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Home - Campus Academics - Programs - Undergraduate Degree Programs: School of Engineering and Computer Sciences - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Daniel Webster College Electrical and Computer Engineering Program prepares students for professional careers in the design, development, and use of electronic and computer equipment in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications and networking, computer hardware, aerospace, automotive, and medical instrumentation.

The electrical and computer engineering curriculum includes a three-semester design sequence within which students work in teams applying theories learned in the classroom to develop projects from concept to operation.* This can help students to develop confidence and competence in solving engineering design problems and to learn effective teamwork skills. Students apply creative and strategic thinking to economic and technical issues involved in typical engineering projects. They also learn to generate briefings and reports and present them to their peers and faculty. These two central aspects of the program – working in teams and developing communications skills – help students prepare for the engineering profession.

The electrical and computer engineering program covers the design of small components, such as transistor circuits, and provides students experience in integrating such components as vision systems, sensors, controls, and the software that binds these devices into larger systems. One of the program's strengths is the early and extensive coverage of signal processing concepts. Students complete a three-semester sequence in signals and systems that culminates in a digital signal processing course covering audio and visual signals.

Students can choose technical electives that provide additional depth in the areas of wireless communications, computer engineering, and control systems and robotics. The wireless communications area focuses on the rapidly growing field of portable device design and integration through courses in networking and communications. The computer engineering area focuses on the development and utilization of the newest hardware designs by covering the fundamentals of computer systems design in addition to the required electrical core. The control systems and robotics area focuses on robotics and modern control theory.

The DWC faculty serves as mentors to DWC students both inside and outside the classroom, providing opportunities to put theory into practice. In addition, senior electrical and computer engineering students have the chance to collaborate with their aeronautical engineering and mechanical engineering colleagues in a senior capstone project which exposes students to the perspectives of multiple disciplines. This valuable experience mirrors the multidisciplinary team approach commonly practiced in industry.

*Daniel Webster College is a collaborator in the international CDIO initiative, "an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers [that stresses] engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating real-world systems and products."

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Daniel Webster College should be able to:

  • Join software teams in the development of innovative new products and systems for industry, military, and government purposes;
  • Apply comprehensive analysis and design principles and industry standards and procedures for the development of hardware or software;
  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with other professionals on an engineering development team;
  • Undertake professional careers in the expanding electrical and computer engineering field and continue to develop into productive team members who are highly regarded by managers and peers;
  • Continue to expand their professional, personal, management, and interpersonal skills and engage in lifelong learning, including post-graduate education for some graduates.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program at Daniel Webster College should have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • 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;
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • An ability to communicate effectively;
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  • A knowledge of discrete mathematics;
  • Knowledge of mathematics through differential and integral calculus, basic sciences, computer science, and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex software and systems containing hardware and software components.

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