Electrical Engineering is a diversified profession concerned with the design and operation of the electrical devices and systems required by our technological society. These can range from the smallest microdevice to the largest power generator. Integrated circuits, computing, biomedical instrumentation, energy conversion, power generation and distribution, control systems, microprocessors and communications are just some of the fields open to the Electrical Engineer.
Electrical Engineering (EE) students learn about devices and systems design in the second year of their undergraduate program and build upon this foundation when they select courses from various specialty areas. Further in-depth engineering study continues in the third year and in the senior year students integrate their knowledge in the planning and completion of a design project which includes library research, design, cost analysis, construction and testing. Also in the senior year, students are able to select from different specialization areas with complementary laboratory courses in which hands-on experience is emphasized.
Computer Systems: The computer system elective provides an in-depth study of computer system organization and computer system design. Students study CPU design, control unit design, memory organization and I/O processing.
Controls: The mechanism of feedback pervades nature, science, and technology. The curriculum in control teaches how engineers can use the feedback mechanism to design systems for controlling a variety of dynamic processes, ranging from spacecraft, aircraft, and automobile emission systems to heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems.
Electronic, Microwave and Photonic Devices: This area concentrates on modeling and design tools for electronic devices, VLSI circuits, optoelectronics. Iit includes radio frequency (rf) microwave and lightwave technologies at the component and the system levels. Applications include communication systems (rf/microwave and fiber optics), remote sensing, radar, sensors, etc.
Power Systems: Electric Power and Energy systems is gaining importance as the society realizes that to maintain our standard of living, energy solutions must be found. The first course of this track surveys the various energy resources and how to use them for the generation of electrical energy. The second course introduces issues encountered when operating a power system, such as: modeling, economic operation, load-flow calculations, fault analysis, and stability. The laboratory component includes electric power generation and connecting a generator to the grid. It also includes performing system studies using industry programs.
Telecommunications and Networking: The information revolution is built on an infrastructure of communications and computer networks which change the way we live and work. The track focuses on the analysis and design of wireless & wireline systems for information delivery. In addition to the systems elective, which emphasizes networks, a variety of courses are available in topics such as optical communications networks and wireless communications.