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An Optical Communication Design Laboratory

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.97.1 - 3.97.4



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J.P. Uyemura

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J.A. Buck

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H. Owen

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D.J. Blumenthal

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C.M. Verber

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Session 1526

An Optical Communication Design Laboratory

J.A. Buck, H. Owen, J.P. Uyemura, and C.M. Verber

School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 30332

D.J. Blumenthal

Department of Electrical Engineering University of California Santa Barbara, CA

A senior-level design laboratory course is described, in which an evolving fiber communication network is expanded or improved upon by successive generations of students. In this pipelined approach, the students in each new term base their work on the final written report of the students in the previous term. They choose leaders and organize themselves into teams as appropriate to accomplish the assigned tasks. At the end of the term, they write their own report, which details their work in upgrading the network, and which includes new designs for consideration by the next class. Thus, in addition to its primary goal of providing a high-level technical experience, the course stresses multidisciplinary teamwork, and provides incentive for the development of effective oral and written communication skills. Results of three offerings of the course are described.


Developing a design laboratory course in optical communication is a formidable challenge, owing to the multidisciplinary nature of the subject. Optics, communications, and electronics expertise at advanced levels are necessary to provide a meaningful design experience for seniors. In addition, equipment and supply costs to establish and maintain such a laboratory are high. The subject course began as a collaboration of faculty members within the required disciplines, who provided expertise and equipment

Uyemura, J., & Buck, J., & Owen, H., & Blumenthal, D., & Verber, C. (1998, June), An Optical Communication Design Laboratory Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7326

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