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Come to M5 for Sneak Peek at Future

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at UMass Amherst invites tech-loving and tech-skeptical visitors to attend the 3rd biannual Circuits & Code event this Saturday, December 3, from Noon to 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Hall, Room 5, at UMass Amherst. Circuits and Codes is a celebration of technology, engineering, science, mathematics, creativity, and the students who are designing and building the products and systems of the future. The event is being staged by M5, an educational initiative of the ECE department. For more info on the event, click http://umassamherstm5.org/circuits-and-code-fall-2011 or contact M5 at umassamherstm5@gmail.com.

“Come and see projects which demonstrate the power of embedded computers and internet-leveraged communication and control,” reads the M5 announcement about Circuits and Codes. “In a very real sense we are inviting you to a sneak preview of the future! Many of the ideas you'll witness at C&C will make their way into everyday products in the next few years.”

Visitors can tour M5 on the bottom floor of Marcus Hall. M5 is a so-called “makerspace,” which integrates laboratories, meeting rooms, a multimedia recording studio, a fabrication shop, and a student lounge to support a broad range of individual and collaborative activities, formal and informal instruction, and mentoring. M5 is an open learning environment whose mission is to enable ECE undergraduate students to advance their technical interests through experimentation, exploration, interaction, and entrepreneurship.

One major M5 activity is Circuits and Codes, where there is something for everybody. “Don't worry,” as the M5 folks say. “It won't all be ultra-complex. Younger visitors will enjoy the cool demos which have been prepared by members of the ECE Outreach Club. Their goal is to show how an understanding of math and science can lead directly to exciting engineered products and systems. Math is money!”

At the event, ECE seniors will also demonstrate a selection of the ECE Senior Design Projects. Frosh, Sophomores, and Juniors will be demonstrating their term projects, which they designed and built in M5 (UMassAmherstM5.org). Visitors will be able to view the projects as well as tour the facilities. ECE seniors in the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College will be on hand to explain their honors projects and theses. (December 2011)