Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Don Gruenbacher, Head
Andrew Rys, Director of graduate studies

1701D Platt St
3108 Engineering Hall
Fax:  785-532-7353


The Mike Wiegers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers courses and programs leading to master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. Several areas of specialization are available at the graduate level. Major areas are bioengineering, communications systems, computer engineering, control systems, electromagnetics, instrumentation, power systems, renewable energy signal processing, and solid-state electronics.

At the master’s level there are three options: thesis, report, and course work only. All require a minimum of 30 hours of credit. The Ph.D. program requires 60 hours beyond the master’s, including original research of sufficient quality and importance to merit publication in a refereed journal.

For information about the Ph.D. program, see the Engineering section of this catalog. (Click here)

Research facilities

The department is located in the engineering complex. This facility has been designed to provide an excellent academic environment. There are numerous well-equipped instructional and research laboratories including the computer laboratories, signal and image processing laboratory, electronics lab, communication circuits laboratory, bioengineering laboratory, energy systems laboratory, and solid-state electronics laboratory.

Extensive computing resources are available to the department. These cover a wide range including: PCs, workstations, and servers. Access to supercomputers is also available.

Financial support

Research and teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Students on half-time assistantships pay in-state fees. Graduate students have either teaching, research, or both responsibilities.

Career opportunities

Graduate study in electrical engineering will prepare engineers to pursue careers in many diverse, high technology areas. These careers can be in government, industry, or academia. Possible areas of employment are communications systems, medical equipment design, computer design and applications, power generation and distribution, automotive systems, manufacturing systems, and so on. Electricity and electronics are so necessary for our quality of life that it is difficult to find an area in which electrical engineers and computer engineers are not employed.




Doctor of Philosophy

Master of Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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