Electrical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

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Program Intro

Electricity powers our lives, and anything with an electrical component was designed by electrical engineers.

Through the application of physics, math and programming, electrical engineers develop systems that control, monitor and communicate with everything around us. Areas of electrical engineering include computers, control systems, communication systems, signal processing, microelectronics and power/energy systems.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Here at PNW – part of the world renowned Purdue system – you have the opportunity to earn baccalaureate and master’s engineering degrees within five years.

In addition to extensive technical training, you’ll learn project management as well as written and oral communication skills essential for the engineering profession.

Our vibrant community is home to several active engineering student organizations and our students compete in national innovation competitions.

Curriculum Overview

This program combines advanced mathematics and electrical theory and hands-on lab experience in all aspects of the discipline, including circuitry, mechanics, programming and thermodynamics.

Learn the fundamentals in calculus and physics courses while exploring the foundational concepts of engineering.

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Sample Courses

  • ENGR 186000 – First Year Seminar for Engineers
  • ENGR 19000 – Elementary Engineering Design
  • MA 16300 – Integrated Calculus Analysis Geometry I

Discover electrical engineering concepts such as circuit analysis, digital logic design and analog/digital electronics as well as integrated circuits.

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Sample Courses

  • ECE 20100 – Linear Circuit Analysis I
  • ECE 27500 – Analog and Digital Electronics
  • ECE 27001 – Introduction to Digital System Design

Engage in advanced math, technical writing and project management.

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Sample Courses

  • MA 26500 – Linear Algebra
  • ENGL 30700 – Written and Oral Communication for Engineers
  • ECE 31200 – Engineering Economics and Project Management

Take electives while you complete a two-semester, team-based senior-design project.

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Sample Courses

  • ECE 42900 – Senior Engineering Design
  • IECE 43900 – Senior Engineering Design II
  • ECE 30100 – Signals and Systems

Highlights

US News and World Report includes the engineering programs at PNW in its top 50 rankings of master’s comprehensive universities nationwide.

Our student-centered Electrical Engineering program, offered on both PNW campuses, includes hands-on projects and a senior design capstone experience. You’ll study in state-of-the-art labs under faculty who hold PhDs in their areas of instruction.

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Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Use skills and tools necessary for engineering practice
  • Design and conduct experiments; analyze data
  • Design systems or processes within realistic constraints
  • Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities
  • Understand the impact of engineering in economic, environmental and societal contexts

Beyond the Classroom

We know that learning happens everywhere, so we encourage you to supplement your studies in organizations such as:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Honors College
  • Society of Women Engineers

Career Paths

A degree in electrical engineering opens up a world of opportunities in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Scientific research and development
  • Electrical component manufacturing
  • Power generation, distribution and transmission

Employers

Our alumni work with some of the most innovative organizations across the region and around the world, including:

  • NIPSCO
  • BP
  • ArcelorMittal

Accreditation

Our nationally recognized program has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (EAC).

Licensure

As an ABET-accredited engineering program, PNW’s program for the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering fulfills the educational requirements for PE licensure in Indiana and all states of the US.

PNW provides a quality education to its students and unique opportunities to better themselves. As a senior, I am thankful for the years that I’ve spent here at PNW and for the quality faculty and students that I have come to know.

Regan Sink
Electrical Engineering, ’21

Andrew Miloshoff

What I like most about Purdue Northwest was the smaller class sizes, hands-on learning and the professors who are willing to take time out of their day to engage in one-on-one time with students.

Andrew Miloshoff, ’20, Electrical Engineering

Professors are willing to take their time to talk with their students – clarifying any doubts, helping with course material and guiding us to become good professionals

Dayana Villacres
Electrical Engineering, Guaranda, Ecuador

Throughout my college career here, I had the opportunity to apply the engineering skills I learned in class to several different hands-on projects. Using my connections at PNW, I was able to secure a full-time job after graduation.

Kyle Greene
Electrical Engineering, Dyer

I chose PNW because of its renowned Purdue system and student-to-faculty ratio. Instructors have PhDs and give us endless support. I built a motor controller as my senior year project for an electric vehicle as part of the IEEE PNW organization

Temirlan Razak
Electrical Engineering, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Meet the Faculty

Khair Al Shamaileh

Khair Al Shamaileh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Khair Al Shamaileh teaches electrical engineering courses, mainly telecommunication and radio frequency electronics. His research spans the topics of microwave engineering and wireless communications.

Colin Elkin

Colin Elkin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Colin Elkin is an assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering. He teaches a variety of programming and engineering design courses at the Westville campus.

Lizhe Tan

Lizhe Tan, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Lizhe Tan is a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research areas include signal processing, control systems and robotics, computer vision and machine learning.

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