2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Electrical Engineering BS

Department of Electrical Engineering

230 Davis Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2500
716-645-3115
716-645-3656
www.engineering.buffalo.edu/electrical
Dr. Jonathan Bird
Chair
Kevin M. Burke and Michael Langberg
Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies

Why study Electrical Engineering BS at UB?

The field of electrical engineering is built on the shoulders of giants, Tesla, Edison, Marconi, Bell, to meet the energy and telecommunication needs of our society. Out of the advancements in technology, Electrical Engineering is all around us today. Almost everything we use in our daily lives has a chip in it and implements some communication protocol and/or some sophisticated signal processing algorithm. A few of the important innovations that electrical engineers have produced include: innovative energy solutions to light our homes, our power, our devices; design, analyze and optimize wireless communication devices and networks that revolutionize the way we live; develop devices and instrumentation to save lives; use nanotechnology to produce better materials for solar cells and sensing devices; design the technology that enables customized entertainment; and advance new green technologies that will power our future. Electrical engineers can be found in almost all sectors of the workforce, including research and development, product design, manufacturing operations, service, technical sales, marketing, consulting, education, law, and policy-making. Our program provides the scope of knowledge and training needed for employment and also forms the basis for further study at the graduate level. It is designed to have students enter industry directly or proceed with graduate study.

Learning Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives: Electrical Engineering Graduates are prepared to attain the following PEOs within a few years of graduation:

  • PEO #1 (Successful Careers): Graduates of the program will successfully contribute to the profession while advancing in their careers.
  • PEO #2 (Life Long Learning): Graduates of the program will continue to learn through advanced study or engagement in professional development activities.

In addition, the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop the following knowledge, skills and behaviors by the time of graduation:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

The Learning Environment

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offers nine engineering programs leading to the degree of bachelor of science (BS) degree: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineering.

Five combined BS/MBA programs are offered in conjunction with the School of Management. BA, BS, and BS/MS degrees in computer science are offered through the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. A BS degree in engineering physics is offered jointly with the Department of Physics.

The curricula allow students flexibility in their programs of study and encourages interaction between students and faculty. The undergraduate educational experience prepares students for professional practice and advanced study. Special programs including our experiential learning program, undergraduate research and internship opportunities provide professional development skills and experiences and facilitate placement of our graduates in high-quality engineering positions.

About Our Facilities

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences occupies six buildings on UB's north campus: Bell, Bonner, Davis, Furnas, Jarvis and Ketter Halls. Barbara and Jack Davis Hall is the newest building, which opened in 2011 and features an environmentally friendly design and construction.

Together, these buildings form an outstanding educational and research facility, comprising 275,000 square feet of laboratory and office space.

The Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) provides its students with a computing laboratory equipped with state of the art software, continuously maintained and upgraded teaching laboratories for electronic circuit design and analysis, as well as an embedded systems laboratory funded by Intel. The department is located in Davis Hall, which includes a 5,000 square foot, grade 1,000 cleanroom facility that enables research in nanotechnology with state-of-the-art equipment, which allows for photolithography, metal deposition and dry chemical etching. EE research laboratories located in Davis Hall include:

  • Testing and Characterization Lab
  • SMALL (Sensors + Microactuators Learning Lab)
  • Electronic Materials Lab

About Our Faculty

Faculty at research universities like UB:

  1. teach and advise students
  2. perform scientific research
  3. serve the university, local, and professional communities

While teaching and student advising are somewhat traditional activities of a professor, scientific research endeavors are particularly significant at a research university. Professors who are active researchers contribute significantly to student education by bringing to the classroom knowledge pertaining to state of the art science and technology. Electrical Engineering currently employs over 35 full-time faculty members, many of whom participate in research in one of our 4 main areas; Signals, Communication and Networking, Solid State Electronics, Energy Systems, and Optics and Photonics.

Please see research accomplishments and recognition of our faculty and students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Electrical Engineering department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

EE Alumni have found employment in the following fields:

  • Academia
  • Circuit design
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Department of Defense
  • Electrical systems
  • Environmental protection
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical electronics and imaging
  • Multimedia industry
  • Nanotechnology
  • Operation of technical systems
  • Patent application and review
  • Public policy
  • Power engineering
  • Product design
  • Radar Imaging
  • Research and development
  • Signal Processing Industry
  • Specialized software design
  • Venture capital investment
  • Video Technology
  • Wireless Communications and Networking Industry

Starting salary for graduates with a BS in Electrical Engineering is $62,723 (NACE, Salary Survey 2015, median starting salary in NY). The median starting salary for a graduate with a master's degree is $75,364. For a graduate with a PhD, the median starting salary is $82,500. 75% percent of graduates find related employment, 25% go on to graduate school.

The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) is the largest technical professional society with over 170 journals and a membership of over 430,000 members.

Academic Advising

Students obtain academic advice and guidance from the academic advisors in the SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education (410 Bonner Hall) and from faculty advisors in their program of study. The Office of Undergraduate Education advises all students throughout their first two years of study. In the junior and senior years, students seek advisement primarily from departmental faculty advisors.

Students are encouraged to consult with one of the directors of undergraduate studies for questions regarding the sequence of EE requirements, technical electives and career opportunities starting in the spring of their sophomore year.

Academic Advising Contact Information

SEAS Office of Undergraduate Education
410 Bonner Hall
North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1900
Phone: 716-645-2774
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences website

For questions regarding sequence of EE requirements, technical electives, and career opportunities, please contact:
Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Kevin Burke, Dr. Michael Langberg

Academic Coordinator
Mary Busch

For contact information see the Electrical Engineering "About Us" page

Scholarships and Financial Support

There are many scholarships, fellowships and other funding opportunities available for students accepted into the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These include recruitment scholarships and annual scholarships/awards for current students. There are both merit and need-based scholarships.

A number of EE students are awarded scholarships annually. Some of the scholarships are nationally competitive, such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarships, etc. Other scholarships are department specific. These include:

  • the David M. Benenson Memorial Scholarship.
  • the Joan G. Bennett Memorial Scholarship.
  • the D. Richard Ferguson Memorial Scholarship.
  • and the James J. Whalen Memorial Scholarship.

View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships

Department of Electrical Engineering

230 Davis Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2500
716-645-3115
716-645-3656
www.engineering.buffalo.edu/electrical
Dr. Jonathan Bird
Chair
Kevin M. Burke and Michael Langberg
Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies
Published: September 20, 2017 02:36:29 PM