IEEE Region 5 Student Circuit Design Competition

The Student Electronic Circuit Design Contest is sponsored by the IEEE Region 5 Committee. This contest provides a specific technical problem for a student team to solve. The conference can support a maximum of 10 student teams, with those teams being determined on a first-come-first-serve based on time of registration. (See below for registration details.)

Eligibility: The Student Circuit Design Competition invites the IEEE Student Branches and Eta Kappa Nu Chapters at universities throughout IEEE Region 5. 

  • Each Student Section may send one team composed of two undergraduate students for the competition. 
  •  Team substitutions are at the discretion of the competition chair.
  • The students must register for the IEEE Region 5 Student Conference Circuits Competition. (See below.) 
  • The students must be a current or pending IEEE or IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu member.  
  • Beyond the student conference registration and IEEE membership, there are no additional costs.   

Contact Information

Contact the Student Circuit Design Competition Chair, Dr. Len Trombetta, for assistance with your Team’s intent to compete. Use the R5 Conference Discord Server for all other competition questions.

Intent to Compete and Registration

Each team MUST complete the online Intent to Compete form (below) and Register their team. Only one registration is needed per team. Please register under the name of one of the team members and include on the form the team name that was submitted on the Intent to Compete form.  A deposit of $25 per team is required with the registration. This deposit will be refunded after the competition to those who participate on April 10, 2022.

The first team to register from each student branch will have priority unless otherwise designated by the branch counselor. Other teams from the same university may be allowed as space permits.

A tentative timeline of the event is as follows. 

  • Students arrive at competition site at 9:00 am Saturday April 2, 2022.
  • An introduction and Q&A will finish at 9:15 am.
  • Students will work until 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided and staff will be available to answer questions.
  • Judges will visit your workbench between 2:00 and 3:00 pm. 
  • Students return to hotel at 3:00 pm.

Competitors should be prepared to work with analog and digital electronics, and with microprocessors such as Arduino.

At the start of the competition, each team will receive 

  • A set of parts and breadboards
  • The design goal and grading rubric,
  • Access to test and measurement equipment, wire, tools, and breadboards to design their circuit.

When the competition ends, teams will demonstrate their designs and be evaluated using the rubric


Space is limited. The competition registration will close when the available space for ten (10) teams is filled, but your team must be registered no later than 12:00 am CST (Houston time), March 15, 2022.