Chairman's Message

Earl Wells


  B. Earl Wells, Ph.D., P.E.

  Professor and Interim Chair
  Office: EB 272
  Phone: (256) 824-6047




This is an exciting time to pursue a career in Electrical, Computer, and Optical Engineering! Smart Phones, Large-Screen TV's, Tablets, high-end video gaming systems now saturate the consumer marketplace. Secure wireless technology combine with the internet to allow people and devices to routinely communicate with one another whether they are located across the room or across the world. Ubiquitous embedded computer systems are present everywhere, from smart cards, RF-Id systems, to the health monitoring and control systems that are available in the host of wearable and implantable medical devices. Advanced automotive sensor/control systems now allow for autonomous or near autonomous operation. Multi-core high performance computer systems are now capable of solving scientific problems which were much too large to solve, even a few years ago. Network centric cloud computing methodologies are expanding, cyber-security is advancing, and electronic devices are still continuing to shrink making it possible to place more functionality inside each integrated circuit.

The ECE Department offers a full range of accredited degrees in Electrical, Computer, and Optical Engineering through the Ph.D. Level as well as Master's Degrees in Software Engineering and Cybersecurity. These programs are designed to not simply train students to be users of current technology but to educate them so they actually understand how this technology works. This allows them to be innovators throughout their lives and become active contributors to the ever-changing technological landscape. Our graduates can be found throughout the world actively impacting industry, government, and academia. Our faculty are dedicated and well recognized throughout the world, our class sizes are small, and we are part of a comprehensive and diverse university

Our experiential learning programs in the ECE Department also give students very meaningful real-world experiences. Resent senior design experiences have been in such areas as avionic development for autonomous terrestrial and air vehicles, data acquisition and control systems for high-altitude balloons, development of wearable health monitoring devices, accelerated space weather simulations using GPU's and multi-core CPUS, cell phone based data acquisition and control applications, and the development of the base command and control system for a software safety laboratory that incorporates real-world physical models to evaluate the effectiveness of software safety methodologies.

UAH is nestled within a high technology community that contains a large number of Fortune 500 corporations, NASA.s Marshall Space Flight Center, and the Redstone Arsenal Army Base. Many of these corporate and government entities partner with us in research, cooperative education and student internships. UAH also offers all the amenities associated with a medium size traditional college environment with state-of-the-art student residence facilities, a wide range of student life organizations, and student athletics. Thank you for your interest in UAH and our department. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the faculty and staff within the ECE Department if we can provide you with any additional information, answer your questions, or help you in any way.

Best wishes,

B. Earl Wells, Ph.D. P.E.