The Department of Electrical Engineering offers two undergraduate degrees: a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.S. in biomedical engineering. The B.S. in electrical engineering offers five areas: microelectronics, power/controls, signal processing and communications, electromagnetics, and computer engineering. The B.S. in electrical engineering will equip students with the basic competence and job skills needed to design, develop, and operate systems which generate and use electronic signals. These technologies include machinery, electronics, communications and computers. The B.S. in biomedical engineering offers two tracks: biomechanics and biomaterials in Track 1, and biomedical instrumentation, sensors and signal processing in Track 2. Both tracks in biomedical engineering will equip students with the basic competence and job skills needed to design, develop, and operate biomedical systems and devices.
As a profession, both electrical and biomedical engineering demands the individual to work with others in supporting disciplines to achieve common goals. Design is central to both professions and is integrated throughout the curricula for both programs. The design experience in each program is supported by concepts related to reliability, maintainability, and product value. The student is encouraged to approach central technical issues with increased awareness of logistical, ethical, and social implications. Respect for the safety of persons and property is integral to both the electrical engineering and the biomedical engineering curricula.
Accelerated B.S./M.S. Sequence
The department also offers an accelerated B.S./M.S. sequence that leads to a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and is open to all undergraduate electrical engineering majors who finished at least 90 semester hours of undergraduate work with a minimum GPA of 3.00. A minimum GPA of 3.00 must be maintained during the course of study. Failure to meet the requirements of the accelerated sequence may lead to a B.S. degree only, but only after all the requirements for that degree have been met. Students who are interested in the B.S./M.S. sequence should refer to the Graduate Catalog for details.
The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to join the university in its commitment to the transmission, expansion, and application of knowledge through teaching, research, and public service. In this commitment, the department features close interaction with area industries and fosters an ongoing exchange of ideas to benefit its students, alumni, and the community at large.
Electrical Engineering Program Educational Objectives
As individuals or as members of teams, our graduates will have:
- A solid background in mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals that make it possible to acquire and use contemporary knowledge and tools to practice electrical engineering, in a professional and ethical way, as well as to succeed in graduate education.
- The ability to develop problem-solving skills to design and build systems and to communicate, orally and in writing, with others from inside and outside the profession.
Biomedical Engineering Program Educational Objectives
A B.S. in Biomedical Engineering will equip students with cross-disciplinary knowledge and training in life sciences and medicine, training them to apply core engineering principles to analyzing and solving complex problems in the biomedical related fields. Graduates of this program are expected to have a solid background in mathematics, sciences, and engineering fundamentals as well as core biological sciences. Successful completion of this program should enable the graduates with the ability to seamlessly transition between fields in identifying and solving problems pertinent to life sciences and medicine. The program curriculum will involve engaged teaching and learning as well as design experience through establishing a synergy between classroom and hands-on laboratory activities. This curriculum has an emphasis on creating, transmitting, expanding, and applying knowledge in the practice of biomedical engineering in a professional and ethical way, while preparing our graduates to succeed in the industry as well as preparing them for graduate education.
Program Learning Outcomes
The Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering programs are designed to provide our graduates with:
1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
All electrical engineering students and biomedical engineering students must have their schedule reviewed, approved, and signed by their faculty adviser each semester. Any deviation from an approved course schedule may delay graduation.
Electrical Engineering Faculty
Mansour Tahernezhadi, Ph.D., P.E., University of Oklahoma, Presidential Engagement Professor, interim chair
Ibrahim Abdel-Motaleb, Ph.D., P.E., University of British Columbia, professor
Veysel Demir, Ph.D., Syracuse University, associate professor
Hadan Ferdowski, Ph.D., Missouri University of Science and Technology, assistant professor
Benedito Fonseca, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, assistant professor
Michael Haji-Sheikh, Ph.D., University of Texas, Arlington, associate professor
Reza Hashemian, Ph.D., P.E., University of Wisconsin, professor
Venumadhav Korampally, Ph.D., University of Missouri, assistant professor
Wei Li, Ph.D., University of Victoria, assistant professor
Lichuan Liu, Ph.D., New Jersey Institute of Technology, associate professor
Donald Zinger, Ph.D., P.E., University of Wisconsin, associate professor