Course Description

ESE 111 (only offered in Fall) is an introduction to the principles underlying electrical and systems engineering.  Concepts used in designing circuits, processing signals, analyzing networks, and understanding complex systems will be discussed in lectures and illustrated in the laboratory.  This course will provide some of the necessary foundations for students interested in more advanced courses in ESE.
The culmination of this program is a product fair in which students pitch their concepts and demonstrate a working prototype that incorporates a microcontroller, software, sensors, and circuitry.
Please see last year's projects at

IMPORTANT : The course is ONLY available to freshmen.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Mathematical models of circuits
  • Semiconductor physics and processing techniques
  • Processing of analog and digital signals
  • Hierarchical organization of networks
  • Abstractions and analysis of large scale systems

Class Schedule

Class Meets in Towne 303 and Detkin Lab (Moore 101) on Mon-Wed, 4:30p-6P.

Assignments (Please see Canvas site)

Postlab Assignment xx
Postlab Assignment xx
Midterm Assignment TBD
Postlab Assignment

Final Assignment

Instructor Team

Dan Lee (class) <>
Sid Deliwala (lab) <>

Lead Teaching Assistant (Fall 2015)

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Teaching Assistants (Fall 2015)

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Sarah Dean <xsarah.dean_at_gmail>, LinkedIN profile
Scarlett Luis <_at_seas>, LinkedIN profile
Rron Rexha <rexha.rron_at_gmail>, LinkedIN profile
Neil Shah <nesha_at_seas>, LinkedIN profile
Suraj Shah <ssshah621_at_gmail>, LinkedIN profile
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Lab Syllabus

Google Calendar link

Lab Syllabus
Lab 1: Introduction to Circuits and MATLAB, .pdf
Lab2: Introduction to Digital Logic and Transistors, .pdf
Lab 3:  Intro to Arduino and Programming, .pdf
- Flash LEDs on and off, change frequency (use of counters)
- Use digital I/O and code to build half-adder (cf. Lab 2)
- Introduce sensors (photocell) and voltage divider (convert change in R to change in V), use sensors  to control LED flashing rate.
Lab 4: Accelerometers, LCDs, and Buzzers .pdf
- Modify timer code, display output on LCD, sound buzzer
- Use accelerometer to vary pitch of buzzer
- Use accelerometer as level-detector, display cursor on LCD
Lab 5: Interfacing Arduino with Matlab .pdf
Lab 6: Wireless Communication using XBees .pdf
- Introduce wireless communication, Zigbee
- Transmit integers from accelerometer, reassemble data on receiver
Teardown of a digital wristwatch : TBD
(2013)Teardown of a cell phone (link) and Soldering USB charger,
Minty Boost v3.0
-Check your kit. link
-Solder it. link
-Enclosure. link
*Important : Please bring the Minty Boost charger to the lab*

Final Lab : Using Arduino to connect to Internet .doc
Guest Speaker
s :

Prof. Jan van der Spiegel, class presentation .pdf

Prof. Cherie Kagan, class presentation .pdf
Prof. Megan Ryerson, class presentation .pdf
Prof. George Pappas, Chair, ESE; class presentation .pdf
Prof. Cynthia Dahl, Penn Law, class presentation .pdf
(2013): Prof. Alejandro Ribeiro, class presentation .pdf
Prof. Rakesh Vohra, class presentation .pdf
Prof. Jeff Babin
, class presentation .pdf

() : Final Demo ( presentations and demo)

-Engineering Design Methodology, the final "product design" follows this method quite closely .pdf.
-Demo Day Preparation Handout .pdf,
Link to 2013 ESE111 Final Projects poster files.

All Fall 2014 final projects are posted at

Electrical and Systems Engineering Department
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