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Undergrad student team’s USB Signal Master a finalist at Texas Instruments design contest this summer

A Case Western Reserve undergraduate student engineering team was a 2012 finalist in the popular Texas Instruments Analog Design Contest Engibous Summit. Of 140 teams nationwide that entered the contest, only the top 12 designs were invited to the finals this summer in Dallas, Texas.
 
The Case team entered a device they had created for their EECS senior design project. The USB Signal Master is a small, modular, USB instrumentation platform with three instrument modules, a 200MHz oscilloscope, a 40MHz arbitrary waveform generator and an 11-channel digital logic analyzer. The device has further potential applications as a network analyzer, biological interface, semiconductor parameter analyzer, digital multimeter or even for custom instruments.
 
Watch their video of the project:


Building the device in only one semester, the team received support from the Sages Capstone Fund and the Sears Undergraduate Design Lab, and built part of the instrument in think[box].
 
The students, who graduated in May 2012, showcased their design at the Engibous Summit this summer. Currently, team member Eric Laakmann is working at Apple, Peg Bernholt is working at Battelle in Columbus, James Mather and Thomas Glem are employed by Rockwell Automation, and Daniel Goff is pursuing his master’s degree at Case.