A letter from the Head
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University welcomes all students from Oklahoma and from diverse backgrounds across the world. We are highly recognized in the nation for our student-centered, laboratory intensive curriculum and a partner of choice for employers seeking well educated, highly motivated, and uniquely creative college graduates dedicated to life-long learning. Our faculty are engaged in innovative research to create solutions and knowledge relevant to the technological and scientific challenges of our time. We strive for excellence in all that we do, with the student at the focal point of our mission.
The School has about 20 dedicated faculty members from prestigious universities who serve, instruct, and mentor approximately 440 undergraduate and 65 graduate students pursuing bachelor, master, or doctorate degrees in electrical or computer engineering. Both the undergraduate electrical engineering and computer engineering programs are accredited by the ABET ( http://www.abet.org/about-abet) to assure students, parents, industry partners, and other stakeholders that our programs are of the highest quality.
We offer a wide range of degree programs that are tailored for just about anyone at any stage in their professional career, from recent high school graduates to career professionals. The School offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE), a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering (BSCpE), and a dual degree in both electrical and computer engineering. At the graduate level, the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE, thesis) and the Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEngEE, non-thesis) are offered. Both the MSEE and the MEngEE degrees are fully online for place-bound professionals or for those who need scheduling flexibility. Additionally, a “4+1” option exists to combine the MEngEE degree with the BSEE or BSCpE degree to accelerate the completion of a graduate degree. Finally, the School has a very robust PhD degree program for those who seek detailed, advanced knowledge in the context of a focused research project. Details concerning all of these academic programs are posted on our ECE web pages.
Electrical and computer engineering encompasses many exciting subdisciplines including energy systems, machines, power electronics, analog electronics, digital electronics, mixed-signal electronics, VLSI chips, instrumentation, sensors, signal processing, machine vision, communications, control systems, robotics, wireless devices, radar, electromagnetic fields, photonics, embedded controllers, networking, software development, biomedical devices, artificial intelligence, and computer architecture. Our School enfolds all of these subdisciplines in its curriculum or research activities. Our students and fields of study make a positive difference to a world that needs technological and social solutions.
Electrical and computer engineers fresh out of our programs not only get jobs, they get jobs that command high salaries from both large and small companies in Oklahoma and throughout the United States. Over 200 companies visit the Stillwater campus each year to recruit our graduates at our career fairs. The demand for electrical or computer engineers is increasing each year and is not expected to subside for many years to come due to the ever increasing development and application of our technologies. Further employment demand will occur as baby boomers leave the workforce for retirement. Hence, the future is very bright for electrical and computer engineers. There has never been a better time to begin a career in electrical or computer engineering. We are excited about Endeavor, which is a new $30M, 70,000 ft2 facility dedicated to undergraduate laboratory education. This facility allows College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) students access to state-of-the-art laboratories and to work across disciplines in senior design activities, thus giving them exposure to real-world engineering design activities. The laboratory is located at the northeast corner of Hester Street and Athletic Avenue. Please feel free to visit Endeavor and survey its portfolio of laboratories.
A signature laboratory found within Endeavor is our new RF/Communications laboratory. This laboratory is equipped with state-of-the art equipment to perform X-band measurements, operate software defined radios, and build communication devices, transmitters, and receivers. Few universities in the country have this capability. Given the explosive growth in the communication industries, our students will be well prepared to tackle the technological challenges of communication technologies fresh out of college.
In addition to the excitement surrounding Endeavor, we are equally enthused about the faculty that we have hired over the past few years and the growth prospect of adding several more during the next few years. These additional educators and researchers will allow us to increase our course offerings, reduce class sizes, and pursue new and exciting research opportunities.
Whether you are the son or daughter of an OSU alumni, a first generation college student, a recent high school graduate, or a nontraditional student, we encourage you to apply to one of our programs.
Jeffrey L. Young, Ph.D., P.E., F.IEEE
OSURF Endowed Chair of Engineering and Department Head