I worked my way through the class as a beta-tester. I started with no EDA experience and at this point have had one small 2-sided board produced (at OSHpark) which worked perfectly and am in the beginning process of a more complex one.
I picked up many tips I know I wouldn't have learned had I simply attacked it on my own -- regardless the resources on YouTube and the Internet -- learning from an EE professional is invaluable!
I'm waiting impatiently for the next session of the class.
I am too, but for obvious reasons! Thanks for writing about it!
I think a key sector that a lot of EETimes readers might consider is training new hires. There really aren't lots of corporate budgets for training these days, but CE is affordable and should cover a practical skill that many engineers need to learn to operate on the job. What's more, most companies can't take the risk of letting a junior engineer potentially screw up a product for the sake of learning...this course allows them to mess up on their own time! ;-)
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.