2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Electrical Engineering Minor

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 Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The objective of the minor program is to impart to students basic fundamental and applied knowledge in the electrical engineering discipline and to convey an understanding of the continuously increasing contributions of electrical engineering to society. Students who successfully complete the minor program will obtain a working knowledge of core electrical engineering principles. They will be able to understand the current state-of-the-art within the electrical engineering discipline, to bridge between their major discipline of study and that of electrical engineering, and as such to contribute to the improvement of the current state-of-the-art within the electrical engineering discipline.

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 identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

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.

Students may pursue minors in computer science, electrical engineering, human factors engineering, manufacturing, operations research, quality engineering, and robotics, as well as a certificate in data-intensive computing.

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.

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 30 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:

  • Academia
  • Circuit design
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Data Analytics
  • 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 $68,528 (NACE, Salary Survey 2017, median starting salary in NY area). The median starting salary for a graduate with a master's degree is $88,073 (NACE, Salary Survey 2017). For a graduate with a PhD, the median starting salary is $102,334 (NACE, Salary Survey 2017). 75% percent of graduates find related employment, 25% go on to graduate school.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics 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.

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

A number of EE students are awarded scholarships annually. Some of the scholarships are nationally competitive.

View School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Scholarships

Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:16 AM