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Antenna Engineering

Basic theory, application, and design of a broad range of antennas.

Antenna Engineering Laboratory

Experimentation to develop a practical understanding of antennas and their properties.

Introduction to Radar and Electromagnetic Sensing

Radar transmission, scattering, detection. Air traffic control, meteorological, others. Signal processing, doppler shifts, tracking, estimation, rain and clutter, atmospheric propagation, antennas. Remote sensing, LIDAR, SONAR.

Electromagnetic Compatibility

To study electromagnetic interference and susceptibility of electrical
systems, with application to analog and digital circuits.

RF Engineering I

Radio frequency (RF) electronics concentrating on receiver components and architecture from 1 MHz to 1 GHz, including Smith charts, low noise amplifiers, and mixers.

RF Engineering II

Radio frequency (RF) electronics concentrating on transmitter components and architecture from 1 MHz to 1 GHz, including power amplifiers, oscillators, phase-locked loops, and transmitters.

Digital Integrated Circuits

Analysis and design of MOS digital integrated circuit families
and their applications in modern electronic systems.

Analog Integrated Circuits

Analysis and design of analog ICs using analytic techniques and CAD tools.
Topics include amplifiers, current sources, output circuits and other
analog building blocks.

Operational Amplifier Design

Analysis and design techniques for the utilization of integrated circuit
operational amplifiers for applications in electronic systems.

Audio Engineering

Concepts of acoustics and electroacoustic modeling for the analysis and design of microphones, loudspeakers, and crossover networks. Methods of analysis and design of audio power amplifiers.

Audio Engineering Laboratory

A companion laboratory to ECE 4445. Design, analysis, construction, modeling, and testing of circuits and systems pertaining to audio engineering.

Analog Circuits for Music Synthesis

Circuits from classic analog synthesizers: voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers; nonlinear waveshapers. Operational transconductance amplifiers. Exploitation of dynamic resistance of semiconductors. Hands-on projects.

Integrated Circuit Fabrication

Introduction to microelectronic processing technologies and CMOS. Includes a laboratory for fabrication/testing of MOS transistors, basic CMOS circuits, integrated resistors and capacitors.

Introduction to Electronic Systems Packaging

Introduction to packaging technologies, technology drivers, electrical
performance, thermal management, materials, optoelectronics, RF
integration, reliability, system issues, assembly, and testing.

Optical Engineering

Introduction to applications of geometric & physical optics to
engineering, including optical measurements, matrix methods,
instruments, interference, holography, beam optics, Fourier
optics & diffraction.

Optical Fiber Communications

Combined lecture-laboratory exploration of the technology of fiber optics, with emphasis on optical fiber communication systems.

Control System Design

Design of control algorithms using state-space methods, microcontroller implementation of control algorithms, and laboratory projects emphasizing motion control applications.

Introduction to Automation and Robotics

Fundamental disciplines of modern robotics: mechanics, control, and computing. Analysis, design, and control of mobile robots and manipulators. Course may contain team projects and hands-on labs.

System Theory for Communication and Control

Study of the basic concepts in linear system theory and numerical linear
algebra with applications to communication, compution, control and signal
processing. A unified treatment.

Numerical Methods for Optimization and Optimal Control

Algorithms for numerical optimization and optimal control, Gradient-descent techniques, linear programming, numerical linear system solvers, second-order methods for optimizing performance of dynamical systems.