College Electrical Projects

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For the student of electrical engineering, choosing a college electrical project can be a daunting one. Your project must demonstrate a broader understanding of many electrical principles at once. However, there is no need to limit yourself to showing merely electrical principles. For the adventurous student, these projects provide an opportunity to show how electrical mastery can entertain, show practical applications, promote your career interests, or even create a tool you can use every day.

Entertaining Projects

Entertaining projects are good at encouraging teams of students to push their abilities to the limit. There are a number of entertaining projects a student can demonstrate. From remote control planes to shiny multimedia creations, these projects are designed to grab the eye and show how your disciple can shine. Battle bots are perhaps one of the best known electronics projects in this category. Few projects are quite as memorable as ones where creations clash with grinding steel, sparks, and flame.

Practical Projects

Practical projects demonstrate how your field of study accomplishes some crucial element of importance within a larger thing. This can be as mundane as demonstrating how a signal is converted from analog to digital and back again in a music player, or as flashy as showing how a 3d image is created using multiple image sources. Laser transmission systems are a good example for this type, showing how modern compact disk players or fiber optic systems contribute to our society.

Career Centric Projects

These projects demonstrate a career interest while showing mastery of your skill. Given the digital nature of our society, there are many possible options ranging from electronic metering systems used in petrochemical industries to the medical imaging systems used in health care. Given the popularity of green technologies, this project provides an opportunity to explore how electronics contribute to alternate energy sources, such as by building a miniature solar power plant, or hydrogen fuel cell.

Tool Creation Projects

These projects serve to not only demonstrate mastery of the electronic field, but to also provide a tool the student can use for later projects, or even for everyday use. For students of electronics, many daily-use tools work on electronic principles that make for great projects, such as volt or ohm meters, soldering systems, or even digital scopes. A personal computer is another project that creates a tool that serves well beyond the daily curriculum.


About the Author

Andy Klaus started his writing career contributing science and fiction articles to Dickinson High School's newsletters back in 1984. Since then, he has authored novels and written technical books for health-care companies such as VersaSuite. He has covered topics varying from aerospace to zoology and received an associate degree in science from College of the Mainland.

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