ESE 111: Atoms, Bits and Information
Before they left Penn, the 2012 graduates of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) added a new class to the roster. ESE 111, "Atoms, Bits and Information: Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering" was suggested by the seniors, who saw a need to bring freshmen together so that they could experience the breadth of the disciplines of electrical engineering and systems engineering early in their academic career.
The course is being offered for the first time during the Fall 2012 semester, and is taught by Dan Lee, Evan C Thompson Term Associate Professor and Raymon S. Markowitz Faculty Fellow in Electrical and Systems Engineering, with laboratory experiences overseen by Siddharth Deliwala, Undergraduate Lab Manager. The course is intended for students majoring in Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering or Computer Engineering, but any student in Engineering is permitted to take the course and there are no prerequisites.
"Electrical and systems engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines," says George Pappas, Joseph Moore Professor and Chair of ESE. "Introducing the intellectual breadth of the Department to new students is a challenge, as it takes very special instructors that can excite students in diverse areas ranging from nanotechnology, to robotics, to air traffic control. Dan and Sid are some of the very best instructors in the Department. At the same time this course is a fantastic opportunity for students as they see a broad range of possibilities for their future careers."
During the semester, lectures will discuss important ideas and theory while highlighting applications in the real world. Students will apply in the lab concepts and applications spanning from molecular devices, circuit design, microcontrollers, wireless networks, and large-scale systems. Faculty will be invited to the class to showcase their research and opportunities for undergraduate research. To finish, students will integrate their knowledge in the course with a final project featuring a networked embedded system.