About our Department
The use of electronic devices and systems has dramatically changed society in recent decades. Computer and electrical engineers will continue to lead technological change as they work in a broad spectrum of disciplines. These engineers work in fields such as bioengineering, communications, computers, controls, electronics, microcontrollers, power systems, signal and information processing, wireless components and systems, and software development.
The engineering process is complex as practitioners engage in research, design, development, product application, manufacturing, and system integration. In addition, engineers work in marketing, sales and management. Bradley electrical engineering graduates have been involved in all of these endeavors and it is the goal of the Bradley ECE program to continue to educate the next generation of electrical and computer engineers to meet the challenges of the future.
In this dynamic profession, Bradley’s ECE faculty recognize students’ career paths are unique. Because of this, the ECE program’s design project sequence and small class sizes allow faculty to respond to individual needs and interests. At the same time, however, ECE faculty recognize three keys to success in the profession. Those are the ability to acquire, generate and use new knowledge; the ability to complete complex electrical engineering projects; and the experience, knowledge, skills and capabilities to progress professionally. These common elements for success in the electrical engineering profession are the basis for the educational objectives of the program.
The three program educational objectives (PEOs) are as follows:
- To graduate electrical engineers who apply their education to work in the public or private sectors or to obtain an advanced degree.
- To graduate electrical engineers with the ability to acquire and use new knowledge.
- To graduate electrical engineers who will be productive, demonstrate professional growth, and assume increasing responsibility.
In order to meet the program educational objectives, students graduating from Bradley’s electrical engineering program will attain the following student outcomes.
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability,
- an ability to function on a multi-disciplinary team,
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
- an ability to communicate effectively,
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning,
- a knowledge of contemporary issues,
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
It is the mission of the ECE Department to provide the intellectual and physical environment in which students achieve these outcomes. The intellectual component is supplied by ECE faculty members in their roles as mentors, advisors and engineering professionals, as well as the curriculum they establish for the programs. The physical component consists of quality facilities equipped with modern instrumentation, components, computers, and software.
The baccalaureate program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.