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CpE Advising Contact Info

Updated August 6, 2021

Hello everybody!

I am generally available in some format from 9–noon and 2–4:30 Monday through Friday, with the usual occasional exceptions for meetings, calls, etc. Since I also manage K-12 outreach efforts in the department, there are occasional blocks of time where I will be unavailable. Schedule meetings take priority over walk-ins!

Schedule an appointment: here!

The primary method of meeting is in-person. Please make sure to indicate if you need or prefer virtual before the semester starts!

Walk-ins here in EERC 131: welcome during business hours as long as I’m here. Just like everywhere else on campus, masks and appropriate care are required in the advising office beginning August 15.

Other ways to contact me:

  • Email (eceadvise@mtu.edu)
    • I do my best to respond as quickly as feasible Mon-Fri
  • Phone (office: 906-487-1161)
  • Other idea or platform? Ask and I’ll let you know.

Out of office 9/3-6 and 9/23-26.

-Liz


Judy Burl’s contact information:

Out of Office:  Sept 27 through Oct 1;  and Oct 15

1.  Available  typically 8 am – 4 pm M-F for Walk-ins in 131 EERC and appointments. Scheduled appointments have priority over walk-ins.    Zoom Advising Hours –  (Open Zoom Hours suspended for now)
The Zoom wait room is used for privacy. Stop in for one on one advising, as if you are walking into my office. Waiting Room is needed in case someone else is meeting or if I have stepped out for a bit.

2. Schedule a Google An advising appointment with Judy here. Use your MTU calendar/email address. For fall 2021, meet with Judy in EERC 131 at your scheduled time. If you prefer to meet remotely, let me know and we’ll meet on Google Meet or Zoom.

3. Email: jmburl @ mtu.edu 
E-mail me your advising question(s) or days/times you are available for a meeting, preferably 8:30am-3:30pm M-F

Many questions can be answered using email or by searching the Advising Blog

4. Judy’s office phone – 906-487-2232    
Messages go to my email if I am working remotely or if I’m off.


906-487-2550 – The ECE Department main office / EERC 121
Dept Fax: 906-487-2949
I am also known as: Judy Donahue jmdonahu@ (previous name)

Fall and Spring semester hours:
I am usually available M-F 8 am – 4 pm, with variability for meetings and days off.
I assist Electrical Engineers, Double-majors with CpE and EE, Robotics Engineers, EE minors, and students interested in pursuing one of these!

Here is the contact information for Liz Fujita, Advisor for Computer Engineers and ECE Outreach Specialist.


ECE Course Instruction / COVID-19 / FAQs

This post contains updates and FAQs specific to the ECE Department while face-to-face instruction is temporarily suspended through the end of the spring 2020 semester. Please follow the University’s official COVID-19 updates page for the most up-to-date information.

Last update of this blog post: April 6, 1 pm.

For general student FAQs, please visit the official COVID-19 page: they are addressing a wide range of questions such as, “What if I don’t have adequate technology to work remotely?” “What should I do about my student org meeting?” or “What if all of my things are in my residence hall room?”

ECE FAQS – to be updated as details become known.

1. Grades – What is the Pass/Fail option and should I use it?
Here are details and FAQS about the Pass/Fail course grading option for Spring 2020, which includes a low-pass option for CD and D grades.

When can I change my grade to the pass/fail option?
May 6
th 8am – May 12th 11:59 pm, after your letter grades have been recorded for the Spring 2020 semester.
How do I change my grade to pass/fail option? This procedure has not yet been determined – Stay tuned!

What are pass/fail grades?
SCV = A, AB, B, BC and C (satisfactory pass / covid-19 spring 2020 semester)
LCV = CD and D (low pass / covid-19 spring 2020 semester)
ECV = F (this is a failed course, does not affect the GPA)

SCV and LCV are passing grades and satisfy prerequisites.
Courses taken Spring 2020, with a grade of SCV or LCV can be applied to the degree.
Grades of SCV, LCV, and ECV are not included in the GPA calculation.

Course repeat rule addition: Students may repeat a course taken during Spring 2020, regardless of the grade earned or the number of times the course was taken.

2. Labs
The faculty and lab TAs are equally motivated to solve this! They’re actively working on solutions, which might include sending you data sets for simulations, live-streams of tests, or digital interactive tools–more info coming soon.


3. I’m in Senior Design or Enterprise–how will I do my capstone work?
The ECE Senior Design Lab is now closed. Projects are continuing, however, teams should be working with their advisors and sponsors to revise project scope such that the projects can be successfully completed with working remotely. When using the lab (if that’s an option), please observe social distancing procedures and disinfect the workspace when you’re done using the wipes located on the large blue toolbox. Other virus-related safety protocols are summarized at mtu.edu/covid-19/.

Some Useful Contact Info:
If any teams need help from the ECE Machine Shop please schedule an appointment with Mike Goldworthy (mpgoldsw@mtu.edu).

If any teams need to purchase equipment they must email a purchase requisition to Chuck Sannes (cesannes@mtu.edu).

Any questions regarding senior design can be directed to Tony Pinar (ajpinar@mtu.e).

4. Are my faculty or advisors still available?
Yes! Although campus is closed (with very few exceptions), the advisors and faculty are working remotely. If you’re unsure about where someone is, check their Canvas course page, any group emails for the course, or message them directly to find out.

5. What is happening with my courses between now and May 1?
You should have heard from your instructors by this time. Faculty are actively working to adapt homework, lectures, assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. in a variety of ways and you will hear from each instructor directly regarding the specific setup of their course(s).

Some courses may be recorded for viewing at an alternate time. Instructors will let you know how and when their course will be delivered. You are still responsible for completing your coursework. Deadlines and due dates: adhere to any plans, expectations, homework, and exams as you would on campus. Most importantly, stay alert to your Canvas alerts and emails, as you will be receiving updates from both the University and your instructors.

6. Learning Centers – ECE’s ITC Learning Center coaching hours will be held online. The ITC Learning Center will now be housed virtually via Zoom. Coaches will log in when they are on duty, both for quick “in and out” questions and  longer answers. You can chat via audio, video, or instant message.

To meet with a coach, please join this Zoom link during these posted hours. Coaches will create a Breakout Room for you if you have a longer longer questions. The usual hours are:
Monday—Thursday, Noon – 3 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm

More info about other learning center operations can be found here.

7. Can I return to campus?
As of March 11, 2020 (1:30 PM), the University urges all students to make the choice that is best for their own personal situation. However, high-risk populations are encouraged not to return to campus.

8. I need to drop a course, but I am not on campus. What should I do?
First year students: you must email your advisor to discuss the ramifications of dropping a course. We still want to make sure that you know how it might impact your schedule and future academic plans. From there, we will work with you and the Registrar’s office to get the course dropped.

All others: you are still encouraged, but not required, to email your instructor to discuss. To drop, Email registrar@mtu.edu to drop a course; include your M-number and the course name/crns you wish to drop.

Course Drop Deadlines have been extended. The Drop Deadline with a “W” grade is extended through Friday, April 24th, for full-semester courses. The Track B drop deadlines are: Friday, March 27th without a grade, and Friday April 24th with a “W” grade.

9. I still have questions about Fall 2020 registration. What do I do?
The new Registration Priority Schedule is found here. The Approval / Waiver fill-able form is now available, so you can communicate electronically with anyone that you may need to. Check out the e-meetings recorded for the spring advising series in our blog here! There are many answers, links, and tips in those presentations and slides. If you have more questions, contact Liz or Judy–we plan to remain active on email, phone, or other telecommute options for anyone who would like to reach us that way.

10. What about Commencement (May 2)?
A new plan is being created. The latest status of Commencement is listed in the Campus Events and Services Status Updates page.

11. I’m worried about my co-op, internship, or job prospects.
Check out the great work that Career Services is doing! In particular, you might be interested in these sessions:

How COVID-19 is affecting internships and employment this summer. 


2020 Spring Advising Series

Spring Advising Meeting Videos are ready!

Have your flowchart handy and go to appropriate link. Prepare for registration of next set of classes and plan for next two+ semesters.

First-year and new transfer students who began Fall 2019 or Spring 2020:

Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors not yet graduating: Prepare for 3rd/4th/5th years:

How to transfer credits from elsewhere one-page instructions pdf.

How to read your Degree Audit Report

Co-op: how to take a co-op semester.


France in Junior Year Spring – Ensea FAME

CpE and EE majors can study in Cergy, France, in Spring of junior year! Core 3rd-year courses are offered that can apply to your MTU degree. Apply for the France American Exchange Program (FAME) at the study abroad office in the M & M Building – room 722, in the Pavlis Honor’s College.  Application deadline is October 15th.

Robotics Engineers can get these courses: EE3160, EE3131, Ma/Sci Elective, Directed Tech Elective, and Lower level HASS which apply to the degree. RE’s would need to add one semester (maybe two) to the graduation date due to postponing spring-offered class(es) and prerequisite chains. See Judy if you’d like to make a plan.

Plan both Fall and Spring semesters for next year if you’d like the option to go to France next Spring. Are you ready to skip a Houghton Winter?

For CpE’s and EE’s, it is possible to stay on track with the 4-year flowchart – see sample flowcharts:

Spring 2018 (Jan 20-May 30):  EE flowchart    CpE flowchart

Courses offered:

Electronic Circuits; Lab ———————— EE3131, 4 cr
Signals and Systems ————————— EE3160, 3 cr
Communications Systems ——————— EE4250, 3cr. As of 7/2019 and later.
Power Engineering——————Spg 2020 & later- EE4219, 2 cr. and EE4220, 1cr.
Computer Arch. & Intro to Microprocessors
   EE3171, 3 cr,   EE’s, RE’s only. Make up 1 cr with EE elective.
Object Oriented Programming in java through video games—to be evaluated for MTU equivalency. 9/15/2021.
Operating Systems ———-being re-evaluated) No CS credit; CS3xxE(?), 3 cr. May use as CpE tech elective.
Probability and Statistics ———————–MA4760, 3  May not substitute for EE3180. EE’s = Approved Elective (not SELECT); CpEs may use for MA3710. Pre-requisite waivers will need to be requested for follow-on courses at MTU.
Internet of Things —————to be evaluated as of 9/15/2021
Image and Virtual Reality————-EE3XXE, 3 Cr.; EE Elective or CpE Technical Elective
Big Data and AI —————-CS4XXE, 3 cr., CPE Technical Elective

French language and Culture (beg,int,adv) —- HUnXXX, 3 cr HASS-HU/FA; n=1 or 2 or 3

PLANNING NOTES:

  •  Save 3 credits of HASS-HU/FA (or your HASS any) for France; lower level
  •  Take EE3901 in Fall prior to France semester. Or take a substitution for EE3901 prior to 4th year or EE4901/ENT4950.
  •  Re-plan your junior year considering the courses you’d like to take in France.

FAME program website

Cergy, France

For details on application, airfare, cost, etc…see Vienna Chapin in the Study Abroad Office – Admin 200

Outdated course evaluations:
Communications Systems ———– (EE3250, 3 cr effective Spring 2019 and earlier).
Fundamentals of Power Engineering ——— EE4219, 2 cr   (2 credit EE elective or CpE tech elective) Spring 2019 and earlier.


Calculus I, II grades, Physics 1, and rumors

There are “rumors” and misinformation flying around about grades and what is considered “passing”, especially for Calculus II (MA2160) and Calculus I (MA1160/1161) and University Physics I (PH2100)

Please call, email or meet with your academic advisor if you are concerned or affected by these situations. DO NOT listen to advice from friends and roommates, especially those in other majors. Pay close attention to emails regarding physics and the calculus 1 grade, and those from your advisor, instructors and the Dean of Students Office.

Get to know the university policy on grades and what they mean.

1) It is rumored that a “C” grade or higher is required to pass Calculus II, MA2160, and/or move on to subsequent courses. Fact: “D” or higher is a passing grade. A course with a “D” grade should be carefully considered for a repeat, especially calculus, but know that is is not required to repeat it. Consult with your academic advisor if you are considering repeating a course.
2) Rumor: You cannot take Physics 1 if you earned less than a C in Calculus 1. Fact: Students who earned a CD or D in Calculus 1, can take Physics 1, but must also take PH2110, the Physics 1 workshop, and Calculus II, and can take ENG1102. If you decide to repeat Calculus 1, then you will take University Physics 1 and Calc II (MA2160) and ENG1102 later. You can take the Physics 1 lab either way, PH1100.
3) Fact: Mechanical Engineering majors must earn a C grade or higher in Calculus II (MA2160) in order to move onto their Statics course, MEEM2110. This does not apply to Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering majors.
Please involve your academic advisor for help with planning and knowing all of your options so that you do not get off track from where you can be or should be.
It is very important to understand your own situation. As always, please contact the academic advisor if you have questions or are unsure what to do.
Judy and Liz 1/7/2020


EE1110 and EE1111 are cancelled

EE1110 (Essential Math for ECE) has been cancelled. The key skills are added to the beginning of EE2111 (Circuits 1); you will substitute one credit of free electives for EE1110, if you did not yet take it.

EE1111 (Intro to ECE) has also been cancelled. The key topics will be added to future EE courses, and mainly to EE3901; you will substitute one credit of free electives for EE1111 if you did not yet take it.

It is best to save free electives for later on in your plan, usually. If you have something odd in your audit, an adjustment will be made by your advisors (or, you can bring it up at a future advisor appointment).


2019 Spring advising series

Spring Advising Meetings – videos- Have your flowchart handy and go to appropriate link. Prepare for registration of next set of classes and plan for next two+ semesters.

First-year and new transfer students who began Fall 2018 or Spring 2019:

Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors not yet graduating: Prepare for 3rd/4th/5th years:

How to transfer credits from elsewhere video; slides w/linksone-page instructions pdf.

How to read your Degree Audit Report

Co-op: how to take a co-op semester.


ROTC Graduation plan, Form 48 / AR 104 instructions

Before you meet with your Academic Advisor regarding your Form 48 or 104R or Graduation Plan form:

Decide on a 8, 9 or 10 semester plan as recommended by your ROTC program advisor. Make a draft plan (in pencil) based on reading your online Degree Audit Report, and using your flowchart from your major, appropriate for your catalog term (usually the year you began at Tech).

Start with the core required courses first, placing them in pre-requisite order (look up prerequisites in course descriptions). Leave room for required ROTC credits.

You do not need choose electives for the initial plan, just write “HASS Comp/Comm elective,” “EE Elective,” “Technical Elective,” “SELECT approved elective,” etc.  Electives can be pushed into last semester or two to make room for adding ROTC credits.

Consider taking MA2320 and MA3520 (Linear Algebra and Differential Equations) in separate semesters, rather than accelerated MA2321 and MA3521 in same semester. However, be sure to talk to your advisor about how this might impact the courses for which those are prerequisites!

When you have your form complete, including 128 credits of major, 3 units co-curricular, bring it to your academic advisor for review and signature. Some ROTC credits may count in the co-curricular requirements, such as AF0120 and AR2068.