All posts by Adib Khozouee

Circuits & Code 2012

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UMass Amherst invites tech-loving and even tech-skeptical folks to attend the 3rd annual Circuits & Code event – a celebration of technology, engineering, science, mathematics, creativity and the students who are designing and building the products and systems of the future:

Saturday, 21 April 2012 – 12 Noon – 3 PM – Marcus Hall, Rooms 5 and 10 at UMass Amherst.


Please get your free tickets >> HERE. <<


Your online registration will be a great help to us as we plan for adequate refreshments.

Come and see projects which demonstrate the power of electronics and computing!

We would also like you to be aware that on Friday, 20 April 2012 all the ECE seniors will demonstrating their senior design projects (SDP) from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Gunness Engineering Student Center, Marcus Hall, UMass Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For information about all 20 senior projects please visit the ECE SDP website:

subset of the the senior projects will also be shown as part of Saturday’s Circuits and Code.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

T. Baird Soules
Director of M5
Marcus Hall Room 5
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA 01003-5215 USA

Meet a maker: Andrew Sousa

Thursdays from 6PM to 9PM and Saturdays from 12PM to 5PM are times to be a maker. Everyday is a time to be a maker but during these hours you can be sure there will be someone that can help you out if you have questions.

Meet EE’2014 Andrew Sousa:

Andrew has been working on a really cool project where LEDs light up to the different frequencies of an audio signal. Andrew started working on his project after a PCB fabrication workshop offered by Sean Kleiber last semester. Since then he has put LEDs in a tennis ball and tweaked the circuit a little.

His circuit provides a visual entertainment to go along with your music.


Here is the circuit in action:


Come down to M5 on Thursdays and Saturdays and build something yourself!


Euler’s stage

If you’ve been to one of M5’s Friday alumni and faculty talks you know that Euler’s room has the potential to host anything from a casual info session to a small scale theatre production. The stage area was built in M5 by fellow electrons. M5 has two high tech fluorescent light sources for filming and photography. The space is charming and cozy and can fit up to 100 people with the possibility of having an overflow room. If anyone is interested in theatre automation, directing a play or having any event such as open mic night, talk or performance, talk to one of M5’s staff members so that they can help you turn your idea into reality!


Drive for Innovation

As some of you might know on October 4th the Chevy Volt and the crew behind Drive for Innovation made their way to UMass to see M5 and document the creativity that has been spurring in our corner of the world.

They poster five videos on their website about M5!!

A space of their own making


Theater of the engineering mind


The tweeting robot

Houston, we’ve got…bicycles

Music makes the lights go on

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Be sure to watch some of the other videos on the website as well, there are some pretty innovative people out there.

Adib Khozouee


Online schematic editor and version control

A while ago I saw this XKCD cartoon and it got me thinking about how true it is that we do so much online.

What I want to tell you about is yet another thing you can do online, schematic editing and version control. I recently found this website called

Upverter allows people to collaborate on schematic design. Users can create schematics using a large database of parts available on the website. User can add parts to the database as well. Others can fork off your design and modify it making a new development branch, this allows the user to keep his design, and other users to copy it and modify it. You can also roll back to previous versions of the design, the website keeps track of all your changes and and versions making it easy to trace back your steps. Upverter puts forward the collaborative aspect of engineering design, it’s a great place to find cool circuits and learn about them.

Here is the process of designing a circuit: