Sustainable Power for Electrical Resources (SuPER)

The proposed activity is the development of a low-cost, sustainable source of electrical power with a 20 year life cycle that can be financially owned by a family unit.

Evaluation of Commercial Video-based Intersection Signal Actuation Systems

Development of testing standards and procedures for video-based intersection signal actuation systems employed at controlled intersections.

LIDAR utilizing SGDBR Lasers

LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) system architectures and applications that are enabled by single-chip wavelength tunable Sampled Grating Distributed Bragg Reflector (SGDBR) lasers are being developed in this project.

Automated Consensus-based Data Verification in the Caltrans Detector Testbed

A practical need to assess the accuracy and attributes of each of the many types of roadway sensors and detectors motivated the California Department of Transportation to construct a traffic detector testbed on I-405 in Southern California.

New Topologies Promise Improved Performance for Powering Future Microprocessors

There are several new VRM (Voltage Regulator Module) topologies currently being developed in the Power Electronics Lab at Cal Poly. Through the Graduate and Research Office, Cal Poly has applied for US patents on two new topologies. Other new topologies are currently being characterized and developed.

XINS Project

Designing remote controlled airplanes is an engineer's playground - designing an autopilot for a remote control airplane is an electrical engineer's playground.    

ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing by Enerpro, Inc

EMC (ElectroMagnetic Compatibility) Radiated Susceptibility Testing by Enerpro, Inc., Goleta, CA in Cal Poly's EMC Chamber,

Antenna Projects

RF/antenna project slides, January 2009.

Algae Biofuel

This project focuses on developing methods to electrically lyse (break) algae cells and to detect intracellular content (lipidsfor biofuel component extraction. Algae cell electrical parameters (effective capacitance and admittance) vary as a function of lysing state and excitation frequency. The end goal of this research is to couple electrical characteristics with cell shape, optical density, and spectroscopic analysis to optimize energy efficiency in cell lysis and intracellular content extraction.

RF/Antenna Projects

Current EE department RF/antenna projects include the development of HFSS (High Frequency Structure Simulator) computer models for metamaterial structures and the construction of physical prototypes verified through measurements taken in the Cal Poly Anechoic Chamber.