The electrical engineering program includes specialization to suit the desired needs of students. From these specializations students choose majors and minors for both degree programs. A student may also choose a minor from computer engineering or other engineering areas based on the advice of a faculty member in the ECE department. These specializations are:
- Control Theory
- Digital Signal Processing
- Electromagnetics, Plasma
- Electronics, VLSI
- Optics and Photonics
The M.S.E. program in optics and photonics offers a mix of optical science and engineering courses, augmented by courses in management. Special courses with strong application orientation are followed by an off-site practicum at a federal or industrial laboratory culminating in a master’s thesis. The course component is composed of 21 hours of required core courses, including 6 hours of optics principles, 9 hours of optical design and manufacturing, and 6 hours of engineering management; 6 hours of electives; and 6 hours for the practicum and thesis. The elective component is a two-course sequence chosen from optical systems, quantum optics, optical signals, optical communications, optical materials, physics, management, marketing, or a manufacturing specialty. Among the organizations providing practicum experiences are NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dynetics, Inc., Hughes Danbury Optical Systems, Inc., SCI Systems, Inc., and Speedring, Inc.
Students with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from an ABET accredited program may be admitted according to the Graduate School admission guidelines. Students with a B.S. in other engineering programs or in other physical sciences may be admitted pending the completion of courses which demonstrate certain minimal proficiency in electrical engineering subject matter.