Edwin Kan talked to the class about his research in Indoor Radio Detection and Ranging (iRADAR). Radar has long been used outside for military and commercial applications, but has yet to be mastered in a conta...
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...s special equipment is often required, but it has been demonstrated that cheap CMOS transistors, while presenting many engineering challenges, are feasible for operation in the terahertz range. THz signal generation with CMOS gates was done through the careful design of chips. Frequency generation on the order of 100 GHz has been successfully demonstrated.
Carl Poltras talked to us again about ethics. He went over the basic idea that engineers are often faced with tough decisions when it comes to cutting cost vs testing and producing a reliable system. He went overt the Therac-35 case study where one of the first radiation machines for cancer therapy was causing people physical harm by burning them and often complicating conditions that lead to fatalities. Other ethical questions were raised regarding the Citicorp Building in NYC and the Bhopal Disaster among others.
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