ELEC 590 is a course where M.E.E. students can conduct theoretical and experimental investigations under ECE faculty direction. Students must complete the Independent Study Petition which requests a short one paragraph abstract of the project at the start of the semester. This abstract should be discussed with the student's research advisor for approval. Once submitted it will be reviewed and subject to the approval of the ECE Professional Master's Committee.
About 3 hours of work per week per 15 week semester would translate to 1 credit hour. 30 hours of 500-level credits are required for the M.E.E. degree. No ELEC 590, 591 or 599 may count for major or minor area (you may count 3 hours of ELEC 590, 591 or 599 as a Free Elective.) M.E.E. students taking less than 3 credit hours of ELEC 590 per semester will not be able to have the course counted towards their degree. ELEC 590 projects do not count towards ECE specialization credit, and the maximum total ELEC 590 is limited to 6 hours. Students can petition if they have a special project. If a student is being paid to work on the research project, then ELEC 590 credit cannot also be earned.
The student is expected to prepare a final presentation and report for the research advisor by the end of the semester so that the research advisor can assess the student's performance and give the student a grade. (The student's level of effort should be comparable to that in a traditional lecture/lab course.) The student's research advisor should then contact Norma Santamaria regarding grading.