Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering (EE) is a field that deals with the study of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism and their applications that serve humankind and society. Sub-disciplines in EE include Power, Controls, Instrumentation, Circuits, Communications, Computers, and many others. In today's world, products designed by electrical engineers literally pervade every segment of life, from personal electronic devices, household appliances, life-saving surgery robots, to space exploration sensors. Many of these technologies have become indispensable.

Although electrical engineering has evolved for centuries since its first emergence in the 1700s, many "young" areas are gaining great momentum. For instance, wearable medical sensors and wireless communication technologies are revolutionizing the health industry and renewable energy is expected to rescue the world from the crisis of unsustainable fossil fuel.

At ECU, the EE concentration is supported by a faculty team with background in key areas of current and emerging technology. EE concentration courses include state of the art content in Digital Circuits, Microprocessors, Electronics, Signal and Systems, Power Systems, and Advanced Controls. These courses are designed with an excellent combination of a sound theoretical base and hands-on skills, providing students with a solid foundation that can broaden their future career paths.


Dr. Ricky Castles

Dr. Ricky Castles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include mechatronics, human factors in design, cognitive ergonomics and human physical capabilities.

Mr. Brent Reed

Mr. Brent Reed is a Teaching Instructor in the Department of Engineering. His teaching interests include general engineering and electrical engineering courses.

Dr. Jason Yao

Dr. Yao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering. His research interests are wireless/wearable medical sensors, sensor networks for home environments, telemedicine, and industrial process monitoring and control.

Dr. Zhen Zhu

Dr. Zhu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering. His areas of interest include unmanned systems and autonomous operations, real-time imaging systems for medical applications, remote sensing and sensor integration, satellite navigation embedded systems, software radio and programmable hardware.

Career opportunities for electrical engineers exist in a wide range of business and industry, including product design, manufacturing, consulting engineering, sales and research.

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