2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Electrical Engineering (EE)

Department of Electrical Engineering

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

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.

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.

EE Courses


  • EE 178LLB Digital Principles
    Lecture

    Topics include: number systems; digital arithmetic including adders and multipliers; Boolean algebra; minimization techniques; logic design; programmable logic devices; memory types and devices; registers; counters; synchronous sequential networks; throughput and latency; and pipelining.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MTH 141 or MTH 153; Approved and Intended Engineering Majors only
  • EE 202LR Circuit Analysis
    Lecture

    Systematic development of network analysis methods. Topics include resistive circuits, Kirchhoff's laws, equivalent subcircuits; dependent sources; loop and nodal analysis; energy-storage elements; transient analysis of first-order and second-order circuits; sinusoidal steady-state analysis; passive filters.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MTH 141 and Approved or Intended Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 205LR Signals and Systems
    Lecture

    Introduction to signals and systems; time-domain system analysis with the convolution integral; frequency-domain system analysis using the Laplace transform. Fourier series representation of periodic signals; Fourier transform representation of aperiodic signals. The sampling theorem and the transition from continuous to discrete signals.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: MTH 142;Approved and Intended Electrical, Computer, or Biomedical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 305LEC Applied Probability
    Lecture

    This course covers the fundamentals of probability with applications to networks, communications, and signal processing. Examines sample space, events, probability axioms, random variables, conditional probability, independence, moments, discrete and continuous probability distributions, random processes, limit theorems, statistical estimation and testing. Students may not receive credit for this course and EAS 305.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: MTH 241; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 310LR Electronic Devices and Circuits I
    Lecture

    Electronic devices, including operational amplifiers, diodes, bipolar junction transistors and field-effect transistors, the basic circuits in which these devices are used, and computer-aided circuit analysis for these devices and circuits.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 202; Approved Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Engineering Physics Majors Only
    Corequisites: EE 312 or EE 352
  • EE 311LLB Electronic Devices and Circuits II
    Lecture

    Biasing and active loads in bipolar junction transistor (BJT) and field-effect transistor (FET) integrated circuits; current sources; differential and multistage amplifiers; frequency response of single and multiple transistor amplifier circuits; digital circuits with an emphasis on complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 310; Approved Electrical Engineering or Engineering Physics Majors Only
    Corequisites: EE 353
  • EE 312LLB Basic Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory
    Lecture

    Trains students how to design, build, diagnose, and characterize electronic circuits. Topics include instrumentation, semiconductor devices, and electronic circuits. Covers both analog and digital circuits. Laboratory projects include filters, operational amplifiers, dc power supply, CMOS, logic gates, timing, and counters.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 202; Approved Computer Engineering Majors Only
    Corequisites: EE 310
  • EE 324LLB Applied Electromagnetics
    Lecture

    This course is intended to develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of electromagnetic fields, with an emphasis on experience for the students in the lab. Topics covered include: electrostatics; magnetostatics; Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic waves in vacuum; plane waves; monochromatic waves; wave polarization; electromagnetic waves at the interface between two media; geometrical optics; guided waves and transmission lines; radiation and antennas; electromagnetic waves in anisotropic, gyrotropic and optically active media.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 202, MTH 241, and PHY 207;Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 336LEC Fundamentals of Energy Systems
    Lecture

    All aspects of electrical energy generation (ac and dc, conventional and alternative), transmission and distribution and utilization with the goal of providing students an idea of how electrical energy affects their life and the world around them. It will provide a firm foundation in phasors, 3 phase circuits, static electromechanical energy conversion, electrical safety, and system level circuit control.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: (EAS 230 or MTH 309) and EE 324; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 352LLB Introduction to Electronics Lab
    Lecture

    Trains students how to design, build, diagnose, and characterize electronic circuits. Topics include instrumentation, semiconductor devices, and electronic circuits. Covers both analog and digital circuits. Laboratory projects include filters, operational amplifiers, diodes, dc power supply, ac power control, BJT amplifier, CMOS, logic gates, timing, and counters.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 202; Approved Electrical Engineering or Engineering Physics Majors Only
    Corequisites: EE 310
  • EE 353LLB Electronic Circuits Lab
    Lecture

    An engineering design lab. Fifty-minute lecture and 230-minute lab per week. Involves analyzing and designing single and multistage electronic circuits using FETs, BJTs, and op amps. Asks students to design a variety of amplifiers to meet certain specifications. They practice SPICE and use their knowledge of analog circuits to complete the projects.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 352; Approved Electrical Engineering or Engineering Physics Majors Only
    Corequisites: EE 311
  • EE 379LLB Embedded Sys & Appl
    Lecture

    Specification, design, development, and test of embedded systems. Study and develop the major elements of an embedded system. Integrate these pieces into a complete working system in the laboratory.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 178 and (EAS 230 or EAS 240 or CSE 115 or EAS 999TRCP);Approved Electrical Engineering Majors only
  • EE 383LR Communications Systems I
    Lecture

    Fourier transforms and spectra; linear filters; transmission of signals through linear systems; bandpass signals; bandpass systems; continuous wave modulation; amplitude modulation (AM); double sideband modulation (DSB); single sideband modulation (SSB), phase modulation (PM); frequency modulation (FM); quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM); frequency division multiplexing (FDM); demodulation of analog modulated signals; random variables; statistical averages; random processes; autocorrelation and power spectral density; stationarity; transmission of random processes through linear systems; white noise; colored noise; Gaussian noise; noise in continuous wave modulation systems; signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR); sampling; pulse amplitude modulation (PAM).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 205 and EAS 305 or EE 305; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 401LEC RF and Microwave Circuits I
    Lecture

    The first of a two-course sequence in the area of RF and microwave circuit design. Topics covered: transmission line equations, reflection coefficient, impedance matching, Smith chart, scattering parameters. Will also cover impedance matching networks using lumped elements, single-section and multi-section quarter wave transformers, single-stub and double-stub tuners, the design of directional couplers, and design of microwave filters. There is a student design project for a planar transmission line circuit based upon the software package Advanced Design Systems (ADS).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior standing; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 408SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Prepare EE students for the senior design implementation. Topics covered include: capstone design, teamwork, and projects. Prepare students for engineering career. Potential topics include: safety, ethics, contemporary interests, entrepreneurship, globalization, environmental, social, and economic considerations for engineers.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 409SEM Senior Design Implementation
    Seminar

    In this senior-level design course, students learn how to take a design from a concept on paper to a finished product, based on knowledge they have obtained in previous electrical engineering courses. Students will work as part of a team in developing their projects, which may be hardware and/or software based projects. Class meetings will deal with fundamentals of engineering design, and students are expected to meet with their team to work on their project outside of class. Students will be expected to present their interim and final results orally and in written form.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 311 and EE 408
  • EE 410LLB Electronic Instrument Design I
    Lecture

    Design of electronic instruments, with emphasis on the use of analog and digital integrated circuits. Topics include techniques for precise measurements; sensors and their use for measurement of temperature, displacement, light, and other physical quantities; active and passive signal conditioning; and power supplies. Individuals or groups design and demonstrate an instrument, and provide a written report.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 412LEC Nanophotonics
    Lecture

    In contrast to traditional optics, nanophotonics is a relatively young and rapidly developing field which aims at controlling and manipulating light in the nanoscale (comparable or smaller than wavelengths of light), in order to achieve properties and performances beyond those of traditional optics. This course will focus on the theoretical foundations of nanophotonics, as well as cover a range of topics on its applications including microscopy, imaging, sensing, energy conversion, etc.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 413LEC Communication Electronics
    Lecture

    Examines operation and signaling in communications systems with a strong emphasis on circuits. Covers radio frequency systems, switching systems, microwave/wireless systems, fiber optics, modulation schemes, multiplexing/demultiplexing, coding, and networking. Discusses both analog and digital/data communications systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 415LEC Microelectromechanical Systems
    Lecture

    Intended for first-year graduate students. Silicon-based integrated MEMS promise reliable performance, miniaturization and low-cost production of sensors and actuator systems with broad applications in data storage, biomedical systems, inertial navigation, micromanipulation, optical display and microfluid jet systems. The course covers such subjects as materials properties, fabrication techniques, basic structure mechanics, sensing and actuation principles, circuit and system issues, packaging, calibration, and testing.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 418LEC Quantum Mechanics For Engineers
    Lecture

    ABC of nanoscience and nanotechnology is quantum mechanics. In the current course students acquire and learn quantum-mechanical notions from the numerous examples of nanostructures and hands-on experience in the Nanotechnology Lab. The course will lay a solid foundation in quantum mechanics and electronics, and will prepare the students to advanced courses in microelectronics, nanoelectronics, nanoscience, nano-bio-sensors, nanotechnology, and nanofabrication

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 419LR Industrial Control Systems
    Lecture

    An application-oriented course to introduce students to the basic principles and concepts employed in analysis and synthesis of modern-day analog and microcomputer control systems. Topics include: review of complex numbers and Laplace transforms followed by introduction to block diagram, signal flow graph and state-variable representation of physical systems, network and linear graph techniques of system modeling, time-domain analysis, root locus and frequency domain analysis and design of control systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 421LEC Semiconductor Materials
    Lecture

    This course focuses on the fundamental physics determining the electronic and optical properties of solid-state materials, and in particular, various semiconductor materials. The course begins with a review of fundamental concepts in classical physics, a review of electromagnetism, followed by an introduction to quantum mechanics. The course then delves into the fundamentals of solid-state physics, including crystal structures, the concept of reciprocal space, the band theory of crystals and methods for band structure calculation, the concept of holes and effective mass, phonons and electron-phonon interactions, etc. Following these discussions, the rest of the course focuses on the electron transport properties and optical properties of various important semiconductor materials, including silicon and germanium, III-V semiconductors, as well as graphene and other two-dimensional semiconductors.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 310; Approved Engineering Majors Only; Senior Standing
  • EE 422LEC Nanomaterials
    Lecture

    The recent emergence of fabrication tools and techniques capable of constructing nanometer-sized structures has opened up numerous possibilities for the development of new devices with size domains ranging from 0.1 - 50 nm. The course introduces basic single-charged electronics, including quantum dots and wires, single-electron transistors (SETs), nanoscale tunnel junctions, and so forth. Giant magnetoresistance (GMR) in multilayered structures are presented with their applications in hard disk heads, random access memory (RAM) and sensors. Discusses optical devices including semiconductor lasers incorporating active regions of quantum wells and self assembled formation of quantum-dot-structures for new generation of semiconductor layers. Finally, devices based on single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes are presented with emphasis on their unique electronic and mechanical properties that are expected to lead to ground breaking industrial nanodevices. The course also includes discussions on such fabrication techniques as laser-ablation, magnetron and ion beam sputter deposition, epitaxy for layer structures, rubber stamping for nanoscale wire-like patterns, and electroplating into nanoscale porous membranes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 423LEC Nanotechnology & Science
    Lecture

    Through the examples, exercises, educational Java applets, and labs this course covers the electrical and optical properties of materials and nanostructures, chemically-directed assembly of nanostructures, biomolecules, traditional and nontraditional methods of nanolithography, heterostructures, nanotubes, resonant-tunneling diodes, transistors, single-electron transfer devices, nano-electromechanical systems, and more.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 425LLB Electrical Devices I
    Lecture

    Principles of electromagnetic energy conversion with applications to motors and generators. Topics include magnetic circuits, hysteresis, field energy, transformers and AC/DC electrical machines. Students learn the basic fundamentals of electro-mechanical energy conversion. Design project with laboratory validation accounts for 50 % of grade.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 336 or EE 324; Approved Engineering Majors Only; Senior Standing
  • EE 428LEC Biomems and Lab-On-a-Chip
    Lecture

    Covers various commonly used micro/nanofabrication techniques, microfluidics, various chemical and biochemical applications such as separation, implantable devices, drug delivery, and microsystems for cellular studies and tissue engineering. Discusses recent and future trends in BioMEMS and nanobiosensors. Students will gain a broad perspective in the area of micro/nano systems for biomedical and chemical applications.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 430LEC Fundamentals of Solid State Devices
    Lecture

    Develops an understanding of the operation of different semiconductor devices, starting from a quantitative knowledge of semiconductor properties.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; Approved Engineering Majors Only; Senior StandingRecommended to have taken EE 421 and EE 455 prior to EE 430
  • EE 432LEC Introduction to Optofluidics
    Lecture

    An introductory survey of the principles and applications of optofluidics, the integration of microphotonics and microfluidics. The course covers key principles of fluid dynamics, optics and photonics and the integration of these disciplines to realize functional microsystems, with an emphasis on bioapplications. Topics covered include a survey of micro- and nano-fabrication methods, micro- and nano-fluidic principles and related transport phenomena, electromagnetic (EM) theory including light-liquid interactions. State-of-the-art optofluidic devices are treated in some detail including liquid-liquid micro-optical waveguides, fluid tunable optical micro-resonators, microfluidic lens systems and dye lasers. Nanofluids are also discussed along with optical methods for manipulating nanoparticles in fluids. Related principles of nanotechnology are also covered. This course is the same as CE 421 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Approved Chemical Engineering Major, Approved Electrical Engineering Major, or Permission of the instructor
  • EE 434LEC Principles of Networking
    Lecture

    Telecommunication networks play a key role in the development of our society. The remote interconnection of all types of devices, ranging from personal computers, cellphones and tablets, to data centers or distributed sensors, are at the basis of many of our daily activities. In this course, the fundamental concepts of telecommunication networks will be introduced. A bottom-up layered approach will be used to explain how the performance requirements of telecommunication networks have been traditionally solved. In particular, the functionalities of the physical layer, e.g., information modulation, transmission and reception; data link layer, e.g., flow control, error control and medium access control; network layer, e.g., information routing and forwarding; transport layer, e.g., end-to-end reliable transport and QoS provisioning, and application layer, will be discussed in detail. In addition to the theoretical lectures, guided experimental assignments with advanced network simulation and monitoring tools will be conducted to better illustrate the concepts learnt in the class. This course will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to understand current data communication networks as well as to contribute to the development of next generation telecommunication systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: EE 383 and EE 178; Senior Standing; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 441LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Topics and instructors vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 444LEC Nanoscale Communication Networks
    Lecture

    Nanotechnology is providing a new set of tools to the engineering community to design and manufacture nanoscale components with unprecedented functionalities. The integration of several of these nano-components into a single device will enable the development of advanced nanomachines. Nanonetworks, i.e., networks of nanomachines, will enable a plethora of applications in the biomedical, environmental, industrial, and military fields. These applications range from intra-body wireless nanosensor networks for advanced health monitoring systems to terabit wireless network-on-chip for ultra-high-performance computer architectures. In this course, the fundamentals of nanoscale machine communication and networking will be presented, with a special emphasis on the two leading technologies, namely, nano-electromagnetic wireless communication and biologically-inspired molecular communication. Each of these alternatives will be described by following a bottom-up approach, i.e., first, an overview of its specific enabling device technology will be presented and, second, the state of the art in terms of communication channel modeling, physical layer techniques, and link layer solutions will be described. In addition to the theoretical lectures, students will be assigned independent group projects focused in the different core areas of the field. By the end of the semester, students will write a technical report based on their related literature search and orally present their work in class. This course will provide students with the necessary knowledge to work in a cutting-edge research field, at the intersection of nanotechnologies and information and communication technologies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 178, EE 324, EE 383; Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 445LEC Principles of Cellular Communication Networks
    Lecture

    Mobile cellular networks have become a key infrastructure to share and consume information in our society. The high penetration of mobile phone services on society, as well as the introduction of a large variety of multimedia and data services, has led to an unprecedented growth of the traffic volume carried by this type of network. This course will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to understand the basics of mobile cellular communication networks, including frequency reuse, handover strategies, channel access methods and channel characterization. Moreover, this course will also provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge of the technical aspects and functioning of second, third, and fourth generations, as well as the capacity to understand their evolution and foresee the future of cellular mobile systems. In addition to theoretical lectures, guided theoretical and experimental assignments with numerical computing and network simulation tools are conducted to better illustrate the concepts learnt in the class.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: EE 383;Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only.
  • EE 448LEC Microelectronic Device Fabrication
    Lecture

    Fabrication technology for microelectronic devices: crystal growth, wafer fabrication and characterization, mask fabrication, epitaxy, lithography, etching, diffusion, CVD, ion implantation, dc and RF plasma reactors (operating principles and fabrication applications), packing. Operation of microelectronic devices (interconnects, passive devices, and MOS and BJT devices), micro-optical devices (CDRs, etc.) and micro electro-mechanical devices (micro-motors, micro-mirror arrays, etc). Students select a part of the fabrication process (lithography, diffusion, etc.) and use simulation code to design that step of the process to achieve specific device properties.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 311; Approved Engineering Majors Only; Senior Standing
  • EE 449LLB Analog Integrated Circuit Layout
    Lecture

    Introduces analog integrated circuit fabrication and layout design for analog VLSI. Covers: representative IC fabrication processes (standard bipolar, CMOS and analog BiCMOS); layout principles and methods for MOS transistors and device matching; resistors and capacitors layout; matched layouts of R and C components; bipolar transistors and bipolar matching; and diodes. Also reviews several active-loaded analog amplifier circuits, focusing on CMOS and BiCMOS op amp configuration. Requires a term project on the layout design of simple op amp circuits involving CMOS or BiCMOS op amps plus several matched devices of resistors, capacitors and transistors. Students design circuits using Cadence tool.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 311; Approved Engineering Majors Only; Senior Standing
  • EE 450LEC Special Topics
    Lecture

    Topics and instructors vary by semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 453LLB Microfabrication Lab
    Lecture

    Students learn the theory of operation for cleanrooms as well as many pieces of equipment typically used in a cleanroom. Much of this equipment is used to manufacture traditional semiconductor devices (i.e. LEDs, lasers, transistors, solar cells) as well as many newer nanotechnologies and micro devices (i.e. MEMS, nanowires, metamaterials). Students become versed in fabrication techniques used in the microelectronics industry. Required student laboratory activities include photolithography, metals deposition, operation of clean room equipment, and some testing equipment. Also requires a report on a lab practical. Please note that this course requires payment of a $100 laboratory fee.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 455LEC Photonic Devices
    Lecture

    First, discusses the basics of p-n junctions including current flow, and recombination. In addition, discusses light emitting diode light sources, fundamentals and applications. The course ends with a discussion of solar cell fundamentals, heterojunctions, metal-insulator-semiconductor devices, design, and recent advances.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 311; Approved Engineering Majors Only; Senior Standing
  • EE 456LEC RF and Microwave Circuits II
    Lecture

    The second course of a two-course sequence in the area of RF and microwave circuit design. Topics covered are active RF devices (diodes, BJTs, FETs), amplifiers, detectors, mixers, oscillators, and microwave systems. Advanced Design System (ADS) is used for CAD analysis of circuits. Students design, construct, fabricate, and measure the performance of microwave amplifiers, VCOs.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: Permission of Instructor; Recommended to have taken EE 401 prior to EE 456; Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 457LEC Quantum Structure Devices: Optical and Optoelectronic Properties of Nanostructures
    Lecture

    The major goals and objectives are to provide students with knowledge and understanding of nanoelectronics as an important interdisciplinary subject. Through the examples, exercises, virtual labs, hands-on labs, and lectures the course covers in details Optics, ElectroOptics, Nonlinear Optics, and Plasmonics of Quantum Structures, and Optical and Optoelectronic Devices Based on Quantum Structures. A short review of Materials for Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics and of Electrons in Quantum Structures is given as well. The course is developed on the level of the senior undergraduate and entrance graduate course in Solid State Electronics. Students will also learn how to do optical characterization of nanomaterials and nanodevices.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 324.
  • EE 458LBR Rf/Microwave Laboratory
    Laboratory

    Covers RF & microwave measurement techniques in the 1 MHz to 18 GHz frequency region. Topics include assembling basic measurement systems, including attenuators, directional couplers, power dividers, terminations, power sensors, solid-state detectors, mixers, power meters, and signal generators; measuring the reflection and transmission coefficients at discrete frequencies; making similar measurements (magnitude only) over a band of frequencies using a swept power measurement system consisting of a spectrum analyzer with tracking generator; vector measurements (magnitude and phase) versus frequency using RF & microwave automatic network analyzers.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; Recommended to have taken EE 401 or EE 429 prior to EE 458; Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 459LEC Special Topics in Electrical Engineering
    Lecture

    Special topics of particular recent interest not covered in the standard curriculum. Requires dual registration in department office.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 460LEC Intro to MRI
    Lecture

    This course covers topics related to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including: Magnetic resonance signal generation and detection; spatial encodings; image formation and reconstruction; image contrasts; biomedical applications; advanced imaging techniques. This course is the same as BE 460, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: PHY 108 or PHY 118 and Approved Biomedical Engineering Major or Approved Electrical Engineering Major.
  • EE 462LEC Principles of Medical and Radar Imaging
    Lecture

    Applications of multidimensional signal theory and Fourier analysis. Topics include review of signal processing tools and systems used in array imaging, including coherent receivers, pulsed and continuous wave signaling, temporal Doppler phenomenon, and monostatic, quasi-monostatic, bistatic transmitters/receivers, and 2-D signal processing; examining specific array imaging systems, including phased array imaging, synthetic aperture (SAR and ISAR) imaging, passive array imaging, and bistatic array imaging with emphasis on transmission imaging problems of diagnostic medicine and geophysical exploration.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 467LEC Power Electronics
    Lecture

    Introduction to the broad area of power electronics. Analytical techniques, modeling and simulation skills will be developed through the study of the widely used power converter circuits. Applications include power supplies, electric vehicles, electric ships and aircrafts, and renewable energy systems. This course covers from basic power electronic conversion principles and classic power converter circuits to advanced circuit topologies, control methods, and applications currently being actively developed in the field.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 311; Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 470LEC Renewable Distributed Generation and Storage
    Lecture

    This course introduces a specific type of electric power system, the microgrid. With ongoing deregulation of the electrical utility industry and emergence of more renewable smaller generation sources advancement into the electrical power industry will be met by microgrids. The components of a microgrid allow for modular production, distribution and storage of electricity. Topics will include a historical global perspective of electrical systems, individual enabling technologies that comprise a microgrid will be presented. The class involves a design of a microgrid that incorporates and considers economic, environmental, sustainable, manufacturable, ethical, health and safety, social and political constraints.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 202 or EE 200 and approved engineering majors only.
  • EE 471LEC Sustainable Energy Systems
    Lecture

    How can we provide clean, safe, sustainable energy supplies for the U.S. and world as a whole during the twenty-first century, despite rising population levels and increasing affluence? Examines current and potential energy systems, with special emphasis on meeting energy needs in a sustainable manner. Different renewable and conventional energy technologies will be presented and their attributes described within a global energy/environment system. Discusses political, social, and economic considerations on the development of sustainable energy/environment policies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 476LEC High-Voltage Engineering
    Lecture

    Topics include introduction to high-voltage engineering; generation of high voltages (AC, DC, impulse, pulse); measurements of high voltages; destructive and nondestructive insulation test techniques; shielding and grounding; electric shock and safety. Paper in a related high-voltage area and an in-class presentation required.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Approved Electrical Engineering & Engineering Physics Majors Only; Senior Standing
  • EE 478LLB HDL Based Digital Design with Programmable Logic
    Lecture

    Introduction to hardware description languages (HDL). VHDL based design of digital systems. Analysis via implementation on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 178 and (EAS 240 or CSE 115 or EAS 999 TRCP)
  • EE 480LEC Biomedical Electronics
    Lecture

    Covers the principles and designs of various important biomedical instruments including pacemaker, EEG, ECG, EMG, and ICU equipment and diagnostic imaging devices (such as blood bank monitor), CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, endoscope, confocal microscope, and multiphoton non-linear microscope (2-photon fluorescent, SHG and THG). Imaging devices (e.g., CCDs) and medical image processing are also covered. Includes a general introduction to biological systems; emphasizes the structural and functional relationship between various biological compartments.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 481 Digital Filter Theo
    Conversion from Transcript

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Other Requisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 482LLB Power Systems Engineering I
    Lecture

    Surveys the field of modern energy systems, with the foundation being classical electrical power and related power electronics. Topics include complex power, per unit analysis, transmission line parameters and modeling, and compensation. Students also study alternative energy systems in this course. Course also includes use of a Power Simulation Program in which modeling can be done. This program is also used for the final system design project paper which accounts for 50% of the course grade.

    Credits: 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 324; Approved Engineering Majors Only;Senior Standing
  • EE 484LEC Communications Systems II
    Lecture

    Communications Systems II is designed as a Senior level course on Digital Communications. While some working knowledge of analog communications, signal analysis, and probability theory is assumed, background concepts are reviewed as necessary when encountered. The transition from analog to digital communications is achieved through sampling and quantization. Then, our journey through digital communications begins with digital baseband transmissions and matched-filter or adaptive equalization receivers. Digital bandpass transmissions bring into context the phase-shift-keying and frequency-shift-keying concepts. We will also have the opportunity to study modern spread-spectrum modulation techniques and code-division-multiple-access (CDMA) communication systems. The course concludes with a practical treatment of channel coding in the form of linear block codes and convolutional codes. Selected homework assignments may require use of Matlab or equivalent for computer analysis and simulation studies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 383 and Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 488LEC Fundamentals of Modern VLSI Devices
    Lecture

    Device fundamentals of deep submicron and nano-scale CMOS and BiCMOS circuits. Device parameters and performance factors are covered that are important for VLSI devices of deep-submicron dimensions. The course first reviews silicon materials properties, basic physics of p-n junctions and MOS capacitors, and fundamental principles of MOSFET and bipolar transistors. Then we discuss the design and optimization of MOSFET and bipolar devices for VLSI applications, interdependency and tradeoffs of device parameters pertaining to circuit performance and manufacturability. Covered are short-channel effects, controlling the scaling parameter by vertical and lateral impurity doping profile, and scaling into the nano-dimensions for future VLSI. We also discuss effects in small-dimension devices: quantization in surface inversion layer in a MOSFET device, discrete dopant effects due to small device volume, etc.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 311; Approved Engineering Majors Only;Senior Standing
  • EE 489LEC Lasers and Photonics
    Lecture

    Topics include an introduction to lasers and photonics; a short review of electromagnetic theory; ray tracing and lens systems; polarization of light and polarization modulators; Gaussian beams and wave propagation; optical resonators and cavity stability; spontaneous emission, stimulated emission and absorption; rate equations for gain medium; population inversion; characteristics and applications of specific lasers;waveguides and fiber optics; fiber optic communications systems; electro-optic modulators; and acoustic-optic modulators. Requires students to complete a project focusing on the design of a laser system including choice of gain medium, cavity optics, pumping mechanism, power and efficiency estimates, and cost analysis. Requires reports and presentations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 311; Approved Engineering Majors Only; Senior Standing
  • EE 490LEC Consumer Optoelectronics
    Lecture

    Introduces optoelectronic systems. This design course emphasizes the interaction of optics, lasers, mechanics, electronics, and programming. It requires students design an optoelectronic system with a strong emphasis on team learning and teaching. Some topics of interest include: design methodology; team dynamics; light sources and detectors; light propagation; lens and mirrors; electro optics; interaction of light with materials; nonlinear optics for harmonic generation; optical detection and modulation; and discussion of selected optoelectronic devices and applications such as CD players, DVD, display systems, semiconductor lasers and light emitting diodes, laser printers, barcode scanners, digital cameras, optical coherence tomography, flow cytometry, interferometric systems and optical communications. Requires project proposal, progress reports and presentations and final written reports and presentations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: Senior Standing; Approved Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 491LEC Analog Circuits
    Lecture

    Focuses on the analysis, design, simulation and mask-level chip layout of integrated analog circuits and systems. Begins with a brief review of MOSFET operation and large and small signal models. Much of the course involves designing and analyzing analog building blocks such as current mirrors, transconductance amplifiers, capacitors, multipliers, current mirrors and D/A and A/D circuits. Simultaneously, the course covers IC design and layout techniques and system analysis. It concludes by looking at sensor applications. Requires a final project consisting of a complete IC layout. Students may have the opportunity to fabricate their final project through MOSIS.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
    Prerequisites: EE 311; Approved Engineering Majors Only; Senior Standing
  • EE 494SEM Senior Capstone Design Project
    Seminar

    Students design a useful device or product based on knowledge acquired in previous electrical engineering courses. Students have the option of creating their own projects or selecting projects from a list suggested by industrial and faculty sources.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: EE 311 and EE 408; Senior Standing; Approved Electrical Engineering Major
  • EE 495TUT Undergraduate Supervised Teaching
    Tutorial

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Requires approval and registration by department office.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 496TUT Internship
    Tutorial

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Requires approval and registration by department office.

    Credits: 1 - 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
    Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 497TUT Departmental Honors Thesis or Project
    Tutorial

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Requires approval and registration by department office.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 498TUT Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity
    Tutorial

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Requires approval and registration by department office.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only
  • EE 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Independent study allows individualized guidance of a faculty member; allows students to study a particular topic that is not offered in the curriculum but is of interest to both the student and faculty member. Requires approval and dual registration by department office.

    Credits: 1 - 12
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; Approved Electrical Engineering Majors Only

Department of Electrical Engineering

230 Davis Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2500
Ph: 716-645-3115
F: 716-645-3656
W: www.engineering.buffalo.edu/electrical
Dr. Jonathan Bird
Chair
Kevin M. Burke and Michael Langberg
Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies
Published: August 08, 2018 08:10:41 AM