lighting devices--using simple materials and construction methods. The workshop was led by Dr. Henry Louie, Michael Dauenhauer and Peter Dauenhauer and was sponsored by a Seattle University Global Grant.
Did you know that natural gas supplies nearly 25 percent of electrical energy in the United States? In Fall of 2012, Seattle U ECE students toured Puget Sound Energy’s Encogen natural gas-fired power plant in Bellingham, Washington to learn about this important energy resource. Students saw how natural gas is used to generate electricity through combustion turbines and steam turbines. The tour was conducted as part of the Electromechanical Energy Conversion course taught by Dr. Henry Louie.
One minute highlight video (audio removed) from recent presentation. Apurva Mishra
Nichole Porter, who graduated from SU ECE in June 2012, wrote a wonderful featured article for the Women in Engineering segment for the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) site: http://www.ieee-pes.org/enews-update/564-wie-nichole-porter
Senior Design Team ECE 13-3 Videolog
PACCAR seeks a solution to improve fuel efficiency. In particular, this project focuses on designing a system to measuring both wind speed and tires tread wear.
Senior Design Team ECE 13-1 Videolog
We are working with Honeywell Aerospace on a project to improve the data load process to their onboard airplane recorders
Senior Design Team ECE 13-6 Videolog
SNC-Lavalin is one of the largest engineering companies in the world. The project is to design a system to protect equipment and personnel in thermal power plants and substations
Senior Design Team - ECE 13-5 Videolog
A Senior Design Projects focused on humanitarian work in Zambia. The focus has been to deliver energy resources to rural areas in southern Africa.
Senior Design Team ECE 13-4 videolog
Our task for the 2012 sixth mission is to create a completely autonomous aerial robot capable of completing the specified scenario given by the IARC.
Senior Design Team ECE13-2 videolog
The Xebra Zap is an electric car capable of 40 mph and 40 miles per charge. A goal of our project is to create an electric vehicle and find ways to improve on the current design of the Zap car.
Super Mario Brothers VHDL Solution to the Classic Arcade Game - Chris McDougall June 2012
Accomplishments: Create graphics engine, purely via hardware language, Created sound synthesizer via hardware language, Programmed entire game from scratch. Integrated DE2 board with screen and controls into arcade cabinet. Finished bulk of work in the span of a quarter.
IEEE Student President Caitlin Ryberg
Story by: Mike Thee"Father Otten, as many know, served on SU's College of Science and Engineering faculty for a number of years. These days, he's working in Chikuni, Zambia"... full article
Alumnus Joe Blaschia Jr. presented a seminar on his many lessons learned and the joys and challenges of creating and running his own engineering company. Joe graduated from Seattle University in 1973 and started his company in 1979 developing a unique approach to managing the workplace which led to his company becoming "green". ADCOMM Engineering Company
Chris McDougall, ECE Major, 2012For the past five months the senior design team ECE 12.3 has been racing towards a goal. The goal is the region 6 micromouse competition. Given the task to research, design, prototype, then build a final robot for the purpose of allowing Seattle University to have another competition outlet, was indeed a tall order. Luckily ECE 12.3 managed to buckle down as a team and push around 2000 man hours into the project.....read how they won!
Seattle University's micromouse team has risen from a room full of ideas, to the winners of region 6 micromouse competition.
In late October 2011, Scientists, engineers, technology professionals, academics, foundations, government and non-government organizations, and individuals engaged in humanitarian work gathered at the inaugural IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle to present and discuss solutions for present and future humanitarian needs. http://www.todaysengineer.org/2012/Jan/GHTC-2011.asp
Students this quarter are studying robotic manipulators for the first time. They are finding that teachers can make even a cool toy tediously analytic.
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Over Winter Break Dr. Louie traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to give an invited talk at the Innovative Smart Grid Technologies conference. His talk focused on the benefits of professional development through the IEEE Power & Energy Society, of which he is the Vice President of Membership & Image.
You can find more ECE Videos on the ECE Channel: http://www.seattleu.edu/scieng/ece/tv.html
More than 250 Boys & Girls Club youth attended a Saturday first-ever Kids TechFest on the Microsoft Corp. campus in Redmond this October. Kids TechFest is a collaborative program of area tech companies, schools, and the Boys & Girls Club dedicated to engaging kids in the world of technology. Nine ECE students and Professor Alvin Moser provided the electronic hardware and support for a Robotics module using Mindstorms. They helped the kids get an introduction to robotics, learned some things about motivating that age level, and enjoyed a Microsoft lunch and the legendary free Microsoft pop.
On June 27th our group of five; Dr. Louie, Vincent Van Acker, Karim Farraj , Josh Peavler and Ayesha Pirbhai (me) left for our immersion trip to Zambia. After 11,660 miles we arrived in Lusaka. Lusaka is the capital of Zambia and about three hours away from Chikuni, which is where we built and tested the wind turbine. From Seattle, we brought the stator, rotors, alternator assembly and some tools with us and it was our goal to build the blades, find/make a tower and to find the optimal location for the placement of the wind turbine... read more at Community Solutions Initiative website. Watch Video
Twenty ECE students and Dr. Henry Louie spent their Saturday touring the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center in Ellensburg, Washington. The center, owned by Puget Sound Energy, is home to 149, 1.8 to 2.0 MW wind turbines and a 500 kW solar panel array. The field trip complemented theory taught in the classroom with real-world applications of renewable energy systems.
Dr. Henry Louie (ECE Professor) and Steve Szablya (Director of Facilities) were awarded the competitive Global Grant from the SU Global Engagement Office. With this funding they are developing a theoretical, practical, and hands-on program to teach students about appropriate technology designs for underserved communities. The focus of this year’s program is on energy poverty. About 20 ECE students are participating in the program, which includes building a 700 W wind turbine on the Seattle University campus. The grant, along with additional funding from the Seattle University group Professionals without Boundaries, will allow Dr. Louie, Mr. Szablya and ECE students Ayesha Pirbhai, Josh Peavler and Karim Farraj to travel to Chikuni, Zambia this summer to assess the feasibility of using wind turbines to fight energy poverty.
Sophomore ECE student, Joseph McIntosh, and Faculty Advisor, Dr. Henry Louie, recently completed their year-long study: Using Smart Grid Technology to Promote Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Student Housing. The project was funded by Puget Sound Energy and awarded through the Independent Colleges of Washington. Joseph and Dr. Louie were invited to Puget Sound Energy headquarters to present the results of the work. The conclusion: Seattle University students utilize less electricity when shown their electricity consumption.
Professor Xu-Sheng Chen of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering is the recipient of a sub-award from the University of Minnesota for contribution to the project titled "A Nationwide Consortium of Universities to Revitalize Electric Power Engineering Education by State-of-the-Art Laboratories." The project is funded by the United States Department of Energy. The $24,999 sub-award supports Seattle University’s ongoing participation in the Electric Power Engineering Revitalization Project, which includes acquiring power electronics laboratory stations to teach University of Minnesota-developed experiments and develop new laboratory experiments.
Even a small amount of electricity can make a huge difference to someone in a third world country. As a power and energy engineer you can make it possible for a person to have a cell phone so they're not completely isolated, or provide kids the light that allows them to study at night. Students learn that, as a power and energy engineer, not only will they have a good, well-paying job but they will be improving people's lives. Engineering is not just equations. It's doing something that's important to the nation and the world.
Do you have what it takes to qualify for the PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™? If so, you can receive up to three years of financial support (total of $7,000) and gain career experience through internships and co-op work.
How to Get Started on Your Power and Energy Career...
Read more about Seattle University's Professor Henry Louie...
This is often the case in the electrical & computer engineering class ECEGR401–VLSI:VHDL. Students design a project using an electronic chip containing a large scale integration of hundreds of millions of transistors packed into a space smaller than your thumbnail, this is VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration). All those transistors (the Altera chip) need to be told how to be wired together. That is where the other acronym VHDL comes into play. VHDL is a language used today to configure the 500 million+ transistors into medical imaging products, supercomputers, consumer devices, and student games.
Do you remember Mario Bros?
Chris McDougall, ECE Student, Video The game that my project is based on is the classic arcade game from the 80’s, Mario Bro’s. The first 2000 lines of the my VHDL code hold the images or “sprites” of the game characters and environment followed by 26 logic vectors which keep track of everything on the screen.
The fast pace of innovation in electronics and semiconductors requires that electrical & computer engineering laboratories keep up with the latest in high tech tools and instruments. As part of our commitment to support innovative digital signal processing laboratory activities and development of training materials, Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors and digital signal processing (DSP), has granted the department SHARC DSP hardware and software development systems. The College of Science & Engineering welcomes this collaboration; both parties will reap the benefits. Students are already looking forward to getting their hands on these. They can learn more about the Analog Devices ADSP-21369 SHARC digital signal processors and the VisualDSP++ development and debugging environment. There are many applications for this technology.
Many household products contain one (or many) DSPs:
It’s an elite electrical engineering DSP program in collaboration with Analog Devices. One of the objectives of Seattle University Professor Alvin Moser, Ph.D., is the development of a new document guide to help promote advances in signal processing technology training at other universities. The $40,000 grant of hardware and software will strengthen the field of University DSP training as an integral part of the world's technical community.
Special thanks to Satya Simha, Analog Devices Product Marketing Manager, and Gary Fernandes, SU Laboratory Manager, for working together to setup this grant. The University gratefully acknowledges the supportive efforts of Satya Simha, Gary Fernandes, and Alvin Moser.
Analog Devices, Inc. has had a distinctive history. In over four decades they have built one of the premier technology companies in the world. And the digital revolution continues… www.analog.com
If you had to hike from Seattle University to the Seattle Center and wait in line to pay money to have your cell phone charged you’d be peeved…to put it mildly. Now consider that many people in developing countries must do just that, and yet the use of cellular technology is common. “Over 75% of people in developing communities have mobile signal coverage,” explains Electrical and Computer Engineering student Yousef Algannas. “These communities need a reliable means to charge their cell phones,” he adds. Student engineers Algannas, Steven Cruz, Vinh Ho and Wayne Urubio are designing an arrangement of magnets and wires that can be used to harness human motion or the power in moving air to generate electricity. Click HERE for full story.
The Puget Sound chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) hosted an event on September 18 to introduce Hispanic teenagers to programming and design using Lego Mind storms. The event took place in Bannan 204 in our Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Participants teamed up in pairs and each team was mentored by one or more professional engineers. Each team assembled a robot and learned to program the robot to accomplish various tasks using measurements from the robot sensors. At the end of the event the teams competed for prizes in the final challenge. Margarita Takach, the faculty advisor for the SU SHPE student club, helped with the design and implementation of the challenges.
Singapore Conference on Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems
IEEE Power & Energy Society
American Society for Engineering Education
Dr. Louie presented his research on the modeling of wind power at the Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems conference in Singapore
Dr. Louie presented the Small Human Powered Generator concept at the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Drs. Miguel and Louie participated at the American Society for Engineering Education conference in Louisville, Kentucky
On May 12, Dr. Neudorfer and Dr. Moser led a group of ECE students on a field trip to visit a cell site base station and a mobile switching center that handles most of Seattle, all of the Eastside, and most of Kitsap County for Verizon Wireless.
Congratulations to Igor Parkman, senior Electrical Engineering major, who received the Seattle University 2010 Mission Award for Outstanding Leadership in Academic Excellence!
Junya Motoike presented his work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The conference was held from April 15-17th at the University of Montana at Missoula, Montana. Junya's poster was titled: Assessment of Rooftop Wind Resource for Renewable Power Generation. Dr. Henry Louie was Junya's research advisor and the travel was funded by: SUURA (Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association) through the Office of the Provost at Seattle University. Congratulations, Junya!
Congratulations to ECE student, Aziz Yuldashev who was selected as one of the eleven Bannan Scholarship recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year! This scholarship program is named for its benefactor, Thomas J. Bannan, a man with a long and devoted affiliation with Seattle University, and a leader in manufacturing, commerce, engineering and applied sciences both in Seattle and in Los Angeles. Bannan Scholars are students with junior or senior standing chosen on the basis of academic achievement and commitment to service to the campus and greater community.
Seattle University student Eric Hee showcases one of the solar panels he and his team of electrical and computer engineering students designed to be installed at the PACCAR/Kenworth building in Renton, Wash. This is just one of the many creative engineering and business projects that will be on display at the annual Projects Day, sponsored by the Project Center and Albers School of Business and Economics
Senior Theadora Rupp explains a human-powered electrical generator that she and her team designed to address the needs of villagers in rural Zambia who are largely off the national power grid. The group was among teams from the College of Science and Engineering to present their senior capstone at the Project Center's Projects Day. Students showcased their work—and solutions to real dilemmas—for area businesses, government and non-profit sponsors. The center also focuses on one international project each year.
The Electrical & Computer Engineering faculty and staff held a lunch to honor the ECE department 2010 graduates. Click HERE to see more pictures from this event.
Twenty ECE students enrolled in the Department's Renewable Energy Systems course spent their Saturday touring the Wild Horse Renewable Energy Center in Ellensburg, Washington. The center, owned by Puget Sound Energy, is home to 149, 1.8 to 2.0 MW wind turbines and a 500 kW solar panel array. The field trip complemented the theory taught in the classroom, showing students real-world applications of renewable energy systems.
Our department recently received a generous donation of power system protection and testing equipment from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL). The donation includes transformer, distribution and distributed generation protection relays as well as SEL relay test hardware. The equipment will be used to expand and enhance the power and energy systems courses offered by the department. The donation, valued at over $16,000, was secured by Professor Chen and Professor Louie with assistance from the Seattle University Project Center.
This summer, 20 units of Seattle University's Murphy Apartments will be outfitted with smart grid technology to provide students with real-time information on their electricity use, its price and the related environmental impact. The effort is part of a year-long research project to determine if exposing students to such information will promote energy conservation habits. The study is headed by Dr. Henry Louie of the ECE Department, Steve Szablya of Facilities, and Joseph McIntosh, student in the ECE Department. The project is funded by Puget Sound Energy and awarded through the Independent Colleges of Washington.
ECE Professor Teaches Local High School Students about Solar Energy
On April 21, 2010, Dr. Henry Louie met with 60 high school students in Physical Science and Ecology classes from the nearby Garfield High School. The students are studying energy, circuits, and climate change. Dr. Louie gave a presentation on solar panels, did a short demonstration, and took the students on a tour of the Student Center's 5.3 kW Photovoltaic array.
During your senior year, you bridge the gap between your academic experience and professional experience by participating in yearlong design projects that involve real projects and real clients. It is a time to roll up your sleeves and put into action all of your training. Design groups are formed each with a design and product objective. This year one group has been given the heavy task to design a solar photovoltaic and wind turbines system to be used as alternative sources of energy for a new 7000 sq ft PACCAR technology and manufacturing center. Read more on Senior Design...
Come fall students will settle into a newly remodeled Bannan 205 (Circuits & Systems Lab)!
The remodeling of the lab will be a revolutionary transformation in laboratory layout and furniture design. This summer’s remodeling of 205 takes last summer’s successful remodel of Bannan 204 (Circuits & Electronics Lab) two steps further by implementing a custom instrument on wheels approach and delivery of new high performance Agilent scopes. Read more...
With a generous donation of the latest leading-edge technology development boards from Altera Corporation, student Hao Nguyen interfaces a Microprocessor to a LCD screen in course 405 Advanced Digital Design. This is one of the building blocks of a cell phone; Interfacing the brains of the phone (the microprocessor) to the screen. The Altera development board is packed with features including a state-of-the-art Cyclone® II FPGA, LEDs, LCD, SRAM, SDRAM, 24-bit audio, TV Decoder, VGA, Ethernet and more. Altera Corporation is the pioneer of programmable logic solutions. You can find their chips in nearly all industries including automotive, consumer, and medical products.
We celebrated the completion of the renovation of Bannan 204, the Circuits and Electronics Lab. Come visit the new lab.
Build a game box, of course!
This is often the case in the Seattle University’s Electrical & Computer Engineering class ECEGR401–VLSI:VHDL.
"For my final project in class ECEGR 401 I designed a two-player version of pong using VHDL and implemented it on the Xilinx Spartan 3 board. The game is displayed on a VGA monitor and the score is displayed on four seven-segment display on the Spartan 3 board. Read the full article...
In an unstable economy, internship experience plays an even more vital role in landing professional employment. Employers are reducing their risks by hiring employees within established work of experience, particularly within the company or organization.. In the last year, the amount of internships available to students has risen 68 percent. "Practices are shifting within the recruiting mechanism; it's more profitable now to see prospective employees perform in a work environment," says Daniel Pascoe, director of Career Services at Seattle University.
Joseph McMichael, senior electrical engineering major, hopes his NASA and Boeing internships will give him a leg up in the job market.Read the full article...
If you have ever been to a noisy cocktail party, you know how difficult it can be to hear one person talk among the voices of many.Professor Alvin Moser, of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Seattle University, along with the help of two students, is developing a speech processing system meant to reduce "cocktail party noise," which can be a problem particularly for the hard of hearing. The project has involved designing an analog input system-a four-way microphone-as well as a system to convert a stream of sound into digital information.Read the full article...
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