Electrical Engineering, M.S.

Graduate work in the department leads to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in many different specializations of Electrical Engineering.

The master’s degree is primarily a coursework-oriented program.


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.

Circuits 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.

Joint Program with Technical University Braunschweig

Administered in collaboration with Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany, this program enables students to complete simultaneous engineering master’s degrees from both institutions over a two-year period or a doctorate from both institutions. This project was jump-started by the generous support of the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), and additional funds from an NSF PIRE grant. It is currently supported by the Max Kade Foundation.

Under this plan, University of Rhode Island master’s degree students in electrical engineering complete the first full year, or approximately one half of the master’s program, in Rhode Island, and then spend the second year of the program as a full-time student at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in central Germany. All work completed satisfactorily abroad is recognized by both the host and home universities, thus enabling students to complete degree requirements in Germany and Rhode Island.