Electrical engineering is concerned with the generation, transmission and utilization of electrical energy and with the transmitting and processing of information. Electrical engineers are involved in the analysis, design and production of electric power, radio, radar, television, computing, telecommunication, control and information systems.
These engineers find solutions to the challenging technical problems that arise in our rapidly changing society. They impact virtually every aspect of daily life, as evidenced by examples such as wireless communications, audio and video equipment, power distribution, computerized traffic control, noise pollution monitoring and abatement, and medical instrumentation. The electrical engineering curriculum puts emphasis on both theory and practical applications by providing a solid background in engineering science and mathematics, followed by a sequence of core courses in electrical engineering.
Design skills are fostered in the professional elective courses in the senior year, along with the project experience instilled by Interprofessional Projects (IPROs).
The educational objective of the ECE undergraduate electrical engineering program is to produce electrical engineering graduates who are prepared:
- Meet the expectations of employers of electrical engineers.
- Pursue advanced study if they so desire.
- Assume leadership roles in their communities and/or professions.
In order that the BSEE program achieves its objectives, the ECE Faculty expects that a student who completes the program will
- be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- be able to design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data;
- be able to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints;
- be able to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- be able to identify, formulate, and solve technical problems;
- have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
- have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
- have a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning;
- have a knowledge of contemporary issues;
- be able to use techniques, skills, and tools of modern engineering practice;