Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

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Our department offers two ABET accredited majors, and also supports core courses in electrical engineering and cyber engineering.

The Electrical Engineering Major

Electrical engineering is the discipline of manipulating power and information in the form of electricity. It is a discipline of great breadth that includes topics as diverse as wireless communications, renewable energy, electric transportation systems, instrumentation, signal processing and computational systems (i.e. computers). It provides a thorough technical background that applies to all branches of naval service as well as to civilian life.

Electrical engineering majors are required to take courses in electrical engineering fundamentals including circuit analysis, digital logic systems, semiconductor device electronics, power systems and rotating machinery, communications, electromagnetism, and the design of microprocessor-based systems. Electives are offered in a variety of topics including semiconductor physics, machines and generators, wireless communications, networking, digital signal processing, biometric signal processing, fiber optics, computer architecture, instrumentation, and microcomputer interfacing. Design is emphasized throughout the program.

The Computer Engineering Major

Computer engineering is a discipline that combines fundamentals from both electrical engineering and computer science. Computer engineers must understand the many different aspects of a computer, ranging from the physics of its low-level components to the computer software that controls its high-level operations.

Computer Engineering majors are required to take courses in electrical engineering fundamentals including AC and DC circuit analysis, digital logic systems, electronics and electromechanics, signals and systems, data structures, communications, computer architecture and the design of microprocessor-based systems. Computer engineering students will have the opportunity to take electives in embedded systems, computer operating systems, microcomputer interfacing, superscalar processor design, VLSI design, computer networking, digital signal processing, biometric signal processing and computer vision.

Opportunities in the ECE Department

A number of summer internships with organizations such as the National Security Agency and the Naval Research Laboratory provide the opportunity to work with scientists on improving the design, implementation and use of critical defense-related applications. We typically have a number of Trident and Bowman scholars, and many of our graduates go on to graduate study at first tier research institutions. We also have a number of students each year who successfully complete language minors, and we work with our majors to facilitate foreign and service academy exchanges. An electrical or computer engineering degree also opens doors in civilian life. Having this degree is widely regarded as evidence of problem-solving skills and tenacity, and Academy electrical and computer engineering graduates have achieved success in a wide variety of post-service careers including “non-technical” fields like business and law.

I invite you to learn more about our courses, laboratory facilities, and faculty

Samara Firebaugh, Ph D.
Professor and Chair


Student News

  • Two EE Midshipmen complete summer internship at Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (link)
  • EE Midshipman 1st Class Michael K. Johnson received the Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, Class of 1956 Award for graduating with the highest overall Order of Merit in the USNA Class of 2015 (link)

Faculty News

  • Professor Samara Firebaugh relieved Professor Rob Ives on July 20, 2015 as the Electrical and Computer Department Chair
  • Daniel Opila (PI), John Stevens, and Ed Zivi (WSE) awarded a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award through ONR for a project entitled: "Reconfigurable adaptive network power system testbed for microgrid research"
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