This project-based course is designed to help students learn how to turn their ideas into commercial products. In the first half of the course, emphasis will be placed on the product development process: student teams will gradually build up a complete “contract book” including a mission statement, competitive analysis, patent review, product specifications, system schematics, economic analysis, development schedule, etc. In the second half of the course, each team will be expected to implement its design and demonstrate a prototype of their product’s core functionality. At the end of the semester, a final written report will be submitted in the form of a utility patent. Students are encouraged to take this course in conjunction with Electronic Design Lab (ECE 520.448) in the Spring semester and leverage the groundwork developed here to enable production of a fully functional and marketable prototype by the end of the academic year. Click here for more information.