Electrical Engineering (All-Female)

This camp runs June 16th – 22nd, 2019

The focus of the Girls Learning Electrical Engineering (GLEE) camp at the University of Illinois is to enable high school students to explore the breadth of Electrical and Computer Engineering and learn about how research in the discipline benefits society as a whole. The technical program includes classroom instruction, demos, hands-on activities, tours, usage of research facilities, and four team projects. The curriculum showcases practical applications of ECE: circuits, signals, electromagnetics, power, nanotechnology, solid state electronics, and photonics by investigating a real world technology – the cell phone. The first project is to build an FM transmitter. Each camper lays out parts of their circuit on a protoboard and measures them to learn their purpose, before soldering together their own FM phone that they take home with them. The girls also use SimCir to learn about logic gates and design an LED calculator circuit. They then build the circuit, which adds numbers as high as 3 plus 3 and displays the result with light! The girls use the cleanroom lab to fabricate a p-n junction solar cell by spin-coating a p-type organic polymer semiconductor onto an n-type silicon wafer. They also make an n-p-n phototransistor using n-type spin-on-dopants and a p-type wafer. Finally, the girls build an image projector out of folded paper that holds an LED flashlight, a 1” square transparency, and a lens.

Dr. Lynford Goddard received the Ph.D. in physics (thesis: 1.5-micron GaInNAsSb/GaAs lasers) from Stanford in 2005. He conducted postdoctoral research at LLNL on photonic integrated circuits and sensors. He joined the University of Illinois faculty in 2007 and is currently a full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His group fabricates, tests, and models photonic sensors, circuits, and instrumentation, develops novel device processing techniques, and applies quantitative phase microscopy for semiconductor wafer metrology. He was an IEEE Photonics Journal Associate Editor (2009-2014) and currently serves on its Advisory Board. He received the AAAS Early Career Public Engagement Award in 2011 and the PECASE award from President Barack Obama in 2010. Dr. Goddard is co-author of over 200 publications and 10 patents.


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Registration opens January 15th, 2019