Electrical Engineering

M.S., Ph.D.


Faculty: Professor Fischer, chair; Associate Professor Vetter, director of graduate studies; Professors Besio, Boudreaux-Bartels, He, Kay, Kumaresan, Lo, Mardix, Ohley, Sendag, Yan Sun, Ying Sun, Sunak, Swaszek, Vaccaro, and Q. Yang; Assistant Professors Kennedy, Li, Mankodiya, and Wei; Professor-in-Residence Uht; Adjunct Professors Banerjee, Chiaramida, Cooley, and Harnett; Adjunct Associate Professor Jennanne; Adjunct Associate Professor Davis; Adjunct Assistant Professors Sarma and Sepe; Professors Emeriti Daly, Haas, Jackson, Lengyel, Lindgren, and Spence.


Acoustics and underwater acoustics: communication, detection, classification, and localization for underwater acoustic channels, speech processing.

Biomedical engineering: modeling and control of physiological systems; medical instrumentation and biosignal processing, pattern recognition and image processing (texture analysis, image classification, and segmentation) in medicine; assistive technology to aid persons with disabilities; cardiac anatomy, electrophysiology, and mechanics and resuscitation; neural engineering.

Circuit and devices: mixed signal integrated circuits, VLSI design and simulation, high-level synthesis and design tools, design automation and optimization, high-resolution data converters, low-power CMOS circuits, device physics and device modeling.

Communication theory: statistical and computer communications; data compression and coding; modulation and demodulation; Monte Carlo simulation; local area networks, reliable and secure communication.

Computer architectures and digital systems: processor architectures, memory structures, I/O systems, reliable data storage systems, RAID/SAN/NAS storages, parallel and distributed systems, FPGA designs, VHDL/Verilog, VLSI designs and layouts, adaptive systems, control and data speculation.

Computer networks: computer network architectures and protocols, TCP/IP, local area networks (LAN), Internet applications, wired and wireless computer communication, network security, distributed computing systems.

Digital signal processing: detection and parameter estimation; prediction and filtering; spectrum analysis; array processing; digital filter synthesis; adaptive filtering, algorithm design.

Embedded systems and computer applications: embedded system designs, hardware/software designs in embedded applications for networking devices, automobiles, image processing, home appliances, and computer forensics.

Fault-tolerant computing: fault-tolerant computer systems, hardware/software testing, error control coding, data protection and data recovery technologies, reliability and availability modeling, system simulations for performance and reliability analysis of computer systems.

Materials and optics: electrical and optical properties of materials, laser-matter interaction, photocathodes; crystallographic techniques for submicron X-ray lithography; radiation damage in nonmetallic solids; mode characteristics in optical and infrared fiber waveguides; fiber optic sensors; fiber optical amplifiers; electro-optic modulators.

Systems theory: control and estimation theory, intelligent systems; multivariable systems; nonlinear systems, modeling of deterministic and stochastic systems; model order reduction; optimal smoothing, filtering and prediction; pattern recognition, classification, computer vision; computerized imaging systems and image analysis.

Graduate Certificate in VLSI

The department offers a graduate certificate in Very Large Scale Integrated (VSLI) circuit design and testing. Students are required to complete four courses from a pre-approved list, subject to certain distribution requirements. Interested students are encouraged to speak with the department graduate program director to discuss course requirements.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: GRE and B.S. degree in electrical, computer, or biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer science. GRE may be waived for candidates who earned the B.S. degree from an accredited U.S. program with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Preparation in related fields such as mechanical engineering or in the life sciences may be acceptable.

Program requirements: thesis or nonthesis option—minimum of 30 credits in science and engineering with a minimum of 16 credits in graduate-level electrical engineering courses. One credit of the departmental seminar (ELE 601 or ELE 602) is required of all students. Up to two credits of seminar (one each of ELE 601 and ELE 602) may be used toward the 30-credit master’s requirement.Individual programs are designed in accordance with students’ backgrounds and interests, but require departmental and Graduate School approval. For the thesis option, the thesis counts as six to nine credits, but more than six credits requires prior written justification and approval by the student’s thesis committee, and the Graduate Program Director or Department Chair. For the nonthesis option, a written master’s examination and one course involving significant independent research and a substantial paper are required.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program

See Biomedical Engineering in the Undergraduate section of this catalog.

See Computer Engineering in the Undergraduate section of this catalog.

See Electrical Engineering in the Undergraduate section of this catalog.



Doctor of Philosophy

Admission requirements: GRE and M.S. degree or equivalent in electrical, computer, or biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer science, or a related field. Exceptional candidates may be admitted directly from the B.S. degree.

Program requirements: a minimum of 72 credits beyond the B.S. degree. The M.S. degree may count up to 30 of these credits; the remaining credits are split between course work and dissertation research. Students with an M.S. in an appropriate field complete between 18-24 dissertation credits; students without the M.S. may take between 18 and 30 (in either case additional dissertation credits may be taken for no program credit). A qualifying examination is required. A comprehensive examination is required after all formal course work is completed. Two credits of the departmental seminar (ELE 601 and 602) are required of all students. These credits may not be counted as part of the 42 credits required beyond the master’s degree.