Junior / Senior Engineering Clinics

Junior / Senior Engineering Clinics

Junior / Senior Engineering Clinics

Taken consecutively for four semesters in the second half of the curriculum, this is where students learn and perfect the true art and science of engineering design, problem-solving, team-working, creative and analytical thinking, as well as time and project management. Junior / Senior Engineering Clinics are unlike any other class you have seen. The problems on which we work are not previously solved textbook or canned experiment problems, nor are they engineering challenges that do not go beyond a hobby; the problems are not even conceived by the professors, and the solutions to these problems are truly unknown. These are “real” problems!

Where do these problems come from?

Problems for junior and senior clinic, come to us directly either by the industry or by the research funding agencies (that competitively fund cutting-edge research). In each semester, the engineering faculty organize a massive “clinic project fair,” where that semester’s projects are introduced to the students. This is where the faculty pitches the project to students and competing against each other to get the best students interested in their projects. The students and projects are matched to each other based on students areas of interest and levels of skills in project-specific areas, then the work begins. These projects have real milestones, real deliverables, and if not completed in time, real consequences! Students can participate in any project offered by any of the engineering disciplines, creating truly multi-disciplinary teams. In fact, in ECE we ask students to spend at least one of the four semesters in a non-ECE project or provide consulting services to a non-ECE project through Clinic Consulting.

In any given semester, each department runs about 25-30 projects, providing students well over 130 projects college-wide to choose from. Since many of the projects are industry funded, students who work on these projects are typically hired (gobbled up, really) by the sponsoring companies first as interns, and then as permanent employees. Many of our students find employment at these clinic-sponsoring companies, typically long before they graduate.

In ECE, recent research & development projects came from the following companies and organizations:

  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Cooper's Ferry
  • SunTechnics
  • Kaneka
  • NJ State Police
  • Exxon-Mobil
  • Neuronetrix
  • PSEG
  • Siemens
  • NavAIR
  • NavSEA
  • Alencon Systems, Inc.
  • L3 Communications
  • K-Tron
  • Elektra

Recent fundamental research projects have been sponsored or funded by the following organizations and agencies:

 

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • NASA
  • US Navy
  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • US Department of Energy
  • NJ Office of Clean Energy
  • NJ Public Board of Utilities
  • US Army CERDEC
  • Department of Transportation
  • Federal Aviation Administration

What are some of the projects?

Here is a subset of the projects the ECE department ran during Spring 2017. The broad spectrum of projects include virtual reality simulation in the CAVE, developing a smart microgrid, developing speech recognition algorithms, developing artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, developing biomarker fusion and image segmentation for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, designing next generation smart satellite that use the new memristor-type memory (yes, the satellite designed by our students will be placed into orbit by NASA), educational game design using virtual reality, among many others. This is indeed a subset of the over 130 projects available to ECE students across the College of Engineering.

For a more detailed description of select projects from the Spring 2017 see the College-wide Engineering Clinic Showcase

Spring 2017 Electrical and Computer Engineering Clinic Projects

# Project Title Sponsor Faculty
1 FAA - VR Simulation of Helicopters FAA Mandayam, Lecakes
2 Rowan Virtual Reality Center - Storm Resiliency State of New Jersey Mandayam, Lecakes
3 Blind SNR Estimation of Speech Air Force Research Labs Ramachandran
4 Robust Speaker Verification NSF Ramachandran
5 VR Game Development NSF Gina Tang
6 Augmented Reality  NSF Gina Tang
7 Pupillometrymeasurements for drug dising Cooper  Head
8 Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy CoE Head
9 Stealth Communication for Privacy  CoE Wu
10 Machine Learning NSF Haas / Polikar
11 Data Fusion for Neurological Disorders CoE Polikar 
12 Sustainable Energy Production CoE Krchnavek / Schmalzel
13 Smart Sensors (P21451-1) NIST Schmalzel
14 Smart Endoscopy Venture Capital Schmalzel
15 NASA-RASCAL Competition NASA Schmalzel
16 MICA: Mars ISRU Campaign Analysis CoE Schmalzel
17 Smart Mine Bolt CoE Schmalzel
18 Internet of Things Borough of Glassboro Schmalzel
19 Dual-Band Transcutaneous Transmission CoE Shin
20 CubeSat Development - Communications NASA Shin, Krchnavek
21 CubeSat Development - Memristor memory NASA Shin, Muhlbaier
22 CubeSat Development - System integration NASA Shin, Schmalzel
23 Brain Computer Interface for smart homes CoE Polikar
24 Brain MRI Segmentation NSF Bouaynaya / Dera
25 Smart Vehicle Platform Development Dept. of Transportation Bouaynaya
26 Big Data Technologies: HPC and Hadoop NSF Bouaynaya
27 Aircraft Conflict Resolution in VR FAA Bouaynaya
28 Wireless Communications and Jamming  CoE Wu
29 Wireless Communications and Antijamming  CoE Wu
30 UAV Identification Systems US Army CERDEC Krchnavek / Schmalzel
31 NJ DMAVA Energy Audits State of New Jersey Krchnavek / Riddel
32 NJ Army National Guard - Intern Clinic NJ Army Nat. Guard Krchanvek / Riddel

Student initialted projects – Venture Capital Fund

The College of Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering department also funds student initiated projects. This entreprenurial fund allows students who come up with their own ideas to develop such ideas, prepare a business and development plan and then implement those plans with funding support. Some student initiated projects include electromagnetic launcher project, quadrocopter design project, and perhaps most impressively, the digi-tails project (for developing custom designed animated turn / stop signal development for muscle cars) which then turned into a full-fledged company that is currently doing business under the commercial name of Digi-tails.

For the most recent Quadrocopter project, see the Rowan Quadrocopter video. This quadrocopter was built entirely from scratch by the clinic team.