Electrical Engineering (ENEE)A. James Clark School of Engineering
2426 A.V. Williams Building, 301-405-3685
Chair: R. Chellappa (Distinguished Scholar Teacher, Chair)
Professors: E. Abed, T. Antonsen, J. Baras, A. Barg, R. Barua, S. Bhattacharyya, G. Blankenship (Associate Chair, External Relations), M. Dagenais, C. Davis (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), A. Ephremides (Distinguished University Professor), C. Espy-Wilson (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), R. Ghodssi (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), V. Gligor (Res Prof), J. Goldhar, N. Goldsman, R. Gomez (Associate Chair, Undergraduate Education), V. Granatstein, A. Iliadis, J. JaJa, B. Jacob, J. Kim (Prof Of Practice), P. Krishnaprasad, W. Lawson, W. Levine (Res Prof), K. Liu (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), A. Makowski, S. Marcus (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), I. Mayergoyz (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), J. Melngailis, H. Milchberg (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), T. Murphy, K. Nakajima, P. Narayan, R. Newcomb, P. O'Shea (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), Y. Oruc, E. Ott (Distinguished University Professor), G. Qu, S. Shamma, M. Shayman, J. Simon, P. Sprangle, A. Srivastava (Associate Chair, Graduate Education), A. Tits, S. Ulukus, T. Venkatesan (Res Prof), U. Vishkin, M. Vorontsov (Res Prof), M. Wu (Distinguished Scholar Teacher)
Associate Professors: P. Abshire, P. Dowd (Res Assoc Prof), M. Franklin, T. Horiuchi, A. Khaligh, R. La, N. Martins, A. Papamarcou, C. Silio, E. Waks, D. Yeung (Director of Computer Engineering)
Assistant Professors: B. Babadi, D. Dachman-Soled, T. Dumitras, M. Hafezi, J. Munday, P. Pal, C. Papamanthou, M. Rotkowitz
Lecturers: W. Hawkins, P. McAvoy (Res Assoc, Lecturer)
Affiliate Professors: A. Agrawala, J. Aloimonos, S. Anlage, S. Bhattacharjee, L. Davis, M. Fu, A. Harris, J. Hollingsworth, D. Lathrop, D. O'Leary, R. Phaneuf, G. Rubloff, E. Smela, F. Wellstood
Affiliate Associate Professors: I. Appelbaum, M. Cukier, R. Duraiswami, R. Kishek (Res Assoc Prof)
Affiliate Assistant Professors: Y. Chen
Professors Emeriti: D. Barbe, L. Davisson, N. De Claris, F. Emad, N. Favardin, R. Harger, P. Ho, C. Lee, P. Ligomenides, J. Orloff, M. Peckerar, J. Pugsley, H. Rabin, M. Reiser, M. Rhee, C. Striffler, L. Taylor, S. Tretter, K. Zaki
Electrical engineers create innovative technology solutions in a wide range of areas, from handheld communications to solar panels; from cardiac pace makers to autonomous robots; from wireless networks to bio-engineered sensors that detect dangerous pathogens; and intelligent surveillance systems that perform face and motion recognition. Employers visiting campus seek out electrical engineering students for recruitment more than any other major at the University of Maryland.
Electrical engineers have been uniquely responsible for developing many of the innovations that have brought us modern life and are urgently needed today to help solve a variety of global problems, including challenges related to energy, communications, health care, global warming, and national security. Electrical engineering underpins all other engineering disciplines, encompassing biomedical devices technology, micro- and nanoelectronics, information systems, wireless communications and signal processing, power systems, lasers and optics, electronic devices, computer software-hardware integration, and control systems. Electrical engineers led revolutions in the music and telecommunications industries, and are poised to lead the next revolutionary innovations in nanotechnology, robotics, and other advanced technologies.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (410) 347-7700.
Broadly stated, the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the undergraduate major in electrical engineering pertain to the accomplishments and performance of our students 3-5 years after graduation. These objectives are determined in consultation with the various constituencies of the electrical engineering program and agreed upon and approved by a consensus of the faculty.
Program Learning Outcomes
A comprehensive set of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) has been derived from the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs). These SLOs comprise the knowledge and skills all Electrical Engineering students are expected to possess by the time they graduate so the PEOs can be accomplished. The SLOs are:
Admission to the Major
Admission requirements for the Electrical Engineering major are determined by the A. James Clark School of Engineering. See Chapter 6 for the Clark School admission requirements. For details on the University's requirements and general admission procedures please see Chapter 1.
Requirements for the Major
Requirements for the Electrical Engineering major include thorough preparation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering science. Elective courses must include both Electrical Engineering courses and technical courses outside the department. Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in all engineering, mathematics, and science courses, as well as the prerequisites for these courses. A sample program is shown below.
++ Effective with the Fall 2009 freshmen admit class, students will be required to follow the new curriculum above. Students enrolled prior to Fall 2009 or students enrolled in parallel programs at other 2 and 4 year institutions should follow the old requirements. However, records will be reviewed when necessary on an individual basis during the phase in/out period, and adjustments made in degree requirements.
** Note: Please see www.4yearplans.umd.edu .
***Must come from list of approved Math courses within free technical elective list.
****Must come from list of courses approved for free technical electives with at least two elective EE courses taken from the same specialty area.
Technical Elective Requirements
Effective Fall 2008, all entering BSEE students must:
1. Distribute their 13 credits of EE technical electives among the following course categories:
Category A. Advanced Theory and Applications: minimum of 3 credits
Note: ENEE499, Senior Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering, may be used to satisfy either the Category A or the Category B requirement subject to approval by the faculty supervisor and the Associate Chair; it cannot be used as a Category C course. The maximum number of ENEE499 credits that may be applied towards EE technical elective requirements is five.
a. They may be any upper-level course (300 level or higher) from the math, engineering, and basic science disciplines whose courses start with the following prefixes and who do not appear on the list of unacceptable courses available from the Undergraduate Studies Office: AMSC, BCHM, BIOE, BSCI, CHEM, CMSC, ENAE, ENCE, ENCH, ENEE, ENES, ENFP, ENMA, ENME, ENNU, ENRE, MATH, PHYS, and STAT. The most up-to-date list of approved and unacceptable courses will always be available from the Undergraduate Studies Office and on the ECE website.
3. Have two courses from the same ENEE specialty area. A list of courses grouped according to specialty area is available from the Undergraduate Studies Office and on the ECE website.
If you have any questions about how these requirements affect your current selection of senior EE electives, please contact an advisor.
Technical electives for students admitted Spring 2001 - Spring 2008:
The 13 credits of EE technical electives among the following course categories:
Please read carefully, and make a note of, the following special cases and other items:
1. Two credits of ENEE499, Senior Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering, may be used to satisfy the Advanced Laboratory requirement subject to approval by the faculty supervisor and the Associate Chair. The maximum number of ENEE499 credits that may be applied towards EE technical elective requirements is five.
2. Additional Capstone Design courses can be used as substitutes for
3. Completion of ENEE408A and ENEE459A satisfies both the Capstone Design and Advanced Laboratory requirements.
4. If you have any questions on how these requirements affect your current selection of senior EE electives, please contact an advisor.
All ECE faculty members provide mentoring for undergraduate students and every student is assigned a mentor starting their first semester in the major. Additional advising is provided by the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education and the professional advising staff of ECE Undergraduate Studies Office. Departmental permission is required in order for students to register and for all courses in the major. The Department's Undergraduate Studies Office (2426 A.V. Williams Building, 301-405-3685) is the primary point of contact for undergraduates with advising questions and detailed curriculum requirements, registration information, and advising and mentoring procedures can be found on the ECE Undergraduate Advising website: www.ece.umd.edu/undergrad/advising .
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is affiliated with more than 40 specialized laboratories, supporting activities including: speech and image processing, high performance systems, mobile computing and multimedia, communication networks, robotics, control systems, neural systems, systems integration, VLSI design and testing, experimental software engineering, semiconductor materials and devices, photonics, fiber optics, ion beam lithography, real-time systems, human- computer interaction, and virtual reality. Undergraduate students are encouraged to engage in research at some point during their education. Active participation in research not only allows students to apply what they have learned in class, it also gives them greater insight into a specific area within ECE and an appreciation for the subtleties and difficulties associated with the production of knowledge and fundamental new applications. Research experience also prepares students for the demands of graduate school and the work force. Information on participating in undergraduate research can be found at www.ece.umd.edu/undergrad/courses/400-level/enee499 .
Information on internships can be found at www.coop.eng.umd.edu . Other internships are advertised by the ECE Department's Office of External Relations, and Undergraduate Studies Office.
Participation in a Cooperative Education Program or internship with private industry or a government agency is strongly encouraged. See the A. James Clark School of Engineering catalog entry for details.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Program ( www.ece.umd.edu/undergrad/honors ) is intended to provide a more challenging and rewarding undergraduate experience for students pursuing the baccalaureate in Electrical or Computer Engineering. The program requires students to complete honors versions of four junior level electrical engineering courses and a research project during the senior year. Students completing all program requirements with a "B" average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all undergraduate work will have their participation noted on their B.S. diploma. Students with the necessary academic qualifications are invited to enroll typically after the completion of their sophomore year.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The ECE Department has an active student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Information and instructions for joining can be found on their website ( http://umd.orgsync.com/org/ieee/home ). Equally active is the Gamma Xi chapter of Eta Kappa Nu honor society which is dedicated to recognizing excellence in electrical and computer engineering. Information on eligibility can be obtained by visiting their website ( http://ece.umd.edu/hkn/ ). The ECE Undergraduate Student Council (USC) represents the entire ECE undergraduate student body. The ECE-USC hosts undergraduate social events, provides feedback to the Department, and oversees the ECE undergraduate student lounge. For more details visit the ECE-USC website ( www.ece.umd.edu/eceusc/ ). Additionally, there is also a program for Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) and a group called the Leaders in ECE, who serve as our ambassadors, give insight to new and prospective students, and participate in departmental events such as our "International Day" when we celebrate the cultural diversity of the students and faculty in our department.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Several scholarships are administered through the department and many others through the Clark School of Engineering. To be considered for these awards, students must submit an application by May 1st of each year for the following academic year. For more information visit: www.ursp.umd.edu/scholarships/index.html .
In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the following awards: 1. Outstanding academic performance award to a junior for academic excellence; 2. Service award to the graduating senior who has shown a commitment of service to fellow students; and 3. Chair's Award for outstanding academic performance to a graduating senior.
Electrical engineers were primarily responsible for the recent revolutions in the music, telecommunications and medical device industries. They remain at the forefront of cutting edge developments and innovations in nanotechnology, robotics, and other technologies. Electrical engineers also have wide ranging employment opportunities in other fields including electronics, microelectronics, communications and signal processing, power systems, electrophysics, computer architecture, circuits, and control systems. Specific jobs include developing fiber optic technology, lasers for biomedical applications, software for robots, electronic weapons systems, advanced wireless networks, and neuron-like sensors for various applications.