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Judy Burl, ECE undergraduate Advising

E-mail me days and times that are good for you to meet. Or, schedule a Google Hangouts Meeting here.

Email: jmburl @ mtu.edu
Google Hangouts: jmburl @ mtu.edu
Google Chat
Zoom
Phone – provide Phone# and days/times for me to call you
Voicemail – 906-487-2232 – Clearly record name and phone # if you wish a call back
Dept Fax: 906-487-2949
Previous name and email: Judy Donahue jmdonahu@

Summer hours:
I am usually available M-F 7:30 am – 4 pm, with occasional evening availability. (except for meetings and vacation days)
I assist Electrical Engineers, Double-majors with CpE and EE, Robotics Engineers, EE minors, and students interested in pursuing one of these!

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

Many questions can be answered using email or by searching the Advising Blog.
For in-person advising meetings, let’s use Google Hangouts or a phone-call — Email Judy and include days and times you are available. I will send you an invitation/notice of your scheduled Google Hangouts Meeting or phone-call appointment.
I will not be having face-to-face meetings in my office in EERC 131 at this time. (sad face)

Use your mtu email for advising communications, not other email addresses.


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 Admin Building – room 200.  Application deadline is October 15th.

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?

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
Computer Arch. & Intro to Microprocessors   EE3171, 3 cr,   EE’s only. Make up 1 cr with EE elective.
Algorithms & Design Analysis ——————— asof 7/2019: credit for CS4321, 3 cr. is given! previously, No CS credit; however, may sub for CS4321 on CpE degree.
Operating Systems ———————————- (being re-evaluated) No CS credit; CS3xxE(?), 3 cr. May use as CpE tech elective.
Signals and Systems ——————————– EE3160, 3 cr
Power Engineering: Spring 2020 & beyond-being evaluated.(2/10/2020)
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.
Communications Systems ———————— as of 7/2019 will give credit for EE4250, 3cr.
Power Engineering——————Spg 2020 & later- EE4219, 2 cr. and EE4220, 1cr.
UAV/Drones …………………EE3XXE, 3 cr. EE Electives or CpE Technical Electives.
Image and Virtual Reality————-EE3XXE, 3 Cr.; EE Elective or CpE Technical Elective
Microelectronics ——————– EE4240, 3 Cr.

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


Transfer credits from elsewhere

Transfer Services
Registrar’s Office
130 Administration Building
transfer@mtu.edu
906-487-2319

Getting Started
To take classes elsewhere and transfer them to Michigan Tech, use Michigan Tech’s online Transfer Equivalency Link along with the course schedules and catalogs from the other college. Choose courses that will transfer to an equivalent course at Tech that are required for your degree  (such as an appropriate HASS List course).

Remember: a grade of C or higher grade is required to transfer in a course!

  • To access list of courses already approved for transfer use the Michigan Tech Transfer Equivalency System.
  • If the course you want or need is not on the Transfer Credit Equivalency list, you may request to have it evaluated for transfer credit by sending the following details to the Transfer Services Office, for each course (email transfer@mtu.edu):
    • The other university or college name
    • Course ID and title
    • Syllabus – REQUIRED!
    • Textbook(s) used (usually on the syllabus)
    • Detailed Description (usually on the syllabus)
  • If all this information is available online, you can send the link to transfer@mtu.edu.  A short catalog description is not enough information to evaluate for Michigan Tech credit; you must provide the course syllabus.
  • Michigan students: complete a Guest Student Application and work with the Registrar’s office. You will need to check in with the other institution to see if anything else is required.
  • Enroll in courses. If the course(s) are prerequisites to classes you need to register for next semester, have a copy of your transcript from the transfer college sent to Michigan Tech’s office of the Registrar so that our system knows the courses you plan to transfer.

Prerequisite? If a course you are taking elsewhere is a prereq for something you want to add to your next semester’s schedule, contact Transfer Services. They can mark a course as “in session” so that your registration can proceed as normal. You still must have an official copy of your transcript from the other institution sent to Michigan Tech as soon as the prereq course is complete!

To find out if a course may count as a “UN” course, consult the Transfer Services Office before taking the course.

Michigan Tech General Education HASS Requirements. Don’t forget: 6 credits of HASS must be numbered 3000-4999 (“upper level”).

After Completing the Course
Have an official copy of your transcript sent to the Michigan Tech Registrar’s Office:

Office of Student Records & Registration
Administration Building
1400 Townsend Avenue Houghton, MI 49931-1295

For generic transfer course numbers, ex. HU9300L and SS9300U: “L” in the 7th position indicates the course is Lower Level, and “U” indicates Upper Level. New in 2020: transfer courses come in with a new format that looks like HU1XXX, EC4XXX, or HU3XX5. 

Here is the Tutorial on how to transfer credits from elsewhere, to Michigan Tech. Slides only .pdf


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.


Enterprise – How to Register

Getting Started in Enterprise

1.  Figure out your course number.
How many semesters do you have remaining at Tech, on campus? This will determine which course number to register in.

2. Get permission.
Every semester, you must seek permission to join or continue in Enterprise. Use the Approval / Waiver form for permission to enroll (select “Special Approval”) and then go to see the right Enterprise advisor:

BMSE – Blue Marble Security  – Dr. Glen Archer, EERC 629
WCE – Wireless Communication – Mr. Kit Cischke, EERC 520
RSE – Robotic Systems – Dr. Jeremy Bos, EERC 623
AE – Aerospace – Dr. Brad King, AE registration instructions, MEEM 1014

Other enterprises:  Enterprise Program.
Also see: Schedule of Classes

3. Turn in the form.
Bring completed, signed waiver form to the Student Services Center, or the Advising Office. Once it has been entered, you will be able to go into Banweb and enroll in your Enterprise.

Meet with your Academic Advisor if you are uncertain which course number to register in for project work, to stay on track with your graduation semester.

Capstone Enterprise Work (4950-4960)

Once you get to your senior year, registering in ENT 4950 requires a different process. To register in ENT4950, go here: ENT4950 Registration for instructions. You will start by completing Part A, which is an online form under the tab:  Enterprise Student Resources (click forms).

For ABET accreditation standards, join an Enterprise that will provide you with an appropriate project work and responsibilities to meet design standards throughout ENT4950 and ENT4960:

  • EE Majors: must apply EE knowledge and skills in engineering design
  • CpE Majors:  must apply hardware/software integration skills in engineering design
  • CpE/EE Double Majors: apply EE knowledge/skills and hardware/software integration skills in engineering design

ECE Department Rules

The department does have some rules for completing your Enterprise Design requirements. For starters, you must plan to complete a four-semester sequence: ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950, then ENT4960.

  • If you to take a semester off to co-op or study abroad, do it before you take ENT4950.
  • Your last year of project work in enterprise must be consecutive semesters to apply to senior design requirements.
  • ENT4950 and ENT4960 need to be in the same enterprise.

Plan carefully and plan well in advance of graduation.  Pre-requisites required for senior-level project work (4000 level):

  • EE Majors: complete EE3901 and EE3131 before enrolling in ENT4950. Take EE3171 before or in same semester as ENT4950.
  • CpE Majors: complete EE3901 and EE3131 before enrolling in ENT4950. Take EE3173 before or in same semester as ENT4950.