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Department Overview

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 550 undergraduate students, complemented by about 150 graduate students. We offer accredited bachelor's 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. 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, The IEEE honor society HKN, the Engineering Honor Society TBP, ARSAT (Amateur Radio Society at Tech), and WIE (Association for Women in 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.

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. 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. 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 2016, 25 full time, world class faculty and 4 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 5 fellows of the IEEE and the American Physical Society, 4 Paul Whitfield Horn Professors, 3 recipients 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. Leading the college, ECE's research enterprise attracted a combined annual funding of over $5.3M in 2016. A Program for Semiconductor Product Engineering (PSPE) provides a blend of research opportunities and industrial oriented, graduate education opportunities.

The department is housed in a three story building with a 40,000 square foot, a two story annex. The Annex contains specialized laboratories devoted to pulsed power, radio science, optical sciences, plasma science, and power semiconductors. A machine shop equipped with CNC machines is maintained for research activities. Other state of the art laboratories in the fields of Nano-Photonics and Nano-Technology are located on the Engineering Key. An additional Pulsed Power laboratory is located off campus. Research faculty members also have close working relationships with industry and with many national laboratories.

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