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Electrical Engineering Department provides campus and distance students with a strong foundation in the traditional and contemporary areas of electrical engineering, and help its graduates learn the leadership, communication, multidisciplinary teamwork, entrepreneurial, and life-long learning skills necessary for success in a global marketplace. The program provides students with the knowledge and opportunities that prepare them for industry and to pursue further education at the graduate level. The program also provides distance students with an opportunity to advance their careers as practicing engineers or managers. The essential studies component of the undergraduate program emphasizes the arts, humanities, and social sciences to provide breadth in education and well-rounded graduates.
The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies.
- Graduates will successfully practice electrical engineering and related fields regionally, nationally, and internationally.
- Graduates will continuously pursue professional development.
- Graduates will function effectively, responsibly and ethically in diverse and global work environments.
- Graduates will succeed in further graduate and professional studies.
The B.S.E.E. program outcomes represent the abilities, knowledge, and understanding that the program is preparing its students to acquire immediately upon graduation from the University of North Dakota (identical to Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET outcomes (a) through (k)):
(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to 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
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
The department is committed to fostering a close student-faculty educational environment that facilitates competence, self-development, and self-confidence. This commitment extends to providing an excellent undergraduate electrical engineering program that encompasses both breadth and depth. The technical and essential studies components of the curriculum provide the students with opportunities for achieving technical competence and awareness of economic and ethical responsibilities. The technical curriculum includes:
- basic engineering science;
- traditional electrical engineering areas, such as linear electric circuits, analog/digital electronics, computer-aided design, control systems, electric energy conversion, electric and magnetic fields, and embedded systems; and
- electives, by which junior- and senior-level students may select courses with a focus on a particular subject or related subjects in electrical engineering. Some areas of concentration of elective courses include applied electromagnetics, biomedical engineering, control systems, signal processing, embedded systems design, wireless communications, antennas and microwave engineering, and renewable energy systems.
To prepare students for engineering practice, design and hands-on experience are emphasized throughout the curriculum and supported by diverse laboratory facilities to implement hardware and software prototypes. Students are introduced to subject-related computer-aided design tools in a number of required and elective courses in preparation for a capstone senior design experience. Every student is required to complete a comprehensive design project over their senior year. Computer applications, statistical methods, and written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills are emphasized across the curriculum, along with opportunities to enhance teamwork and life-long learning skills. Cooperative education is encouraged to enhance students’ technical development, communication, and multidisciplinary teamwork skills, in addition to fostering an understanding of global engineering practice. Students are encouraged to promote the profession and develop leadership skills through involvement in honorary and professional student organizations, as well as through participation in extracurricular research and design projects.
The department has a strong student advising program, which facilitates individual contact with students to help them make sound academic decisions and to understand the purpose of their education and chosen profession. Additionally, relatively small class sizes help our electrical engineering students and faculty truly get to know one another, resulting in a personalized educational experience.
The B.S.E.E. program is delivered face-to-face to campus students, who are typically of traditional college age, as well as over the Internet via digitally-recorded video lectures to distance students, who are generally working professionals seeking an accredited electrical engineering degree. The Distance Engineering Degree Program (DEDP) is offered to students around the world. DEDP students enroll in the same required and elective lecture courses during the regular academic year as the campus students by watching digitally-recorded video lectures delivered over the Internet, but they are required to travel to campus during the summer months to complete accelerated laboratory sections. Academic advising, assistance from faculty, and the capstone senior design experience are fundamentally the same for both campus and distance students.
To allow qualified students to complete a graduate degree in one year beyond that required to receive the baccalaureate degree alone, the department offers combined B.S.E.E./Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical Engineering and B.S.E.E./Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) degrees. See Combined Degree Program under the College of Engineering and Mines for more details.
In addition to the traditional B.S. in Electrical Engineering program that emphasizes the analysis and design of circuits and systems, the department offers three interdisciplinary focus areas to undergraduate students with interests in aerospace, biomedical engineering, and computer science.