What is Engineering?

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) defines engineering as:

“Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practice, is applied with the judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.”

All of the engineering programs at St. Cloud State University are committed to provide state-of-the-art ABET accredited programs that serve the educational needs of students, the profession, and employers through a responsive curriculum, a professionally qualified staff, an industrial advisory council, and appropriate research and support activities. The Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, which is the only nationally recognized accreditation agency for engineering programs in the United States.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering (EE) is the most popular and the largest engineering discipline. Electrical engineers have a wide range of exciting career opportunities in almost all of the industrial sectors. Electrical engineering is a very broad field. Electrical engineers are responsible for the explosion in computer technology (computers and applications) and communication technology (via satellites, wireless systems, broadband cables, GPS, computer networks). Electrical engineers also design and develop analog and digital circuits (including integrated circuits), machine control devices (motion and robot controllers), electronic instruments and biomedical devices (Oscilloscopes, function generators, Ultrasound, MRI, CT), commercial electronics (TV, stereo, telephone, multimedia systems), image and signal processing (filtering, amplifying, modifying, compression, MP3, DVD, image and voice recognition), and power (power generators and distribution).

The Bachelor of Science program in Electrical Engineering at SCSU emphasizes computers, circuits, analog and digital electronics, microprocessor systems, digital and wireless communications, solid state devices, electromagnetic, integrated circuits design and applications, control, instrumentation, and computer software development.

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering (CompE) is the fastest growing engineering discipline. It is a combination of electrical engineering and computer science. Computer engineers have excellent career opportunities in many industrial sectors. There is significant overlap between computer and electrical engineering disciplines. Computer engineers focus primarily on computer hardware and software design and development. Computer engineers design faster and more efficient computing systems, useful and effective computer interfaces, and computer based instruments.

The Bachelor of Science program in Computer Engineering at SCSU emphases computers, digital circuits and systems, embedded microprocessor systems, computer architecture, computer networking, operating systems, compilers, computer aided design, and other computer hardware and software design and development.

Preparing for a career in engineering

Because engineering involves application of science and mathematics to practical problems, students should have strong abilities in these areas. The following are recommended: one year of physics, one year of chemistry, and mathematics though trigonometry and advanced algebra in high school. Remedial courses are available for students without this preparation.

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