Electrical engineering encompasses the development, design and testing of a wide range of electrical and electronic technologies, leading to radar and navigation systems, global positioning systems, communication systems power generation, and electric vehicles. Students who elect the electrical engineering program may prepare themselves for a variety of electrical engineering careers and fulfill the educational requirements for taking the Fundamentals of Engineering professional examination before graduation.
The junior and senior years of the electrical engineering program build upon the foundation courses to provide greater depth in engineering science, engineering design, and the program areas of electrical engineering. Students complete six required courses and four electrical engineering elective courses distributed in electrical and electronic circuits, digital and embedded systems, electromagnetics, power systems, solid state devices and nontechnology, and systems science.
Integral to all four years of the program is a “design and build” educational philosophy incorporated through extensive laboratory and project activities as preparation for professional practice. Students engage in design at all levels of the curriculum. At each level they must realize their designs and proceed with testing, validation, and redesign. This approach allows students to experience many real world constraints such as project economics, project planning and scheduling, environmental considerations, manufacturability/productibility of the designs, laboratory and product safety, and product reliability.
The electrical engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
Program Educational Objectives
- The graduate will be able to apply in the work place the technical knowledge and capabilities appropriate to practicing electrical engineers, specifically in the areas of:
- Electrical and electronic circuits
- Digital and embedded systems
- Electromagnetics and electromagnetic compatibility
- Power systems
- Solid state devices and nanotechnology
- Systems science
- The graduate will be able to function effectively in an industrial environment. He or she will have attained an ability to communicate effectively, engage in critical thinking, and apply highly developed skill in problem solving (in both individual and team situations).
- The graduate will have attained an ability to apply engineering knowledge and generate physical realizations of his / her theoretical concepts and models.
- The graduate will have demonstrated an ability to engage in engineering design.
- The graduate will have achieved an awareness of the need for continued professional growth.
- The graduate will have developed an awareness of, and sensitivity to, those areas in which engineering practice affects society and the environment. Extending beyond technical knowledge to include ethical and social responsibility, such awareness will have framed the graduate’s continued professional and scholarly growth.
Program Outcomes and Assessment
The graduate will demonstrate:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs,
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams,
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
- an ability to communicate effectively,
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context,
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning,
- a knowledge of contemporary issues,
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice,
- a knowledge of probability and statistics,
- a knowledge of mathematics through differential and integral calculus, basic sciences, and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex systems containing hardware and software components,
- a knowledge of advanced mathematics, including differential equations, linear algebra, and complex variables.