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Electrical Engineering Department Profile
The department offers a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E., 135 credit hours). Students can choose one of the following focus areas:
B.S.E.E. with Computer Science Focus (137 credit hours) – Students earn minors in both Computer Science and Mathematics.
- B.S.E.E. with Aerospace Focus (137 credit hours) - Students earn a private pilot’s license and a concentration in Aviation coursework
- B.S.E.E. with Biomedical Engineering Focus (137 credit hours) – This focus includes a number of pre-medicine science requirements, and it is aimed at medical device design and attracting more women into the field of electrical engineering.
The Distance Engineering Degree Program (DEDP) is the only accredited distance delivery program in the country. DEDP students can obtain the traditional B.S.E.E. degree with an emphasis on Circuits & Systems, or students with significant Computer Science or Computer Engineering transfer credits obtain the B.S.E.E. with a Computer Science Focus.
The department was last visited by an EAC/ABET accreditation team in October 2009. This visit resulted in a full six-year re-accreditation for the on-campus and distance B.S.E.E. program. The program has been continuously accredited for over 60 years.
The department offers options for graduate studies, including the following degrees:
- Masters of Engineering
- Masters of Science non-thesis option,
- Masters of Science thesis option
- Ph.D. in Engineering with EE track.
A combined BS/MS program is offered to quality junior- and senior-level students who wish to begin pursuing a graduate degree while they are still undergraduates, allowing up to six credits to count for both degrees. Students receive both their BS and MS degrees at graduation. This allows the department to retain much of the top talent through the Master’s program.
The department had 340 B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students enrolled during the 2011 fall semester. This includes 150 undergraduate on-campus students, 160 undergraduate distance students enrolled in the Distance Engineering Degree Program (DEDP), 24 Master’s-level, and 6 Ph.D. students.
The EE DEDP has been growing since the program shifted to open enrollments, increasing from 12 students in 2001 spring semester to 160 DEDP students in 2011 fall semester.
While the on-campus student body is only 1% non-white, the distance students add significant diversity to the student body. Over the past three years, approximately 30% of new students in EE were from North Dakota and 26% from Minnesota, and 44% from other locations.
The department has seven full-time faculty members, two part-time lecturers, and two full-time staff members. The EE department has three female faculty members, representing the highest percentage of female in the School of Engineering & Mines.
Three faculty are tenured, one is in the tenure process, with the remaining two tenure-track faculty making good progress towards tenure.
The active research areas of faculty members are Applied Electromagnetics, Biomedical Engineering, Power and Energy Systems, Signal and Image Processing, Wireless Communications, and Unmanned Systems.
During the past fiscal year, research expenditures for the department were over $770,000. The represents a 40% growth rate over the past five years.
The EE department is actively involved in collaborative research projects with departments across the university, including other departments in the School of Engineering, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, the Department of Computer Science, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Energy & Environmental Research Center.
The EE department has been funded from the North Dakota Department of Commerce Center of Excellence in Economic Development Program (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), Defense EPSCoR (DEPSCoR), the Department of Defense (DoD), the DoD Joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada (federal initiative), the National Science Foundation, NASA EPSCoR, and the North Dakota EPSCoR New Faculty Start-Up Program.
Several major grants and contract proposals are currently active including support from the U.S. Army Research Office and Air Force Research Laboratory (federal initiative to work with Laserlith Corporation), the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.
Industry / Alumni Support
The Red River Valley Research Corridor, established in 2002 by Senator Dorgan, has stimulated a cycle of federal research and economic development in our state and is helping to develop our major universities into world-class research institutions, as well as to bring high-tech industries to the state.
Rockwell-Collins has been both a strong supporter of the department, and an employer of our students. In the past 5 years, Rockwell Collins has provided funding for student scholarships and made donations to the IEEE and SWE student organizations. More recently, donations have been given to the Richard R. Schultz Endowment fund which supports student projects designed to develop system engineering and project skills by working across multiple engineering disciplines.
Support from Rockwell-Collins has allowed the department to expand student involvement in Embedded Systems, Radio-Frequency and Microwave Communications with contributions that allowed the department to furnish their Embedded Systems Design lab, create an Antenna Design and Measurement Laboratory and donation of a EMI Shield Room test chamber. Rockwell-Collins has also provided donations to support development of the International Space Station Agricultural Camera Imaging System as well as EMI and Environmental testing for the system components in Rockwell’s test facility at no charge to the University.
Rosemount-Emerson has recently provided funding to build a systems engineering lab that will be utilized by undergraduate students to solve complex, electromechanical design problems requiring the application of a holistic, systems-based engineering approach.
Over 37 companies come on campus to recruit our students at the Fall and Spring Career Fairs.