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Student presenting project at Spring 2022 Expo

The ECE Major Design Experience (MDE) was created in 2014 as a way to bring real-world, hands-on experience to electrical and computer engineering students in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

In its inagural semester (Fall 2014), the MDE had 61 students and 16 projects. Nearly eight years later in Fall 2022, there are 228 students working on 43 new design teams. In 2017, the spring section of the course was added. MDE is now a required course for both electrical and computer engineering seniors.

For students searching for a more interdisciplinary option, there is a new College of Engineering senior design course that focuses on partnering with students from other departments. 

Student holding award from 2022 Spring Expo

Winning Projects

At the conclusion of both the Fall and Spring MDE Expos, awards are given to the highest scoring teams in the following categories: 

  • Best Overall 
  • Best by Popular Vote
  • Best Project in Track

Best Overall & Best By Popular Vote

Geolocation Scanning Rig

MDE Fall 2022 Best Overall & Best By Popular Vote Winners Group Photo

Left to Right:  Shiqian Li, Luke Smith, Minzhou Pan, Pratistha Yadav, Hunain Ali Shamsi, 

Best Project in Track #1

 Satellite Navigation Algorithm

MDE Fall 2022 Best Overall & Best By Popular Vote Winners Group Photo

Left to Right: Jeremy Bruce, Aaron Yang, Matthew McLaughlin, 

Best Project in Track #2

Prognostic Health Monitor  of Power Electronic Converters (PHM PEC)

MDE Fall 2022 Best Overall & Best By Popular Vote Winners Group Photo

Left to Right: Kourosh Khoie, Corwin Warner, Li You, Luis Yon, Jeffrey Chambliss 

Best Project in Track #3

Medication Compliance

MDE Fall 2022 Best Overall & Best By Popular Vote Winners Group Photo

Left to Right:  Alex Parrott, Daniel Shin, Hansu Kim, Ming Lu, Jiaye Liu

Best Overall 

Heartbeat Collection & Classification System

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Left to Right: Braeden Muir, Tom Anders,  Andrew Caylor, Yasser Hassan, & Jeremy Kraisser

Best By Popular Vote

IEEE Robotics Machine Perception Team & IEEE SoutheastCon 2023 Hardware Competition Object Manipulation Team

Best By Popular Vote Group Photo

Back Row Left to Right: Jay Schramm, Jimmy Ewin, Yussef Ait-Bella, John Fiorini, & Pradyuman Mehta
Middle Row Left to Right: Araceli Cabrera-Ortuno, Azam Shoaib, Lauren Chuderewicz, Lifan Ren, Tran Thanh, & Devangini Talwar
Front Row Left to Right: Ronuk Mohapatra, Jhonny Velasquez, & Juan Suquilanda

Best Project in Track #1

Personal Locator Beacon Team

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Left to Right: Brenden Duffy, Michael Policarpio, Samantha Frietchen, Brandon Battista, Yuxiang (Jerry) Dong

Best Project in Track #2

OT Device Software Asset Extractor

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Left to Right: Keaton Boodlal, Anthony Lee, Jack Benning, Samuel Stewart, Henry Trochlil, & Simple Gomez

Best Project in Track #3

Organic Electrodes for Flexible Electronic Devices

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Left to Right: Calvin Hong,  Anshu Madwesh,  Sheena Deivasigamani, & Aaron DiFilippo

Best Project in Track #4

Lester Labs Automated Grading Service: Lincoln Head Cent

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Left to Right:  Seth Cooper, Anthony LaConte, Mason Zeo, David Peterson, & Nicholas Mason

Best Project in Track #5

Planar High-Power Density Transformers: Analysis and Fabrication

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Left to Right: Tyler Cook,  Fasil Gebreab, Anthony Buchman, & Sam Brown

Best Project in Track #6

Project Hermes — Wireless Mesh Network for Herd Tracking

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Left to Right: John Phung, Robbie Platt, Jack Greer, Noah Sweilem, Spencer Beery, & Cole Roof

Best Project in Track #7

Sustainable Optimization for Agrivoltaic Power

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Left to Right: Evin Varghese,  Siraj Syed, Alejandro Garcia, Gavin Rosenberger, & Spencer Smith

Spring 2024 MDE Expo
Wednesday, April 17, 2024     
Location: The Inn@VT
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Fill out the MDE Project Request Form.
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