The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering educates cadets in a rigorous academic environment that nurtures the development of analytic and communications skills applied to the design of electrical and computer engineering hardware and software components and systems, striking a balance between a solid foundation in fundamental principles and practical applied experience, to produce graduates that are prepared for lifelong learning, that exhibit professional engineering practices, and are able to make significant contributions to their profession and society.
Program Educational Objectives
The Program Educational Objectives of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are guided by the mission statement, are based on the needs of the department’s constituencies, and outline “what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation." (ABET Criterion 2) These Program Educational Objectives are defined below:
The department seeks to prepare graduates who, in a few years after graduation, have:
- Established themselves in, and made contributions to, a professional career in industry, government, or the military, and/or are continuing their education in graduate school.
- Remained current in their profession through continuing education, via the completion of graduate coursework, attainment of certifications, or maintenance of active professional licensure, or through personal self-study and/or on-the-job training as part of their career advancement.
The Student Outcomes of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department outline “what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.” (ABET Criterion 3) These Student Outcomes prepare graduates to attain the Program Educational Objectives stated above, and are defined below:
The department seeks to prepare students who, by the time of graduation, possess:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- 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
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- an ability to communicate effectively
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- a knowledge of contemporary issues
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.