Electrical Engineers create the technological wonders that utilize electrical signals, circuits and systems for their operation.
Electrical Engineers design the latest silicon chips used in smart phones and create the electronic control systems that enable antilock braking systems. Today's Electrical Engineers are at the forefront of designing and implementing alternative energy solutions and the smart grid; while others develop mobile wireless computing platforms. These are just some of the areas that will be open to you through your studies at UVM.
The Electrical Engineering (EE) program at UVM provides a significant amount of hands-on experience. The curriculum requires four semesters of laboratory experience in circuits and electronics. In addition, you will take courses in microprocessor-based design, signal processing, communication systems, and energy systems that also have a significant laboratory experience. Finally, both in your first and final years you will be involved in a team-based, interdisciplinary design project. Through these experiences you will develop design skills that will be invaluable after graduation.
The EE curriculum at UVM has a significant amount of flexibility enabling you to customize your experience to your interests. Specifically, you will have four EE electives and four additional technical electives at your disposal. Possible course elective areas include:
- Energy Systems
Explore the new frontier of alternative energy systems and smart-grid solutions. This interdisciplinary area parlays offerings from electrical engineering (energy generation, electromagnetics, power systems, etc.) and technical electives from mechanical engineering (thermodynamics and sustainable energy), policy, etc.
- Computer Engineering
Gain depth both in computer hardware and software through this elective area. This interdisciplinary area leverages offerings from electrical engineering (digital and microprocessor design, digital VLSI and computer design) and technical electives in programming from computer science.
- Biomedical Engineering
Prepare yourself for graduate studies in the area of biomedical. This interdisciplinary area combines offerings from electrical engineering (electronics, sensors, instrumentation, etc.) and technical electives from mechanical engineering, anatomy, biology, etc.
Furthermore, EE students can readily use their technical electives towards minors in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, etc. to best fine-tune their EE degree to their interests.
All Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place,
Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012.
As noted, our curriculum includes significant hands-on, laboratory instruction and independent and team project work that allows students to apply theoretical knowledge to real circuits and systems.
UVM electrical engineering labs are well-equipped with up-to-date digital oscilloscopes, computer-interfaced instrumentation, circuit design and analysis software, signal processing hardware and software, wireless communications instrumentation, and alternative energy systems (e.g., solar, wind and fuel cells).
Electrical Engineering Faculty
- Professor GaganMirchandani, Ph.D., Cornell, 1968. Signal processing, multiresolution analysis and coding.
- Professor Kurt Oughstun, Ph.D., Rochester, 1978. Basic research in electromagnetic and optical field theory, wave propagation phenomena, and applied mathematics.
- Professor Walter J. Varhue, Ph.D., Virginia, 1984. Deposition of electronic thin film materials by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) and their characterization for microelectronic applications.
- Associate Professor Stephen Titcomb, Ph.D., Lehigh, 1983. Characteristics of low-voltage, low-power solid-state electronic devices and circuits.
- Associate Professor Jeff Frolik, Ph.D., Michigan, 1995. Sensor networks and wireless communications.
- Associate Professor Tian Xia, Ph.D., Rhode Island, 2003. Mixed-signal VLSI design and testing.
- Assistant Professor Paul Hines, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon, 2007. Electric energy systems and policy. Complex networks.
Outside the Class Opportunities
Opportunities exist for students to work in teaching labs and/or in research labs as assistants during the academic year. This is a great way for students to improve and extend their knowledge of electrical engineering. In addition, there are many student organizations in which your EE background can be applied. These include IEEE, the Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Engineers Without Borders (EWB).
For the past decade, demand for electrical engineering graduates has remained strong. Alteris Renewables, Apple, AT&T, General Dynamics, Goodrich, IBM, Intel Corp., Microstrain, and Raytheon are among the plethora of small and large, local and international companies employing UVM EE alumni. There is tremendous variety in the positions these graduates fill - from aerospace and electronic systems design to the application of fiber optic technology, from work with robotics and image processing to computer systems consulting, advanced memory circuit and wireless sensor design.
Many of our students go on to graduate school. They also pursue careers in medicine, law, and business, as well as perform research to advance the state of knowledge in the electrical engineering field. In short, an EE degree provides you with the breadth and depth of technical skill to allow a wide range of pursuits upon graduation.