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Electrical and Computer Engineering|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Steven F. Barrett

Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Room 2076, Engineering Building
University of Wyoming
College of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
steveb@uwyo.edu
Phone: 307.766.6181
Fax: 307.766.2248

Education:

Education:
  • B.S. Electronic Engineering Technology, University of Nebraska Lincoln (Omaha campus), 1979
  • M.E. Electrical Engineering, University of Idaho at Moscow, 1986
  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1993

Areas of Expertise: Digital and Analog Image Processing, Biomimetic Vision, Embedded Controllers

Recent Journal Articles (Bold print indicates student co-authors.):

  • S.F. Barrett and I. Wambeke, "Service Learning: Industrial Embedded Systems Course," Computers in Education Journal, Vol. 4 No. 4, October - December 2013, pp. 89-99.

  • G.P. Luke, C. H.G. Wright, and S.F. Barrett, "A Multi-Aperture Bio-Inspired Sensor with Hyperacuity," IEEE Sensors Journal special issue on Biomimetic Sensors, vol. 12, no. 2. pp. 308-314, February 2012.  (Invited Paper)
  • R.S. Prabhakara, C.H.G. Wright, and Steven F. Barrett, "Motion Detection: a Biomimetic Vision Sensor Versuus a CCD Camera Sensor," IEEE Sensors Journal special issue on Miomimetic Sensors, vol.12, no. 2. pp. 298-307, February 2012. (Invited Paper)
  • A. Purdy, S.F. Barrett and C.H.G. Wright, "Hands on Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Laboratory for an Industrial Controls Course," Computers in Education Journal, Volume 2, Number 4, October - December 2011, pp. 28-36.
  • S. Barrett, J. Anderson, C. Dolan, T.V. Edgar, P. Crips, "Robots in Education: Middle School to Grad School and Beyond!" Computers in Education Journal, Volume 2, Number 3, July-September 2011, pp. 57-69.
  • D. McCarthy, C.H.G. Wright, S.F. Barrett, J.C. Hamann, "Student-Created Laboratory Exercises for a Digital Systems Design Course using HDL and PLDs," Computers in Education Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, April - June 2011, 75-88.
  • C. Hager, S. Barrett, C. Wright, J. Hamann, "HDL Based Design Problems for Computer Architecture," Computers in Education Journal, accepted for publication, new sequence, Vol. I, No. 4, October - December 2010, pp. 54-69.
  • J.D. Davis, S.F. Barrett, C.H.G. Wright, and M. Wilcox, "Bio-inspired Apposition Compound Eye Machine Vision Sensor System," Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 4 (2009).

Recent Books:

  • "Bad to the Bone: Crafting Electonic Systems with BeagleBone Black,"  Steve Barrett and Jason Kridnee, Second Edition, Morgan Claypool publishers, availiable April 2014.
  • "Arduino Microcontroller: Processing for Everyone," Third Edition, Steven Barrett, Morgan-Claypool Publishers, August 2013.

  • "Bad to the Bone: Crafting Electronic Systems with Beagle Bone," Steven Barrett and Jason Kridner, Morgan-Claypool Publishers , May 2013.
     
  • "Atmel AVR Microcontroller Primer: Programming and Interfacing," Second Edition, Steven Barrett and Daniel Pack, Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 2012.
  • "Arduino Microcontroller: Processing for Everyone," Second Edition, Steven Barrett, Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 2012.
  • "A Little Book on Teaching: a Beginners Guide for Educators of Engineering and Applied Science," Steven Barrett, with illustrations by Jonathan Barrett Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 2012.
  • "Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing: Texas Instruments MSP430," Steven Barrett and Daniel Pack, Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 2011
  • "Embedded Systems Design with the Atmel AVR," Steven Barrett, Morgan-Claypool Publishers, 2010.
  • "Microcontroller Theory and Application: HC12 and S12," 2nd ed., Daniel Pack and Steven Barrett, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.
  • "Microcontroller Fundamentals for Engineers and Scientists." Steven Barrett and Daniel Pack, Morgan-Claypool Pulbishers, 2006.
  • "Embedded Systems Design and Applications with the 68HC12 and HCS12," Steven Barrett and Daniel Pack, Prentice-Hall, 2005.
    • Also released in China (2006) Russia (2007) and India (2008).

Awards:

  • National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Engineering Education Excellence Award, 2008.
  • President's Award, Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, Inc., 2007.
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Wyoming Professor of the Year, 2004.
  • John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award, University of Wyoming, 2004.

Research:

  • Muons Imaging - imaging material via naturally occurring muons
  • Biomimetics - Modeling the L4 Neuron of the Fly (Musca Domestica) Vision System, project to develop a parallel, analog electronics-based vision system.   (WYO Article) 
  • Funded by the National Science Foundation's Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems to establish a program to assist individuals with disabilities.  The purpose of the program is to provide a meaningful design experience for University of Wyoming, College of Engineering students that will directly aid individuals with disabilities in the state of Wyoming.
  • Retinal photocoagulation system for the clinical treatment of retinal disorders (i.e. diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears).  The computer-assisted system under development can rapidly tears).  The computer-assisted system under development can rapidly and safely place multiple therapeutic lesions at desired locations on the retina in a matter of seconds.  Separate low-speed prototype subsystems have been developed to control lesion depth dynamically during irradiation and to control lesion placement while compensating for retinal movement. 
  • Embedded Controllers - Wall Following Robot.  This project concentrates on using the Motorola HC12 embedded controller to guide a Wall Following Robot through an unknown maze.  The robot navigates through an unknown maze detecting walls using infra-red sensors and "land mines" (magnets) in the maze floor.  This project will be used as a class laboratory project in an embedded controller class to teach complex embedded systems concepts.

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