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W415A·WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP: Applications of the Analog Discovery Board to Upper-Level Electrical Engineering Courses: A Hands-On Workshop
Workshop · Electrical and Computer Division
Wed. June 28, 2017 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Room A123, Columbus Convention Center
Session Description

Ticketed event: $60.00
The Digilent Analog Discovery board combines a full suite of electronic measurement tools into a portable USB-powered device that is smaller than a graphing calculator and can be purchased for approximately the cost of a textbook. A student's laptop provides instrument control and data display, processing, and storage. This unique device has ushered in a new individualized electronic measurement paradigm where experiments can move beyond traditional laboratories to in-lecture hardware activities and mobile studio lab formats. Previous work using the Analog Discovery board in this unique measurement pedagogy has primarily limited the applications to lower-level introductory circuits and digital logic courses.

This workshop will present interactive sample experiments that unlock the educational potential of the Analog Discovery board paradigm in upper-level electrical engineering coursework. Through these measurement activities, students explore complex concepts from courses such as signals and systems, communication systems, digital signal processing, analog electronics, electromagnetics, and control systems. We will describe the basic measurement techniques that maximize the pedagogical benefits of the Analog Discovery board, will share example projects, and will lead workshop attendees through several hands-on exercises. The session will conclude with an interactive discussion in which workshop participants brainstorm applications of the Analog Discovery within their own upper-division courses. Participants will leave the workshop with their own complimentary Digilent Analog Discovery board and example projects that they can apply to their own coursework.

  1. Dr. Steven Holland

    Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Steven S. Holland (M ’13) was born in Chicago, IL, in 1984. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), Milwaukee, WI, in 2006, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 2008 and 2011 respectively. From 2006 to 2011, he was a Research Assistant working in the Antennas and Propagation Laboratory (APLab), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was then a Senior Sensors Engineer with the MITRE Corporation, Bedford, MA from 2011 to 2013. Since 2013 he has been an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

    His research interests include ultrawideband antenna arrays, electrically small antennas, Radar systems, analog electronics, and engineering education.

  2. Dr. Cory J. Prust

    Milwaukee School of Engineering

    Dr. Cory J. Prust is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He earned his BSEE degree from MSOE in 2001 and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2006. Prior to joining MSOE in 2009, he was a Technical Staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. He teaches courses in the signal processing and communication systems areas.

    His research interests include signal and image processing, computational structural biology, radar systems, adaptive array processing, and engineering education.

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