MEP EP#297: Modern College Education with Derek Fronek

Podcast Notes

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Derek Fronek

  • Third year EE Co-op student at Purdue University
  • Last on the podcast episode #146 where he spoke about his time with TechHOUNDS

Modern EE Education

  • Stephen – Graduated from Texas A&M with a EE degree in 2009
    128 hours required
  • Parker – Graduated from University of Texas with a ECE degree in 2011
  • Derek – Will graduate in 2024
  • Derek’s Current class load
    • Freshman
      • High school credits that transfer help a lot
      • First year Engineering
        • Purdue’s way of saying “you need to do basic math and science first”
      • General Chemistry
      • EPICS (project based design class)
      • Calc 1-2
      • Physics Mechanics/E&M
      • CS-159 Intro to C
      • Covid Happens and we go remote right after spring break
    • Summer
      • Online summer classes can be nice but its a 16 weeks class in 8 weeks
      • ECE 20001 Fundamentals 1 (Basic Circuit Theory/ Mosfets)
      • ECE 20007 Fundementals 1 Lab
      • Analog Discovery 2 is the main test and measurement tool now
      • Calc 3
    • Sophomore
      • First Co-op term at Rheem
      • Visiting campus when you have no class responsibilities is fun
      • First real “Covid Classes” Purdue managed to stay “in person” for the whole time
      • Classes were still mostly online but students could be on campus and some labs were still in person
      • Exams were mostly online as well
      • ANTH 21000 Technology and Culture
        • More interesting than i thought it would be, gave some perspective on how design choices have social and societal implications
      • ECE 20002 Fundementals 2 (Amplifiers, Op Amps, AC Circuit Analysis)
      • ECE 20008 Fundementals 2 Lab
      • ECE 264 Advanced C
      • MA 266 Diff eq
    • Junior
      • Back to in person classes this fall
      • ECE 20875 Python for Data Science
      • ECE 270 Digital System Design
      • Auto lab system is really cool
      • HIST 351
      • MA 265 Linear Algebra


Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!