Photo of EPADS ECE students from FA14


Engineering Practice and Design Studio (EPADS) I is normally taken in the first semester of your freshmen year where you will be introduced to engineering and the engineering profession, the engineering design process, team development, communication skills, professionalism, ethics and problem solving methodologies.

EPADS I is divided into three major components:

  1. Computer Aided Design (CAD) consist of instruction using SolidWorks, a popular commercial solid modeling package used to create solid models as well as multi-view, isometric, and sectional drawings. Drawing practices including dimensioning and tolerancing will also be covered.
  2. The electronics component of the course will introduce a variety of sensors and actuators and how they interface with a microcontroller.
  3. The machine shop component will provide you with basic wood and metal working skills.

FA14 Module I Winners

Mechanical Engineering Module I
Project -- Game of Throws

Projectile motion is a commonly occurring situation, whether it be a golf ball struck by a club, the water leaving a water fountain, or an object thrown by a medieval weapon. For this project, working in teams of 2 or 3 students, you are required to design, build, and demonstrate a device that will propel a tennis ball toward a fixed target.

Fall 2014 Team Winners 

(pictured from L to R) 

Daniel Heberling

Nicholas Anderson

FA14 Mod I Team Photos - Group 1

FA14 Mod I Team Photos - Group 2

Mechanical Engineering Module II
Project -- The Water Power

In recent years, there has been a great interest in investigating potential renewable energy resources. One possible energy resource is the energy contained in rainfall. The potential energy of the rainfall can be converted into kinetic or electric energy. In this project, each team was assigned to design a device which could transfer the potential energy of falling water to kinetic energy which will then be used to propel a model car.

Fall 2014 Team Winners

(pictured from L to R)

Matthew Giddings

Alicia Santiago

Connor Bowman

FA14 Mod II Team Photos - Group 1

FA14 Mod II Team Photos - Group 2

FA14 Module II Winners

FA14 ECE Module photo

Electrical & Computer Engineering Module

The electronic component teaches basic concepts of electricity such as power, current, switches, and motor usage. Students learn to operate a simple YCP-designed robot using various types of video-game style controllers. As the module continues, students are exposed to the basic concepts of control theory, which they practice using an instructor-designed gantry system that tries to remain level at all times.

The final "event" of the module is a game-show style competition where teams of students have 150 seconds to get as many grams of steel weight from one end of the course to the other while following certain rules.