Electrical and computer engineering hosts summer camp

Dr. Gregroy Huff with high school students who participated in the department's summer camp, ECE unplugged.Texas A&M University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted 30 high-school students during its second annual summer camp, ECE Unplugged, June 27 through July 6.ECE Unplugged, showcases the different opportunities available for students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.During the camp, the high-school students had access to the labs and equipment, including oscilloscopes and soldering machines; built speakers; etched a wafer similar to making microchips; built an antenna out of a can; and built robots as some of their projects during the camp.The students also were given an industry tour of National Instruments in Austin.The students toured one of the department's "clean room" labs."The camp is aimed to help participants understand what they can do with degrees in electrical or computer engineering," said Jackie Perez, the department's senior undergraduate academic adviser.Faculty members Dr. Jean-Francois Chamberland, Dr. Kamran Entesari, Dr. Paul Gratz, Dr. Rusty Harris, Dr. Gregory Huff, Dr. Deepa Kundur, Dr. Sam Palermo, Dr. Srinivas Shakkottai and Dr. Steve Wright assisted with the tours and design projects along with current students in the department.In addition to participating in hands-on activities, the students toured departmental laboratories, such as the Magnetic Resonance Systems Laboratory, Chip Fabrication Laboratory and Thin Film Laboratory. Participants also toured the campus and learned some of the Texas A&M traditions and attended presentations on research in computer and electrical engineering. They also enjoyed some recreational activities at the university's Rec Center, Mount Aggie and a BV Bomber baseball game. http://www.ece.tamu.edu/NewsAndEvents/Newsletter/Vol11No1/news_ECEsummercamp.php