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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

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is now available to active-duty and retired service members and their dependents, as well as deployed Department of Defense civilians, at no expense.

The E&W MakerSpace is a plastic AM laboratory currently housing 11 different plastic 3D printers of various sizes and capabilities. The MakerSpace is an open E&W divisional design space managed and maintained by Materials group within TSD and is open for use by all USNA students, faculty, and staff for project or classroom support. Please contact CDR Brad Baker, E&W Materials Lab Director, for more details. 


Faculty News

The IEEE digital reference library is available online

Dr. Greg Coxon (ECE) served as co-chair of a session on "Education in Acoustics, Physical Acoustics, Signal Processing in Acoustics, Engineering Acoustics, and Underwater Acoustics:  Synthetic Aperture Sonar for Youngsters" at the Acoustical Society of America meeting in New Orleans, in December 2017. He also gave a talk in that session entitled "The Coffee-Can Radar at the Naval Academy", and also presented a demo of the coffee-can (or "Cantenna" radar). 

Assistant Professor Kevin Galloway (ECE) had the following paper presented by his co-author, Biswadip Dey, at the 2017 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control: "Constant Bearing Pursuit on Branching Graphs", in Melbourne, Australia, December 2017


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