Senior Project Finished

Today was the final presentation and project demonstration for ECE 488: Senior Design II. Our presentation was apparently well-received, and a number of people came by to see our demonstration, including my friend and photographer, Achraf Gbadamassi.

From left: Jason Johnson, Nathan Wheeler, Me, Stefan Jevtic

From left: Jason Johnson, Nathan Wheeler, Me, Stefan Jevtic

Partially hidden behind Stefan, our PRC-117 radio simulator looks very nice, although watching serial port communication exchanges is not the most exciting thing around. There are around 100 commands provided in the simulator. Being able to adjust the Baud rate, however, produces some nostalgic lag with characters appearing one at a time as they scroll to the right across the screen.

 

TJ and Sarah

Many fellow students will graduate, including the two pictured above. So will Achraf and Jason Johnson. Nathan Wheeler and Stefan Jevtic will stay for master's degrees. I have one more term but no more required courses.

Senior Design Project Success

My senior design project members and I have finished our project, a radio simulator. The sponsor is so pleased that 10 of the simulators are going to be built. Superb!

I do look forward to the final presentation on April 29th, which will conclude that degree requirement.

The Internet of Manipulation

This morning I stumbled across an interesting story about a man who has allegedly rigged elections through out Latin America for nearly a decade. He wanted to rid the continent of its leftist politicians and dictators, like Chavez in Venezuela. Through hacking and social media manipulation, he became able to influence substantial numbers of elections, if the charges and evidence against him are true. It is a fascinating read yet depressing in its portrayal of how effectively public opinion was manipulated.

It also makes me wish the simple paper ballot would return for my elections. While nothing is tamper-proof, a penciled X on a scrap of paper cannot be changed remotely by a hacker in Colombia.

While I have no nefarious intentions, I do plan to take an introductory networking course in the fall. There is much to learn, and I know little about it.