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Overview
Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (ECE) are two related professional engineering disciplines that are responsible for the health, quality of life, and safety that we often take for granted. Engineers are creative problem solvers who make remarkable contributions to building and sustaining the society we enjoy today, while offering exciting opportunities for the future. One of the most exciting aspects of being an electrical engineer or computer engineer is that there is never just one way to solve an engineering design problem. Engineers use creativity, innovation, and expertise to design products and services that meet human needs, while staying within the constraints set by nature. A major difference between science and engineering is that scientists deal with the world that is, while engineers envision the world that could be. It is the job of the engineer to identify what people need or want and determine the best way to provide it.

Electrical Engineering deals with electricity, power, communications, and the design of intelligent systems. Electrical engineers dream of the future and have the skills and talents to shape that future. As they use new technologies to provide new ways of seeing the world, while also bringing people together, electrical engineers develop the technologies that bring out the best in people. The power to light the darkness, the knowledge to know where you are on earth within meters, and the skills to communicate, not only across the state or globe, but with deep space satellites across distances of millions of Earths, have all been developed by electrical engineers.

Computer engineering is a relatively young engineering discipline that combines a strong foundation in electrical engineering with elements of computer science, including hardware-software integration and software design, to deal with the many “digital” or computer-based systems and devices we encounter every day. Computer engineers and electrical engineers have many things in common. Computer engineers analyze, design, and develop computer-based systems and digital electronics, focusing on all aspects of computing, both hardware and software. Computer engineers understand digital logic design, computer architecture, digital data communications, computer and sensor interfacing, microprocessors, VLSI circuits and systems, operating and software systems, and computer arithmetic. Together, they apply this knowledge to solve important problems in diverse areas. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Handbook predicts that computer engineering is one of the three fastest growing occupations in the nation and is expected to grow much faster than most other occupations.

Electrical engineers and computer engineers are creative and innovative problem solvers that harness their creativity to develop many modern technologies and devices. The technologies that electrical engineers and computer engineers discover and develop have improved lives immeasurably, and future technologies will improve and change them even more. An undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering provides the opportunity to make a difference in these exciting areas. From providing reliable power to millions across the United States, to designing microscopic tracking devices to better understand and protect endangered species, electrical engineers and computer engineers make a great impact on society.

Beyond creating technology, engineers of tomorrow must be aware of the social, economic, ethical and environmental impact of these technologies. They must also communicate effectively, possess excellent teamwork skills, and understand, perform, and complete the process of engineering design. The undergraduate programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering at Oklahoma State University equip graduates with these critical skills.

Program Educational Objectives. The skills and attitudes that will benefit computer engineers and electrical engineers are defined through the educational objectives of the program.

Graduates of electrical engineering and computer engineering at Oklahoma State University will:

• be widely employed across a range of disciplines and sub-disciplines in electrical engineering and computer engineering and will report the program provided the preparation needed to succeed in an engineering career.

• be able to succeed in obtaining a professional or graduate degree should they choose to. At least one-third of our graduates will earn or be pursuing an additional degree within five years following graduation.

• report that in their careers they can function on multidisciplinary teams, communicate effectively, and perform engineering design.

• follow ethical standards in their careers and engage in public and professional service activities.

• understand the impact of social, economic, or environmental factors on engineering practice.

The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate program choices. A degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering is an excellent foundation for other professional fields such as medicine and law. Many graduates also pursue advanced programs in business and management after earning a degree in engineering.

The undergraduate electrical engineering and computer engineering programs at Oklahoma State University prepares each graduate for a life-long professional career. During the first two years, students complete a carefully designed pre-engineering program consisting of mathematics, physical sciences, engineering sciences, introductory electrical and computer engineering courses, computer science, and selected courses in the humanities and social sciences. For the remaining years of the program, students concentrate on specific electrical engineering and/or computer engineering course work.

Students majoring in electrical engineering or computer engineering can expect to obtain the life enhancing skills needed by tomorrow's professionals. These skills include:

• creative problem solving
• professional skills that will contribute to their success in the profession
• developing abilities that will allow them to help shape the future

For electrical engineering students, these skills are learned through our curriculum in five areas of specialization that enable students to tailor course choices in order to gain both a breadth of knowledge and a depth of understanding in their chosen area.

Computer engineering students learn these skills by focusing on their own challenging, specialized curriculum, also designed to provide breadth and depth within the discipline. Opportunities to take specialized courses in areas including embedded systems, VLSI design, computer architecture, and software engineering are also provided.

By tailoring the program to align student interests with faculty strengths, faculty-student interaction is enhanced and students receive better academic and career guidance. All electrical engineering areas of specialization, as well as computer engineering, provide multiple engineering design experiences throughout professional school. In addition to the laboratories devoted to research, separate instructional laboratories grant opportunities for hands-on experience in areas such as microcomputers, digital logic design, electronics, electrical machinery, networks, instrumentation and electromagnetics. Laboratories also serve to emphasize concepts learned in the classroom while students participate in engineering design.

Engineering design laboratories require students to solve open-ended problems in a manner that demonstrates the students' ability to apply fundamental concepts, creativity and imagination, to solve realistic problems of practical importance. These problems have several possible solutions, and students must choose an acceptable approach and demonstrate that the desired outcomes have been met.

The capstone design experience consists of a two-course sequence typically taken during the student's last two semesters in the program. These courses integrate analysis, design, and other skills the students have developed over their entire course of study. Teamwork, communication skills, and the complete engineering design process, from problem definition to prototype, presentation and documentation, are emphasized. Student teams receive individual project mentoring from an appropriate faculty member who provides project management and supervision. The capstone experience concludes with a formal public design demonstration, oral presentation, and written documentation. The new ECE Design Commons, an advanced design laboratory available to all students in electrical engineering and computer engineering, provides state-of-the-art capabilities for design, prototyping, testing and diagnostics of advanced hardware and software systems.

The BS degree in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET under the criteria for electrical, computer, and similarly named engineering programs. The BS degree in computer engineering is a relatively new degree program which first became available in 2008. This program is also accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET under the criteria for electrical, computer, and similarly named engineering programs.

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Occupations
Comp. Hardware Engineers
Comp. Software Engineers, Systems
Comp. Software Engineers, Applications
Comp. and Information Systems Managers
Network and Comp. Systems Administrators

Industries
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Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Recent OSU Graduates in
Salaries
Max: $101,000 |
Ave: $62,805 |
Med: $60,000 |
Min: $44,000


Employers
B&W Pantex
Burns and McDonnell
Conocophillips
ExxonMobil
FlightSafety International
IBA
Intel
L3 Communications
Phoenix International - A John Deere Company
Tinker Air Force Base
United States Air Force
Waterfield Technologies

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