Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Department Overview

Electrical and computer engineers work with electronics, communications, integrated circuits and computers that affect your life daily. Our engineers identify, analyze, and solve engineering problems by applying knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. Some of the areas our alumni work on include:

  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Robotics
  • Electrical power for the national grid
  • Novel integrated circuits for wireless communications
  • Designing the smallest computer chip in your cell phone
  • Pulsed power and power electronics
  • Embedded computer systems
  • Communications
  • Medical Imaging
  • Automotive electronics and electric/hybrid/fuel cell powered cars
  • Nanophotonics (very small LED and Laser Diodes)
  • RF/Analog System on a Chip
  • Semiconductor devices
  • Microelectronics
  • Micro−electro−mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Biomedical devices
  • Signal/image processing

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering educates, conducts research, and disseminates knowledge through nationally−recognized programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering for the benefit of society.

The department is home to about 450 undergraduate students, complemented by about 150 graduate students. We offer accredited bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering at the undergraduate level and Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at the graduate level. Undergraduate students have the option to take up to 9 semester credit hours for graduate credit that will count towards their bachelors degree and put them on an accelerated path towards a graduate degree. To aid in this transition, many of our senior electives are dual listed as graduate & undergraduate courses. The department is very fortunate to have a total endowment of more than 3 million dollars for student scholarships.

A variety of very active student organizations are hosted in the ECE department. These include an IEEE (Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers) student branch, IEEE-HKN, the IEEE honors society, ARSAT (Amateur Radio Society at Tech), and AWEE (Association for Women in Electrical Engineering).

Aiding the student’s transition to the professional work environment are well established Co−Op and internship programs at the departmental as well as the college level. Attending the bi−annual Engineering Career Fair organized by the Engineering Opportunities Center is part of our freshmen level "Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering" course. We also offer study abroad opportunities, many of which are led by faculty from the college, for students seeking international experience as part of their education and students can count these courses toward a minor in International Engineering.

A unique sequence of design laboratory courses that include technical, project management, budgeting, and presentation aspects and culminate in student groups making key contributions to hybrid electric cars, advanced robots, etc., play a key role in educating exceptionally well prepared graduates. Our Alumni occupy key leadership positions in Industry, Academia, and National Laboratories here in the United States and around the world.

As of the fall of 2010, twenty−five full−time, world−class faculty and four very qualified instructors call the ECE department home. All of the instructors have terminal degrees and some have decades of industrial experience. Among our full−time faculty are fellows of the IEEE and the American Physical Society, Paul Whitfield Horn Professors, a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and five endowed chair holders.

Research centers, some of which are world-renowned and named after successful alumni, serve as hubs for faculty & equipment to support the research mission of the department. ECE’ s research enterprise attracted a combined annual funding of over $7.5M in 2010. A Program for Semiconductor Product Engineering (PSPE) provides a blend of research opportunities and industrial oriented, graduate education opportunities.

U.S. News and World Report recently ranked our department 69th out of 1,200 programs in the Electrical/Electronics/Communications category of university programs. The department provides a solid education in the fundamentals, encouraging students to think analytically, and helping them to learn how to learn. Exciting internships and co−op programs provide valuable, real−world experiences that complement academic studies, while contributing to career preparation. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or a Doctor of Philosophy.

The department offers a number of competitive scholarships for undergraduates students ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per year. Many graduate scholarships and fellowships are available for exceptional students. The department is home to approximately 450 undergraduates, 150 graduate students, and 27 faculty members. Undergraduate and graduates students have the opportunity to be involved in cutting−edge research through senior project laboratories and individual studies with faculty.

ECE curriculum includes a unique undergraduate five-course sequence of stand−alone project laboratory courses that incorporate material learned in lectures with the laboratory. Students design, develop, construct, and evaluate a system. Faculty advisors assess the projects based on finished products, written reports, and oral presentations. The laboratory courses give students considerable experience in working closely with others in real−world situations and solving open−ended design problems.

The department is housed in a three−story building with a 40,000−square−foot two−story annex, and it contains specialized laboratories devoted to radio science, optical sciences, plasmas, pulsed power, and power semiconductors. These laboratories are equipped with all conventionally−required and considerable state−of−the−art apparatus. The College of Engineering also has a variety of minicomputers and microcomputers. A fully equipped machine shop is maintained for research activities. Research faculty members also have close working relationships with industry and with many national laboratories.

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