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Laboratory Courses

ESE 230 Introduction To Electronic Circuits

The Bryan 306 Laboratory supports the introductory course for Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering students:ESE230 "Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Circuits." This exciting new course has associated with it an integrated laboratory component exploring topics ranging from electrical measurements and electronic instrumentation to gearmotors and hybrid-electric vehicles as well as emphasis on biomedical applications. Students build and test electronic circuits involving operational amplifiers and audio speakers. They make measurements on time scales as small as one-billionth of a second. (Light travels only about 12 inches in one-billionth of a second!)

In the laboratory experiment involving audio speakers, students get to apply different kinds of electrical signals to their circuits and hear with their own ears what sounds the audio speakers make. They learn about musical notes and use frequency-selective circuits to create harmonies with other teams of students.

The course finishes with a capstone project consisting of the building and testing of an optically controlled robot, and students get to take their robot projects home.

ESE 331 Electronics Laboratory

An exciting junior level electronics laboratory investigating a variety of fundamental electronic circuits using state of the art equipment and teaching techniques. This diverse course covers the design, analysis, simulation, implementation and testing of fundamental electronic circuits such as operational amplifiers, chopper stabilized amplifiers and active filters. The students also investigate amplitude and frequency modulation, transmission lines and methods of combating electromagnetic interference in circuit design. The broad topics in this course are thoroughly investigated all the way from theory to circuit implementation fostering a deep understanding of important electrical engineering technology.

ESE 448 Systems Engineering Laboratory

This lab conducts experimental study of real and simulated systems and their controls. Projects consist of Identification, input-output analysis, design and implementation of analog controls. Design and implementation of control law for specific engineering problems will be carefully investigated. The effect of noise and disturbances on the performance of control systems will be studied. Students take this lab course will learn how different components of a system can be integrated together and how to improve their performance based on certain criterion by adjusting some design parameters. The projects are designed from system?s point of view. Students are given ample opportunities to do their own design. It should be an exciting lab experience.

ESE 488 Signals And Systems Laboratory

This laboratory reinforces theoretical concepts that were studied in the linear systems, communication theory and digital signal processing courses. Lab exercises include: Testing students' hearing for signal to noise ratio acuity, simulation of a deep space telemetry communication system, design of a modern "noise-shaping" analog to digital converter and a final project exploring various interesting signal processing applications. All laboratory exercises are conducted using the innovative LabVIEW programming system to generate signals and noise, implement signal processing algorithms with student created "virtual instruments", and verify system performance relative to theoretical predictions. This course drives home the theoretical concepts covered in our communication theory and digital signal processing courses.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

Green Hall, CB 1042, 1 Brookings Drive, Saint Louis, MO, USA 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5565, Fax: (314) 935-7500

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