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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Don Gruenbacher, Head

Paslay Professor: Schulz; Fiedler Professor: Gruenbacher; Professors: Devore, R. Dyer, S. Dyer, Morcos, Natarajan, Pahwa, Prakash, Rys, Scoglio, and Soldan; Associate Professors: Chandra, Das, Day, Gruenbacher, Kuhn, Lewis, Miller,  Starrett, and Warren; Assistant Professors: Mirafzal and Thompson; Emeriti Professors: DeVault, Fowler, Gallagher, Haft, Johnson, Kirmser, Koepsel, Lenhert, Lucas, Rathbone, Simons, and Ward; Emeritus Associate Professor: Dollar; Emeritus Instructor: Wakabayashi.

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Electrical and computer engineers are involved in the design of electrically oriented systems for a wide range of applications in modern society. These systems or circuits range in size from miniature microprocessors through megawatt energy conversion systems to global audio and video communication. The electrical or computer engineer is active in every phase of the transmission, conversion, and processing of energy and information for civilian and defense industries, in our homes, and for healthcare.

Opportunities exist for bachelor’s degree holders to continue education at advanced degree levels or to enter such fields as medicine, law, or management.

Educational objectives

The educational objectives of the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs are that (1) Graduates will become successful practitioners in engineering and other diverse careers; (2) Most graduates will pursue continuing education opportunities relevant to their careers; (3) Some graduates will pursue advanced degree programs in engineering and other disciplines; (4) Some graduates will pursue professional registration.

Graduates of the electrical and computer engineering programs will have an ability to: apply knowledge of science, mathematics, and engineering; design and conduct experiments; analyze and interpret data; design a system, component, or process to meet specifications within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability; function on multi-disciplinary teams; identify, formulate, and solve engineering  problems in an environment where hardware and software tradeoffs are necessary; use oral and written communications effectively; and use modern engineering techniques, skills, and tools.

Graduates will also have a knowledge of the ethical, environmental, safety, and economic factors required for professional engineering practice and contemporary issues necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context. All graduates will have a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.

The electrical engineering curriculum establishes a theoretical basis in circuits, electronics, electromagnetics, energy conversion, and controls. It includes a strong laboratory experience stressing system design and implementation.

The computer engineering curriculum establishes a theoretical basis for computer components in circuits, electronics, electromagnetics, digital systems, and microprocessors and for software in programming languages, algorithms, data structures, and operating systems. A strong laboratory experience stressing digital and microprocessor system design and implementation is included.

Through the four years, students are individually advised and counseled by the faculty. At various times during the year, engineers from industry are invited to speak to students on topics of current interest to the profession.



Bachelor of Science

Dual Degree


Electrical and Computer Engineering