Major code BS7254
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
329 Stocker Center
Athens, OH 45701
Costas Vassiliadis, contact person
The electrical engineering program is administered by the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). The School is the beneficiary of a major endowment from the late Dr. C. Paul Stocker, an electrical engineering alumnus. This endowment provides support for facilities and a level of excellence surpassed by few other electrical engineering and computer science schools in the nation.
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is located in Stocker Center, a modern facility housing undergraduate, graduate, and research activities. The program offers a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) degree which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: 410.347.7700.
The electrical engineering program offers two curriculum tracks leading to a B.S.E.E. degree. The electrical engineering (EE) track is intended for students who want to work in one of the many areas of electrical engineering. A computer engineering (CpE) track is available for students who intend to work in the area of computers. Students who are undecided as to which area they want to pursue should follow the electrical engineering track until they decide.
The electrical engineering program has three major objectives for its undergraduate students (Program Educational objectives are statements that describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during the first few years after graduation):
- Depth and Breadth: Produce graduates that will have the theoretical, practical, and professional knowledge necessary to be productive upon entering the workforce or successful in advanced study;
- Staying Current: Produce graduates that will maintain and develop the knowledge and the skills needed to identify, formulate, and solve problems throughout their career; and
- Professionalism: Produce graduates that exhibit an understanding of the necessity for professional integrity, ethical behavior, and multicultural awareness.
All electrical engineering students must fulfill the University’s General Education requirements. Students will select elective courses in conjunction with their advisors. To develop the general knowledge and skills necessary to support the study and practice of engineering, students will take a number of courses in mathematics and basic sciences. The purpose of the five general engineering courses is to give students an understanding of engineering fundamentals outside of electrical engineering.
The electrical engineering portion of the curriculum consists of several blocks of courses. The introductory block is intended to promote the students interested in electrical engineering, while introducing physical and logical concepts necessary for future studies. The goal of the foundations block is to develop the fundamental knowledge and analytical skills necessary for the study and practice of electrical engineering. The intermediate breadth block prepares the student to study the various areas of electrical engineering and computer engineering at the advanced level. EECS electives allow students to develop specialized knowledge and skills in one of the areas of electrical and computer engineering or explore other topics at the advanced level.
Because the ability to solve problems is critical for engineers, students will develop engineering design skills as they progress through the curriculum. Engineering design is addressed in most EE courses. In the intermediate design block, students will develop experience in experimental design and analysis. The design experience culminates in the senior year with the capstone design sequence of courses, where students complete a design project that simulates work found in professional practice.
To best prepare for the demands of the academic programs in Russ College, four years of college preparatory math, one year of chemistry, and one year of physics are necessary. Students ranked in the top 30 percent of their classes who score at least 24 on the ACT or comparable SAT are most likely to be successful in Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
Change of Program Policy
Students who wish to transfer into an engineering or computer science program must have earned a C or better in a math course and a science course. The math course must be equivalent to MATH 1200 or higher. The science course must be required for the program or preparatory for a required course such as CHEM 1500, 1510, PHYS 2051 or BIOS 1700. Students must have an overall GPA greater than 2.0 at Ohio University, for all courses in Russ College, and for all courses in Chemical Engineering. Students must have succeeded in all required courses taken previously in three or fewer attempts. For some courses, success means a grade of at least a C or C-.
External Transfer Admission
In addition to University guidelines, students should have earned a C (2.0) or better grade in a college math course equivalent to MATH 1200 or higher and a C (2.0) or better grade in a chemistry course equivalent to CHEM 1210 or higher or a physics course equivalent to PHYS 2001 or higher.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
Computer engineering (CpE), a combination of electrical engineering and computer science, deals with the study of computing ranging from tiny microprocessors to enormous supercomputers. Computer engineers are electrical engineers who specialize in either software design, hardware design or both. Specialization areas include: Microprocessor and Microcontroller Systems. Assembly Language Programming, Coding, Cryptography and Information protection, Distributed Computing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Computer Graphics and Multimedia Applications, Internet Computing and Wireless Networks, Computer Architecture and Embedded Digital Systems Design, Network Security and Privacy, Real Time Systems, VLSI, VHDL and Application Specific Integration Chip (ASICS) design, Computer Internetworking and Network Protocols, Embedded Software for real-time Microcontrollers, Algorithms, Compilers, and Operating Systems Human Computer Interaction.
Computer engineers deal with the following issues: Design hardware components that power the latest technology and develop software that allows computers to implement complex applications. The developed systems improve the quality of life while keeping manufacturing costs low. They also focus on the design of hardware and software systems that yield smaller, faster, cheaper and more powerful computers. They design products ranging from communications systems to imaging devices, consumer products, automotive microprocessors and household appliances. They coordinate the implementation, maintenance, and expansion plans of a company’s computer systems. In automotive applications for example, computers are embedded in 60 different applications including AC, navigation, audio, video, and alert systems.
Most computer engineering jobs are found in the following places: Software Publishers, Engineering and Business Consulting Companies, Manufacturers of Computer and Peripheral Equipment, Management of Companies and Enterprises, Computer Systems Design and Data Processing Services Companies, Scientific Research and Development Centers, Wired and Wireless Telecommunications Carriers, Insurance Carriers, Financial Corporations.
Sample of companies that hire computer engineers: Apple Computer, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Dell, Fujitsu Siemans, Goggle, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Iomega, Microsoft, Motorola, Oracle, Panasonic, PeopleSoft, Raytheon Company, Sony Electronics, Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Verizon, Yahoo, NASA, NIS US Air Force, US Army, CIA, US Department of Energy, US Department f Defense, US Department of Transportation, US Naval Research Lab, US Navy, 3M Worldwide, ADT, Advanced Micro Systems, Alcatel, Alcoa, Ansys, Applied Digital, Blackberry, BMW International, Boeing, Delphi-Packard Electric, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Federal Express, Ford, Genentech, General Dynamics, General Electric, General Motors Corporation, Honda, Honeywell, Hughes Network Systems, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Meade Instruments Corporation, Merrill Lynch & Company, New Piper Aircraft, Nuance Communications, Inc., Proctor and Gamble Company, Samsung, Siemens Automotive, Toyota Motor Sales, Inc, UPS, and Westinghouse.