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The Electrical Engineering program provides basic preparation for a career in the broad discipline of Electrical Engineering or for graduate level study. From the design and operation of multi-megawatt power generating stations to the design and application of integrated circuits which operate at microwatt power levels, and from the design of electrical/electronic systems to the processing of information, Electrical Engineering encompasses an extremely broad array of concentration areas. In such a discipline it is imperative that students appreciate its breadth so that they have an understanding of other facets of their chosen profession. Preparation for careers in research and development, design and manufacturing, technical sales and product support, or for graduate study in electrical engineering are embodied in the program. It also prepares students for further study in a variety of other professions such as business administration, medicine, and patent law.
The Electrical Engineering curriculum provides students with a foundation in basic science, mathematics and the humanities. Written and oral communication skills are emphasized and developed throughout the program, as is team project work and an appreciation of the ethical and professional responsibilities of an engineer.
The Electrical Engineering student develops a thorough understanding of the physical and mathematical principles underlying basic electrical processes and devices. The theory and/or application of circuits, electronics, control systems, communications systems, digital components, electromagnetic fields, energy conversion, microcomputers and wave propagation are included. Extensive use of the computer as a tool for mathematical analysis, design, data analysis and instrumentation is emphasized. The iterative nature of the design cycle and the need for concurrent documentation and development are emphasized through team project work. The Electrical Engineering program culminates with a year-long client centered group design project.
The program in Electrical Engineering includes many courses that have an integrated laboratory component which is supported by modern laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment and computers. Strong emphasis is placed on "hands-on" experience.
A broader goal of the program is to produce graduates who are lifelong learners. It is imperative in such a broad field that electrical engineers maintain their technical competence. Emphasis is placed on design because it is through innovative approaches to problems that new solutions are found, thereby enabling new products to be brought to market.
Graduate study at the Masters level enables students to pursue their studies in a number of areas including Controls, Communications Systems, Digital Systems Design, Energy Conversion, Electromagnetics, Power Systems, Signal Processing and VLSI Design. An Imaging Systems certificate is available to graduate and undergraduate students interested in this rapidly advancing field.