Ted L. Anderson

Ted Anderson

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Lecturer, School of Technology

  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2009
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1970

Biography

Ted Anderson, a lecturer in the School of Technology, joined the Michigan Tech faculty in 1984. Previously, Anderson worked for fourteen years in a small-electronic manufacturing business in the design, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing of strain-gage instrumentation, custom educational laboratory equipment, custom electronic scales, and portable (static and dynamic) weighing and force-measuring systems.

Anderson primarily teaches service courses in electrical engineering and electrical engineering technology, covering DC and AC circuit analysis and basic electronics for non-majors. His focus has been on the optimization of instructional materials to boost the interest of the students and to increase the breadth of coverage without sacrificing the basic fundamentals. Because his classes have high enrollment, Anderson has developed expertise in making evaluation tools and lab experiments that can be effectively used with large classes. He says he enjoys teaching students within the School and non-majors alike, and delights in seeing them acquire a deeper interest in electrical and electronics fundamentals and seeing the “light bulb” come on.

Anderson advises two student organizations on campus: the Michigan Tech chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ, an international student organization with which he has been involved for twenty-five years, and the group who publishes Cross Reference, a new student-run campus newspaper. Anderson also volunteers to assist with graduate student activities, including the School’s power engineering graduate seminars and the University’s Graduate Research Colloquium, for which he has served as evaluator. Within the School, he is also involved with the maintenance of labs and the oversight of work-study students.

Research Interests

  • Strain signal conditioning design
  • Transducer instrumentation design
  • Rosette strain gages
  • Alternative electrical energy sources (battery utilization and power-conversion circuits)

Teaching Interests

  • Basic circuit analysis
  • Basic and special electronic devices
  • Troubleshooting (as a part of the design process)
  • Electronic circuit design
  • Power electronic devices and circuits (power conversion electronics)