Michael G. Giesselmann, Ph.D.
Office: ECE 224B
Phone: 806.742.3533 x225
Texas Tech University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lubbock, TX 79409−3102
Welcome Alumni and Friends,
I would like to welcome you to the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at Texas Tech University, my professional home since 1986. We offer excellent educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in an ever expanding discipline that is at the forefront of global technological innovation. We take great pride in the fact that we teach almost every course, including freshmen level undergraduate courses, by highly qualified, PhD-holding faculty rather than teaching assistants.
The department is home to about 450 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 Master's 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 bachelor's 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.
I would enjoy the opportunity to personally welcome you to our department and give you a personalized tour.