Over the past three years Prof. Peroulis completely revised (along with five other faculty members led by the current
) the first course to Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE 201) that all electrical, mechanical, nuclear, and industrial engineering students typically take in their sophomore year. This is part of a major curriculum innovation that focuses on a complete redesign of our
educational approach at the vital second-year level where the majority of compulsory courses are being taught. It has now become the most significant undergraduate curriculum change in ECE over the past several decades. The critical idea supporting this change is that students should be given a holistic view of Electrical Engineering at the beginning of their studies rather than limiting themselves to a series of circuit analysis methods (existing method). The committee completely revised the introductory compulsory courses that now cover all three major pillars of electrical engineering: electromagnetics and waves, circuit theory and linear systems, micro/nano-semiconductors and non-linear systems. Pilot-version of these courses have already been offered twice by Prof. Peroulis (2009, 2010) with extraordinarily positive student feedback. The third offering will be expanded to more students and is scheduled to be offered in Fall 2011.
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2. ECE 207H - LEARN lab I: All incoming ECE students and many others
from several engineering disciplines begin their second-year education by
taking the ECE 207 (first semester) and ECE 208 (second semester) labs. These
two labs are the gateway to experiments and applications of electrical and
computer engineering. These two labs support well over 1,000 students per year
in a wide variety of learning activities and educational objectives. Despite
the success of these labs over the past years, the School of ECE has decided to
completely re-design them and integrate them into the LEARN (Lead
Engineering Advancement to Realize your aspiratioN) lab in order to better align their mission to the new educational objectives and methods described in the previous section. The LEARN lab primarily focuses on the following two major principles:
- Embrace diverse learning styles and abilities in an inclusive, demanding and rewarding learning environment.
- Dramatically enhance student learning communities that emphasizes the values of teamwork, balancing competing demands, and calculated risk-taking.
Prof. Peroulis is leading the development of this lab with the first offering scheduled for Fall 2011.
3. ECE 595 - RF MEMS for Intelligent Communications Systems: This is an entry level graduate-level course that focuses on the modeling, design, technology and applications of RF Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). It was created and taught for the first time by Prof. Peroulis in Spring 2005 with 30 registered students (11 of which were advanced undergraduate students). The course was also taught in Spring 2007 (26 registered students with 3 undergraduate students) and Spring 2011 (26 registered students with 7 undergraduate students).
4. ECE 695 - Advanced Electromagnetic Theory: This an advanced course on electromagnetic theory that follows the entry-level graduate course on electromagnetics (ECE 604). The main objective of this course is to teach a systematic methodology for formulating a wide variety of electromagnetic boundary-value problems in radiation, scattering and propagation of electromagnetic waves. The main techniques taught are: a) Green’s functions; b) Spectral domain field representation; c) Equivalent problem formulation based on basic electromagnetic theorems; d) Approximate boundary conditions. The course was created and taught for the first time by Prof. Peroulis in Spring 2009 with 22 registered students.
5. ECE 311 - Electric and Magnetic Fields: This is a junior-level course that focuses on introducing students to the basic electromagnetic concepts and their applications to high-performance electronic, optical and wireless networks. Prof. Peroulis has taught this class the following semesters: Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2008 to an average of 50-80 students.
6. ECE 495TUV - Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP): Every semester Prof. Peroulis leads a 4-6 student team of undergraduate student researchers in the framework of the “Vertically Integrated Projects” (VIP) series of courses. VIP, which is administered by Prof. Jan Allebach, constitutes a truly novel approach for teaching engineering students. A VIP student may focus on the same (if desired) research project from his/her second to his/her fourth year. This ensures a coherent multi-year plan with emphasis on teamwork that is not typically found in traditional courses. Students in the VIP course are typically in their third and fourth years, although the class does include several sophomores.