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This page includes links to news reports about events, activities, and remarks related to the teaching activity and impact by the Microprocessor Interfacing Course.

January 17, 2014: "Open Capstone:Insuperable Ingenio Estudiantil"

Students  Mendez, Llanos, Luzón and Lebrón receiving from the hands of professors Jimenez and Beauchamp the 2nd place award in the Open Capstone design exposition.
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Students Mendez, Llanos, Luzón and Lebrón receiving from the hands of professors Jimenez and Beauchamp the 2nd place award in the Open Capstone design exposition.

The design of a computer controlled wind tunnel, developed by Computer Engineering students Anthony Llanos, Juan Lebrón, Jesus Luzón, and Jean Ménedez was the project winning the second place in the Open Capstone design exhibition last December 5, 2013. The project developed by this group of students as part of the Microprocessor Interfacing course (ICOM-5217) "AeroBal" was designed to upgrade the existing wind tunnel in the Civil Engineering Department. Receiving the expert advise of Dr. Raul Zapata, director of Wind Tunnel Lab in INCI, the students used their skills in interfacing and software design to arrive at an embedded system solution yielding a totally redesigned wind tunnel system.

November 8, 2013: "Pioneering ECE Textbook Publication"

Professors Couvertier, Palomera, and Jiménez with their new book.
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Professors Couvertier, Palomera, and Jiménez with their new book.

In a pioneering effort in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the UPRM, professors Manuel Jiménez, Rogelio Palomera, and Isidoro Couvertier published their book "Introduction to Embedded Systems: Using Microcontrollers and the MSP430". This book compiles over two decades of experience teaching the Microprocessor Interfacing and Microprocessors I courses at the UPRM and serves as a teaching tool for the subject of microcontroller-based embedded systems design. The book provides a unified coverage of the conceptual and practical aspects of designing embedded systems.

August 23, 2013: "Achievement in Design Competion"

Students Rivera, Torrado, and Rodriguez at TI headquarters in Dallas, TX, receiving the prize. Prof. Jimenez and TI executives accompanied them.
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Students Rivera, Torrado, and Rodriguez at TI headquarters in Dallas, TX, receiving the prize. Prof. Jimenez and TI executives accompanied them.

A device that automatically tunes an acoustic guitar was the design that gave Computer Engineering students Jesus Torrado, Javier Rivera, and Eduardo Rodriguez the third prize in the national TI Analog Design Contest last summer in Dallas, Texas. Their "Easy Tune" design, conceived as a project in the Microprocessor Interfacing course, senses the strings vibrations with a piezoelectric sensor and with a set of six stepper motors commanded from an MSP430 adjusts the tension in all the strings to achieve a perfect tune in a process that takes only a few seconds. In the competence participated 450 students from 47 accredited universities from the US and Canada. The students were awarded a cash prize of $5,000, a trophy, and their project featured in TI's web site.

June 14, 2013: "TI Technology Helps Bring 3D Printing to Life for Engineering Students"

Students López, Oyola, Franqui, and Acevedo demonstrate their 3D Printer prototype.
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Students López, Oyola, Franqui, and Acevedo demonstrate their 3D Printer prototype.

The work developed by a group of Computer Engineering students as part of their project in the Microprocessor Interfacing course, earned them a company wide remark in Texas Instruments, Dallas TX, in the "TI E2E Community" newsletter last summer. Students Fernando López, Jose Oyola, Hector Franqui, and Jose Acevedo were featured in the "Around TI" section of the newsletter by their project "Phoenix DLP 3D Printer" developing a 3D printing engine using TI's Light Crafter technology.

January 25, 2013: "Son Colegiales y Empresarios"

Students Morales, Piñón, and Herrera show their trophies in the awards ceremony.
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Students Morales, Piñón, and Herrera show their trophies in the awards ceremony.

An initiative that emerged from a project in the Microprocessor's Interfacing course in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez won the EVERTEC prize for Transactional Technologies in the Enterprize 2012 Competition. The prize, sponsored by the Guayacan Group, was earned by former Micro 2 students Jorge Herrera, Andrés Piñón, and Lisnel Morales for their project "Transaction Tracker". The students received $25,000 in cash as part of the award. They also seized the fifth place in the business plan competition. Transaction Tracker and other relevant Micro 2 projects are featured in an article appearing in "La Perla del Sur".

September 27, 2011: "ICOM Students Win 3rd Prize in National Design Competition"

Students Orán and Viera (in the far right) received the prize, along with UPRM professors and TI executives in Dallas, TX.
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Students Orán and Viera (in the far right) received the prize, along with UPRM professors and TI executives in Dallas, TX.

A group of Computer Engineering students from the Microprocessor Interfacing Course in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the UPRM won the third place in the national competition "TI Analog Design Contest & Engibous Prize". In the competition, held in Dallas, TX, this summer, counted with participants from 42 universities from around the US and Canada. Students Manuel Oran, Giovanny Viera, Omar Rodán, and Rafael Vásquez won the prize with their design "Ultra-Deep Sea Water Buoy", an instrument inspired in the research by Dr. Wilford Schmidt, from the Marine Sciences Department, and taken into reality at the Microprocessor's Interfacing Laboratory.

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