EE Emerge

Dear Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students (mainly directed at juniors):

This coming year I will again offer the EE-Emerge program for ECE undergraduate students.  Interactive electronic systems are design and built that will appeal to the general public and for display at Picnic Day.     EE-Emerge will be sponsored by Texas Instruments. 

EE-Emerge is primarily targeting ECE students in the junior year, both computer engineering and electrical engineering majors.   Sophomores are allowed to participate.  Students in the last year of their study may not be active participants in the design teams, however can serve as mentor to the design teams.   

EE-Emerge offers participants the opportunity to develop and apply basic electrical and computer engineering principles.   This is the third offering of EE-Emerge.  The last two years have shown thatEE-Emerge provides participants with high visibility to obtain on campus fellowships, summer industry internships after their junior year (e.g. Texas Instruments, Agilent, Intel, Norman Drummond, etc.) and  part-time employment on campus.  Most importantly, the expertise and training obtained via EE-Emerge has shown to be highly effective in making early connections that lead to  future employment. 

In the Fall EE-Emerge participants define the scope of the exhibits, design teams are formed, and they explore critical elements and decide on final exhibit pieces.    During the Winter quarter the electronic systems are implemented and tested for public demonstration in early Spring.   In the Winter the enrollment in EEC 198 may expand to include ECE sophomore students and other junior ECE students.    During the Spring Quarter presentations and demonstration are given at Picnic Day, the annual campus wide Undergraduate Research Conference and the Engineering Design Showcase presented by the College of Engineering.  Last year exhibits were so successful, that two EE-Emerge projects were also demonstrated at the Makers Faire which is a high-visibility technological event that is annually held in Silicon Valley.   The expectation is that EE-Emerge is a yearlong commitment, however one or two quarter involvement is also possible.    

The group will meet weekly on Fridays at 9 am in Kemper 1127.    If you are interested in participating EE-Emerge EEC 198 this Fall, or want to know more details, come to first meeting of the class - next Friday September 27 at 9 am.    Participants enroll in independent study units (1 hour per quarter, with the possibility of 2 units in Spring)) .   1 Unit commitment means that the participant must be able to commit at least 5 hours per week on average towards EE-Emerge.   The course will count towards meeting some technical electives.   Enrollment details will be taken care of at the first meeting of the class.   Many questions will be answered next Friday, however if you have immediate questions, send me an e-mail (aknoesen@ucdavis.edu).