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About our Department

Society has been transformed dramatically by the widespread use of electrical and electronic devices and systems and it is certain that even more dramatic changes are in store. These changes are fast paced and are driven by electrical and computer engineers working in many different areas including bioengineering, communications, computers, controls, electronics, energy, microprocessors, integrated circuits, robotics, signal and information processing, wireless components and systems, and software development. The engineering process is complex and practitioners perform many roles such as research, design, development, product application, manufacturing, and system integration as well as 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, the Bradley ECE faculty recognize that each career path is unique, based on the individual’s particular ambitions, capabilities and interests. By coupling the focus on undergraduate education and depth of faculty expertise with the small student-to-faculty ratio and design project sequence, the ECE faculty can respond to the needs and interest of each student in the electrical engineering program. However, the ECE faculty also recognize that there are common elements to success in the profession. These 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. These objectives are as follows.

  1. To graduate electrical engineers who apply their education to work in the public or private sectors or to obtain an advanced degree.
  2. To graduate electrical engineers with the ability to acquire and use new knowledge.
  3. To graduate electrical engineers who will be productive, demonstrate professional growth, and assume increasing responsibility.

In order to meet these objectives, students graduating from Bradley’s electrical engineering program will attain the following outcomes.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data,
  3. 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,
  4. an ability to function on a multi-disciplinary team,
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
  7. an ability to communicate effectively,
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context,
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning,
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues,
  11. 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 of this environment is supplied by the ECE faculty members, in their roles as mentors, advisors, and engineering professionals, as well as by 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/.