Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics
Chairperson: Mr. Robert R. Taylor
Associate Professors: Harms, Lucent, Nazzal, Sabouni
Assistant Professors: Du, Sha
Faculty Emeriti: Placek
Staff: Saporito, Stapleton
MissionOur Mission is to mentor the engineering leaders of the future by
- establishing a solid foundation in Science and Mathematics
- intensive development in problem analysis and design in Electrical Engineering
- fostering of students into professionals through internships for Industry or through undergraduate research experiences for Graduate School, both of which improve communication and teamwork skills and introduce life-long learning
- enhancing an awareness of Ethics and Social Responsibilities as consequences of our actions
Total minimum number of credits required for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical
Engineering – 130.
Total minimum number of credits required for a minor in Computer Engineering –19-21
Engineering is a creative profession in which technological problems are met within the framework of scientific possibilities, economic constraints, and cultural preferences. The four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in Electrical Engineering (EE) is dedicated to the principle of preparing its students for industry and graduate study with the expectation of eventual leadership responsibilities. It provides the knowledge and investigative skills, both theoretical and experimental, to responsibly address professional and societal needs through modern curricula, hands-on experience, and a personalized academic environment. Students are encouraged to be well-prepared in the sciences and mathematics. To that end, its faculty and facilities focus on an emphasis of design and industrial experience, student-faculty-industry cooperative projects, teamwork, the adoption of new technologies, and the hands-on student utilization of laboratories and computing systems.
The EE program is designed to achieve a balance among the major areas of Communication Systems, Microelectronics, and Computer Systems. The student may choose to specialize within the EE program in any of the following areas: Communication and Information Systems; Microcontroller Based System Design; Embedded Computing Systems; and Design and Fabrication of Microelectronic Devices and Circuits.
The Electrical Engineering program maintains professional accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; Telephone: (410) 347-7700).
Our program objectives are encompassed in the mission statement above. Our program educational outcomes are to have the:
- Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
- Ability to design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data.
- Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health, safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
- Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
- Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- Recognition of the need and ability to engage in life-long learning.
- Knowledge of contemporary issues.
- Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
A description of individual course outcomes and updated program educational objectives and outcomes is available in the Department office and on the Department Website.
A Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and a Master of Science degree in Bioengineering (MSBEGR) are also available. These degree programs are described in the Graduate Bulletin. Engineering students may also elect to complete a minor in Computer Engineering and/or Physics.
Honors in Electrical Engineering
Upon the recommendation and approval of the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Physics Department, an honor student in Electrical Engineering will be recognized upon completion of the following requirements:
- achievement of an overall GPA of 3.25 or better;
- receipt of grades of 3.00 or better in all engineering courses of his or her field of study;
- pursuit of independent research or special projects in engineering; and
- presentation of research results or special project at meetings, conferences, or through the publication of a paper.
The distinction "Honors in Electrical Engineering" will be recorded on the student’s transcript upon graduation.
Professional societies in which students participate include the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE), and the Engineering Student Activities Council (ESAC). Students also participate in various on-campus activities and design competitions.
Transfer Credit Policy
No credits will be transferred to Wilkes University unless prerequisites of Wilkes University courses have been satisfied. Transfer credits must follow the proper course sequence as specified in the Wilkes University bulletin. For transfer credits to be awarded the required prerequisite(s) must be satisfied during the first year at Wilkes University.
An important feature of the electrical engineering program is the Cooperative Education experience, a valuable option usually scheduled between the junior and senior years. An internship is strongly encouraged through summers and senior year even if it isn't taken for credit. Participants derive three advantages from a co-op experience: a determination of how they wish to fill their elective courses during the senior year; an enhanced ability to conduct a job search; and a greater recognition that career opportunities may be stimulating and fulfilling as well as financially rewarding. The Cooperative Education opportunity provides a natural extension of the college experience. The co-op option for credit can only be taken one time for either 3 or 6 credits as described below:
- The requirements for the 6 credit hours co-op are as follows:
a) The co-op project should distinctly demonstrate an engineering design & analysis component.
b) The student, working with his or her manager, should submit weekly project reports to the faculty advisor.
c) The working hours should not be less than 20 hours per week and the total 300 hours should spread out at least 10 weeks.
d) The student should make a 15 minute final oral presentation to a general audience.
e) The student should submit a final project report of approximately 25 pages (double-spaced) for the body of the report with no limit on details to be included in an appendix. The final report should include at least the background of the company, project background, technical work, and project reflection.
- The requirements for the 3 credit hours co-op are as follows:
a) The co-op project should distinctly demonstrate an engineering component.
b) The student, working with his or her manager, should submit bi-weekly project reports to the faculty advisor.
c) The working hours should not be less than 10 hours per week and the total 150 hours should spread out at least 10 weeks.
d) The student should make a 10 minute final oral presentation to a general audience.
e) The student should submit a final project report of approximately 15 pages (double-spaced) for the body of the report with no limit on details to be included in an appendix. The final report should include at least the background of the company, project background, technical work, and project reflection.