Electrical Engineering @ USNA
Electrical Engineering at USNA is an exciting, invigorating major with information-packed courses, dynamic students, and an enthusiastic and ever-so-smart (and cool) faculty. You're invited to read more about Electrical Engineering in general and specifically about the program here at USNA..
What Is Electrical Engineering?
Simply put, electrical engineering is the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. Electrical engineers understand, develop, and employ devices that harness and control electricity, electric fields, magnetic fields, and the combination the of the latter: electromagnetic energy. Electrical engineering encompasses a wide range of sub-topics under one umbrella. Below, you'll find a non-exhaustive list of the electrical engineering sub-disciplines found at the Naval Academy.
This area of study investigates and designs devices for regulating, monitoring, assisting and replacing human body parts. Example technologies include pace makers, surgical robots, and magnetic resonance imaging. This specialty has ties to signal processing, electronics, computer science, chemistry and biology.
This field investigates and designs devices for measuring and analyzing human features, especially those that can distinguish one human from another. Example technologies include iris scanners, fingerprint recognition systems, and voice analyzers. This specialty has ties to signal processing, electronics, computer science, and sometimes chemistry and biology..
The transmission of information across a medium such as coaxial cable, optical fiber, or free space is the focus of this area. People working here are responsible for the physical processes and technologies behind modern conveniences such as cell phones, radio, wireless networks, cable television, communication satellites, and fiber optic networks. This specialty has close ties to electromagnetics and signal processing.
This discipline involves building basic electrical devices such as diodes, capacitors, resistors, and inductors or of using those basic devices to build complex circuits. Microelectronics is a sub-specialty where the focus is on developing and designing miniature electronics and the fabrication of circuit boards containing thousands or millions of microscopic devices.
More than the study of electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetics involves how to focus and apply electromagnetic radiation through devices like antennas and wave guides.
⚡ Lasers, Optics, and Fiber Optics
Lasers, optics, and fiber optics are here to stay in our US Navy. These areas include foundations in the wave and particle nature of light, coherence and polarization, waveguides, lens systems, directed energy beam propagation, optical communications, and more.
⚡ Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)
MEMS is the art and science of building very small mechanical devices, often using semiconductor fabrication techniques adapted from the microelectronics specialty.
⚡ Power and Energy
This specialty involves the generation and delivery of electricity. The icons of the power engineering are the electric power grid, generators, and transformers. However, the field also includes other vital, but less well-known, topics such as electric motors, power conditioning, and power regulation..
⚡ Signal Processing
Signal processing deals with the analysis and manipulations of electric signals. Signal processing may involve the amplification and filtering of signals for audio equipment or the modulation and demodulation of communications signals. For digital signals, signal processing may involve compression, error detection and error correction.