Program objectives and outcomes

Objectives:

The undergraduate educational goal is to prepare graduates to work as electrical engineers for the broad range of opportunities available in industrial, commercial, academic and government organizations and to prepare graduates for continued learning experiences either in a formal graduate or professional program or in continuing education. Our alumni will be enabled to advance in their fields to supervisory and leadership positions in their chosen careers.

Specifically, three to seven years after graduation we expect our alumni to exhibit one or more of the following:

  • Graduating from a graduate or professional school degree program
  • Achieving success in a government, industrial, commercial, entrepreneurial or academic position as evidenced by continued employment and technical accomplishments
  • Progressing in chosen career as shown by promotion to a position of increased technical, supervisory or management responsibility

Outcomes:

The electrical engineering program outcomes are the same as those defined by ABET:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments
  3. Ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs
  4. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Ability to communicate effectively
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global and societal context
  9. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The goal of the electrical engineering undergraduate program is to prepare graduates for entry-level positions as electrical engineers for the broad range of opportunities available in industrial, commercial and governmental organizations, and to prepare graduates for continued learning experiences either in a formal graduate program or in continuing education applications.

This goal is achieved through a curriculum designed to accomplish the following:

  1. We will maintain a modern curriculum, which adapts to changes in technology and society.
  2. Our program will foster a diverse student population entering and successfully graduating, and our graduates will function well in a diverse work force.
  3. Our graduates will be self-motivated, creative people who can succeed in environments where technical innovation is important.
  4. Our graduates will be sought after by our constituent industries and respected graduate programs.
  5. Our graduates will be technically competent.

The curriculum in electrical engineering builds upon the base provided by classes in chemistry, mathematics and physics. The curriculum includes a number of required electrical engineering and technical elective courses. Approved technical elective courses provide students with an opportunity either to broaden their background in electrical engineering or to study, in greater depth, technical subjects in which they have special interests. Successful completion of the curriculum leaves the student prepared to embark on a career in electrical engineering or to pursue an advanced education in graduate school.

The engineering design experience is structured around three backbone courses employing engineering teams: EEE 101 Introduction to Engineering Design, EEE 488 Senior Design Laboratory I and EEE 489 Senior Design Laboratory II. The integrated experience is strengthened with required courses and area pathway courses. Students focus on design pertaining to specific electrical engineering areas in their pathway courses before the culminating, capstone design experience in EEE 488 and EEE 489, and technical electives.