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2017-2018 General Catalog

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Description: The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is to provide an innovative academic undergraduate program of excellence to its majors; to produce graduates whose academic achievements match or exceed those of recognized state supported engineering colleges; to produce a greater number of graduates from groups traditionally underrepresented (especially, for historical reasons, African American and female graduates) in electrical and computer engineering; and to achieve national and international recognition through the excellence of its faculty and student research and scholarly pursuits, as well as their professional and service endeavors.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Program Educational Objectives

Our B.S. in Electrical Engineering graduates will:

  1. Have a successful career in electrical engineering;
  2. Be enrolled in or have completed a M.S. or Ph.D. program;
  3. Have a career in digital systems, DSP, control systems, microelectronics, power systems or electromagnetics;
  4. Participate in either the research, development or application of engineering solutions that have had a positive impact on society;
  5. Make contributions to workforce diversity;
  6. Have shown a commitment to life-long learning and continuous self-improvement; and
  7. Have become proficient in the oral and written communications of their work and ideas.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering - Program Educational Objectives

Our B.S. in Computer Engineering graduates will:

  1. Have a successful career in computer engineering;
  2. Be enrolled in or have completed a M.S. or Ph.D. program;
  3. Have a career in digital systems, DSP, computer networks or VLSI;
  4. Participate in either the research, development or application of engineering solutions that have had a positive impact on society;
  5. Make contributions to workforce diversity;
  6. Have shown a commitment to life-long learning and continuous self-improvement; and
  7. Have become proficient in the oral and written communications of their work and ideas.

Students graduating from the BS EE degree program will also have a knowledge of electrical engineering applications selected from the communication systems, control systems, digital signal processing, digital systems, electromagnetics, microelectronics, and power systems areas.

Students graduating from the BS CpE degree program will also have a knowledge of computer science and computer engineering topics including advanced logic design, advanced programming, algorithms, computer architecture, data structures, and operating systems.

The department faculty has established a process to periodically review and revise its program educational objectives after obtaining feedback from its primary constituent groups. The faculty also is committed to teaching professional and ethical responsibility by example and by practice. The active sponsored research activities of the faculty ensure the program curriculum remains contemporary and motivates the need for life-long learning.

Technical Electives

Electrical Engineering technical electives provide the student an opportunity to achieve a greater breath of knowledge and some degree of specialization in selected areas of special interest. Electives are offered in computer engineering and the following five electrical engineering application areas:

  1. Microelectronics deals with all aspects of (primarily solid-state) electronic devices, the analysis and design of analog and digital circuits, their implementation and fabrication using microelectronic techniques, and their application in a wide variety of system;
  2. Digital signal processing and control systems concentrate on the design and analysis of systems in which discrete and continuous signals are used for conveying information and controlling physical systems and processes. Included are the encoding, decoding, and representation of information in both the time and frequency domain;
  3. Communications is concerned with the preparation, transmission, and reception of encoded information via media ranging from wires to fiber optic cables and space. Included are topics such as AM, FM, and pulse modulation techniques; telecommunication systems; satellite telemetry; and computer networks;
  4. Electromagnetics in the broadest sense is the study of the relationship between electric current, electric and magnetic fields, and their interactions. It is the foundation of electrical and electronic technology. The practical applications of this theory include the design of antennas, transmission lines, RF, microwave and optical transmission facilities, and radar;
  5. Power systems engineering is concerned with the design and operation of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution for an increasing customer demand. It involves the modeling, analysis, and design of power system components including power transformers, electric motors, synchronous generators, and high voltage power transmission and distribution networks. Power system engineering also includes: the investigation of alternative methods for generating electrical energy, the control and reliability of complex power networks, power quality, economic factors, and environmental effects.

The department maintains well-equipped, dedicated instructional laboratory facilities for each required laboratory course and research laboratories in each major area of interest. The department has access to a large number of personal computers, advanced workstations, and specialized CAD systems. Open-access facilities are also available for design projects and preparation of technical documentation.

Honors in the Major

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a program of honors in electrical engineering to encourage the talented student to extend his or her undergraduate experience by participating in directed or independent research on a topic relative to electrical engineering that is not included in the regular curriculum. For requirements and other information, see the “University Honors Program, Honors-Undergraduate” sections of this General Catalog.

BS-MS Degree Program

The BS-MS degree program is a combined undergraduate-graduate program. This program is designed for five years of full time study. It provides students with a unique opportunity to combine advanced undergraduate and graduate studies in mechanical engineering with practical, real-world, product-oriented experience in the engineering of mechanical systems.

The BS-MS program is designed for admission from within the College of Engineering student body. Well-qualified students, who are expected to have a GPA of 3.2 or better in engineering studies, are invited to apply for the program during the spring semester of their third year in the College. Qualified students may complete the online application form.

Faculty

Chairman: Foo, Simon Y
Professors: Arora, Rajendra K.; DeBrunner, L.; DeBrunner, Victor E; Foo, Simon Y.; Li, Hui.; Meyer-Baese, Uwe.; Perry, Reginald J.; Roberts, Rodney G.; Weatherspoon, Mark H.; Zheng, Jim P.
Associate Professors: Andrei, Petru; Bernadin, Shonda; Edrington, Chris S.; Harvey, Bruce A.; Kwan, Bing W.; Tung, Leonard J.; Yu, Ming
Assistant Professors: Faruque, O.; Moss, P.
Associate in Electrical Engineering: Brooks, Geoffrey W.; Barnes, Jerome
Assistant in Electrical Engineering: Hughes, Clayton

State of Florida Common Program Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program. Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

The following lists the common program prerequisites or their substitutions necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:

  1. MAC X311 or MAC X281
  2. MAC X312 or MAC X282
  3. MAC X313 or MAC X283
  4. MAP X302 or MAC X305
  5. CHM X045/X045L or CHMX045C or CHS X440
  6. PHY X048/X048L or PHYX048C or PHYX043/X048L
  7. PHY X049/X049L or PHYX049C or PHYX044/X049L

Academic Requirements and Policies

In accordance with ABET criteria, all engineering students are subject to a uniform set of academic requirements agreed to by both FAMU and FSU. These requirements have been established to ensure that program graduates receive a quality education and make reasonable progress toward satisfying engineering major degree requirements. Students are directed to “FAMU-FSU College of Engineering” Chapter of this Catalog and the departmental website for a list of all academic requirements and policies.

ECE Course Prerequisite Requirement

In addition to the college course prerequisite requirements, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires students to have obtained a grade in the range of “C” in all courses listed as prerequisites for the department’s engineering core courses.

Definition of Prefix

EEL - Electrical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Programs

Faculty

Chairman: Foo, Simon Y
Professors: Arora, Rajendra K.; DeBrunner, L.; DeBrunner, Victor E; Foo, Simon Y.; Li, Hui.; Meyer-Baese, Uwe.; Perry, Reginald J.; Roberts, Rodney G.; Weatherspoon, Mark H.; Zheng, Jim P.
Associate Professors: Andrei, Petru; Bernadin, Shonda; Edrington, Chris S.; Harvey, Bruce A.; Kwan, Bing W.; Tung, Leonard J.; Yu, Ming
Assistant Professors: Faruque, O.; Moss, P.
Associate in Electrical Engineering: Brooks, Geoffrey W.; Barnes, Jerome
Assistant in Electrical Engineering: Hughes, Clayton

Description

Electrical Engineering is concerned with the development and utilization of electrical and electronic technology for the benefit of society. It involves the design, development, and implementation of devices, circuits, and systems that are used in electrical power generation and distribution, machine control, communications, computers, and computer-based information processing. It is a very broad field that affects all aspects of modern society, particularly in this age of information processing, communications, and automation.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in electrical engineering. The MS program is designed to provide advanced course work and experience in independent problem solving with a moderate degree of both breadth and specialization. The master’s thesis and its defense provide for independent in-depth study of a current electrical engineering topic to demonstrate how professionals make major contributions to the electrical engineering field. The PhD program is intended to provide students with an independent mastery of a significant portion of the field of electrical engineering. The PhD program prepares students for a career in industry, research, and/or teaching. Successful candidates must demonstrate through original research a substantial contribution to their field of specialty.

Areas of specialization in these programs generally coincide with the research interests of the faculty as indicated in the faculty section of this Graduate Catalog. Current specialization areas include computer engineering, VLSI, computer security, electromagnetics, communications, digital signal processing and controls, power systems, robotics, and microelectronic engineering.

Facilities and Opportunities

The department maintains well-equipped teaching and research laboratories in its areas of interest. Included are computer security research laboratory, robotics and computer vision laboratory, electromagnetics research laboratory, applied laser laboratory, high-performance computing and simulation research laboratory, opto-electronics and optical systems laboratory, information processing and transmission engineering research laboratory, wireless intercommunication laboratory, and sensor system research laboratory.

The department is an active contributor to the Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS), which provides graduate education throughout the state of Florida using tutored videotape. A two-way television link between the College of Engineering and The Florida State University Panama City campus provides live, interactive instruction for students in the Panama City area and allows students in Tallahassee to benefit from faculty teaching on the Panama City campus.

Financial assistance often can be provided for graduate students through teaching, grading, or research assistantships and tuition fee waivers. Teaching assistantships involve assisting in the supervision of laboratory courses and related duties. Students awarded research assistantships participate in departmental or externally sponsored research projects under the guidance of a faculty member. Selection is competitive and is based upon potential for teaching (including language skills), Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test scores, grade point averages (GPA), and recommendations. Application for departmental financial assistance should be made directly to the graduate coordinator in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Programs

    Bachelor’s DegreeMaster’s DegreeDoctorate’s DegreeDual Degree

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