Electrical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in electrical engineering is offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE) and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., abet.org. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

Faculty: Professor Fischer, chairperson. Professors Boudreaux-Bartels, Kay, Kumaresan, Mardix, Ohley, Sunak, Swaszek, and Vaccaro; Associate Professor He; Assistant Professor Wei. Supporting Faculty: Professors Lo, Ying Sun, and Q. Yang; Associate Professors Besio, Huang, Sendag, Yan Sun, and Vetter; Professor-in-Residence Uht; Adjunct Professors Banerjee, Cooley, and Hartnett; Adjunct Associate Professor Davis; Adjunct Assistant Professors DiCecco, Sarma, and Sepe; Professors Emeriti Daly, Haas, Jackson, Lengyel, Lindgren, Sadasiv, and Spence.

Program Educational Objectives. The objectives of URI’s electrical engineering program are the following:

1) Produce graduates who are able to practice electrical engineering to serve state and regional industries, government agencies, or national and international industries.

2) Produce graduates with the necessary background and technical skills to work professionally in one or more of the following areas: analog electronics, digital electronics, communication systems, computer-based systems, control systems.

3) Prepare graduates for personal and professional success with awareness of and commitment to their ethical and social responsibilities, both as individuals and in team environments.

4) Prepare graduates who are capable of maintaining and improving their technical competence through lifelong learning, including entering and succeeding in an advanced degree program in a field such as engineering, science, or business.

Program Description. Since instrumentation is at the heart of modern science and technology, electrical engineers are employed not only in the computer, electronics, communications, and power industries, but also in diverse enterprises such as transportation, the chemical industry, large hospitals, and government laboratories.

The curriculum emphasizes the scientific basis of electrical engineering and the application of mathematical analysis to engineering problems. Work is required in network and systems theory, atomic physics and solid state, electromagnetic theory, and electronics. Creative use of scientific principles in problems of engineering design is stressed, particularly in the senior year. The development of computer hardware and software is a part of many electrical engineering courses.

Extensive laboratory work serves to bridge the gap between mathematical analysis and the real world of “hardware.” Separate undergraduate laboratories are available for electrical measurements, analog electronics, digital electronics, microprocessors, hardware description languages, embedded systems, control systems, optics, communications, and electronic materials.

Capstone Design Courses ELE 480 and 481 provide the opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary team in a senior capstone design project.

Electrical engineering students should note that the four-year electrical engineering curriculum allows for three credits of a completely free elective that does not have to satisfy any of the general education requirements.

The major requires 123–126 credits.

Freshman Year First semester: 16 credits
CHM 101 (3), 102 (1); ECN 201 (3); EGR 105 (1); MTH 141 (4); and PHY 203 (3), 273 (1).

Second semester: 15 credits
EGR 106 (2); ELE 101 (1); MTH 142 (4); PHY 204 (3), 274 (1), and CSC 200 (4).

Sophomore Year First semester: 14 credits
ELE 201 (3), 202 (1); MTH 362 (3); PHY 205 (3), 275 (1); and general education requirement* (3).

Second semester: 17 credits
ELE 205 (2), 206 (1), 212 (3), 215 (2); MTH 243 (3); PHY 306 (3); and general education requirement* (3).

Junior Year First semester: 17 credits
ELE 313 (3), 331 (4), 338 (3), 339 (1); MTH 451 (3) or ISE 411 (3), and general education requirement* (3).

Second semester: 15 credits
ELE 301 (3), 302 (1), 314 (3), 322 (4), 343 (3), and 344 (1).

Senior Year Total credits for two semesters: 29–32. See your advisor for help in preparing a suitable program.
ELE 400 (1), 480 (3), 481 (3), general education requirements* (6), free elective (3), three electrical engineering design electives (10–12; details follow), and one professional elective (3–4; details follow).

Electrical Engineering Design Electives. May be chosen as any three of the following: ELE 401/402, 423, 427/428, 432, 435/436, 444/445, 447/448, 457, 458/459. At least one course must include its lab component. Furthermore, one must be from ELE 401/402, 423, 432, 444/445, 447/448.

Professional Elective. One course chosen from BME 462; BME/ELE 461; ELE 305, 405/406, 408/409, 437, 438, 470 or an additional electrical engineering design elective (see above); MTH 215; or, by prior approval of ECBE department chairperson, any junior or senior level engineering course not required by the ELE major.

*Must take at least six credits of EC/ECw general education courses, with at least one course in writing, ECw.

Minor in Electrical Engineering. Students interested in pursuing a minor in electrical engineering should speak with the department chairperson to discuss course requirements.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Program. To qualify for this program, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher while pursuing their B.S. degree. To ease the course load at the graduate level, candidates are encouraged to earn some graduate credits (e.g. one or two courses not required for their B.S. degree) during their senior year. Additional program information can be obtained by contacting the department chairperson.