Aspects of electrical engineering are found in most consumer devices and appliances, putting electrical engineers at the forefront of new technology related to cell phones, personal digital assistants, personal computers, the Web, wind turbines, medical devices and electric and hybrid cars. To support this diverse range of applications, students of the program are encouraged to choose a specialization from a wide variety of elective courses on topics such as electromagnetics and wave propagation, optoelectronics, digital signal processing and communications, power electronics,nanostructures and devices, controls and computer engineering.
A degree in electrical engineering provides graduates the opportunity to enter the profession of engineering and to engage in work as a design, production, testing, consulting, research, teaching or management professional in a wide variety of careers in a wide variety of disciplines. Some graduates also go on to develop careers in other professions like law and medicine.
Two undergraduate curricula lead to bachelor’s degrees: one in electrical engineering, and another in electrical and computer engineering. Students of the program get a strong foundation in the fundamentals, as well as extensive elective courses that allow each student to specialize in a specific interest area. Curricular options in biomedical engineering and renewable energy and power electronics also are available. Electrical engineering undergraduates gain handson experience through extensive laboratory components within the curriculum, in addition to undergraduate research projects, NASA-funded design and build projects with the Space Grant program, Earn-Learn apprenticeships, internships and co-op positions in industry.
Three graduate degree programs are available to qualified students, including the Master of Science (MS) program, which offers the traditional graduate degree; the Master of Engineering (ME) program, which is broad-based and designed especially for students who want to further their education in more than just electrical engineering; and the PhD. The department’s goal is to help students build a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in electrical engineering and information technology.
Faculty include seven IEEE Fellows, three OSA Fellows and two RASEI Fellows. All of the faculty are active in research, with expenditures totaling nearly 9 million annually. Research is concentrated in nine areas and includes two interdisciplinary, industry-sponsored centers. Grants from NASA, DARPA, NSF, NOAA and collaborative industrial and military funding provide support for qualified graduate students. Unique facilities and equipment for experimental and theoretical training and for conducting subject-specific research is available.
The department hosts the Colorado Power Electronics Center and the Center for Environmental Technology, as well as the following research groups: biomedical engineering; communications and signal processing; computer engineering; dynamics and controls; electromagnetics; RF and microwaves; nanostructures and devices; optics and photonics; power electronics and renewable energy systems; remote sensing; and VLSI/CAD.