Decoders 1.2

Project Realization in Cleanroom


Teamwork; Collective

This class is graded P/D/F. To pass, you must: (i) attend all the cleanroom sessions, (ii) work in a team setting, and (iii) finalize your image processing for the image contest, (iv) write a scientific paper/article on the research findings as a team, and (v) demo the final device functionally. By the end of Class #1, students must decide whether to register or drop the course.


Decoders 1.2 builds on the combination of knowledge and skills learned in D1.0 and D1.1, respectively to guide students to develop their own mechanically adaptive (i.e., stretchable & flexible) piezoelectric systems. Students will learn how to write an article about their research findings that will be published on the course website by the end of semester. The midterm project is to submit an image of a process and/or a device component with an artistic/personal view. Students show how their personality reflects on projects and more broadly to make potential changes on the society. The images can be edited using any software such as Photoshop to reflect social and emotional vision with the device part. Recognitions are given to all images (e.g., ‘The best color’) at the Image Contest. The mini videos taken by students throughout the semester result in the final video of the project development.

  • Cleanroom (YellowBox) open hours will be held on Fridays from 9am to 11am.

  • Objectives

    1. To work in a team setting and accomplish the task of building a mechanically adaptive device,
    2. To use the lens of creativity and social change to produce images of device parts with a social message,
    3. To write a scientific paper/article on the research findings as a team,
    4. Demo the final device functionally.


    Class 1: February 7th, 2019 — (E15-466)

    1. Introduction class to discuss problem
      1. Class Engagement: Turkish lunch and discussion/brainstorming session

    Class 2: February 14th, 2019 — (E15-466)

    1. How to write a paper
      1. Class: Explain how to write a paper
      2. Lab: Start literature review

    Class 3: February 21st, 2019 — (E15-466 & E15-443a)

    1. Design the device

    Class 4: February 28th, 2019 — (E15-466)

    1. Revise the article layout

    Class 5: March 7th, 2019 — (E15-466 & E15-443a)

    1. Define the roles of individuals & working schedule

    Class 6: March 14th, 2019 — (E15-443a)

    1. h. Fabricate the device & test

    Class 7: March 21st, 2019

    1. Fabricate the device & test

    Class 8: April 4th, 2019 — (E15-443a)

    1. Fabricate the device & test

    Class 9: April 11th, 2019 — (E15-466 and E15-443a)

    1. Fabricate the device & test
      1. Submit draft images (internally, to the PI)

    Class 10: April 18th, 2019 — (E15-466 and E15-443a)

    1. Imaging project
      1. Class: Evaluate the draft of paper
      2. Lab: Re-work on images

    Class 11: April 25th, 2019 — (E15-443a)

    1. Lecture: Final video presentation (internally, to the PI).

    Class 12: May 2nd, 2019 — (E15-443a)

    1. Fabricate the device & test

    Class 13: May 9th, 2019 — (E15-443a)

    1. Fabricate the device & test

    Class 14: May 16th, 2019 — (E15-466)

    1. Final deadline to submit article
      1. Class: Evaluate the paper
      2. Lab: Final image exhibition to ML