UA and The Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER) have established a five-year master research agreement with The University of Akron (UA) to work together to sustain and improve the growth of targeted industry clusters in Virginia’s Region 2000.
Dr. Alex De Abreu-Garcia
Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Akron.
I am pleased that you are considering the possibility of pursuing a degree in our department. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping our students obtain the best education possible.
Through a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, including numerous practical laboratory courses and a capstone senior design experience, we strive to prepare our students for employment or advanced study in their chosen engineering field.
Our faculty have diverse educational, industrial and research experience, and work actively in most of the principal areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
The many interdisciplinary interactions among the faculty and the students promote an excellent scholarly atmosphere for both teaching and learning.
Our department offers two undergraduate degrees:
The department has 16 tenured/tenure track faculty and four part-time faculty supported by three technical and administrative staff. We currently have about 500 undergraduate students, and in the last four years have grown by 55%. In a typical year, we award approximately 40 B.S.E.E. or B.S.Cp.E. degrees. We maintain full ABET accreditation in both of our undergraduate degree programs.
The undergraduate learning experience is enhanced by the optional cooperative education program that provides a coordinated sequence of alternate periods of classroom instruction and employment.
Our graduates consistently achieve high passing grades on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam; historically the department has an average passing rate over 90%.
We offer a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.) and an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Engineering. The M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees allow a specialization in Computer Engineering, or in any field of electrical engineering.
The college also offers an Engineering Management master's degree in conjunction with the College of Business, an Engineering Applied Mathematics Ph.D. degree in conjunction with the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics, and a joint program for the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in conjunction with the Northeast Ohio Medical University, or NEOMED.
The department supports more than 45 graduate students every year, using teaching or research assistantship contracts. In a typical year, we have more than 60 graduate students, and we award about 10 graduate engineering degrees. The electrical and computer engineering faculty support the graduate program with over $3 million a year in external research funding.
The department was established in 1917 and is currently the second largest department in the College of Engineering.