Dr. Douglas C. Hopkins
Electrical Engineering Dept
Univ at Buffalo
215F Bonner Hall
716-645-3115, ext 1142
Office Hrs: Wednesday
Dr. Hopkins' CALENDAR:

Dr. Darold Wobschall
Electrical Engineering Dept
Univ at Buffalo
215F Bonner Hall
716-645-3115, ext 1222


Senior students receive experience in group engineering design and are expected to demonstrate a useful device or product based on knowledge gained from previous electrical engineering courses. Students present project status and openly discuss problems at a weekly meeting. Projects can be proposed by the students or faculty, or by technical representatives in government or industry. An electronic environment facilitates communications within and between teams.

By the end of the course the student will be able to

  • Decompose an engineering problem into smaller multidisciplinary problems
  • Develop several solutions to each multidisciplinary problem and assess the merits of each solution
  • Combine solutions to formulate a final design approach and construct a final solution
  • Organize the approach to solving multiple problems concurrently
  • Present an ongoing status of the process and document their results

Pre-requisite: Senior standing or instructor permission
Text: None
Credits: 3.0
Class meetings: M, W, F, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM, 112 Baldy; Tu, Th, 12:30 - 1:50 PM, 112 Baldy
Laboratory schedule: open

  • Proposal - 10%
  • Progress Reporting - 25%
  • Final presentation - 20%
  • Project success (operation / completion)- 15%/15%
  • Final report - 15%
    EE494 Listserv: ee494-dchopkins-list@LISTSERV.BUFFALO.EDU

    Submit a CD with the following separately labeled files (or folders) in electronic format (pdf, MSWord200,ppt):

  • "Original Proposal", which includes
  •       Original Task list (SOW)
          Original Time line
          Original Estimate of project costs

  • "Weekly Project Summaries" (power point)

  • "Press Release" (.rtf with pictures) Refer to the "How To..." articles.

  • "Final Project Presentation"[1] (power point)

  • "Final Report" for [project / company name]." Use the following:
    Report Format, which includes

  •       Design documentation
          Final Task list -- original and final
          Final Time line -- original and final
          Final Project costs

    [1]Your final presentation and demonstration should take no longer than 20 minutes
    Your "Final Presentation" will be judged on the following criteria
  • Topic Organization (35%)
  • Multimedia effectiveness of slides (30%)
  • Oral and visual effectiveness of presenters (30%)

  • Your "Project success - operation (15%)" will be judged on the following [rubric]
  • Project success - objectives barely met (25%)
  • Project success - half of objectives met (50%)
  • Project success - three-quarters of objectives met (75%)
  • Project success - fully works (100%)

  • Your "Project success - completion (15%)" will be judged on the following [rubric]
  • Project completion - wires, proto-borad, etc., no case* (50%)
  • Presented completion - circuit board, no case* (75%)
  • Presented completion - no circuit board, completed case* (75%)
  • Presented completion - fully assembled (100%)
  • * Notice that these are two levels of packaging.
    Your final presentation will be evaluated by invited guests, capstone design alumni and other professors. The form they will use is:
    Project Evaluation Form