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Spring 2009-2010
* ELE 102 / EGR 103 (ST)   No Audit

New Eyes for the World: Hands-On Optical Engineering

Claire F. Gmachl

This hands-on lab course introduces students to several modern topics of engineering optics. Teams of students will choose and carry out four different projects: (i) holography, (ii) lasers (iii) free-space optical communication, and/or (iv) nanotechnology. The course teaches the foundations and broader societal issues of these technologies. The laboratory sessions involve hands-on instructional training, as well as individual experimentation and exploration. Skills acquired in this course include computer programming, data acquisition and interpretation, wet chemical processing, and electronics design assembly.

Sample reading list:
Course Lab Manuals,

Reading/Writing assignments:
20 pages of reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Design Project - 30%
Quizzes - 5%
Lab Reports - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Freshmen and Sophomores Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Participation of non-science/engineering and interdisciplinary students is strongly encouraged..

Other information:
Teams consist of approximately 3 students; design projects for mid-term and finals. Interested students should contact Professor Gmachl for permission to enroll.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41980 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T   Computer Science Building   104   Enrolled:71 Limit:70 Closed
41982 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M   Engineering Quad F-Wing   F110   Enrolled:17 Limit:18
41984 B02 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm M   Engineering Quad F-Wing   F110   Enrolled:19 Limit:18 Closed
41986 B03 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F   Engineering Quad F-Wing   F110   Enrolled:19 Limit:18 Closed
46563 B04 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Engineering Quad F-Wing   F110   Enrolled:16 Limit:16 Closed