Vision – The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be the undergraduate electrical and computer engineering department of choice in Texas and will be recognized as one of the top research and graduate engineering departments in the nation.
Mission – 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.
Program Overview – The fields of electrical and computer engineering are very broad and include a number of specialty areas. To allow students to become more familiar with these areas, the programs will offer a wide range of technical specialties consistent with the breadth of electrical and computer engineering and inclusive of recent developments in the field.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree may gain a concentration in the following areas:
An important contribution to accomplish these objectives is the five-course sequence of stand-alone project laboratory courses. In each of the project laboratory courses, students are given a brief description of a complex, open-ended project. The students, usually working in teams, are required to design, develop, construct, and evaluate a system to satisfy the requirements for the project. Faculty advisors evaluate the project on the basis of finished products, required written reports, and oral presentations. By its very structure the project laboratory sequence gives students considerable experience in dealing with open-ended design problems. They also gain experience in working closely with others and in written and oral communication.
The material presented in the electrical and computer engineering lecture courses is incorporated into the project laboratory course sequence. The projects, however, are real-world problems that require students to go beyond the basic knowledge learned in the classroom. Through these experiences, students gain the technical maturity necessary to succeed in their chosen careers. In addition, the project laboratory courses address topics in engineering ethics and professionalism and help students develop the skills needed for life-long learning.
The result of the overall curriculum is to prepare a graduate who is sensitive to the consequences of his or her work, both ethically and professionally, for a productive professional career. A broad educational background has been incorporated into these curriculums and personalized advising plays an important role in its implementation.
Admission requirements and academic standards for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are consistent with the dynamic enrollment plan for the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. Refer to the introduction to the Whitacre College of Engineering section of this catalog for a description of the criteria for initial admission to the Whitacre College of Engineering and the lower-division foundational curriculum. The recommended foundational curriculum for electrical engineering consists of ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 1451, 1452; PHYS 1408; ECE 1304; and CHEM 1307/1107. The recommended foundational curriculum for computer engineering consists of ENGL 1301, 1302; MATH 1451, 1452; PHYS 1408, 2401; and ECE 1304.
A student may apply for admission to the upper division of a degree program upon completion of the foundational curriculum and a minimum of 12 credit hours of Texas Tech coursework. The acceptance criterion is based exclusively on a cumulative GPA for coursework completed at Texas Tech. The specific GPA standard varies among the degree programs and may change from one academic year to the next as necessary to align enrollments with the educational resources. For students who entered Texas Tech prior to June 1, 2012, a minimum 2.0 GPA is required for admission to the electrical or computer engineering upper-division degree programs. Students entering Texas Tech after June 1, 2012, must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
The academic standards required by the Whitacre College of Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are given in the introduction to the Whitacre College section of the catalog and are summarized below. Exceptions to these standards are at the discretion of the dean of the Whitacre College of Engineering.
The required undergraduate programs are contained in the curriculum tables shown in this section. The undergraduate curriculum gives students a broad education in electrical and computer engineering and enables them to pursue all career options in a fast-changing technical environment. In addition, students may select from a wide variety of elective courses in electrical and computer engineering and other related disciplines allowing them to specialize at the senior level. If a student wishes, specific specialization options are available, including analog VLSI, MEMS, power systems, signal processing, communication systems, electromagnetics, control systems, and digital systems.
Licensing as a Professional Engineer (PE) allows an engineer to perform engineering services for the public and to supervise the design and construction of public works. Students who wish to eventually earn a PE license should take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam while seniors. The accreditation of the department's degree programs by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accelerates the additional exam and experience requirements that must be met later in the engineer's career. Further information can be found at www.tbpe.state.tx.us and www.ncees.org.
The B.S. in Electrical Engineering offers interested students the opportunity to take up to four elective courses from other engineering departments that teach material tested by the FE. A list of these courses is maintained by the ECE department. The B.S. in Computer Engineering is not a recommended path to PE licensing. Passing the FE exam offers one means that satisfies the final comprehensive evaluation for students seeking a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Passing results on the FE exam are required for admission to candidacy for Ph.D. students.
Success in engineering courses is highly dependent on knowledge and skills in mathematics. It is strongly recommended that students be prepared to take calculus classes at Texas Tech. Students who are not adequately prepared for calculus, chemistry, and/or physics must take appropriate courses before enrolling in MATH 1451, CHEM 1307, 1107, and/or PHYS 1408. Students will be responsible for arranging a course of study with an advisor's counsel and approval. Students whose high school courses include physics, chemistry, mathematics through analytical geometry, and at least two credits of a single foreign language are expected to follow the sequence of courses shown in the curriculum. However, students who lack credits in any of these areas of study in high school should consult with departmental advisors to determine a suitably adjusted first-year schedule. The exceptionally well-prepared student should consult the section of this catalog on credit by examination.
Students seeking an electrical engineering or computer engineering degree must take a minimum 18 hours at the 3000 level or above in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech.
Minor – A minor in electrical engineering consists of 18 hours of coursework that includes ECE 2372, 3302 (or 3301), 3303, 3311, 3331, and 3362. Minor courses require approval of the undergraduate advisor. A minimum of 9 hours of ECE coursework must be taken at the 3000 level or above and must be taken in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech for the minor.
Combined Bachelor's and Master's Programs – Two accelerated programs are available for outstanding students wanting to earn
both a B.S. and an M.S. degree. The degrees awarded would include (1) the B.S. in
Computer Engineering and the M.S. in Electrical Engineering (thesis and non-thesis
options), or (2) the B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering (thesis and non-thesis
options). Students interested in these programs should inform their academic advisor
during the first semester of the junior year and apply when they are within 30 hours
of completing their undergraduate degree. Students admitted to a combined B.S./M.S.
program may apply up to 12 graduate credit hours toward the B.S. degree requirements.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers students the opportunity
of graduate study under the direction of faculty members in an atmosphere of enthusiasm
for learning. Master's and doctoral degrees are awarded to students completing a comprehensive
program of courses, examinations, and thesis or dissertation. Courses provide breadth
and depth of knowledge; thesis and dissertation projects are an important expression
of creative research activity. A non-thesis option is available for master's students.
The master's degree program prepares students for successful professional careers in electrical engineering based on a broad foundation and specialized technical expertise.
Students working toward the M.S.E.E. degree have the option of writing a thesis or taking additional courses. During their first semester, students must declare a thesis or non-thesis option. Later, if desired, they may switch from the thesis to the non-thesis option with the permission of their thesis advisor. However, thesis credit hours they may have earned will not count toward the non-thesis degree. Alternately, students may switch from the non-thesis to the thesis option with permission of the graduate advisor. For more information see the website www.depts.ttu.edu/ece/grad/ms/.
Thesis Option – Students must take 30 credit hours (plus 1 credit hour per semester of graduate seminar), including 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis. At most 6 of the 24 credit hours may be non-ECE courses and 3 of the 24 credit hours may be ECE individual study courses. Students must complete a thesis, deliver an oral presentation of the results, and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination or a comprehensive oral examination.
Non-Thesis Option – Students must take 36 credit hours (plus 1 credit hour per semester of graduate
seminar) of coursework. At most 9 of the 36 credit hours may be non-ECE courses and
6 of the 36 credit hours may be ECE individual study courses. Students must pass the
Fundamentals of Engineering Examination or a comprehensive oral examination.
The doctoral degree program prepares students for engineering-based leadership roles in society involving the solution of important technological problems and the advancement and dissemination of knowledge.
The doctorate demands substantial depth and breadth of study in the major subject, electrical engineering. Students must take at least 60 credit hours of graduate course work exclusive of the dissertation, with no more than 18 hours of individual study courses. Such courses involve a special arrangement between a student and a faculty member in which the student carries out assignments in a subject not available in a regular course. Students are not required to take a formal minor subject, but if a minor is declared, it must include at least 15 credit hours outside the department. The minor must be represented by a faculty member from the minor department on the student's advisory committee. For more information see www.depts.ttu.edu/ece/grad/phd/.
Graduate students can find thesis and dissertation topics in a variety of areas, with research conducted in the following multidisciplinary centers, laboratories, and industry-sponsored programs:
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering encourages study abroad, and graduate students have studied in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, and Mexico.
Before being recommended for admission to a degree program, students may be required to take (without graduate credit) undergraduate leveling courses designated by the department.
Michael Giesselmann, Dr. -Ing., Chairperson
Horn Professors: Jiang, Lin, Mitra
AT&T Distinguished Professor: Neuber
Edward E. Whitacre Jr. Endowed Chair: Jiang
Linda F. Whitacre Endowed Chair: Lin
Keh-Shew Lu Regents Chair: Lie
Thornton Professor: J. Dickens
Professors: Baker, Dallas, Gale, Giesselmann, Nikishin, Rao, Sari-Sarraf
Associate Professors: Bayne, Bernussi, Fan, Karp, Li, Mankowski, Nutter, Pal, Saed
Assistant Professors: He
Instructors: Cox, M. Dickens, Helm, Storrs