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, astronomy, medical instrumentation, imaging, and satellite communication are using photonics. Students study laser systems, optics, and the control of photons/light.
Environmental Applications Concentration
If you are aspiring to work as an Electrical Engineer in environmental applications, you may be interested in this concentration. Take basic environmental engineering, remote sensing, and elective courses in environmental quality (air, water). Our program better prepares the electrical engineer to work in environmental-focused applications and companies.
Biomedical Applications Concentration
The biomedical industry is in need of electrical engineers to help make advances in healthcare and related fields. Our Biomedical Applications Concentration prepares students to apply their electrical engineering skills in biomedical instrumentation, medical imaging, and/or biomedical electronic device design. Students take courses in anatomy and physiology, cellular and molecular biology, biomaterials and/or biomechanics, and at least one biomedical engineering elective course.
Electric Power Engineering Concentration
The concentration in Electric Power Engineering with the BSEE, provides students with strong knowledge and skills in the power and energy area. The concentration is more robust than our well-known certificate program it grew from. EE graduates who focus in power and/or control systems are in high demand in industry.
Enterprise Concentration—Business and Leadership
Enhance your undergraduate electrical engineering or computer engineering degree with business and leadership skills. Students pursuing this concentration participate in Michigan Tech's interdisciplinary undergraduate research and development program. In addition to applying your major skills on a project for a company sponsor, competition, or student project ideas, you have the opportunity to develop business and leadership skills in this business-like setting. This concentration adds courses in business and entrepreneurship.
Focus Areas in ECE
Electrical engineering graduates have the opportunity to specialize in multiple areas, including control, communications, electromagnetics, electronics, power and energy systems, signal processing and computing systems. 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 develop sensors to detect IEDs—improvised explosive devices—saving thousands of lives. You could design autonomous vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles or 'smart' electronic devices.
What to Expect
- Expand your bachelor’s degree with a concentration
- 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:
- Take a co-op semester and work with professional engineers gaining valuable experience and career direction
- There are many countries to study abroad and enhance your global awareness
- The Pavlis Institute adds 25 credits of leadership and global technological skills
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
- 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