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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 DoD Forensics, Naval Surface Warfare Centers, the Naval Postgraduate School, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Pennsylvania State University, 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

The ECE Department has two Bowman Scholars for Academic Year 2018-2019.

Midshipman 2/C Miriam Ewall-Wice of the 24TH Company is a Computer Engineering major studying Optomechanical Actuator and Irradiation Sensor Using the Diamagnetism of Pyrolytic Graphite. Her advisers are Assistant Professor Hatem ElBidweihy, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Professor Peter Joyce, Mechanical Engineering Department.

Midshipman 2/C Zachary Johnson of the 18TH Company is an Electrical Engineering major studying SSD Firmware Classification Via Side-Channel Power Signal Analysis. His adviser is Professor Ryan Rakvic, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Faculty News

The IEEE digital reference library is available online

Asst. Prof. Kevin Galloway (ECE) has had the following paper published: 

Kevin S. Galloway and Biswadip Dey, "Collective Motion Under Beacon-Referenced Cyclic Pursuit", Automatica, 91, 17-26, May 2018.

Asst. Prof. Hatem ElBidweihy (ECE) and his collaborators at NIST-Gaithersburg and Simon Fraser University have had the following paper published:

H. ElBidweihy, A. Arrott, and V. Provenzano, "Modeling the Role of the Buildup of Magnetic Charges in Low Anisotropy Polycrystalline Materials," IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 54 (11) 2018.

Greg Coxson (ECE) attended the IEEE 2018 National Radar Conference in Oklahoma City on 23-26 April. He presented a paper and a poster titled "MOCS Cliques and Complementary Code Set Construction" and "Exhaustive Search for Optimal-PSL Quad-Phase Codes". 

Asst. Prof. Hatem ElBidweihy (ECE) served as a publication editor for the IEEE INTERMAG Conference, Singapore April 23-27, and gave the following presentations:

H. ElBidweihy, A. Arrott, and V. Provenzano, "Modeling the role of magnetic charges on field cooling memory in low anisotropy polycrystalline materials"

V. Provenzano, R. Witte, H. ElBidweihy, A. Arrott, C. Radu, H. Hahn, ”Anisotropy and demagnetizing effects on the magnetic behavior of polycrystalline gadolinium across the spin-reorientation revealed by a magneto-thermal protocol” 

Associate Professor Chris R. Anderson (ECE) was appointed the General Chair of the US Department of Commerce's annual International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies conference, held July 24-26 in Boulder, Colorado.  The theme for this year is "Path Lost: Navigating propagation challenges for ultra-dense wireless systems."

Special thanks to Dr. Hatem ElBidweihy for his contributions to the E&W Newsletter, and by extension, this webpage.

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