Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

I graduated from Montana State University's Electrical Engineering program in May of 2015.
   I chose to become an electrical engineer because I knew that the education would empower me to make a living by helping people and doing what I love to do.
   I have learned more and met more challenges than I had ever anticipated. This path has made me a hands on problem solver with an in-depth knowledge of electrical and computer systems. The best part is that I'm always learning, adapting and creating.

Below is a list of courses in electrical engineering that I've completed.

Mobile Wireless Communications, EELE-447

Characteristics of the radio environment, propagation, cellular concepts, channel allocation, modulation techniques, multiple access techniques, Shannon's Capacity Theorem, error-correcting codes, data compression, spread spectrum modulation, current wireless communication systems.

Digital System Design, EELE-461

Researching the physical phenomena that lead to signal degradation when generating and transmitting digital signals. The broadband response of transmission lines will be presented in addition to lumped versus distributed analysis. Emphasis is placed on the physical structures that are used to construct modern digital systems (on-chip Rx/Tx circuitry, on-chip interconnect, IC packaging, PCB's, connectors, and cables). The fabrication process for each component of the digital system will be presented in addition to the tradeoffs between mechanical reliability, cost, and electrical performance. Modern analysis tools will be used to explore these topics including SPICE circuit simulators, EM field solvers, and PCB design/layout software. Modern test equipment will also be presented including Time Domain Reflectrometry (TDR), Vector Network Analysis (VNA), and Jitter Characterization using Real-Time Digital Oscilloscopes.
We program the Freescale S08, a cheap and highly manufacturable microcontroller with a wide variety of applications.

HW and SW Eng; Embedded Systems, EELE-475

Topics in embedded system design, real-time operating systems, high level language programming of embedded systems, software and hardware tradeoffs, and laboratory experience with embedded systems.

Microcontroller Applications, EELE-465

Exposure to micro controller hardware and software applications, serial and parallel I/O, timing, interrupts LCDs, keypads, A to D conversion, and a project realizing a real time control problem.
We program the Freescale S08, a cheap and highly manufacturable microcontroller with a wide variety of applications.

Power Electronics, EELE-451

Introduction to solid-state power devices; topologies, operating principles,modeling and control, and design of basic power converters; magnetic design; applications of power converters in renewable energy source power systems, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, and other residential, commercial, and industrial systems; laboratory experience with basic power converters.

Capstone Design, EELE-488R,489R

Two consecutive-semester senior capstone design sequence in Electrical Engineering. Students, under the guidance of a faculty supervisor, realize, assess and document the performance of their solution to a real-world design problem.
My capstone project was a collaboration between Quantel Lasers and Montana State University. You can follow my progress on the Motorized Variable Optical Attenuator.


Introduction to the fundamentals of CMOS VLSI circuit design. This course covers CMOS device characteristics and timing, CMOS fabrication, CAD tools, design rules, simulation and layout, CMOS combinational and sequential logic, SRAM and DRAM memory, and dynamic logic design.

Telecommunication Systems, EELE-445

Introduction to analog and digital communication systems with lab. Topics include signals in communications; noise characterizations; bandwidth considerations; probability of error; analog and digital modulation; frequency domain analysis; matched filter applications. Experiments involve modulation, demodulation, A/Ds, sampling theory, and aliasing.

Materials Science, EELE-409

Basic material properties of dielectrics, magnetic materials, conductors, and semiconductors. Practical applications of materials to semiconductor devices

Microfabrication, EELE-407

Provide an introduction to clean room safety protocol and micro fabrication. Lectures will introduce micro fabrication methods, models and equipment. Laboratories will perform the steps to produce and characterize a metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor.

Engineering Ethics, EELE-487

Engineers from industry and others give presentations on professionalism, ethics, and engineering practices. Included are specific well-known, historical engineering ethics cases and professional practices of engineering, intellectual property issues, and new developments.

Microprocessor Hardware and Software, EELE-371

Introduction to the structure of microprocessors, arithmetic and logic units, processor control, interrupts, memories, and input/output. Laboratory experience in assembly level programming of microprocessor applications.

Energy Conversion Devices, EELE-355

Three-phase power; electromechanical energy conversion devices and motor drives; introduction of power electronic converters for power control and motor drive applications. Laboratory experience includes power measurements; experience with transformers and motor-generator operational characteristics and DC and AC motor drives operation.

Electromagnetic Theory, EELE-334

Basic electric and magnetic fields including transmission lines. The materials covered will include both static and dynamic fields, traveling waves, and transmission line concepts such as impedance, reflection coefficient, and transient response.

Feedback Controls, EELE-321

Classical continuous-time, transfer function approach to control systems engineering. Approximations, linearization, and time response. Design and analysis via root-locus, Nyquist, and Bode methods. Proportional, dominant pole, lead, lag, PID, and minor loop compensation. Describing functions. Lab exercises incorporate a variety of hand-on control systems.

Electronics, EELE-317

This is an introductory course in electronics. It introduces diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors and bipolar and MOS analog and digital circuits.

Signal and Systems Analysis, EELE-308

Discrete and continuous time signals and systems. Properties, application, synthesis and analysis for the CT and DT Fourier Series, the Fourier transform, the DTFT, z and Laplace transform. Applications in differential and difference equations, sampling, feedback, and communications. Introduction to the DFT.

Logic Circuits, EELE-261

An introductory course in the fundamental concepts of classical digital design. Course covers design and implementation of combinational logic circuits, synchronous sequential circuits and information storage circuits. Basic concepts of programmable logic devices and computer-aided design tools are presented.



Circuits Engineering II, EELE-203

Natural and forced response of R-L-C circuits, frequency response of R-L-C circuits and Bode plots, frequency response, slew-rate and DC imperfections of real op-amps; Laplace Transform, Fourier series and Fourier Transform techniques in circuit analysis; basic R-L-C and op-amp filters; two port networks.