On April 20, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at UMass Amherst held its first ECE Showcase, a celebration of the undergrads who are designing and building the products of the future. The ECE Showcase was two fabulous technical events under one roof. The Senior Design Project Expo featured 13 teams of ECE students demonstrating their creative, useful, and socially conscious electronic inventions, created as the capstone projects of their ECE education. Then the 4th biannual Circuits and Code event featured the first, second, and third year ECE students demonstrating the results of their independent design projects.
This year’s Senior Design Projects include electronic devices for the fast location of avalanche victims, teaching the guitar quickly, helping sports trainers diagnose concussions, and automating parking payments from a wireless platform. For full descriptions of all the projects, go to the Senior Design Project 2013 website.
A few of the fascinating Circuit and Code projects include a robot built on a powered wheelchair chassis, a robotic martial-arts opponent, and an electronic plant box capable of growing orchids in a precisely controlled environment. (April 2013)