The Electrical Engineering Department emphasizes the following major areas of interest:
- Communications and Networking. Detection and estimation theory, digital communications, computer and communication networks, cellular communications, coding, encryption, data compression, and wireless and optical communications.
- Signal Processing and Control. Digital filter design, system identification, spectral estimation, adaptive filters, neural networks and digital signal processing implementations. Digital image processing, computer vision and pattern recognition. Linear and nonlinear systems, robotics, and computer and robot vision.
- Computer Engineering. Electronic circuits, computer-aided design, VLSI design, neural network implementations, parallel array architectures and memory interfaces.
- Electromagnetics and Photonics. Electromagnetic theory including microwave electronics, classical optics, metallic and dielectric wave-guides, antennas and transmission lines. Photonics including semiconductor lasers and detectors, active optical fibers and switches, integrated optics, fiber optics, photonic integrated circuits and optical backplanes.
- Electronic Materials, Devices and Microelectronics. Fabrication and characterization of devices and materials, device physics, ultrafast electronics and applications of the Scanning Tunneling microscope.
In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy this additional requirement: a B.S. degree in electrical engineering or a closely related discipline.
In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering degree requirements for an M.S. degree, candidates are required to satisfy additional requirements. The plan of study involves these requirements:
Articulation courses, if necessary, are used to prepare a student for graduate study in electrical engineering (to bring the student’s knowledge to the required level). Students must complete any required articulation courses with a GPA of 3.000 prior to entering the program.
A total of 30 credit hours must be taken, of which 24 must be in EE. A minimum of four EE courses must be taken from one of the tracks listed below.
Communication and Networking
Electromagnetics and Optics
Electronic Materials, Devices and Microelectronics
The remaining courses may be taken from different tracks. Of these, two can be from outside the EE department. Non-EE courses are restricted to EETS (with the exception of EETS 7301 ), ME, CSE, EMIS, CEE, math, physics, statistics, chemistry, biology, geological sciences or business.
At least two of the EE courses (six credit hours) must be graduate courses numbered 8000. EETS courses do not count toward this requirement.
Optional Master’s Thesis
An optional master’s thesis may be substituted for two of the eight primary/ secondary courses and count toward the 8000-level requirement.
Degree Plan of Study
The student should file a degree plan of study with the help of his or her adviser as soon as possible after admission, but no later than the end of the second term after matriculation. Courses not listed on the degree plan of study should not be taken without the approval of the adviser. If the degree plan of study is altered, the student must go through the approval process again.