Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professors Jacques Beneat, Stephen Fitzhugh, and Ronald Lessard; Associate Professor Michael Prairie (Chair); Assistant Professor David Feinauer; Lecturer Michael Cross.

Mission:

To prepare students for the profession of Electrical and Computer Engineering – to enable them to solve problems of substance through the application of fundamental principles, disciplined practices and modern methods – to instill the humility of contribution to ventures larger than themselves, and the courage to lead others in the pursuit of such ventures – to inspire an ethic of service to all mankind in the context of a global community – and finally, to instill a lifelong thirst for the knowledge of their craft.

Goals:

Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program will:

  • Attain respect for competence in the skills of engineering practice by solving problems and leading others in the pursuit of solutions.
  •  Effectively communicate the results of their work.
  •  Work professionally in team environments to design electrical and computer systems.
  •  Pursue professional development through life-long learning to better serve in an evolving global society.
  •  Demonstrate initiative and perform leadership roles in an ethical manner.
  •  Perceive the impact of their professional decisions on society.
     
Outcomes:

Students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering programs will demonstrate an ability to:

  • Apply knowledge of advanced mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering.
  • Identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering problems.
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Apply the techniques, skills, and modern engineering test equipment and software applications necessary for engineering practice.
  • Communicate effectively through written and verbal means.
  • Contribute to multidisciplinary / multicultural teams.
  • Recognize the need to engage in life-long learning.
  • Demonstrate the leadership competencies of self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, and relationship management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Appreciate the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues.

During the first two years, students receive intensive instruction in mathematics and basic physical sciences as well as fundamental principles and techniques of engineering. Students are introduced to the basic tools and problem solving techniques they will use throughout their career. The final two years are spent in a laboratory intensive environment. In the third year, students begin to apply their knowledge solving discipline-specific engineering problems. Project-based courses begin to develop the ability to apply knowledge in open-ended problems. In the fourth year, more focused courses cover a broad spectrum of electrical and computer engineering topics. A completely open-ended design experience, where students can exercise creativity solving current engineering problems, spans the senior year. Designing, building, testing, and evaluating projects in such application areas as instrumentation and data acquisition, computer network control, SCADA systems security, robotics, wireless communication, and machinery controls is typical of this experience. Constraints such as economics, safety, reliability, aesthetics, ethics, and social impact are considered. This experience builds upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, the humanities and social sciences, engineering topics, and communication skills developed earlier in the undergraduate experience. The design team experience allows close coordination with an individual faculty member. The scope of the project is designed to match the requirements of practice within the electrical and computer engineering discipline.

Careers for this Major:

Graduates have the option of beginning a career in either the military or civilian life, or attending graduate school. Career choices for ECE graduates are extremely diverse; below is an abbreviated list from “Your Career in the Electrical, Electronics, and Computer Engineering Fields,” a website published by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  

  • Signal Processing
  • Aerospace and Electronic Systems
  • Circuits and Systems
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Control Systems
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Industry Applications
  • Instrumentation and Measurement
  • Power Electronics
  • Power Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Systems, Man and Cybernetics
  • Frequency Control
  • Vehicular Technology

The IEEE is the largest professional organization that serves Electrical and Computer Engineers, as well as many other types of engineers in related fields.  To see the IEEE website that discusses a broader range of ECE career opportunities, please visit http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/yourcareer.html .

Accreditation:

The Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Telephone: (410) 347-7700

B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering - Curriculum Map 2017-2018 Catalog

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Freshman
FallCr.SpringCr.
CH 103 General Chemistry I (General Education Lab Science)4EG 110 Introduction to Engineering II3
EG 109 Introduction to Engineering I3EE 200 Engineering Programming3
EN 101 Composition and Literature I3EN 102 Composition and Literature II3
MA 121 Calculus I (General Education Math)4MA 122 Calculus II (General Education Math)4
 General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities/Social Science3
Semester Total Credits14Semester Total Credits16
Sophomore
FallCr.SpringCr.
EE 215 Fundamentals of Digital Design4EE 356 Electrical Circuits II3
EE 204 Electrical Circuits I3EE 357 Electronics I3
MA 223 Calculus III4EE 359 Electrical Engineering Laboratory1
PS 211 University Physics I (General Education Lab Science)4MA 224 Differential Equations4
General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities/Social Science3PS 212 University Physics II4
Semester Total Credits18Semester Total Credits15
Junior
FallCr.SpringCr.
EE 321 Embedded Systems4EE 303 Electromagnetic Field Theory I3
EE 350 Linear Systems3EE 323 Computer Architecture or 4783
EE 366 Electronics II4EE 373 Electrical Energy Conversion4
MA 306 Discrete Mathematics3EG 206 Thermodynamics I3
General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities/Social Science3EN 204 Professional and Technical Writing3
Semester Total Credits17Semester Total Credits16
Senior
FallCr.SpringCr.
EE 491 Electrical System Design I (Capstone)3EE 411 Infrastructure Control Systems14
EE 459 Electric Power Systems13EE 478 Control Systems or 3233
EE 463 Communication Systems4EE 486 Digital Signal Processing13
EG 450 Professional Issues (General Education Ethics)3EE 487 Digital Signal Processing Lab1
MA 311 Statistical Methodology3EE 494 Electrical System Design II3
 General Education History/Literature/Arts & Humanities/Social Science3
Semester Total Credits16Semester Total Credits17
Total Credits For This Major: 129
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Students must complete at LEAST two of the following three courses: EE 411, EE 486, EE 459. Students may choose to complete all three courses, or they may choose two of the three and select one technical elective from the following approved courses: EE 399, EE 468, EE 490, EG 301, EG 303EG 350, EG 400, EG 447, ME 307, CS 301, MA 303, MA 310, MA 312, MA 380, MA 405,MA 407, PS 334, PS 356,PS 341, PS 426.

Students who complete all degree requirements, but do not have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA must complete at least 50 percent of all subsequent course work in technical material (subject to approval by the Director of the David Crawford School of Engineering).

Courses

EE 200 Engineering Programming 3 Cr.

Introduction to a high level programming language such as C/C++. Topics include structure and organization of a computer program, variables and basic data types, flow of control, functions, file I/O, arrays and strings, computer memory, CPU and pointers, user defined structures, computer algortithms, modular design and documentation. Introduction to object oriented programming concepts. This course is offered once a year.

EE 204 Electrical Circuits I 3 Cr.

A study of principles and methods of analysis of electric circuits with both direct and time varying sources in the steady state. KCL, KVL, mesh and nodal techniques. Network theorems are developed and applied to the analysis of networks. Energy storage elements. First order and second order circuits with forced and natural responses. Sinusoidal analysis, complex numbers, phasor diagrams. Power; average effective, and complex power in single phase systems. Classroom: 3 hours. Corequisite: MA 122.

EE 215 Fundamentals of Digital Design 4 Cr.

An introductory course on formal design techniques for combinational and sequential logic circuits. Topics include combinational logic networks, minimization techniques, registers, synchronous sequential neworks, and control units. Applications of the concept developed in the classroom will be implemented in the laboratory. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.

EE 240 Electrical Concepts and Applications 3 Cr.

A course on the theory and application of electrical devices and circuits. Discussions include magnetic circuits, transformers, electric machines, diodes, bipolar transistors, and field effect transistors. Integrated circuits are introduced. Digital switching circuits are treated, including logic gates, flip-flops, and counters. Operational amplifiers and their major applications are studied. Offered to qualified students not majoring in Electrical Engineering. Classroom 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: EE 204.

EE 242 Digital Systems Design 4 Cr.

Topics are hierarchical design methods, design and debugging of digital hardware, determination of circuit behavior, control and timing, machine organization, control unit implementation, and interface design. A hardware design language will be used and students will acquire design experience implementing digital hard ware. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: EE 215.

EE 303 Electromagnetic Field Theory I 3 Cr.

Maxwell's Equations are developed from the experimental laws of electric and magnetic fields. Topics involving electric fields include Gauss's Law, divergence, energy, potential, conductors, dielectrics, and capacitance. Topics involving magnetic fields include the Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law, magnetic forces, magnetic materials, and inductance. Maxwell's Equations are used to describe wave motion in free space and in dielectric media. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisites: MA 223, EE 204.

EE 315 Electrical Energy Systems 3 Cr.

A course on the design and implementation of electrical energy systems. Topics include thermal, wind, solar, and hydro renewable electrical energy facilities, electric transmission and distribution systems, and electrical substations. Introductory topics include basic circuit analysis, transformers, motors and drive systems, and instrumentation. Includes hands-on demonstrations and experiments. Offered to qualified students not majoring in Electrical Engineering. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: MA 122.

EE 321 Embedded Systems 4 Cr.

The use of computing devices in embedded applications is introduced. Computer organization topics include the functional architecture of microcontrollers, timing and control, memory, serial and parallel I/O ports, and the bus system. Additional topics include peripheral interface control, interrupts, serial communication, and applications. Programs are written and run in assembly language or higher-level languages. This course presumes and introductory-level understanding of structured programing techniques. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: EG 110 or EE 200 or CS 140.

EE 323 Computer Architecture 3 Cr.

Compare different machine architectures – analyze machine performance relationships, do computer classifications, and compare different computer description languages. Consider alternative machine architectures and the software influences on computer design. Topics include digital logic, microarchitecture level, instruction set level, operating system level, assembly language level, parallel computer architectures. Examples are drawn from the Core i7, OMAP4430 and ATmega168, hardware as well as ARM and AVR instruction sets. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequiste: None.

EE 325 Computer Architecture and Operating Systems 3 Cr.

Machine architecture - machine performance relationships, computer classification, and computer description languages. Consideration of alternative machine architectures. Software influences on computer design. Topics include digital logic, VLSI components, instruction sets, addressing schemes, memory hierarchy ache and virtual memories, integer and floating point arithmetic, control structures, , buses, RISC vs. CISC, multiprocessor and vector processing (pipelining) organizations. Examples are drawn from Pentium and Sparc microcomputers. The primary focus is on the attributes of a system visible to an assembly level programmer. This course also introduces the fundamentals of operating systems. Topics include concurrency, scheduing, memory and device management, file system structure, security, and system performance evaluation. Lecture 3 hours. Offered once per year.

EE 350 Linear Systems 3 Cr.

This course provides the foundations of signal and system analysis. Linear, time-invariant, causal, and BIBO stable analog and digital systems are discussed. System input-output descriptions, convolution and the impulse response are covered. Additional topics include singularity functions, Fourier and Laplace circuit analysis, circuit transfer functions, Bode plots, ideal filters, and real filters including Butterworth, Chebyschev, and Elliptic. Discrete topics include the transform, difference equations, FIR and IIR filters, the bilinear transformation, the DTFT, the DFT, and the FFT. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite EE 356.

EE 356 Electrical Circuits II 3 Cr.

This course is a continuation of Electric Circuits I (EE 204). The complete solutions of linear circuits by Laplace transforms are developed. The concepts of frequency response, resonance, network functions, two port networks including hybrid parameters are studied in depth. The concepts of transformers, power, coupled circuits, multi-phase circuits, and Fourier series are introduced. Computer-based circuit simulation is used throughout. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: EE 204.

EE 357 Electronics I 3 Cr.

The basic building blocks used in electronic engineering are studied. Diodes, bipolar transistors, and MOS transistors are modeled and then used to describe the operation of logic gates and amplifiers. Emphasis is placed on the operation and applications of standard integrated circuit chips. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: EE 204.

EE 359 Electrical Engineering Laboratory 1 Cr.

Implementation, analysis, and design of electric and electronic circuits involving resistors, inductors, capacitors, diodes, bipolar transistors, MOS transistors, operational amplifiers and filters. Study and practice in the use of standard electrical engineering laboratory instrumentation. Laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: EE 215; corequisites: EE 356, EE 357.

EE 366 Electronics II 4 Cr.

This course is a continuation of Electronics I (EE 357). Analog and digital circuits are discussed. Analog topics include frequency response, real world applications of operational amplifiers, power amplifiers, filters, oscillators and A/D and D/A converters. Digital electronic building blocks are discussed, including flip-flops, counters, coding and decoding circuits and memory. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisites: EE 357, EE 359.

EE 373 Electrical Energy Conversion 4 Cr.

A course on principles of energy conversion in electromechanical devices and machines. Analysis of transformers, polyphase synchronous and asynchronous machines, single phase fractional horsepower machines, and DC machines. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisite: EE 356; corequisite: MA 224.

EE 399 Electrical Engineering Topics 3 Cr.

EE 3XX Electrical Engineering Transfer Elective 4 Cr.

EE 411 Infrastructure Control Systems 4 Cr.

This course deals with organization, operation and design of systems where the microprocessor controls special interfaces to non-standard devices and responds to external events in a timely fashion. Topics include interface of special purpose peripherals, data structures, control structures, program and data organization and real time operating systems. Application to communications, automated measurement, process and servo control are discussed. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours.

EE 459 Electric Power Systems 3 Cr.

An introduction to the fundamentals of electric power systems generation, transmission and distribution, with emphasis on current trends, issues and technologies. Topics include a review of ac power fundamentals, per unit quantities, system component models, short-circuit analysis, load flow, smart grid concepts, communications and control, power systems economics, and renewable energy systems. Lecture: 3 hours. Offered once per year.

EE 463 Communication Systems 4 Cr.

Analog transmission of information signals by communication systems is analyzed. The component parts of transmitters and receivers including AM/FM modulators, filters, detectors and decoders are discussed. Mathematical concepts include the Fourier Series, Fourier Transform, dirac delta function and sinc function. Signal classification and digital modulation techniques such as ASK, FSK, PSK, PAM and QAM. Classroom 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Prerequisites: EE 356, EE 357, EE 359.

EE 468 Solid State Materials 3 Cr.

Solid state materials, physics of electronic devices and integrated circuit design are studied. Topics include silicon crystal properties, diffusion, implantation, lithography and circuit fabrication. Device models are derived for junction diodes, bipolar and MOS transistors. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisites: EE 303, EE 357.

EE 478 Control Systems 3 Cr.

Analysis and design of continuous-time and discrete-time control systems using classical and state-space methods. Laplace transforms, transfer functions and block diagrams. Transient-response analysis, Routh-Hurwitz stability criterion, and steady-state error analysis. Analysis of control systems using the root-locus and frequency-response methods. Computer-aided design and analysis. Lecture: 3 hours. Prerequisites: EE 204 and MA 224. Offered once per year.

EE 486 Digital Signal Processing 3 Cr.

An introductory level course that discusses the conversion of analog signals to discrete time signals. Emphasis will be on the processing of discrete signals using both time-domain and frequency-domain analysis. These techniques will be applied to the design of digital filters. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: EE 350 or instructor's permission.

EE 487 Digital Signal Processing Lab 1 Cr.

Implementation analysis and design of digital signal processing functions and techniques. Study and practice in the use of software and hardware platforms used for digital signal processing applications. Laboratory: 3 hours. Prerequisite: EE 350. This course is offered once a every spring.

EE 490 Advanced Topics 3 Cr.

A course that provides advanced study in an area of the instructor's special competence. Courses that have been offered in the past include Power System Stability, Electrical Communications II, Microwave Theory and Techniques and Digital Systems. Offered as the occasion demands. Classroom 3 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing.

EE 491 Electrical System Design I 3 Cr.

Introduction to design problems. Application of concepts of electrical engineering to a capstone design project. The first of a two-semester sequence, this course focuses on the problem statement, specification, preliminary design, design review and approval stages of the design processes, the design process involves exploring alternate solutions and design optimization and simulation. Economic constraints and human factors are considered in the design process. The course requires nine hours per week of directed reading, research and experimentation. Prerequisite: seventh semester standing and permission of the instructor.

EE 494 Electrical System Design II 3 Cr.

This course is the second in the two-semester capstone design project sequence. It focuses on the final stages of the design process-finalized design, implementation and testing. A written project report and an oral presentation to students and faculty is required. Nine hours per week of directed readings, research, and experimentation. Prerequisite: EE 491.