Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?
We are located in Whittemore 236, just inside of the brown double-doors. See Location

Who can join?
Any ECE student of any grade level can join. CS students can join as long as there is an ECE major on the team.

I'm currently in GE, can I join?
Absolutely. As a matter of fact, we strongly encourage it as it provides the opportunity to get your "feet wet" in ECE.

Why should I join?
Gain hands-on experience and apply what you've learned in class with fun, hands-on projects you pick. A side bonus is chance to add something else to your resume. Recruiters love to hear you talk about your project.

What classifies as a project?
A project can be almost anything your imagination can come up with but it must have some educational value associated with it. See Create a Project. If you can't think of a project to build, electronic kits available online may suffice.

What are the perks?
As a full member you gain 24/7 access to the lab room, access to lab tools and materials, a knowledgeable mentor to help guide you through the entire process, and full funding of your project.

What's the catch?
There is no catch. There are no grades. The only thing we ask of you is to give back to the lab in any way you can, whether it be through leading workshops and seminars, becoming a mentor, or joining the leadership team.

What's the design studio?
The design studio is a separate entity from the AMP Lab and is a dedicated space for those in ECE 4805/4806 (senior design) to work on their projects. They are both accessed from the same doorway. However, both labs follow the same policy.

What's a mentor do?
A mentor's role is to cheer-lead you along the way of project completion and serve as responsible figure for administrative duties. Most of our mentors are experienced, but they do not know everything. A mentor may give you a push in the right direction but ultimately the design process is up to you. A mentor will not complete your project for you. 

Can a friend work on a project with me?
Certainly. Provided that they make contributions to the project, you can have as many members as you see fit.

Is the lab normally staffed?
No, mentors will only meet with you as scheduled. You are welcome to work in the lab alone as long as you follow the policy. Pay attention to our name, Autonomous Mastery Prototyping Lab.

I created a project page but can longer find it, where'd it go?
Google Sites can be difficult. Check this link: Recent Site Activity

I have sent an email to you but have not received a response, what gives?
Our mentors are volunteers and are students themselves. While they will try their best to reply as soon as possible, sometimes other work can get in the way of their duty. Give them about a week to respond. If you don't hear anything back, send another email. We are all human!

I need something soldered, will you do it for me?
Generally, no. We offer soldering training in both basic and advanced forms. As an ECE student, it is a good idea to be able to perform basic soldering on your own.

Extenuating circumstances may be considered. Contact us for more info.