Electrical Engineering

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Dr. Brian D. Huggins
Department Chair
bdh@bradley.edu

The Degree
In this dynamic profession, the Bradley Electrical Engineering 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 a small student-to-faculty ratio and design-project sequence, the ECE faculty can respond to the needs and interest of each student in the program. Nationally recognized for its superior program, U.S News & World Report consistently ranks Bradley’s engineering programs among the Nation’s finest.

Curriculum
The lecture sequence consists of many required core courses through which students learn about and acquire problem solving and/or design skills in:

  • circuit analysis
  • structured programming in C++
  • digital circuit design
  • analog and digital electronics
  • microprocessors
  • signals and systems
  • electromagnetic fields

Students can take electives in many areas including digital circuits and systems, digital signal processing, embedded systems, networking, software engineering and VLSI. The program culminates in two senior design projects which require design and documentation at the professional level. This assures that the graduate will be prepared for the workforce or graduate studies. Some projects in the past include:

  • Scanning Digital Radar Receiver
  • Self Mapping Mobile Robot
  • Software Defined Radio

Facilities
The ECE Department houses several modern electronic design labs for instruction and student projects as well as several specialized lab facilities for research and design in controls, autonomous vehicles and robotics, embedded systems, signal and image processing, and wireless systems.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Electrical Engineering majors have a wealth of cocurricular activities including study abroad programs as well as professional and social organizations. In addition there are experiential work opportunities including coop, practicums, and internships.

Beyond Bradley
Bradley's Electrical Engineering graduates enjoy a very strong job outlook. Average starting salaries in recent years have tracked the national average and been about $54,000 per year. These are among the highest starting salaries of any major on campus.

Recent employers include:

  • Accenture
  • Boeing Company
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Motorola
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation