Wilkes University


Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics

Chairperson: Mr. Robert R. Taylor


Professors: Gilmer, Srinivasan
Associate Professors: Harms, Lucent, Nazzal, Sabouni
Assistant Professors:  Du, Sha

Visiting Professors: Dimitrov
Faculty Emeriti:  Placek
Staff: Saporito


Our 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

Electrical Engineering

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, Microelectronis, 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, 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:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively.
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (Include program educational objectives here.)

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 Engineering

Upon the recommendation and approval of the Engineering faculty, the honor student in 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 Engineering" will be recorded on the student’s transcript upon graduation.

Student Activities

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 their prerequisites have been satisfied. Transfer credits must follow the proper course sequence as specified in the Wilkes bulletin. For transfer credits to be awarded the required prerequisite(s) must be satisfied during the first year at Wilkes.

Cooperative Education

An important feature of the electrical engineering program is the Cooperative Education experience, a valuable option usually scheduled during the junior year. The co-op option may be continued into the summer preceding the senior year. 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.

Student Classification Categories

Students attain Sophomore standing after successfully completing all Freshman year required courses.
Students attain Junior standing after successfully completing all Sophomore year required courses.
Students attain Senior standing after successfully completing all Junior year required courses.