Get Ready for the 21st Century at Michigan Tech
Electrical engineers defined the 20th century with society-transforming technologies like universal electric power, telecommunications, radio and television, electronic surveillance, medical imaging, computers, and the Internet. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Tech will prepare you to make your own contributions to the 21st century—in technological areas we can only begin to imagine.
As an electrical engineering student, you will be taking advantage of some of the best opportunities in the nation for laboratory-based learning, real-world design, and engineering entrepreneurship.
Photonics—the Use and Study of Light
Diversify your undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in photonics. Photonics is using light energy to make systems faster, more efficient and more accurate, in a wide range of applications from energy generation to detection to communications and information processing. Robotic sensing and vision, space photography, medical instrumentation, imaging, and satellite communication are a few areas using photonics. Students study laser systems, optics, and the control of photons/light.
Focusing on Your Future
Electrical engineering graduates have the opportunity to advance in multiple fields, including control, communications, electro-magnetics, electronics, power and energy systems, and signal processing. You could choose to focus on devising ways to efficiently take energy from turbines, fuel cells, or hydroelectric plants and transfer it to homes and businesses. You could even develop sensors to detect IEDs—improvised explosive devices—saving thousands of lives.
What to Expect
- Expand your bachelor’s degree with a concentration in photonics—an exciting area of electrical engineering that deals with innovative uses of light.
- Become a student coach in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Learning Center.
- Get involved in undergraduate research.
- Join one of the three Enterprises sponsored by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department:
- ECE majors also join:
Program Educational Objectives
Electrical Engineering is a broad field, containing many areas of specialization. A graduate of the Michigan Tech Electrical Engineering program is qualified to apply a broad base of engineering and science skills to create a variety of device and system solutions and solve an array of technical issues with an emphasis in areas of electromagnetic phenomena and/or information processing.
Graduates will have also developed a specialized emphasis in a particular area with specific knowledge, technical skills, and a capstone design experience that will allow them to provide support to focused areas of larger solutions.
We expect that during the first three to five years following graduation, our graduates will:
- Successfully apply their knowledge and skills in electrical engineering in finding creative solutions to engineering problems involving electromagnetic phenomena, devices, or systems.
- Function as responsible and ethical members of the profession and society with an understanding of the social and economic ramifications of their work.
Graduates opting for an industrial career path will:
- Succeed in entering commercial electrical engineering practice as demonstrated by such indicators as:
- obtaining their first promotion,
- contributing to the competitive edge of their employer,
- being a productive member of an engineering team,
- demonstrating individual technical capability,
- generating high quality technical documentation,
- pursuing continuing education.
Alternatively, within three to five years following the completion of their degree, graduates pursuing an academic career path will:
- Succeed in full time graduate studies at highly respected graduate schools as demonstrated by either:
- earning a master's degree, or
- having made satisfactory progress toward a doctoral degree.
A Hot Career Track
Electrical and computer engineers are at the forefront of the technological revolution, working in cutting-edge industries including:
- Renewable-energy solutions
- Hybrid-vehicle power
- Control systems for unmanned aerial vehicles
- Reliable, safe power grids
- Robotics systems
- Voice-activated control systems in automobiles