The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provides fundamental courses in the broad areas of circuits and electronics, computer software, computer hardware and networking, signals and systems, and applied physics. In addition, student interests may be pursued through a wide range of related topics including advanced analog and digital circuit design, computer algorithms and implementations, very large scale integrated circuits, speech and image signal processing, biomedical instrumentation and control, optical fiber and microwave communications, and optical engineering.
These courses rest on a foundation of fundamentals gained from required courses in physics, chemistry, and engineering science, in addition to mathematics and computer science. The four-year curriculum is crafted to respond to the needs of students planning to enter a technical profession as well as those interested in pursuing additional study at the graduate level.
One of the hallmarks of a Lafayette electrical and computer engineering degree is the involvement of students in exciting projects. From the first-year engineering course to the senior capstone design, practical, hands-on training accompanies theoretical instruction. Nearly every semester students work individually and in teams to learn real-world design principles, business practices, and project management skills. The fact that graduates are in high demand both by industry and the nation’s top graduate schools attests to the strength and success of the program.
Students majoring in electrical and computer engineering are also encouraged to satisfy intellectual curiosity and to supplement instruction by becoming involved in faculty research. Such work generally takes place during the junior and/or senior years through independent study, the EXCEL Scholars undergraduate research program, or honors projects for qualified students, and frequently results in publications or conference presentations jointly authored by students and faculty. Recent projects have included: land-mine detection, modeling of a wireless communications network, high-frequency optical digital modulation systems, ECG classification, VLSI design of FM receivers, forecasting of economic time series, packet transmission system using Field Programmable Gate Arrays, VLSI mask processing, remote environmental monitoring, artificial neural networks and fuzzy logic, voice-operated computers, electric motor control, ECG data compression and analysis, strain and temperature measurement using optical fibers, and optical displacement sensing of earthquake-induced building motion.
Outstanding electrical and computer engineering students are honored for distinguished scholarship and achievement by election to Eta Kappa Nu, the national electrical engineering honor society. In addition, Tau Beta Pi recognizes the academic accomplishments of students in all engineering disciplines. A number of campus-wide and departmental awards are also granted to students each year.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700.