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*A. Kuh, PhD (Chair)-neural networks, communications
*R. Chattergy, PhD-computer engineering
*J. C. Chiao, PhD-microwaves, microelectromechanical systems, optoelectronics, optical networks
*M. DeLisio, PhD-electromagnetic theory, microwaves
*T. P. Dobry, PhD-digital systems, computers
*M. Fossorier, PhD-coding theory, communication algorithms, magnetic recording
*N. T. Gaarder, PhD-communication theory, information theory
*A. Hac, PhD-software systems, telecommunication networks
*J. W. Holm-Kennedy, PhD-applied solid-state physics, solid-state devices, IC technology
*E. S. Kim, PhD-solid-state devices, integrated sensors
*F. T. Koide, PhD-biomedical engineering, operational amplifiers, electronic circuits
*V. Malhotra, PhD-physical electronics, solid-state devices
*A. E. Quilici, PhD-artificial intelligence, natural language processing
*G. H. Sasaki, PhD-computer communication networks, performance evaluation, optimization algorithms
W. Shiroma, PhD-electromagnetic theory, microwaves
*M. J. S. Smith, PhD-computer-aided analog integrated circuit design
*V. L. Syrmos, PhD-linear system theory, control theory
*G. T. Uehara, PhD-integrated circuits, communication systems
*J. R. Yee, PhD-computer communications networks, network optimization, stochastic models
*D. Y. Y. Yun, PhD-parallel and adaptive systems, base systems, computer engineering
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
W. W. Peterson, PhD-computer software
R. Rocheleau, PhD-photovoltaics, sensors, thin films
S. K. Sharma, PhD-thin films, amorphous materials and ceramics, instrumentation development
Degrees Offered: BS in electrical engineering, MS in electrical engineering, PhD in electrical engineering
The Academic Program
Electrical engineering (EE) is concerned with the basic forms of energy that run our world and the exciting fields of electronics and information technology. Electronics continues to bring forth new breakthroughs in solid-state technology (transistors, integrated circuits, LSI and VLSI chips, microprocessors, lasers, optical fibers), which in turn fuel the unprecedented revolution in telecommunications (worldwide picture, voice, and data), computers (neural network, distributed, and intelligent), instrumentation (biomedical, intelligent), and many other areas.
The undergraduate and graduate programs focus on three major areas: computers (architecture, algorithms, networking, and software), electro-physics (solid-state devices and sensors, analog and digital circuit design, and electromagnetic fields and microwaves) systems (telecommunications, automatic controls, and power). The undergraduate and graduate programs require students to major in one of these three areas.
The BS degree program requires a minimum of 124 credit hours. The departmental requirements consist of 48 credit hours of basic courses and 23 credit hours of technical electives. Students must major in one of the three tracks (computers, electro-physics, or systems).
All electives are subject to the approval of an adviser. Enrollment in EE courses requires a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses.
Students must complete the General Education Core courses for engineering (see "Undergraduate Programs" within the College of Engineering).
Students must complete a total of 71 credit hours including the following:
EE 101 Electrical Engineering Skills (3)
EE 160 Programming for Engineers (4)
EE 260 Introduction to Digital Design (4)
EE 211 Basic Circuit Analysis (4)
EE 213 Basic Lab Measurements and
EE 224 Physical Electronics (3)
EE 315 Signal and System Analysis (3)
EE 323 Basic Electronics/Lab (3/1)
EE 341 Introduction to Communication Systems/Lab (3/1)
EE 342 Probability and Statistics (3)
EE 371 Fields and Waves I (3)
PHYS 274 General Physics III (3)
ME 311 Thermodynamics (3) or CE 270 Applied Mechanics I (3)
MATH 302 Introduction to Differential Equations I (3)
Technical electives (23)
The 23-credit requirement of technical electives consists of a major in one of the three tracks (computers, electro-physics, or systems) and a technical elective (300 level or above) outside the major track. A major track consists of 17 credits, which includes all courses in Group I (usually including two labs) and the remaining courses chosen from Group II plus 6 credits of projects (including a major design) in EE 296/396/496 design/project in EE 496.
Group I: EE 361/361L, 366, 367/367L
Group II: EE 449, 461, 467, 468
Group I: EE 326/326L, 327, 372/372L
Group II: EE 328/328L, 422/422L, 423, 426, 427, 473, 474, 477
Group I: EE 351/351L, 415
Group II: EE 331/331L, 435, 436, 437, 442, 446, 449, 452, 453
Intended candidates for the MS degree in electrical engineering must present the BS degree in electrical engineering or the equivalent.
Only Plan A (thesis) is offered. This program requires 30 credit hours in approved technical courses including one graduate seminar in electrical engineering or a related field. This plan requires 9 credit hours in EE 700 Thesis Research and a minimum of 12 credit hours in 600-level courses in a major track (computers, electro-physics, or systems), 6 credit hours in 400- or higher-level courses outside of the major track (engineering, mathematics, science), and 3 credit hours of electives in 400- and higher-level courses.
Intended candidates for the PhD degree in electrical engineering must present the BS degree in electrical engineering or its equivalent. Applicants are required to submit the GRE General Test scores. PhD students are required to achieve a good, broad understanding of electrical engineering fundamentals and a thorough knowledge, up to its present state, in a chosen specialty. Students must perform research in their special field under the guidance of a faculty adviser and present a dissertation that is an original contribution to electrical engineering. The dissertation must be a scholarly presentation suitable for publication.
PhD students are required to specialize in a major track (computers, electro-physics, or systems) and show competence in a minor track. In addition to the MS course credit requirements, 9 credit hours of 600-level course work in the major track and 3 credit hours of 600-level course work in a minor track are required. All PhD students must also participate in a substantial teaching project and demonstrate competence in teaching.
Intended candidates for the PhD degree must take a qualifying examination covering electrical engineering fundamentals. Students must demonstrate superior understanding of these fundamentals and the potential to do research. The qualifying examination will be offered about one week after registration every fall and spring semester. It must be passed during a student's first three semesters in the PhD program. Students who do not pass will be dropped from the PhD program.
After passing the qualifying examination, students are advanced to candidacy and must have a doctoral committee appointed within two semesters. The committee should consist of at least five members, one of whom must be in a department other than electrical engineering. After appointment of the committee, students should work out a tentative program of courses that meets with the committee's approval.
When students have completed most of their course work, they must pass a comprehensive examination before research is undertaken. This consists of an oral examination given by the entire committee; it may be preceded, at the discretion of individual committee members, by an additional oral or written examination. Students who fail may repeat the examination only once, no sooner than three months after the first examination. Once students pass the comprehensive examination, they may proceed with dissertation research.
At the conclusion of the research, students write a dissertation that must be approved by a majority of the doctoral committee. Finally, students must pass another oral examination covering primarily the dissertation.