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 2018. 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 160 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 2018 Electrical and Computer Engineering Clinic Projects

# Project Title Sponsor Faculty
1 FAA - VR Simulation of Helicopters FAA Mandayam, Lecakes
2 Augmented Reality for NAVSEA NAVSEA Mandayam, Lecakes
3 Blind SNR Estimation of Speech Air Force Research Labs Ramachandran
4 Robust Speaker and Face Verification NSF Ramachandran
5 VR Game Development NSF Tang
6 Augmented Reality  NSF Tang
7 MAGE (Machine-Assisted Guidance Engine) NSF Tang
8 Connected and Autonomous Cars Dept. of transportation Tang / Bhavsar
9 Pupillometrymeasurements for drug dosing Cooper  Head
10 Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy CoE Head
11 Stealth Communication for Privacy  CoE Wu
12 ML I: Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease  SOM Polikar
13 ML II: Learning in Nonstationary Environments  NSF Polikar 
14 ML III: Machine Learning for Metagenomics CoE Polikar
15 ML IV: Adversarial Machine Learning NSF Polikar
16 Sustainable Energy CoE Krchnavek / Schmalzel
17 Smart Sensors (P21451-1) NIST Schmalzel
18 Smart Endoscopy Venture Capital Schmalzel
19 NASA-RASCAL Competition NASA Schmalzel
20 AIAA: IREC Competition CoE Schmalzel
21 Agile Microbusiness / Smart signs / Hydroponics CoE Schmalzel
22 Photovoltaics / Microgrid CoE Schmalzel
23 Dual-Band Transcutaneous Transmission CoE Shin
24 CubeSat Development - Communications NASA Shin, Krchnavek
25 CubeSat Development - Memristor memory NASA Shin, Muhlbaier
26 CubeSat Development - System integration NASA Shin, Schmalzel
27 Dynamic Nonlinearities in‎ RF XCVR Amps CoE Krchnavek
28 Brain MRI Segmentation NSF Bouaynaya / Dera
29 Smart Vehicle Platform Development Dept. of Transportation Bouaynaya
30 Big Data Technologies: HPC and Hadoop NSF Bouaynaya
31 Aircraft Conflict Resolution in VR FAA Bouaynaya
32 Wireless Communications and Jamming  CoE Wu
33 Three Dimensional Microscopy NJ Health Foundation Wu
34 UAV Identification Systems US Army CERDEC Krchnavek / Schmalzel
35 NJ DMAVA Energy Audits State of New Jersey Krchnavek / Riddel
36 Polymer Composite for Navy Applications Navy Krchanvek / Xue
37 Cyber Security System Evaluation PGFM Solutions, Inc Wu
38 Building a Dexterous Prosthetic Limb NSF Rasool / Bouaynaya
39 (Deep) Learning to (Deep) Learn NSF Rasool / Bouaynaya

Student initiated 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.