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Use Of Autocad In An Electrical Engineering Curriculum

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.461.1 - 2.461.6



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Craig Hoff

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Lisa Anneberg

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Ece Yaprak

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Session 1532

Use of AutoCAD in An Electrical Engineering Curriculum

Lisa Anneberg and Craig Hoff Ece Yaprak Departments of Electrical and Division of Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering Wayne State University Lawrence Technological University Detroit, MI 48202 Southfield, MI 48075 (313) 577-8075 (810) 204-2539 FAX: (313) 577-1781 e-mail: e-mail: and

This paper was initiated at an Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement (UFE) workshop supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant No. DUE-9455076, through the division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

ABSTRACT Computer aided drafting or drawing is a fundamental in the engineering design process. Many companies use CAD programs in every aspect of their business. Electrical engineering students, however, normally have no exposure to traditional CAD programs in their curriculum. This can be remedied by the addition of a CAD exercise in and appropriate EE lab course. Advanced Digital Electronics is a likely location, because of the complexity of circuit diagrams that must be electronically generated. Other programs exist for digital logic circuit generation, such as ORCAD, Electronics Workbench, Altera, etc. These programs also perform some time of specialized simulation. However, our students are not routinely exposed to commonly utilized general CAD programs. This paper presents the results of an AutoCAD Laboratory exercise completed and evaluated by a class of Advanced Digital Design students in an electrical engineering undergraduate curriculum. In addition, a detailed list of students’ comments and future developments are included.

Introduction the engineering design process is a problem solving activity, and an end product is the formulation of a prototype for a finished product before its actual production. The actual design process has several similar definitions. ‘PDCA - plan, do, check, act’ is one short- moniker embodiment of the design process. However the step-by-step process is defined, a part of the final product is a specific drawing, which is usually computer generated. Graphics or engineering drawing computer programs are necessities, and often an industry will utilize one CAD package throughout its entire manufacturing operation. Often, electrical engineers are unfamiliar with industry standard CAD programs, typically utilizing electronics or digital specific tools. This electrical engineering exercise for AutoCAD was a very successful transition to traditional CAD programs for the student.

Hoff, C., & Anneberg, L., & Yaprak, E. (1997, June), Use Of Autocad In An Electrical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6859

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