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 senior design course that focuses on partnering with students from other departments in the College of Engineering.
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