Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering lies at the foundation of modern technology, with electronic devices enabling everything from digital computers to satellite navigation. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree is housed within the Electrical, Computer, Software & Systems Engineering (ECSSE) department, and prepares students to hit the ground running when they start their professional lives. Whether a program graduate begins a career in the avionics (aerospace electronics) area, in aerospace systems, or in some other aspect of electrical engineering, they start with knowledge of industry practices that give them a leg up relative to graduates from similarly named programs at other schools.
The BSEE includes real-world hands-on projects such as the telemetry system of an autonomous aircraft or the power switching for a hybrid automobile, giving students a chance to develop the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking required to design and implement electronic devices and systems. Graduates enter the workforce ready to make a contribution and a difference.
The BSEE program can be taken with a track in avionics, with a track in aerospace systems, or with no track at all. All three options give the student a thorough grounding in the design of electronic systems, including digital systems. In the Avionics Track, the student studies wired and wireless aerospace electronics systems, digital communications, electromagnetism, high-frequency radio-frequency systems, and navigation and communication systems (both terrestrially and satellite based). In the Aerospace Systems Track, systems engineering concepts are explored from both the lifecycle of an individual aerospace system and from the systems of systems perspectives.
The BSEE curriculum gives the student an opportunity to start to work with embedded systems, such as a small, mobile robot, upon entering the program. Through the program, not only will you will how to develop Electrical effectively, but also how to construct large, complex Electrical systems in a way that ensures that they meet design specifications, customer requirements, and mandated levels of safety. The program culminates in a two-semester capstone design sequence in which you’ll work with a team of other student Electrical engineers, computer engineers, and electrical engineers to specify, design, build, and demonstrate a working system, or even system of systems, often for a real-world “customer.”
The detailed objectives of the BSEE program are to produce graduates who:
- Employ sound principles and practices to engineer electrical systems for aerospace, aviation, and related fields.
- Demonstrate professionalism, including continued learning and professional activities.
- Contribute to society by behaving ethically and responsibly.
- Communicate effectively in oral, written, and newly developing modes and media.
- Successfully assume a variety of roles in teams of diverse membership.
The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program gives our students an early opportunities to work with and designing real world systems where they can test and exploit their knowledge of electrical and electronic systems. Design and build are hands on from day one, with projects ranging from small hand-held robots to multi-year multi-disciplinary projects like EcoCAR or the SAE Formula Hybrid. EE students at ERAU–DB start learning industrial-grade design process, with the latest computer-based tools, early, instead of waiting until a senior design class to pick up elements of design. Both individual and team design are distributed throughout the program.
The sequence of design culminates in a near real world capstone design experience: Students, working in multidisciplinary teams of engineers with a core of electrical, computer, and software engineers, determine a customer’s requirements for a system, convert those to system specifications, perform the design of a system to meet the requirements using a formalized process from industry, implement and build the system, and then test the system to ensure that it meets the customer’s requirements, fully documenting the process along the way. Capstone design students get not only a chance to show their technical expertise in designing electronic systems, but also their proficiency in managing the process and communicating with each other and the “customer.” Employers come back to ERAU year after year for program graduates both because of the technical skills and because of those graduates’ ability to enter the workplace familiar with design, development, and quality assurance processes, with industrial-strength documentation, and with working with teammates to bring a project to a successful conclusion.
The BSEE program has an expert faculty, including leaders in the avionics and systems engineering industries, and instruction takes place in small classes with state-of-the-art facilities, including a wide range of tools for engineering design. Being located at Embry-Riddle allows the student to take advantage of knowledge and expertise on campus of a vast array of aviation and aerospace matters. And beyond the projects in the curriculum, student projects are available through professional organizations like the Student Branch of the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers) or competition hosts like AUVSI (Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International).
View requirements for the B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree on the Catalog site.