4400: Electrical Engineering

4400: Electrical Engineering

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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 execute 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 entry into programs of advanced study, in areas of their interest
  • Prove to be highly competent and productive in electrical engineering and related practice
  • Continue to develop professionally through both practical experience and a lifelong commitment to learning, and
  • Exhibit high standards of ethical conduct and societal responsibility in engineering.

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

  • Are able to apply mathematics, science, and engineering knowledge to the identification, formulation, and solution of electrical engineering problems
  • Have specialized engineering knowledge in areas of interest related to career objectives
  • Are able to design systems, components, or processes to meet client needs
  • Can design and conduct experiments and interpret technical data
  • Are able to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams and within engineering organizations
  • Are proficient in technical communications, oral, written, and visual
  • Are able to use tools of modern engineering practice effectively, including standard instruments, computational and presentation software, engineering libraries and the Internet
  • Have the ability and motivation to extend their competence into new areas
  • Understand safety issues in electrical engineering
  • Understand environmental issues in electrical engineering
  • Understand intellectual property issues in electrical engineering
  • Understand societal impact issues in electrical engineering
  • Understand professional ethics in electrical engineering
General Education — 29 credits
Natural ScienceCredits
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
3450:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
3450:223 Analytic Geometry-Calculus III 4
3450:335 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
3470:401 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 2
3650:291 Elementary Classical Physics I 4
3650:292 Elementary Classical Physics II 4
Engineering CoreCredits
4200:305 Materials Science 2
4600:305 Thermal Science 2
4300:201 Statics 3
4300:202 Introduction to Mechanics of Solids 3
4600:203 Dynamics 3
4450:208 Programming for Engineers 3
Electrical EngineeringCredits
4400:101 Tools for Electrical Engineers 3
4400:231 Circuits I* 3
4400:332 Circuits II 3
4400:230 Circuits Laboratory I 1
4400:330 Circuits Laboratory II 1
4400:309 Design Project Seminar - Electrical Engineering 1
4400:340 Signals and Systems 4
4400:341 Introduction to Communication Systems 3
4400:353 Electromagnetics I 4
4400:354 Electromagnetics II 3
4400:360 Physical Electronics 3
4400:361 Electronic Design 4
4400:371 Control Systems I 4
4400:381 Energy Conversion 4
4400:401 Senior Design Project - Electrical Engineering I+ 2
4400:402 Senior Design Project - Electrical Engineering II 3
4450:220 Digital Logic Design 4
Electrical Engineering electives** 18

* Electrical Engineering majors must achieve C- or better in 4400:231 Circuits I to take 4400:332 Circuits II.

+ Enrollment requires completion of 4400:341, 4400:354, 4400:361 and 4400:371 with a combined average grade of 2.0 or higher.

** These electives are to be chosen according to the requirements for breadth and depth set by the department.

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