Academic Catalog

4400: Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering Fundamentals

Every aspect of modern life is influenced by electrical engineers. They design and develop systems ranging from massive power grids and global communications networks to tiny integrated circuits inside computers and personal electronics. Branches of electrical engineering include communications, controls, electromagnetics, electronics, and power systems. Important applications include power generation and distribution, sustainable energy systems, manufacturing automation, aerospace systems, robotics, sensors and instrumentation, imaging systems, and many others.

The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Our comprehensive curriculum prepares students to identify, formulate, and implement solutions to real-world problems. Students learn how to use modern engineering tools in well-equipped laboratories, with activities that reinforce the concepts learned in the classroom. The curriculum emphasizes design and teamwork, and culminates in a capstone senior design project that integrates the material learned in earlier courses. Our well-established co-op program enables students to strengthen the connections between theory and practice in a professional setting, and provides valuable industrial experience.

The educational objectives of the Electrical Engineering program are that its graduates:

  • Achieve competitively compensated electrical engineering positions or related professional positions, or entry into programs of advanced study
  • Prove to be highly competent and productive in electrical engineering or related practice
  • Continue to develop professionally through both practical experience and a lifelong commitment to learning 
  • Exhibit high standards of ethical conduct, societal responsibility, and professionalism in engineering.

In order to achieve these objectives, students graduating from the Electrical Engineering program have:

  • 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 within realistic contraints
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use techniques, skills, and moden engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • an understanding of safety issues in electrical engineering