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Lab Experience for Circuits Classes in a Simplified Lab Environment

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

ETD Design I: Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology

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22.992.1 - 22.992.17



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Claudio Talarico Eastern Washington University

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Claudio Talarico is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington
University. Before joining Eastern Washington University, he worked at University of Arizona,
University of Hawaii and in industry, where he held both engineering and management positions
at Infineon Technologies, IKOS Systems (now Mentor Graphics), and Marconi Communications.
His research interests include design methodologies for integrated circuits and systems with emphasis on system-level design, embedded systems, and complex SOCs. Talarico
received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and he is a
member of IEEE. Contact him at

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Min-Sung Koh Eastern Washington University

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Min-Sung Koh obtained his B.E. and M.S. in Control and Instrumentation Engineering in the University of ULSAN, South Korea, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at Washington State University. He was with KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Co.) for 9 years before enrolling in the Ph.D. program at Washington State University. In KEPCO, he worked at the NPP (Nuclear Power Plant) as a nuclear engineer. In the Fall ’02 quarter he joined the department of Engineering and Design at Eastern Washington University, where he has taught several courses in Computer Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering. Currently, he is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Eastern Washington University. His research interests are in the areas of speech and image signal processing, signal processing in communication systems, photoacoustics, and embedded systems.

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Esteban Rodriguez-Marek Eastern Washington University

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Prof. Rodriguez-Marek is an Associate Professor in the Engineering & Design Department at Eastern Washington University.

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Lab Experience for Circuits Classes in a Simplified Lab EnvironmentCircuit theory is an essential class for EET/CET/EE students and it needs various labs to allowstudents to obtain hands-on experience. In order to provide this hands-on experience, traditionallabs for circuit theory require a significant measuring and signal-generating devices, such aspower supplies, multimeters, oscilloscopes, function generators, etc. However, students whowant to do labs/projects in their own time are restricted due to the significant cost of theequipment. Furthermore, students who are enrolled in distance learning classes struggle to havethe hands-on experience because of location problems. Hence, as a pilot study, this paperintroduces a way to handle labs for circuits classes with a simplified lab environment, which canbe located virtually anywhere. This paper uses a Digilent Electronics Explorer board with theWaveForms software, which is set up as a virtual, simplified lab environment. The single boardincludes various devices used in traditional analog/digital classes such as power supplies,function generators, oscilloscopes, logic analyzer, multimeters, etc. As a pilot study, this paperintroduces some experiences in the simplified lab environment.

Talarico, C., & Koh, M., & Rodriguez-Marek, E. (2011, June), Lab Experience for Circuits Classes in a Simplified Lab Environment Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18624

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