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Photonics course sequence changes begin 2018-19

November 2017 announcement:  Meet with Judy if you:

  • plan to take photonics courses fall 2018 and/or beyond
  • are considering the Photonics Concentration
  • choose the remote sensing option for the Environmental Applications concentration
  • co-op/study abroad/semester off, & plan photonics courses

Course Offerings chart

The BSEE – Photonics 8 semester flowcharts have been updated.

Detailed planning is required to ensure you can follow the new path. Your flowchart will need to be adjusted.

EE3090 will become obsolete.

EE2190, Introduction to Photonics will be offered in Spring semesters (Soph year)

EE3190 will be offered in Fall semesters instead of spring.

EE3290 will be offered in Spring semesters instead of fall.

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Full or filled MEEM course – wait list instructions

Spring 2018 registration: Students must follow the below instructions to generate an entry on an electronic waiting list. An online waiting list form will be available for each MEEM undergrad course offered for the spring semester. There will be no other way (not email, phone, appt, etc) to get added to a MEEM course waiting list. Do not complete the online form to get on a waiting list until after your registration time starts according to the published schedule (by earned credits). If you do submit an entry early it will jeopardize your priority for getting into the course.

1. Attempt to register for all your courses using available sections.

2. If there is no other way to complete your schedule due to all sections of a MEEM course being full or unresolvable time conflicts, then go to the ME Advising page (http://www.mtu.edu/mechanical/undergraduate/advising/)

3. Click on the link for ‘Spring 2018 MEEM course waiting lists’ posted at the top center of the page under ‘Announcements’. (or click here)

4. This will bring you to a page with a link for the waiting list form for each offered undergraduate MEEM course.

5. Click on the course(s) you are unable to add and complete a Google form for each course to generate your entries for the waiting list(s).

6. Please read the form carefully and complete it as accurately and completely as possible.

7. We will prioritize the waiting lists firstly based on which students have the greatest need for a course to maintain feasible graduation timing and/or earn a minor. And then based on your designated time to begin registration in the priority schedule and/or the time stamp on your waiting list entry.

8. As additional seats are available (advisor maximums for sections [negative seats as available] and possibly more seats added later if needed), we will add students from these waiting lists as we are able up until the spring semester begins.

9. ME students that absolutely need a course will be added to that course sometime before the semester begins. But you may have to be patient and/or be open to an alternate plan from an advisor that supports equivalent feasible graduation timing.

10. Students will be notified with an email if and when they are added to a course from a waiting list.

11. Feel free to see us with questions at any time, but you must complete the online form to get on a waiting list.

12. Do not complete the online form to get on a waiting list until after your registration time starts according to the published schedule (by earned credits). If you do submit an entry early it will jeopardize your priority for getting into the course.

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Success and study habits

Success in a class is largely due to the effort put in. Interest and motivation are close seconds. Even if you are not liking a class, pretend you are very interested and wish to learn as much as you can by listening attentively in class and being curious.
Here is one students’ answer to the question of how to study in the best possible way. Why not give them a try.

Re-presented here, as found in above link, answered by Rob McQueen:”

  • Teach it first: To understand new systems / concepts, stand up in front of a chalkboard and act as if you’re teaching it to a class. When you get to a point you don’t know how to explain, talk it out. Literally, stand up and talk to yourself; it works.
  • Diagram / Symbol: Once you understand something, create a visual diagram / symbol. Draw it on a piece of paper. Close your eyes and think about it in your head. Once you have the diagram / symbol, it will be very easy to remember how it works later on.”

It always helps to ‘write it down’ multiple times. Practice doing problems, until you think you’ve got it, then test yourself. Re-work the problem until you can do it successfully on your own. (as if in exam)

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CpE Majors – Departmental GPA calculation

The Departmental GPA calculation for CpE majors (primary major code ECP) will include grades for courses beginning with the prefix “EE” and “CS”. Previously, only “EE” courses were used. The new calculation better reflects the work of the computer engineering student.

Implementation of the new calculation is planned June 19th, 2017 as of the beginning of Fall 2017 semester.

Some students will see a drop in departmental GPA due to this change. CpE students can improve their departmental GPA by repeating CS or EE courses with a grade of CD or lower.

Some students will see an improvement in their departmental GPA. Some will see no change.

To remain in  Good Academic Standing, these three GPA’s must be at least 2.0:  1) most recent semester GPA 2) cumulative GPA and 3) Departmental GPA once 16 credits are completed.

If you have questions during Summer, contact Judy Donahue at eceadvise@mtu.edu or 487-2232.

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2017 Spring Advising series

All ECE students:

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Accelerated Master of Science MS

The Michigan Tech Graduate School is offering a limited number of Graduate Academic Excellence Awards (GAEA) which provide a one-time payment of $4500 in tuition support for the first semester of study in the Accelerated MS programs.  Well-qualified students will be nominated for the GAEA by the ECE Department, with academic merit being the sole criterion.   No separate application is required. Meet with Dr. Michael Roggemann, EERC 503, and bring a copy of your transcript.

ECE: Accelerated Master of Science degree program.

Undergraduate electrical engineers and computer engineers are allowed to count up to six credit hours toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the ECE Department, and could potentially finish their master’s degree in one academic year (two semesters). The credits must be at least 4000 level, lecture-based coursework. (Excludes UG research, individual project, enterprise and senior design credits)

ECE Accelerated Master’s preparation checklist  How to get started.

Undergraduate students can apply, using the standard Graduate School application, as early as their junior year and may start taking graduate level courses during their senior year. ECE Applicants must maintain an undergraduate minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 to apply and to remain in the program.

Graduate School accelerated masters information.

Take an extra course(s) for a future grad program while you’re an undergrad:

Senior Rule: Students may take graduate program courses under the Senior Rule if they have time for an extra course in senior year. This designates a course as “GR”, graduate level, making the course available for possible use in a future graduate degree program. Courses taken under Senior Rule may NOT apply to the undergraduate degree. Senior Rule credits could be transferred and considered by graduate programs outside MTU-ECE. Senior Rule credits are on your graduate transcript, and not on your undergraduate transcript.

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approved Enterprise Modules/ 3 semester option

List of Enterprise Modules (classes) which are approved for the 3-semester enterprise for design option, in place of ENT3950.  Be sure to check the schedule of classes for offerings and plan in advance.  Begin the 3-semester enterprise sequence in ENT3960, Project Work IV.

Fall approved modules:

  • ENT3959   Six Sigma I
  • ENT2961   Teaming in Enterprise
  • ENT3982   Continuous Improvement Using Lean Principles

Spring approved modules:

  • ENT3963   Technology and Commercialization
  • ENT3966   Design for Manufacturing
  • ENT3967   Six Sigma II
  • ENT4951   Business Plans and Budgeting
  • ENT3971   Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • ENT2962   Communication Contexts

The 3 – semester enterprise project work option is ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960 plus one Approved Enterprise Module from above list.  ENT3950 does not apply.

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Intramural sports PE credit

Students can sign up for the Intramural class to get PE credit for it. PE0425.
1) You need to be a sophomore or higher to sign-up for it. We don’t accept freshmen in the course.
2) Once you’re in the class you’ll need to participate in 14 intramural games/activities through out the track you are sign up for.  This mean you’ll need to participate in at lease 3 or more different intramural sports during the track.
Here is an example of one might do to pass the intramural course:
– play 3 flag football games
– play 3 softball games
– play 3 sand volleyball games
– play 3 soccer games
– participate in 2 disc golf tournaments
Contact: Craig Pellizzaro, crpelliz@mtu.edu

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SELECT Approved Electives (EE majors)

SELECT Approved Electives: This list has been created especially for the BSEE by our esteemed faculty and industry advisory committee. These topics broaden the knowledge of the EE graduate.  Required in 2013-14 and beyond catalog years.

SELECT Approved Electives – Non-EE courses that require only limited prerequisite coursework and add to the knowledge breadth of the graduate.

EE/EET 3373 - Intro to Programmable Controllers (0-2-3) Fall
 --EET 1411 or (EET 2120 and EET 2141) or EET 2411 or PH 2230 or EE 2112 or EE 3010
ENG 2120 - Statics-Strength of Materials (4)  Spg
 --MA 2160 and PH 2100 and ENG 1102
ENG 3200 - Thermodynamics/Fluid Mechanics (4)   Spg
  --MA 2160 and CH 1112 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151) and PH 2100 and ENG 1102
ENG 4510 - Sustainable Futures I (3)  Fall
 --Junior or Senior standing
MEEM 2110 - Statics (3)   Fall, Spg, Smr
 --COE enrolled and MA 2160
MEEM 2150 - Mechanics of Materials (3)  Fall, Spg, Smr
 --COE enrolled and MEEM 2110
MEEM 2200 - Thermodynamics (3)   Fall, Spg, Smr
 --COE enrolled and MA 2160 and CH 1150 and CH 1151
MEEM 2201 - Introductory Thermodynamics (3) Fall,Spg,Smr
 --MA 2160 and CH 1150 and CH 1151
MEEM 2700 - Dynamics (3)   Fall, Spg, Smr
 --PH 2100 and (MEEM 2110 or ENG 2120) and MA 3160(C)
MEEM 3210 - Fluid Mechanics (3)   Fall, Spg, Smr
 --MEEM 2200 and MEEM 2700(C) and (MA 3520 or MA 3521 or MA 3530 or MA 3560)
 --Co-Req MEEM 3220
MEEM 3220  - Energy Laboratory (2)   Fall, Spg, Smr
 --MEEM 2200 and MEEM 3210(C)
MY 2100 - Intro to Materials Science Engineering (3)  Fall, Spg, Smr
 --CH 1112 or CH 1122 or (CH 1150 and CH 1151) or (CH 1160 and CH 1161)
MY 3292 - Light & Photonic Materials (3)   Spg
  --(PH 2200 or EE 3090 or EE 3140
PH 2300 - University Physics III-Fluids and Thermodynamics (4)   Spg
  --PH 1160 or PH 2100
PH 2400 - University Physics IV, Waves and Modern Physics (3)   Fall, Spg, Smr
  --PH 2200 or PH 2260
PH3300 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)    Spring
 --PH 2300 or PH 1360

To benefit students considering a minor or concentration in these topics, ECE added courses that may be used in SELECT approved elective area:

CS1142 - Programming at the H/S Interface (prereq: CS1131 or CS1122)
BL2010 - Anatomy & Physiology I (prereq:  CH1000 or (CH1150 and 1151))
BE2400 - Cellular & Molecular Biology (prereq: CH1150 and Calculus I)
CEE3501 - Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (prereq: Calc II and CH1150 & CH1151)
CEE3502 - Environmental Monitoring and Measurement Analysis (prereq: Calc II and CH1150 & CH1151)

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