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    • School of Engineering

      • Kirkbride Hall
      • tel: 610-499-4037
      • fax: 610-499-4059
    • Dr. Sohail Sheikh

      • Chairman of Electrical Engineering
      • Kirkbride Hall, Room 369A
      • tel: 610-499-4567
    • Jill Gilbert

Program Objectives and Student Outcomes, Electrical Engineering

The electrical engineering profession makes possible a wide variety of products, systems, and services that support and enhance our modern world. Areas of growth include telecommunications, computers and computer networks, avionics, robotics, automatic control, microelectronics, power generation and distribution, medical imaging, virtual reality, sensors, and photonics. Upon graduation, students find employment in areas such as design, testing, development, research, and sales. Students are also prepared for graduate study.

The electrical engineering program provides a solid foundation in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and engineering fundamentals. Advanced courses include electronics, signal analysis, logic design, power engineering, computers, automatic control, and communications. A dual degree with physics is available. Additional minors are also available in engineering and liberal arts.

In fulfillment of Section II.A.6.a in the ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedure Manual (APPM),
the educational objectives and student outcomes for electrical engineering are provided below.

Program Objectives

  • Graduates are expected to exhibit professional development in their chosen careers, as indicated by some combination of continuing education, professional registration, professional society activity, and a degree of responsibility and advancement.
  • Graduates are expected, when a need is identified to seek out subject matter resources beyond their own individual or their team’s area of expertise and apply this new knowledge to the identified need in solving problems, designing systems, components or processes, or in applying the principles of mathematics, science, or engineering.
  • Graduates are expected to communicate effectively through continual use of oral and written expression as indicated by some combination of professional talks, oral presentations, written reports, or technical publications.
  • Graduates are expected to understand the business model that applies to their career field and have assembled and used the appropriate tools to enhance their productivity in this environment.

Student Outcomes

Students are expected to have attained the following outcomes upon graduation from the electrical engineering program:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  • An ability to apply knowledge of probability, statistics, and other topics of advanced mathematics.
  • An ability to demonstrate knowledge of basic hardware and software to solve engineering problems.