The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has a long and distinguished tradition of emphasizing hands-on learning through rigorous laboratory experiences designed to help students to discover and understand the laws, principles, and concepts of science, engineering, and mathematics.
More than 70 percent of the named required courses in the electrical and computer engineering curriculum have an associated laboratory, as do the majority of the elective classes. All classes are taught by Faculty, not graduate assistants, who also teach the associated laboratories.
The ECE department has nine different instructional laboratories. In addition, the department uses "lab in a box" systems such as the Digilent Nexyx 3 FPGA board, the Digilent Electronics Explorer board, and National Instruments MyDAQ board, all of which connect to a laptop allowing labs to be done anywhere.
We use the Cadence® tools for research thanks to a Tellabs Foundation grant. This allows us to empower our research in the following areas:
• Design of ICs for Instructional Labs
• Design of ICs to model Biological Muscle Actuation
• Design of ICs to model neural activity
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