Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Electrical and Computer Engineering Majors

General Information

Electrical and Computer engineers are at the forefront of today’s technological revolution and they continue to be in demand in all types of public and private enterprises. The value added in today’s products is primarily electronics and software. The Internet has filled our lives with their influences. Electrical and Computer engineering touch every aspect of today’s modern world. Our graduates are uniquely qualified to become engineers, capable of designing hardware and software. Electrical and Computer engineers work in the communications, controls, signal and image processing, biomedical, aerospace, electronics, computer hardware, embedded systems, materials, energy, defense, data gathering / analysis and other diverse commercial sectors.

 

The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs provide the student with a thorough background in electronic/hardware and systems design. Individual students can tailor their program to his or her specific interests by selecting appropriate technical or design electives. Elective areas include electronics, and land-based wireless communications, VLSI, digital signal processing (DSP), power electronics, controls, robotics, image processing, and embedded systems. In all of our courses, we stress the balance of theory and practice. The theory, presented in class, is coupled with extensive, practical, hands-on laboratory projects and experiments.

 

Our laboratories are well equipped and all facilities are available for undergraduate use. Our laboratory equipment is updated on a rotating basis, allowing for a continued renewal and state-of-the-art technology in a rapidly changing world.

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratories:

  • Embedded Systems Laboratory
  • Controls and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Robotics / Mechatronics Laboratory
  • Circuits Laboratory
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Energy / Power Laboratory
  • RF / Wireless Laboratory
  • Digital Signal/Image Processing and Communications Laboratory
  • Projects Laboratory

 Access is also provided to the following laboratories in other engineering departments as needed:

  • Bioinstrumentation Laboratory
  • Biomedical Engineering Physiology Laboratory
  • Industrial Engineering Laboratory
  • Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

 Additionally, a fully equipped Machine Shop is available to students as well as a Rapid Prototyping STL machine.

The program leading to the BSEE degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

The program leading to BS in Computer Engineering is following the application process for accreditation as outlined by ABET. 

The Western New England University College of Engineering will request ABET accreditation of the Computer Engineering program (leading to the BSCPE. degree) upon compliance with the criteria for accreditation set forth by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC). The criteria states that “ABET accreditation can be granted only if at least one student has graduated from the designated program.” It is anticipated that the initial accreditation visit of the Computer Engineering program will be held during the September-December time period of 2017. An action to accredit the Computer Engineering program at that time will result in a retroactive accreditation being granted to those students who graduated during the academic year prior to the on-site accreditation visit

Design Experience

Students in the Electrical Engineering program and Computer Engineering program are introduced to engineering design in the freshman year in the Introduction to Engineering courses. Sophomore and junior courses and labs provide progressively more sophisticated design experiences within the electrical engineering program and computer engineering program respectively. Both programs culminate in a year-long capstone Senior Design Project course in which each student works on an independent project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Most of the projects are sponsored by industry. Students involved in these projects have the opportunity to work with the industrial sponsor in an actual engineering environment.

Electives

Electives, in both programs, supplement the engineering student’s technical program. These electives must be selected in such a way that all General Education “perspective of understanding” requirements are covered. In addition, technical, design, and general electives provide the opportunity for specialization within a chosen field. An assigned departmental faculty advisor must approve selection of electives from engineering, mathematics, science, or business.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Vision and Mission

Vision

The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs at Western New England University will become nationally and internationally recognized for graduating students who have experienced putting theory into practice and are also capable of succeeding in advanced studies.

 

Mission

The mission of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs is to provide students with a supportive environment that facilitates learning to solve problems in electrical and computer engineering.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs are committed to excellence in student learning. Graduates of the programs will be problem solvers, able to apply engineering principles to electrical and computer systems. The faculty and staff of the programs use their background in teaching, research, and industry to prepare students to be successful as they move into the workforce or graduate school.


 

Program Educational Objectives

In support of the objectives of the College of Engineering, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs will prepare our students to be proficient at putting theory into practice, capable of lifelong learning, and be aware of the social, ethical, and environmental issues associated with their professional activities.

To ensure these goals, we expect specific accomplishments of our graduates to include the ability to:
  1. successfully analyze, design, or test electrical/computer systems.
  2. serve as a productive member of a team.
  3. assume leadership roles in their career.
  4. contribute in professional and civic service.
  5. pursue lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes

The outcomes necessary to achieve our Electrical Engineering program and Computer Engineering program objectives are that our students will have:

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 lifelong learning;

j. a knowledge of contemporary issues;

k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;

l.  an ability to model, analyze, simulate, and design circuits and systems;

m.  an ability to use computer and/or laboratory tools in the design of circuits and systems;

n.  an ability to build, test, and debug prototype circuits and systems and analyze results; and

o.  an ability to use the principles of design to solve open-ended engineering problems 

 

Career Opportunities

The application areas for electrical and computer engineering are fairly ubiquitous and our Electrical and Computer Engineering programs provide a broad based education that leads to employment in a diverse spectrum of industries in both private and public sectors, for example, aerospace, defense, telecommunications, automotive, medical electronics, multimedia and consumer electronic industries, energy and power. In particular we offer courses in electronic communications, power electronics, robotics, artificial intelligence, controls, digital signal/image processing, hardware design, architecture, software and hardware design, and embedded systems, power generation and distribution, alternative energy sources and integrating renewable forms of energy into the grid.

To provide additional depth in some of these areas the department offers Program Sequence Options as listed below.

  • Robotics/Mechatronics Sequence
  • Digital Signal/Image Processing and Communications Sequence
  • RF/Microwave Engineering Sequence
  • Controls/Artificial Intelligence Sequence
  • Energy/Green Sequence
  • Flex Sequence

These Sequence Options have been described in detail following the Electrical Engineering program and Computer Engineering program degree requirements.

 

 

 



Degree Requirements

Freshman Year- Fall Semester

ENGL 132English Composition I

3 cr.

ENGR 102First Year Engineering Seminar

1 cr.

ENGR 103Introduction to Engineering

4 cr.

MATH 133Calculus I

4 cr.

PHYS 133Mechanics

4 cr.

PEHR 151Personal Health and Wellness

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Freshman Year - Spring Semester

ENGL 133English Composition II

3 cr.

ENGR 105Computer Programming for Engineers

2 cr.

ENGR 110Data Acquisition and Processing

3 cr.

MATH 134Calculus II

4 cr.

PHYS 134Electricity and Magnetism

4 cr.

PEHR 153-199Lifetime Activity

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

EE 205Electrical Engineering I

4 cr.

ME 202Statics

3 cr.

MATH 236Differential Equations

3 cr.

SBP XXXSocial/Behavioral Perspective

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

CPE 271Digital System Design

4 cr.

EE 206Electrical Engineering II

4 cr.

EE 285Computational Techniques in C

3 cr.

MATH 235Calculus III

3 cr.

PH XXXEthical Perspective

3 cr.

LBC XXXLearning Beyond the Classroom

No cr.

Total Credit Hours:17