Catalogue 2018 - 2019

Program Sequence Options

There are several program sequence options within the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs 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

The student can select a sequence option by appropriately tailoring their choice of electives during their junior and senior years. Each sequence option has been described below, along with a list of typical courses used to provide the required depth in the area. These lists are by no means exhaustive; the student makes his or her selection of sequence electives in consultation with their faculty advisor.

 

Robotics/Mechatronics Sequence

Robotics/Mechatronics represents an integrated technology approach for the design of intelligent systems and products. Intelligent systems driven primarily by human operator inputs are considered mechatronic systems; smart washing machines would be a good example. Intelligent systems driven primarily by automatic/sensor and adaptive inputs are robotic systems; the Google Driverless car would be a good example. The Robotics / Mechatronics sequence is intended for students who want to focus in this area while working on their Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Electrical Engineering degree. Students in the Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs can elect to take this sequence by an appropriate selection of technical electives during their junior and senior years and completing their senior project in this area.

The sequence electives provide coverage of the following topics:

  • embedded programming and computing
  • sensors and actuators
  • adaptive control and environmental interactions
  • computer vision and navigation

Typical courses:

EE302 Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

CPE360 Microprocessors II

EE422 Control Systems

CPE470 Real-time Embedded Controls

CPE462 VHDL - Simulation and Systems

 

Digital Signal/Image Processing(DSIP) and Communications Sequence

Over the past couple of decades DSIP/Communication applications have become ubiquitous. Technical advances in this field have enabled cellular telephony, high definition television (HDTV), web-based applications like Facebook, Twitter, advanced medical devices, digital instrumentation, remote sensor systems, software defined radio (SDR), and cognitive radio systems to name a few examples. The DSIP/Communications sequence is intended for students who want to focus in this area while working on their BSE in Electrical Engineering degree. Students in the Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs can elect to take this sequence by an appropriate selection of technical electives during their junior and senior years and completing their senior project in this area. Students have access to a wide range of professional computer tools and labs.

The sequence electives provide coverage of the following topics –

  • digital signal processing
  • digital image processing
  • digital communications
  • software defined radio based cognitive radio
  • sensor processing systems (e.g. radar, seismic, space probes)

 Typical courses:

EE302 Introduction to Digital Signal Processing

EE411 Random Signals and Noise

EE423 Communications

EE432 Wireless Communications

EE425 Linear Systems Theory

 

Controls and Artificial intelligence Sequence

Modern Control Theory Utilizing state-space analysis, where the dynamics of the processes are described by first-order differential equations in matrix form, has made an enormous impact on the analysis and design of controllers for complex systems. In recent years, modern control theory has advanced rapidly and is now recognized as an indispensable and practical technique for the design and analysis of feedback control systems in diverse areas such as aeronautics, autonomous vehicles, space craft systems design etc.
Artificial Intelligence The field of artificial intelligence or soft-computing utilizes Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic. In recent years, there has been an explosive growth in applications of neural networks, in part due to the advances in computational power. Neural networks, neurocomputing, or 'brain-like' computing is based on the hope that we can reproduce at least some of the flexibility and power of the human brain by artificial means. Similarly, Fuzzy logic tries to mimic the human cognitive processes. Applications of these technologies abound in many consumer products such as camcorders, air conditioners, refrigerators, automobiles etc. These technologies are applied in a variety of fields such as; signal processing, speech recognition, visual perception, control, robotics and many more.

Our controls and artificial intelligence sequence will give students expertise in the areas of industrial automation, aerospace control and artificial intelligence.

The sequence electives provide coverage of the following topics:   

  • Linear Systems Theory
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Neural Networks
  • Computer Controlled Systems 

Typical courses:

EE422 Control Systems
EE445 Neural Networks
EE470  Computer Controlled Systems
EE435 Fuzzy Logic 
EE425 Linear Systems Theory

RF/Microwave Engineering Sequence

RF/Microwave Engineering Sequence represents an integrated technology approach for the design of high frequency systems and products. The students in the RF/Microwave Engineering Sequence are exposed to different aspects of applied electromagnetics including antennas design, the design of high frequency passive and active circuits, the design high frequency systems, etc. This sequence is designed to meet the growing needs of companies for engineers skilled in high frequency circuit design. The RF/Microwave Engineering Sequence is intended for students who want to focus in this area while working on their BSE in Electrical Engineering degree.. Students in the Electrical Engineering program can elect to take this sequence by an appropriate selection of technical electives during their junior and senior years and completing their senior project in this area.

The sequence electives provide coverage of the following topics:

  • Fields and Waves
  • Microwave Engineering
  • RF & Microwave Wireless Systems
  • RF & Microwave Active Circuit Design
  • Wave Transmission and Reception
  • Software Defined Radio

Typical courses:

EE314 Fields and Waves

EE414 Microwave Engineering

EE416 Electromagnetic Compatibility

EE455 RF and Microwave Wireless Systems

EE456 RF and Microwave Active Circuit Design

EE457 Wave Transmission and Reception

 

Energy/Green Engineering Sequence

The Energy/Green Energy sequence provides students in the Electrical Engineering program with an understanding of energy issues critical to our environment in addition to a solid background in electrical engineering. It offers electives such as power generation and distribution, energy management, and alternative energy sources. Focus is also provided on integrating renewable forms of energy into the grid. The Energy/Green sequence provides the necessary skills for a successful career in this field. The concentration includes three “green” electives that may be taken within or outside of EE major. The area topics covered by these electives are Power Electronics, Motor Control, and Energy Converter/Inverters. These electives can be selected from an approved list in consultation with the academic advisor.

In addition to electrical power stations where students gain experience in working with AC and DC electrical machines, they also have access to a Renewable Energy laboratory, a shared resource with the ME department. That laboratory contains over a kilowatt of solar panels, a one-kilowatt conventional wind turbine, a weather station, and a geothermal heating and cooling system, all of which is fully instrumented.

The sequence electives provide coverage of the following topics:

 

  • Power Transmission
  • Power Generation
  • Integration of power generated by alternative sources (wind, solar, etc.) into the grid
  • Monitoring and Control
  • Smart Grid
  • Motors

Typical courses:

EE336 Electrical Energy Systems

EE338 Electrical Drives

EE434 Electrical Energy Convertors/Invertors

EE450 Power Electronics

CPE310 Microprocessors I

 




Flex Sequence

The Flex sequence is intended for students who want to obtain a basic Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Electrical Engineering degree but also want to specialize in a related area of particular interest to them. The course of study for the Flex sequence is identical to that of the Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs with the added flexibility of selecting in the junior/senior years, three electives to help diversify the student’s area of interest.

In general, the sequence options could be from other engineering disciplines or from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, or College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The three electives must represent a coherent set in areas such as entrepreneurship, mechatronics, marketing, computer science, audio, etc. They must be selected in consultation with the student’s academic adviser and department chair in accordance with departmental guidelines.