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Electrical Engineering

College of Engineering


Do you want to transform the way our world is automated? The modern world increasingly relies on electronics and technology to power and automate our day-to-day lives, and electrical engineers are at the forefront of making this happen. Electrical engineers are in demand in all types of private and public enterprises, and in this program you’ll obtain the skills to work in critical industries. Whether it is collaborating with students and faculty on research, or designing a new product, you’ll have the opportunity to develop industry advances even before you graduate.

Why Choose Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineers are at the forefront of the technological revolution. They develop, design and embed the devices that power our world and add value to today’s products through their expertise in electronics. There are a myriad of emerging trends that touch the consumer in their everyday lives. These technologies are found in the medical field, avionics, robotics, automotive, defense and security, and energy and power. In the communications area, electrical engineering has successfully made the world a whole lot smaller through use of mobile devices, wireless connectivity, and the Internet for global access and entrepreneurship.

What Will You Study?

The Electrical Engineering major at Western New England University is flexible in adapting to the changing needs of the electrical engineering field. Our project-based curriculum will help you discover your academic interests and provide applied electrical engineering experience in electronic/hardware and systems design. You can tailor your program to your specific interests by selecting technical or design electives in one of our many sequence options—Embedded Systems, RF/Wireless Systems, Artificial Intelligence/Controls, Digital Signal Image Processing, Robotics, and a flexible sequence option that focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and business aspects related to electrical engineering.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES AND STUDENT OUTCOMES

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES AND STUDENT OUTCOMES

Educational Objectives
In support of the objectives of the College of Engineering, the Electrical Engineering major 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:

  • successfully analyze, design, or test electrical/computer systems.
  • serve as a productive member of a team.
  • assume leadership roles in their career.
  • contribute in professional and civic service.
  • pursue lifelong learning.

Student Outcomes
The outcomes necessary to achieve our program objectives for both the Electrical and Computer Engineering majors are that our students will have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. an ability to model, analyze, simulate, and design circuits and systems
  13. an ability to use computer and/or laboratory tools in the design of circuits and systems
  14. an ability to build, test, and debug prototype circuits and systems and analyze results
  15. an ability to use the principles of design to solve open-ended engineering problems
Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment and Degree Statistics

Enrollment
 
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
Full-time
89
86
88
101
102
112
96
82
Part-time
5
3
4
6
7
4
5
2

Bachelor's Degrees Awarded
Academic Year
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16
Degrees
11
15
35
23
21
24
30
33
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

The application areas for electrical engineering are wide open and our program provides a broad based education that leads to employment in a diverse spectrum of industries. Our graduates have been hired at British Aerospace Engineering, IBM, ISO New England, Northeast Utilities, GD Mission Systems, GD Electric Boat, Sandia National Laboratories, and Westinghouse, among many others. Many students head directly to graduate schools, including Arizona State University, Northeastern University, Ohio State University, University of Rochester, and Western New England University.

Clubs & Organizations

Clubs & Organizations

Computer Engineering students may have interests in: Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and National Society of Black Engineering (NSBE). Our students participate in local and national competitions Hackerspace events, the NXP Cup car race that promotes the development of autonomous vehicles. Many of our students also participate in varsity and intramural sports, special interest groups, and student government.

Clubs and Organizations
Faculty

Faculty

As a small but robust program, the faculty get to know each individual student, which helps them customize your educational experience to suit your needs and goals. All members of the full-time faculty have doctoral degrees with research expertise in areas such as RF/Wireless systems, digital signal/image processing and communications, embedded systems, robotics (mechatronics), integrated circuit design, nanotechnology, photonics, software and systems engineering, and microprocessors. Our faculty also have industrial experience that enhances their teaching as well as industrial contacts that are leveraged in obtaining internships and jobs for our students.

Faculty
Accreditation

Accreditation

Program leading to BS in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Unique Learning Opportunities

  • First Year Program

    "Design, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking from day one" is the cornerstone of engineering education at Western New England University. Our first year engineering program teams students up to design, code, and prototype a robot to compete in the Bot Battle at the end of the first semester. In the second semester, data acquisition and processing, ethical standards, communication, and business skills are developed. Student teams design a product to improve lives through the application of smart technology. The prototypes are presented at the Emerging Engineers Expo at the end of the year.

  • Senior Design Project

    You'll take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to solve a real industry problem in a capstone Senior Design Project. You'll research, design, and create a project that advances industry knowledge. Several of our senior projects are sponsored by companies (regional and national) that sponsor and guide you through the completion of you project, which will allow you to leverage the opportunity into a full-time job. Recent examples of Senior Design Projects are a cognitive software defined radio system; an ultra-compact industrial robot arm controller; a compact, low-power audio synthesizer; exoskeleton hand controller, guided airfoil recovery system; and a design for improved medical laser cutting.