Electrical engineers defined the 20th century with society-transforming technologies. They gave us universal electric power, telecommunications, radio, and television. We have access to electronic surveillance, medical imaging, computers, and the Internet.
Michigan Tech will prepare you to make your own contributions to the 21st century. Shape the technological areas we can only begin to imagine. Take advantage of some of the best opportunities in the nation as an electrical engineering student. We provide laboratory-based learning, sustainability, real-world design, and engineering entrepreneurship.
Electrical Engineering Concentrations
Electrical engineering majors can choose the general pathway or concentrate in various areas. Specialize in extracting energy from turbines, fuel cells, or hydroelectric plants. Devise energy transfer systems to homes and businesses. Develop sensors to detect IEDs—improvised explosive devices—saving thousands of lives. Design autonomous vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, or smart electronic devices.
Electric Power Engineering Concentration
Concentrate in Electric Power Engineering to build skills in power and energy. Learn power electronics, drives, and power system protection. Use computer modeling in power systems. Uncover principles of wind power and distribution engineering. Graduates with knowledge of power and control systems are in high demand in industry.
Diversify your undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in photonics. Photonics is using light energy to make systems fast, efficient, and accurate. Apply photonics to energy generation, detection, communications, and information processing. Robotic sensing and vision, imaging, and astronomy use photonics. It is useful in medical instrumentation and satellite communication. You will study laser systems, optics, and the control of photons.
Biomedical Applications Concentration
The biomedical industry is in need of electrical engineers. You can help make advances in healthcare and related fields. Our concentration in Biomedical Applications prepares student to join biomedicine. Learn to apply your electrical engineering skills in biomedical instrumentation. Pursue medical imaging or biomedical electronic device design. Take courses in anatomy and physiology. Learn cellular and molecular biology, biomaterials, or biomechanics. Choose an elective in biomedical engineering.
Environmental Applications Concentration
You can work as an Electrical Engineer in environmental applications. Take courses in environmental engineering, such as air quality engineering and wastewater management. Learn remote sensing or optics. Do environmental monitoring and measurement analysis. Be prepared to work in environmental-focused applications and companies.
Engineering Enterprise Concentration
You can pursue an Enterprise concentration by taking part in Michigan Tech's award-winning Enterprise program. It's a great way to enhance your undergraduate degree. Enterprise is when students work in teams on real projects, with real clients, in an environment that's more like a business than a classroom. Choose from among 25 Enterprise teams on campus to invent products, provide services, and pioneer solutions. Tackle real-world design projects for industry sponsors or take part in a national competition (or both). This concentration adds courses in business and entrepreneurship.
Electrical Engineering Focus Areas
Students taking the general pathway may mix and match choices as they like. Take more courses from one area for a stronger focus or area of specialization.
- Power and Energy
- Robotics, Control, and Automation
- Communication and Digital Signal Processing
- Computer Systems
Tomorrow Needs 21st Century Electrical Engineers
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise. They are responsible for the manufacture of electrical equipment for tomorrow. With a median annual wage of $100,420 and an annual job growth of 7%, you'll be in great demand. (BLS, May 2021).
Prepare to contribute from day one. Join an Enterprise team to solve real engineering problems. Explore new commercial opportunities. Develop marketing, business, and leadership skills. Teams are open to any major and operate like companies in the private sector. Many Enterprise teams have projects that are a natural fit for electrical, computer, and robotics engineers. This department houses some of the team resources:
- Blue Marble Security Enterprise (BMSE)—Focused on securing the future through thoughtful use of technology. Address challenges of security, the environment, and industrial process control.
- Wireless Communication Enterprise (WCE)—Create wireless, optical, and biomedical solutions. Utilizing lasers, RFID, and wind or solar power. Do printed circuit board design and embedded systems programming.
- Robotic Systems Enterprise (RSE)—Integrate electrical and mechanical systems with embedded AI to solve problems. For example, help create a fully functional SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle.
ECE majors also join:
- Aerospace Enterprise
- Innovative Global Solutions
- Supermileage Systems
You can also take a co-op semester. Work with professional engineers gaining valuable experience and career direction. Electrical engineers at Michigan Tech are ready for what tomorrow needs.
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