The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is one of seven degree granting departments within the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University. In 1882, the first courses in electrical engineering were offered at Ohio University. The first baccalaureate degree in electrical engineering was awarded in 1904, and the Department of Electrical Engineering had become a separate entity by 1906. A degree program in computer science was first offered in 1968. This program was one of the first in the state of Ohio. The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1972. In 1995, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science merged to form what is now the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Today, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science grants Bachelor of Science degrees in both electrical engineering and computer science, with either an electrical or computer concentration offered as part of the electrical engineering degree. The school also grants Master of Science degrees in computer science and electrical engineering. The school also supports the college-wide Master of Science program in biomedical engineering. Ph.D. degrees are offered in electrical engineering or electrical engineering with a computer science concentration. Faculty are actively involved in government- and industry-sponsored research through the Avionics Engineering Center (the only facility of its kind in the U.S. ) and the Center for Intelligent, Distributed and Dependable Systems.
From global positioning systems to the latest cell phone technology, electrical and electronics engineers research, design, develop, and test new products in a wide range of technologies. Computer engineers deal with the research, design, development, and testing of computer systems in the areas of both computer hardware and software. Computer science is associated with the development and analysis of computer software, computer algorithms, and computing technologies. Most “information age” technologies such as e-mail, Web browsing, e-commerce, are the end result of years of work by computer scientists and engineers.