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FED 101 - Fundamentals of Engineering Design: ECE edition

Jill Lagerstrom

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Jill Lagerstrom
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Welcome to the ECE FED 101 Research Guide. 

Your mission is to choose an invention (something to do with electrical/computer engineering) and research its design -- this guide is here to help you get started. 

To research an electrical or computer engineering design, follow these strategies (learn more by clicking on the links):


If you have any questions or run into any problems, get in touch ! 

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There are many ways to get research help from your library at NJIT.



Inventions, Patents & Standards

An invention is: 

  • any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.
    • Examples: hardware, software, business methods.

A patent is:

  • a right granted by government to inventors giving them total control of their invention - the inventors get to decide who, if anyone, can use their invention.
  • valid for 20 years from the date an inventor files an application, but is enforceable only from the date the patent is approved.

A standard

  • is a published document that establishes specifications and procedures designed to maximize the reliability of the materials, products, methods, and/or services people use every day.
  • addresses a range of issues, including but not limited to various protocols to help maximize product functionality and compatibility, facilitate interoperability and support consumer safety and public health.
  • forms the fundamental building blocks for product development by establishing consistent protocols that can be universally understood and adopted.

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