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 interface 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 and consumer devices. Advanced automotive and UAV 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. Photonic and optoelectronic systems are revolutionizing data transfer, display, medical and military applications. Network centric cloud computing methodologies are expanding at the same time that the so-called "internet of things" is becoming a reality.

Electrical, Computer, and Optical Engineers have contributed greatly to each of these life changing areas of technological innovation. The future should be even more exciting!

The ECE Department offers fully 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 degree 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 knowledge allows our alumni 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. 

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.