Junior / Senior Engineering Clinics

Junior / Senior Engineering Clinics

Junior / Senior Engineering Clinics

Taken consecutively for four semesters in the second half of the curriculum, Junior / Senior Engineering Clinic is where students learn and perfect the true art and science of engineering design, problem-solving, team-working, creative and analytical thinking, as well as time and project management. Junior / Senior Engineering Clinics are unlike any other class you have seen. The problems on which we work are not previously solved textbook or canned experiment problems, nor are they engineering challenges that do not go beyond a hobby; many of the problems are not even conceived by the professors, and the solutions to these problems are often truly unknown. These are “real” problems! 

Where do these problems come from?

Project ideas for junior and senior clinic, come to us directly either by the industry or by the research funding agencies (that competitively fund cutting-edge research). In each semester, the engineering faculty organizes a massive “clinic project fair,” where that semester’s projects are introduced to the students. This is where the faculty pitches the project to students and competing against each other to get the best students interested in their projects. The students and projects are matched to each other based on students' areas of interest and levels of skills in project-specific areas; then the work begins. These projects have real milestones, real deliverables, and if not completed in time, real consequences! Students can participate in any project offered by any of the engineering disciplines, creating truly multi-disciplinary teams. In fact, in ECE we ask students to spend at least one of the four semesters in a non-ECE project or provide consulting services to a non-ECE project through Clinic Consulting.

In any given semester, each department runs about 30-40 projects, providing students well over 160 projects college-wide to choose from. Since many of the projects are industry-funded, students who work on these projects are typically hired (gobbled up, really) by the sponsoring companies first as interns, and then as permanent employees. Many of our students find employment at these clinic-sponsoring companies, typically long before they graduate.

In ECE, recent research & development projects came from the following companies and organizations:

  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Cooper's Ferry
  • SunTechnics
  • Kaneka
  • NJ State Police
  • Exxon-Mobil
  • Neuronetrix
  • PSEG
  • Siemens
  • NavAIR
  • NavSEA
  • Alencon Systems, Inc.
  • L3 Communications
  • K-Tron
  • Elektra

Recent fundamental research projects have been sponsored or funded by the following organizations and agencies:

 

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • NASA
  • US Navy
  • Air Force Research Laboratory
  • US Department of Energy
  • NJ Office of Clean Energy
  • NJ Public Board of Utilities
  • US Army CERDEC
  • Department of Transportation
  • Federal Aviation Administration

What are some of the projects?

Here is a subset of the projects the ECE department is running in Fall 2019. The broad spectrum of projects include virtual reality simulation in the CAVE, developing a smart microgrid, developing speech recognition algorithms, developing artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, developing biomarker fusion and image segmentation for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, designing next-generation smart satellite that use the new memristor-type memory (yes, the satellite designed by our students already placed into orbit by NASA), educational game design using virtual reality, among many others. This is indeed a subset of the over 160 projects available to ECE students across the College of Engineering.

For a more detailed description of select projects from the Spring 2019 see the College-wide Engineering Clinic Showcase

Fall 2019 Electrical and Computer Engineering Clinic Projects

# Project Title Faculty
1 Virtual Reality for Orthopedic Surgery Mandayam / Lecakes
2 NASA-RASCAL Moon-Mars Ice Prospecting Challenge Schmalzel
3 NASA BIG Idea Challenge Schmalzel
4 Wireless Inter-Satellite Cubesat Bus Shin/Schmalzel
5 Building an Electric Formular 1 Racing Car Muhlbaier
6 AIAA IREC Rocket Competition Schmalzel
7 Virtual Reality Simulation of Warsaw during WW-II Mandayam / Lecakes
8 Standardized Cube Satellite Interconnect Shin/Schmalzel
9 Building a Dexterous Prosthetic Limb Rasool
10 Machine Learning for Stroke Detection Rasool
11 Learning Predictive Maintenance Rasool
12 Machine Learning for Everyday Applications Polikar
13 Machine Learning for Neurodiagnosis Polikar 
14 Lifelong Machine Learning in Nonstationary Settings Polikar
15 Adversarial Machine Learning - Poisoning ML Polikar
16 Machine Learning in Gaming Cade/Tang/Polikar
17 Deep Machine Learning for Echocardiography Rasool
18 Gunner Simulation for US Army using VR Mandayam / Lecakes
19 Personalized Game Development Cade / Tang
20 Brain Tumor Detection AND Surveillance Rasool / Bouaynaya
21 Lung Cancer Detection with Deep Learning Rasool / Bouaynaya
22 Building a Smart Microgrid on Rowan Campus Li
23 Campus Transportation Electrification Li
24 Camden SAFE: Sensor Node and Placement Shin
25 Camden SAFE: Networking the City Shin, Schmalzel
26 Building a Solar Powered LoRa Network Shin, Schmalzel
27 IEEE 1451 Smart Transducer Design Schmalzel
28 Smart 3D Image Reconstruction Wu
29 Three Dimensional Microscopy Wu
30 Piezoelectric-based Micropower Energy Harvesting Schmalzel
31 Permafrost (iFROST) Detection System Schmalzel
32 Project Engineering & Development Business Center Dyer
33 Comprehensive Bio-Instrumentation Head
34 Precision Agriculture: Mighty Mite Drone Delivery Schmalzel
35 Polymer Composite for Navy Applications Krchnavek 
36 Transceiver for Future CubeSat Missions Krchanvek
37 Automated Platform for Radiology Rasool
38 Smart Sensors for Internet of Things Schmalzel
39 Brewery Power Quality Schmalzel
40 Soil Properties Data Logger Al-Quzwini
41 Explainable Artificial Intelligence Ramachandran
42 Mobile Augmented Reality App Development Cade/Tang
43 Deep Learning GMMs and Their Applications Ramachandran

Student-initiated projects – Venture Capital Fund

The College of Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering department also funds student-initiated projects. This entrepreneurial fund allows students who come up with their own ideas to develop such ideas, prepare a business and development plan and then implement those plans with funding support. Some student-initiated projects include electromagnetic launcher project, quadrocopter design project, and perhaps most impressively, the digi-tails project (for developing custom designed animated turn / stop signal development for muscle cars) which then turned into a full-fledged company that is currently doing business under the commercial name of Digi-tails.

For a more recent Quadrocopter project, see the Rowan Quadrocopter video. This quadrocopter was built entirely from scratch by the clinic team. The team who built this quadcopter than went on to establish their own company, Verge Aero building drones and creating some dazzling drone shows, such as this one and this one.