Senior Design Project at Maker Faire!

[May. 17 2014] We are showcasing our senior design project, a radar shield for Arduino, at the 2014 Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA. We plan to open source both the hardware and the software of the design. Stay tuned for more photos, videos, and an updated website.


Course Materials

Design Files and Reports

Course Forum


This course is proudly sponsored by:
MIT Lincoln Laboratory (2012-2014)
The ECE Department, UC Davis (2012-2013)
Qualcomm (2012-2013)

1st Place in the 2012 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) video competition. Video: Youtube, Youku.



Mini-Circuits, Rogers Corp., Analog Devices, for providing free samples of circuit components and substrates.

Course Description

EEC 134 is a two-quarter senior design project course for students interested in RF engineering. The course provides them with an opportunity to work on hands-on projects related to RF and wireless systems. The projects encompass multiple facets of electrical engineering, including system engineering, antenna design, analog circuit design, embedded systems, and digital signal processing. The primary aim of the course is to prepare the students with a better understanding of engineering principles as well as practical engineering skills.

The first project option we have developed is the implementation of a Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar system that can perform range, Doppler, and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) measurements. In the first quarter, the students build an FMCW radar system using off-the-shelf components. In the second quarter, the students focus on either improving the system by implementing their own design or utilizing the system for an application, such as speed limit enforcement or remote vital sign detection.

More project options are being developed by Prof. Liu and his students. Examples include software-defined radios and RFID systems. These projects will be incorporated into future offerings of the class as they mature.

Contributing to the Course

As one of the primary aims of a public research university, better preparing our students to the future need of the industry is what we strive to achieve at UC Davis. We believe that introducing more project based courses is one of the many ways to achieve this goal. We sincerely ask for advice, guidance and support from individuals and organizations on the development of this senior design project course. We value all forms of support, including test equipment, electronic supplies (transistors, ICs, substrates), and monetary support.


This project course provides an excellent opportunity for the instructor to observe the technical competence and personalities of the students. Potential employers looking for talented young engineers are encouraged to contact Dr. Liu for references to good students in this course.

A Radar Competition, Anyone?

To other institutions adopting the small radar concept for a project class. Wouldn't it be nice if we can organize a competition? :)
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