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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Professor Rajan, Interim Chairperson; Professors Alouani, Carnal, Mahajan, Ojo, Qiu (Center for Manufacturing Research), Radman, Ventrice; Associate Professors Austen, ElKeelany, Haggard; Assistant Professor Gao (Energy Systems Research Center)

The major goal of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Tennessee Technological University is to prepare its students for the challenges of the rapidly changing fields of electrical and computer engineering. The department strives to achieve a quality reputation for its academic programs at the regional, national, and international levels. The mission of the department is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education in the areas of electrical and computer engineering so as to enhance the competitiveness of our graduates in the job market and contribute to the economic, scientific and social development of the Middle Tennessee area, the State of Tennessee and the Nation. The department will maintain a positive academic environment that promotes excellence in learning and research through constructive interaction between students, faculty, staff, industry and community. The department will impart state of the art technical knowledge and research capabilities, enhance critical thinking, problem solving skills, and ethical responsibility and develop students’ verbal and written communication skills. In fulfilling the above mission, the department offers two undergraduate academic programs, one leading to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree and the other leading to Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) degree. In addition, it also offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering degrees. The graduate programs are described in the Graduate Catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) Degree Program

The department prepares well-rounded, professionally competent electrical engineering graduates who have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of electrical engineering. These graduates are employed by a number of small and big companies such as TVA, IBM, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Bell South, Saturn, Nissan, and many electric utilities. Founded in 1942, the BSEE degree program has produced more than 2,100 graduates. Since 1966, the program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET or its predecessor organizations. The following educational objectives of the BSEE program have been formulated to meet the present and anticipated needs of the students and satisfy the University, State and accrediting agency requirements.

  1. Within one year following graduation, our graduates will be employed in the electrical and computer engineering field and/or pursuing graduate studies.
  2. Within five years following graduation, our graduates will have:
    1. progressed in the careers as measured by indicators such as awards, recognitions, promotions, salary increases, positions of leadership, or entrepreneurial activities;
    2. advanced their knowledge and expertise as measured by indicators such as continuing education, advanced degrees, or professional registration;
    3. contributed to the profession and society as measured by indicators such as patents, publications, products or processes developed, professional service, or community services.

Students are required to follow an integrated curriculum of courses and experiences that result in a set of outcomes that ensure the achievement of the above objectives.

The department employs a series of tools such as examinations, presentations and surveys to evaluate the level of success in meeting the above objectives and assessing the achievement of the outcomes by the students. These in turn are used to revise and update the objectives and curriculum on a regular basis. Alumni and the ECE Industrial Advisory Board assist the faculty in carrying out the above process.

The details of the curriculum are presented elsewhere in the catalog. Briefly, the BSEE students are required to take chemistry, mathematics, calculus-based physics and general education courses that include English composition and literature. They take core electrical engineering courses such as circuit analysis, signals and systems, field theory and electronic circuits. They acquire breadth in five fundamental areas of electrical engineering and depth in at least one area. The department has expertise and offers in-depth courses in a number of emphasis areas in electrical engineering: circuit and signal processing, computers and digital systems, control systems and instrumentation, electronics, electric power, physical phenomena and telecommunications. An integrated design experience is provided to students starting with elementary designs in freshman and sophomore level courses and ending with a capstone design experience in a senior level sequence of design courses. The program lays considerable emphasis on laboratory experience and computer applications and the department maintains appropriate state-of-the-art laboratories and computer equipment.

The students are encouraged to develop leadership and other social skills by participating in a number of professional and honor societies such as IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) Degree Program

The BSCmpE program is designed to meet the growing demand for engineers who have expertise in the design of both hardware as well as software of computers and computer-based systems. The program was started in 1998 and has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET effective from the beginning. This program, a joint effort between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, is designed to prepare graduates for entry into the computer engineering profession. The educational objectives are formulated so as to meet the present and anticipated needs of students and satisfy the State, University and accreditation agency requirements. Specifically the educational objectives of the BSCmpE degree program are as follows:

  1. Within one year following graduation, our graduates will be employed in the electrical and computer engineering field and/or pursuing graduate studies.
  2. Within five years following graduation, our graduates will have:
    1. progressed in their careers as measured by indicators such as awards, recognitions, promotions, salary increases, positions of leadership, or entrepreneurial activities;
    2. advanced their knowledge and expertise as measured by indicators such as continuing education, advanced degrees, or professional registration;
    3. contributed to the profession and society as measured by indicators such as patents, publications, products or processes developed, professional service, or community service.

Students are required to follow an integrated curriculum of courses and experiences that result in a set of outcomes that ensure the achievement of the above objectives. The department employs a series of tools such as examinations, presentations and surveys to evaluate the level of success in meeting the above objectives and assessing the achievement of the outcomes by the students. These in turn are used to revise and update the objectives and curriculum on a regular basis. Alumni and the ECE Industrial Advisory Board assist the faculty in carrying out the above process.

The details of the curriculum are presented elsewhere in the catalog. Briefly, the BSCmpE students are required to take chemistry, mathematics, calculus-based physics and general education courses that include English composition and literature. Students build expertise in hardware and software by taking electrical engineering and computer science courses. An integrated design experience is provided to students starting with elementary designs in freshman and sophomore level courses and ending with a capstone design experience in a senior level multidisciplinary design course. The program lays considerable emphasis on laboratory experience and computer applications and the department maintains appropriate state-of-the-art laboratory and computer facilities.

The students are encouraged to develop leadership and other social skills by participating in a number of professional and honor societies such as IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu.

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