March 15, 2003
The Carnegie Mellon chapter of Alpha Phi Omega hosted a Merit Badge University for hundreds of boy scouts in the Greater Pittsburgh Council. ECE graduate students Andrea Ohkerholm and Kevin Frederick were instructors for the Electronics Merit Badge, with help from Lisa Gentry (sophomore), Thiago Hersan (junior), Ross Krupnik (junior), Ashley President (sophomore), and Mike Sperline (graduate student). As part of the program, ECE faculty Jim Bain, James Hoe, and Tom Sullivan discussed different aspects of electrical and computer engineering, exposing the scouts to the areas of magnetic storage, electronic sound processing, and the workings of today's microprocessors. The students learned from our own experts about analog circuits and digital logic, and they all built, tested, and soldered projects to develop a "hands-on" understanding of modern electronics.