Category Archives: Events

Surface Mount Prototyping Workshop

Friday April 21st, 3:00pm

UMass Alum Chris Montoya will be joining us in M5 for a surface mount prototyping workshop, using a reflow oven! This is an excellent opportunity to get some hands on experience working with surface mount electronics, and to speak with a knowledgeable engineer working in the field. We will dive right into the workshop and then have time to ask any other general questions. Each student will have their own kit to work with, so spots are limited. so RSVP soon if you would like a spot!

TO RSVP: Email Dan Travis (dtravis AT umass DOT edu). First come first serve reservations.

Circuits and Code – Spring 2015

imageCircuits and Code is coming! The end-of-term exposition of M5, its students, projects, and other amazing technological whizbangery is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, starting at 10AM at M5. There will be posters a presentation, and some delicious snacks. Please sign up using EventBrite (<link pending>) so we know how many people are coming!

If you have spent time at M5 this term, and would like to present your work, please use this template. Complete the template and get it to me by Wednesday for approval before I give it to Professor Soules at 3:00.

The 1:30 PM presentation by Chuck Malloch will feature Ultra Violet, the teleoperated robot M5 has made in collaboration with the Theater Department, and the differences between a project made for one’s own use and one made for delivery to another party.

See you there! Again, please sign up using EventBrite (<link pending>) so we know how many people are coming!

— Chuck Malloch

Circuits and Code — Fall 2014

imageCircuits and Code is coming! The end-of-term exposition of M5, its students, projects, and other amazing technological whizbangery is scheduled for Thursday, 4 December 2014, starting at 6PM at M5. There will be pizza, posters, and a presentation. Please sign up using EventBrite (circuitsandcode-dec2014.eventbrite.com) so we know how many people are coming!

If you have spent time at M5 this term, and would like to present your work, please use this template. Complete the template and get it to me by Wednesday for approval before I give it to Professor Soules at 3:00.

The 7:30 PM presentation by Chuck Malloch will feature Ultra Violet, the teleoperated robot M5 has made in collaboration with the Theater Department, and the differences between a project made for one’s own use and one made for delivery to another party.

See you there! Again, please sign up using EventBrite (circuitsandcode-dec2014.eventbrite.com) so we know how many people are coming!

— Chuck Malloch

Circuits and Code >> 1 December 2012

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UMass Amherst invites tech-loving and even tech-skeptical folks to attend the 4rd biannual Circuits & Code event – a celebration of technology, engineering, science, mathematics and creativity.

Saturday, 1 December 2012 – 12 Noon – 4 PM – Marcus Hall, Room 5 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.

Please read about the projects >> HERE <<

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

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
soules@ece.umass.edu

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:
http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/sdp/sdp12/teams.html

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
soules@ece.umass.edu

M5 Sponsors CVSA’s Alternative Spring Break Trip

The Cape Verdean Student Alliance is a student run organization that was founded in 1982 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Its main mission is to educate the university and its surrounding communities about the Cape Verdean culture, history and traditions and at the same time giving educational access to the Cape Verdean diaspora living in the New England states.

For the third consecutive year, CVSA is putting together an Alternative Spring break trip to the mother land to continue to build on a relationship between Cape Verde and the UMass and to expose our students to the rich history and culture of the islands and at the same time have them be of some service to the community they will be visiting. This trip not only will enrich the students’ knowledge of Cape Verde but will hopefully build a relationship between CVSA and other educational institutions in the island.

Of course, it wouldn’t be possible to realize this activity without support. For the second time in a row M5 has been one of those supporters. Following the great success with t-shirt sales last year to raise funds, M5 has once again provided its space and equipment for t-shirt manufacture.

Check out the cool pictures bellow. Those are the portraits of two HUGE figures of the Cape Verdean culture. Amilcar Cabral was the revolutionary leader who drove both Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde to independence in the 1970’s. Cesaria Evora who is considered the queen of Morna, was an international sensation whose voice captured the attention of many, including pop superstar Madonna who has long been a fan of hers.

T-shirt making in Euler's Room, M5
Amilcar Cabral t-shirts
Cesaria Evora t-shirts
DIY t-shirt making YUDU machine

-Edmar G.

 


M5 TALK: Jeremy Gummeson, CSE ’06 – “Wireless Sensor Networks”

M5 TALK on Friday, 9 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

Jeremy Gummeson, CSE ’06

“Wireless Sensor Networks”

Video Invitation by Jeremy Gummeson>> 2012-03-gummeson

SIGN UP HERE: http://m5wireless.eventbrite.com

time: Friday, 9 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

speaker: Jeremy Gummeson, researcher in Wireless Sensor Networks

location: Euler’s Good Room in M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)

tickets: FREE at eventbrite. DOOR PRIZES FOR REGISTERING!

Please join us for refreshments after the talk.

The days of the cord seem to be dwindling. It seems that everything has a wireless connection, from the magnetic fields used to charge batteries to the latest satellite technology. So how is this happening in the world of sensors, and what kind of work can a student do towards furthering wireless research? Alumnus Jeremy Gummeson will be here to discuss various sensor networks from a student’s perspective, more specifically for our viewing pleasure: programmable RFID units.

Mr. Jeremy Gummeson graduated from UMass Amherst in 2006 with the BSCSE. As a kid growing up, Mr. Gummeson spent many days dismantling his household’s electronics, just to explore what was inside the “black box.” After many years playing music, he decided to come to UMass, and left knowing that embedded systems engineering was for him. Jeremy’s first engineering “job” was a research position within UMass’ own Computer Science department.  After a successful completion of his Masters and PhD in sensor networks, Mr. Gummeson’s research has taken him to many places, working with a plethora of wireless protocols and with many interesting people!

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!

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Audio invitation by Chris Montoya

Check out Chris Montoya’s audio invitation [mp3] to all you folks wondering how designers decide which capacitor is best:

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M5 TALK on Friday, 2 March 2012 at 3:30 PM

Chris Montoya, EE ’06
“Capacitors! Real vs. Ideal”
time: Friday, 2 March 2012 at 3:30 PM
speaker: Chris Montoya, Principal RF Engineer at Test Evolution (TEV, testevolution.com)
location: Euler’s Good Room in M5, UMass Amherst, Marcus Hall, Room 5 (Lower Level)
tickets: FREE at eventbrite. DOOR PRIZES FOR REGISTERING!
Please join us for refreshments after the talk.
Have you ever wondered how real capacitors differ from their ideal cousins? Have you ever wondered how to choose between electrolytic, tantalum, thin film and ceramic capacitors? Why does Digi-Key carry over 65,000 capacitors? Alumnus Chris Montoya will shed some much-needed light in this mysterious corner of the circuit design world.
Mr. Chris Montoya graduated from UMass Amherst in 2006 with the BSEE. For his Senior Design Project Chris and his teammates, designed and built a 3D computer mouse called The Bat. It used ultrasound sensors to resolve the mouse position. His first engineering position was with Kollmorgen in Northampton, Mass. He is currently the Principal RF Engineer at a small start-up called Test Evolution (TEV, testevolution.com) in Hopkington, Mass. His most ambitious design to date is the AXRF automated test system, a low-cost general-purpose RF semiconductor tester.