Contact Information:

Time Thursday: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (Classroom Lectures)
Tuesday:  2:15 PM - 3:45 PM (Guest Lectures)
Place Lecture: 203 Simrall
Guest Lectures: George Eastman Auditorium (Swalm)
Meetings: Simrall 206 (under construction)
Labs: Simrall 323
Instructor Joseph Picone
Office: 413 Simrall
Office Hours: 8-9 TR (others by appt.)
Class Alias
Required Textbook(s) G. Voland, Engineering By Design, Addison-Wesley, 1999, ISBN 0-20-14985-10.
Prerequisite Grade of C or better in Senior Design I (ECE 4512)
Reference Textbook(s) P. Horowitz and W. Hill, The Art of Electronics, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, 1994, ISBN: 0-521-37095-7.

D.C. Hanselman and B.L. Littlefield, Mastering MATLAB: A Comprehensive Tutorial and Reference, 1/e,, Prentice-Hall, 1996, 542 pp., ISBN: 0-13-191594-0.

Grading Policies:

Grades are calculated using the following weights:

Team Leader
Team Member
  Design Document 20%   Design Document 20%
  Preliminary Design Review 10%   Preliminary Design Review 10%
  Design Review 10%   Design Review 10%
  Web Site 10%   Web Site 10%
  Peer Review 25%   Peer Review 25%
  Instructor Evaluation 25%   Advisor Evaluation 25%

I would thoroughly enjoy assigning letter grades according to the following distribution:

100 - 90
89 - 80
79 - 70
69 - 60
See you next semester
Below 60

Of course, if I was able to grade according to this distribution, it would be a first for a "Picone class."


The goal of our two semester sequence is to provide you with a realistic design experience, and teach you the tools and methodologies that can help you be successful at this endeavor. To be considered for a passing grade in this portion of the class, your design review must convince the committee this project was finished. You must demonstrate to functional project at your design review, and that your hardware design meets your design requirements and simulation results.

The design document is a comprehensive description of the entire project including: requirements, test specification, design, and test certification. It presents simulation data demonstrating that your design is feasible, and addresses most of the points listed on the cover page of the course web site. For Senior Design II, the design document will build on the document generated in Senior Design I.

The design document must clearly state which portions of the team project were executed by which members. Each member is expected to contribute a section describing their contributions. Individual grades for each member will be assigned based on the contributions described in these sections. Of the 20% allocated to this portion of the grade, 15% will come from your individual contribution, and 5% from the overall grade on the document.

The preliminary design review should be a dry-run of the final presentation. It is a 12-minute presentation by one team member that reviews project, followed by a 5-minute demonstration of your hardware. At this presentation, any deficiencies that are documented must be rectified in your final design review.

The design review is the big enchilada. You must address all design deficiencies noted in your preliminary review, and review all aspects of the project (with technical details supporting your claims). It is also a 12-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute demo. At the time of the design review, a project web site must be available containing all information about the project, including the documents described above and the design review presentation.

Team members will also submit a written evaluation of their fellow team members. This will include a chance to recommend individual grades for their team members, and comment on each member's contribution to the project. All claims of mutiny, insurgency, poor performance, etc., must be documented in sufficient detail to be given consideration. Team leaders will participate in a performance review conducted by the instructor during finals week. Faculty advisors will submit evaluations of each team member as well.


Class Date Topic(s)
1 08/22 Organization and Introductions
2 08/29 Gerald Thames, Managing Partner, Lehman Brothers
3 09/05 Doug Marchant, President, EPN Corporation
4 09/12 Billy and Linda Howard, President, Howard Industries
5 09/19 David McMillen, President, HMC Technologies
6 09/26 Troy Stovall, President, Gulf South Capital Fund
7 10/03 Rodger Johnson, President, Knology Holding Company
8 10/10 Preliminary Design Review
9 10/17 Bill Yates, President, Yates Construction
10 10/24 Fred Burke, President, Central Pharmacy Services
11 10/31 Danny Windham and Jerry Moore, Co-Founders, Adtran
12 11/07 Stan Prevost, Vice-President and Co-Founder, Phase IV
13 11/14 Mickey Holliman, President, US Furniture Lines
14 11/21 John Denson, President (retired), Lockheed Martin Idaho
15 11/28 Design Review
16 12/05 Project Deliverables


Item Date Description
1 08/29 Design Document: Problem Statement and Requirements (Preliminary)
2 09/05 Design Document: Problem Statement and Requirements
3 09/12 Web Site (Preliminary)
4 09/19 Design Document: Test Specification (Preliminary)
5 09/26 Design Document: Test Specification
6 10/03 Design Document: Design (Preliminary)
7 10/03 Preliminary Design Review: Presentation
8 10/10 Preliminary Design Review
9 10/17 Design Document: Design
10 10/24 Design Document: Test Certification (Preliminary)
11 10/31 Design Document: Test Certification
12 11/07 Design Document (Preliminary)
13 11/14 Design Document
14 11/21 Design Review: Presentation
15 11/28 Design Review
16 12/05 Web Site