Abi Yildirim, Ph.D., director of the Signal Processing and Embedded Systems Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was recently invited to judge the senior design project presentations at Shades Valley Technical Academy. A total of six teams presented projects, which included a GPS-equipped key chain, a battery-powered heat blanket, a heated lunch box, a slip-free drinking glass, a note-taker/organizer for smart phones, and a device for peripheral vision enhancement.

“The presentations were quite interesting, and the students showed overall a good performance,” says Yildirim. “We graded each one on their project development processes and their presentations, and afterward, I had a chance to talk with the students and their parents about plans for their future college education.”

Yildirim’s visit to Shades Valley was one of many examples of community outreach that ECE faculty participate in to raise visibility of the School of Engineering in the community and to educate young people about the opportunities an engineering education can provide.