Electrical Engineering (EEE)
The Discipline and the 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 capstone senior design laboratory sequence integrates the many skills acquired in preparatory courses so that students can design, implement, test, and demonstrate a significant project. Two midshipmen per year are awarded the Steinmetz Prize for innovative work in the electrical engineering design laboratory course sequences. The Captain Boyd R. Alexander Prize in Electrical Engineering is presented during Commissioning Week to the outstanding graduate in the major.
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 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 engineering graduates have achieved success in a wide variety of post-service careers including business, law, and consulting.
Considerations for those who might be interested in this major
Electrical engineering is a technically demanding and highly rewarding major. It involves a significant amount of time solving problem sets, doing programming and performing laboratory work. It is a good major for someone who enjoys solving challenging yet important problems, who did well in science and math courses in high school, and who is interested in technology. It is a rich, rewarding discipline that opens up a world of opportunity.