What is electrical engineering?

The professional activities of electrical engineers directly affect the everyday lives of most of the world’s population. As a student in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, you will learn to design and develop such things as:

  • radio and television transmitters and receivers
  • telephone networks and switching systems
  • computer systems
  • electric power generation and distribution

Within the broad scope of these systems, you will be confronted with a diverse array of design and developmental experiences.

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First year-students in our engineering program get to experience exciting hands-on projects designing, building and testing the solutions to real problems. You can build a solar-powered car or discover the most efficient method to harnessing water, wind and solar energy.

Some electrical engineers design miniature semiconductor integrated circuits that contain millions of elementary devices. They also create systems for automatically controlling mechanical devices and a variety of processes. Others are responsible for the design of satellite communication links as well as patient monitoring systems for hospitals. The development of the microprocessor has expanded the opportunities for electrical engineers to improve the design of familiar products since these devices are now incorporated in automobiles, consumer and office products, entertainment systems and a vast variety of test and measurement instruments and machine tools.

As you work towards your undergraduate and graduate degree in electrical engineering, we strive to provide you with the necessary experiences to prepare you for the challenges you will face in the industry. To ensure the necessary breadth and depth of knowledge, the ASU Electrical Engineering curriculum includes basic (core) engineering courses as well as courses in:

  • networks and electronic circuits
  • electromagnetic fields and waves
  • signal processing
  • microprocessors
  • communication and control systems
  • solid state electronics
  • electrical power systems
  • and many other special courses

Why choose electrical engineering

Electrical engineers combine all of the STEM fields to imagine and create new technologies that will benefit the world from entertainment and communication to environmental preservation and health monitoring. Electrical engineering is an integral part of modern science and technology, and as our future continues to move deeper into the electronic age, we need engineers with a solid background and understanding of this field.

It is a highly diverse field with an increasing transdisciplinary focus. Electrical and computing devices are found in common appliances and systems in communications, medicine, energy, space exploration and the environment. You can pursue your field of interest, or discover a new passion for an area of engineering you had never considered.

With the development of the microprocessor, the opportunities for electrical engineers has expanded not only to design new products, but to update and enhance existing ones such as the automobile, consumer office products, entertainment systems and a variety of test and measurement instruments and machine tools.

Why choose ASU

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At ECEE we want to introduce prospective students to engineering early on. We have many outreach activities to get you excited about a future in engineering.

Arizona State University provides you with specialized hands-on experiences that will prepare you for a competitive job market. Fulton Engineering offers undergraduate opportunities such as state-of-the-art laboratories, outstanding faculty, internship opportunities, faculty research, entrepreneurial programs and grant-funded research.

The culture at ASU is unique. We have hundreds of organizations, events and other outlets that you can take part in to get to know your school and the people in it. Learn more about campus life by visiting www.asu.edu/myfuture/connect.html.