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Developing Modern Computers and Control Systems

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

The battlefield of the 21st century is increasingly an electronic one, and electrical engineers (EEs) lead the way in creating the technology that dominates there. Without EEs, modern computers, control systems or even high-fidelity sound systems would not be possible.

From sophisticated sensors that detect and locate targets to the terrain following radar that aircrews depend on to “smart” computer guided munitions that attack targets with amazing accuracy, the modern military would not have its current capabilities without electronics and EEs.

The electrical engineering major covers the basic principles behind these systems and provides graduates with valuable insight into their operation. Officers who understand the technology and can use it to their advantage will have the “combat edge” over the opponent.

The Electrical Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 62E – Developmental Engineer
  • 17D – Cyber Operator
  • 32E – Civil Engineer
Outside the Air Force
  • Electrical Engineer

Industries – Aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, defense, electronics, oil and gas, utilities and more.

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Electromagnetics
  • Telecommunication Principles
  • Instrumentation Systems
  • Robotics Systems
  • Wireless Communication
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Chem 200

ECE 210

ECE 231

ECE 281

ECE 332

Econ 201

English 211

Engr Mech 220

Math 243

Math 245

MSS 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Aero Engr 315

Beh Sci 310

Biology 315

ECE 321

ECE 322

ECE 333

ECE 343

ECE 382

Law 220

Math 346

Sys Opt Engr 311

Academy Opt/ECE Opt 1

Astro Engr 310

ECE 434

ECE 447

ECE 463

ECE 464

ECE Opt

English 411

History 300

MSS 415/416

Philos 310

Soc Sci 412

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Electrical Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge
    • Lead others effectively
    • Apply ethical and moral standards
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking
    • Communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire before graduation. The outcomes for this program are:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • 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 and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Lead and function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively, both written and orally
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Know contemporary issues
  • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Electrical Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data
School Year Total Enrollment Degrees Conferred
2014 – 2015 59 13 (Class of 2015)
2013 – 2014 62 17 (Class of 2014)
2012 – 2013 48 13 (Class of 2013)
2011 – 2012 55 14 (Class of 2012)
2010 – 2011 50 15 (Class of 2011)
CONTACT US

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
(719) 333-3190

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