ECE Department March 2013 Newsletter


Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at St. Cloud State University.

Our programs boast of:

  • Quality Instruction - Each faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department holds a PhD degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering. Areas of expertise among the faculty cover all major specialty areas of electrical engineering. All courses are taught by faculty members, who are readily accessible outside of class to answer questions.
  • Small Class Sizes - Upper-level (300-400 level) electrical engineering courses are limited in size to 20-30 students.
  • Hands-on Curriculum – The Electrical Engineering  and Computer Engineering Programs employ a hands-on project-based curriculum. The curriculum is derived from two guiding principles.
    1. Engineering concepts and methods are not fully understood until they are put into practice.
    2. Hands-on activities provide necessary experience designing engineering solutions, dealing with implementation issues, and using modern engineering tools.

It is for these reasons that every electrical engineering course has a laboratory component. The curriculum also incorporates a capstone design project undertaken in the last two semesters of study. Additionally, opportunities exist for students to be involved in industry sponsored projects and faculty research.

  • Modern Facilities – The ECE Department maintains nine fully equipped modern laboratories. The labs support work in the following areas, digital signal and image processing, computer simulation and CAD, electromagnetics, communication systems, control systems, circuits and analog electronics, digital electronics and embedded computer systems, integrated circuit design, power systems and electric machinery, and senior design projects.
  • Accredited Programs - The Electrical Engineering  and Computer Engineering Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. ABET is the recognized U.S. accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.
  • Student Organizations – The ECE Department has active student branches of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Additionally, students may join the engineering fraternity Kappa Eta Kappa (KHK). Membership in these organizations offers students a social outlet, as well as opportunities to become more engaged professionally.


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