"A Model for University Engineering Capstone Programs"

Dr. Ilan Ben-Yaacov, Lecturer, UC Santa Barbara

March 17th (Friday), 11:00am
Harold Frank Hall (HFH), Rm 4164

Beginning in the Fall of 2009, the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at U.C. Santa Barbara has formally offered EE Senior Capstone Design (ECE 188) as a senior elective sequence. Participating students spend their senior year completing either an ECE-based project as part of a team of ECE students, or an interdisciplinary project as part of an interdisciplinary team made up of ECE and Mechanical Engineering students. Projects fall into several categories: (i) Research group projects, in which a research group at UCSB poses a design challenge; (ii) Industry partner projects, in which an industry partner specifies a design challenge of interest to their organization; (iii) Student defined projects; and (iv) Student competitions. This talk will focus on the development and expansion of the Electrical Engineering Capstone program at UCSB, including significant achievements and lessons learned that can serve to guide further expansion of the program. 

About Dr. Ilan Ben-Yaacov:

Dr. Ilan Ben-Yaacov received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2004.  Since 2004, he has served as a lecturer at UCSB in the ECE Department (2004-present), the College of Creative Studies Physics program (2006-2011), and the Technology Management Program (2011-present). He has been running the undergraduate EE Capstone projects program since 2009, and has taught courses in semiconductor processing and IC design, semiconductor device physics, electromagnetism, circuits, general physics, and patents and intellectual property.  He also operates an independent IP consulting business, primarily focusing on patent, trade secret, and trademark strategies and development of IP portfolios for early- to mid-stage tech start-ups.

Hosted by: Professor Jerry Gibson