Electrical Engineering

Department of Electrical Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
332 Bonner Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1920

Phone: 716.645.3115
Fax: 716.645.3656
Web: www.ee.buffalo.edu/

Vladimir Mitin
Chair

James J. Whalen
Director of Undergraduate Studies

About the Program

The undergraduate degree offered by the department is the B.S. in electrical engineering. Electrical engineers work in research and development, product design, manufacturing, operations, service, technical sales and marketing, consulting, education, and environmental problem solving.

The undergraduate program provides the scope of knowledge and training for employment in the field and also forms the basis for further study at the graduate level. The curriculum emphasizes communications and signals, microelectronics and energy systems, and engineering materials and devices for electronics and photonics.

Communications and signals include wireless communications, communications systems, digital signal processing, and image and video processing. Microelectronics and energy systems include electronic instrumentation, integrated circuit systems, RF and microwave circuits, energy generation and conversion, and power conversion and control. Materials and devices for electronics and photonics include electronic device fabrication, electrical and optical characterization, laser spectroscopy, and photonics. Students interested in computer hardware and software may take courses offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, including computer networks, high-performance computing, and VLSI.

The program is designed to serve both students who intend to enter industry directly and others who plan to continue their education through formal graduate study.

Degree Options

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and a combined degree. The combined degree is a single degree: BS/MBA Electrical Engineering/Business Administration.

Acceptance Information

See the Program Acceptance section in Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of, in this catalog.

Advisement

During the first two years of all engineering programs, students are advised by one of the senior SEAS academic advisors in 410 Bonner Hall. The SEAS academic advisors should be consulted on general education requirements and on required courses in chemistry, engineering and applied science, math, and physics. Once admitted to the BSEE program students are assigned an advisor who is an EE faculty member. Students are encouraged to consult their EE advisor about the sequence of EE requirements and technical electives, especially for the senior year.

The first two years of the undergraduate curriculum emphasize the physical sciences and mathematics. The third year consists of coordinated sequences in digital principles, microprocessors, and microcomputers; physical electronics and electronic circuits; electromagnetic theory; and signal analysis and transform methods. Fourth-year courses are primarily elective and designed to broaden the background, reinforce lab skills, and develop design concepts. By selection of technical electives, undergraduates have the flexibility to concentrate in communications, photonics, semiconductors, lasers, signal processing, computers, energy systems and related studies.

Students must meet minimum GPA requirements in engineering courses as specified by the Dean of Engineering to graduate. Currently the minimum GPA is 2.0.

Students apply directly to the management school during their junior year to be admitted to the MBA program. The MBA courses are representative of those currently required but may change prior to a students' acceptance into the MBA program. Students should confirm MBA program requirements upon their application & acceptance to that program directly with the School of Management.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university transfer admission requirements before consideration for admission to the Department of Electrical Engineering. Electrical engineering courses completed at other colleges and offered as substitutes for UB courses are evaluated individually by the EE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee; determination is made by an evaluation of the student�s transcripts, course content, contact hours, and grades earned. Most courses taken from an ABET-accredited college-level Electrical Engineering department are acceptable. Evaluations for transfer credits of general education, basic science, and engineering science courses completed at other universities and colleges are done through the Office of Undegraduate Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 410 Bonner Hall. For more information, see the Transfer Policy section in Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

As part of their undergraduate education, students are encouraged to participate in work experience classes and research opportunities.

Work experience is available through the Engineering Career Institute program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as departmental co-op and internship classes. The Engineering Career Institute (EAS 396, 1 academic credit) provides career-effectiveness skills and co-op placement assistance during the junior year. This may be followed by one to three co-op work experiences (EAS 496, 2 academic credit hours). Descriptions of co-op courses may be found at http://undergrad-catalog.buffalo.edu/academicprograms/eas.shtml.

There are many opportunities for undergraduate research with EE faculty that provide the opportunity to participate in peer-reviewed publications. Examples include:
(a) Evaluation of silicon dioxide deposited by plasma-assisted CVD (PECVD). The research involves oxide deposition by PECVD, formation of contacts by metal evaporation and testing by I-V and C-V techniques.
(b) Students can learn basic semiconductor microfabrication techniques, such as optical lithography and metal deposition. Working with graduate research assistants, these students are exposed to the techniques of low-temperature nanodevice characterization. The research undertaken under this program would also serve as the basis for an Honors thesis.
(c) The undergraduate researcher has direct interaction with faculty, industrial and governmental contacts, and graduate and fellow undergraduate and graduate researchers. The Energy Systems area can include reliability of autonomous and/or supervised devices and systems from nano-scale to mega-scale, investigation of electronic circuits, devices and systems for processing electrical power and interdisciplinary investigation of packaging power electronic circuits.

Note: See the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in this catalog for pre-engineering requirements. For additional information, consult the EE undergraduate manual, the departmental office, or the Web site.

Electrical Engineering - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in technical and engineering courses.

Required Courses

CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
CSE 379 Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcomputers
CSE 380 Introduction to Microprocessors Lab
EAS 140 Engineering Solutions
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 230 Higher-Level Language
EE 101 Basic Electronics or one technical elective
EE 202 Circuit Analysis I
EE 203 Circuit Analysis II
EE 310 Electronic Devices and Circuits I
EE 311 Electronic Devices and Circuits II
EE 352 Introduction to Electronics Lab
EE 353 Electronic Circuits Lab
EE 378 Digital Principles
EE 408 Senior Seminar
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
PHY 207 General Physics III or EE 240 Nanotechnology, Engineering, and Science
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
Three electrical engineering requirements*
Two technical electives with design
Two restricted upper-division technical electives
Two unrestricted upper-division technical electives
One free elective

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 109

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring EE 101 or one technical elective; MTH 142, PHY 107

SECOND YEAR
Fall EAS 207, EE 202, MTH 306, PHY 108/PHY 158
Spring EAS 230, EE 203, MTH 241; PHY 207/PHY 257 or EE 240/PHY 257

THIRD YEAR
Fall EE 310, EE 352, EE 378, one electrical engineering requirement*
Spring CSE 379, CSE 380, EE 311, EE 353, one electrical engineering requirement*

FOURTH YEAR
Fall EE 408, one technical elective with design, one technical elective, one electrical engineering requirement*
Spring One technical elective with design, three technical electives, one free elective

Electives and Course Groupings

*Electrical Engineering Requirements

The following three required courses may be taken in any order depending upon choice of senior electives: EAS 305 Applied Probability, EE 303 Signal Analysis and Transform Methods, EE 324 Applied Electromagnetics.

Technical Electives (minimum 21 credits)

A total of seven technical electives is required. At least six must be upper-division technical electives. Only one may be a lower division technical elective such as EE 101. Note that one lower-division required course must be either PHY 207 or EE 240.

At least two of the upper-division technical electives must be courses with significant design content from an approved list. The current approved list includes CSE 442 Software Engineering, CSE 453 Hardware/Software Integrated Systems Design, CSE 497 Introduction to VLSI, EE 410 Electronic Instrument Design, EE 413 Communications Electronics, EE 416 Signal Processing Algorithms, EE 425 Electrical Devices I, EE 449 Analog Integrated Circuit Layout, EE 453 Microelectronic Fabrication Lab, EE 455 Photonic Devices, EE 456 RF & Microwave Circuits II, EE 482 Power Systems Engineering I, EE 483 Communications Systems I, EE 491 Analog Circuits and EE 494 Senior Capstone Group Design Project.

In addition to the two technical electives with significant design content, at least two other upper-division technical electives must be chosen from: CSE courses or EE courses or MAE 340 Systems Analysis or MAE 443 Continuous Control Systems or MAE 444 Digital Control Systems.

Two of the upper division technical electives are unrestricted.

Electrical Engineering/Business Administration - B.S / M.B.A

Acceptance Criteria

Good standing as an electrical engineering undergraduate student and acceptance as a graduate student by the School of Management.

Advising Notes

The internship may be taken the previous summer to lighten the load in the fifth year.

Required Courses

CHE 107 General Chemistry for Engineers
CSE 379 Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcomputers
CSE 380 Introduction to Microprocessors Lab
EAS 140 Engineering Solutions
EAS 207 Statics
EAS 230 Higher Level Languages
EE 101 Basic Electronics or one technical elective
EE 202 Circuit Analysis I
EE 203 Circuit Analysis II
EE 310 Electronic Devices and Circuits I
EE 311 Electronic Devices and Circuits II
EE 352 Introduction to Electronics Laboratory
EE 353 Electronic Circuits Laboratory
EE 378 Digital Principles
EE 408 Senior Seminar
MGA 604 Introduction to Financial Accounting
MGA 609 Management Accounting
MGB 601 Behavioral and Organizational Concepts for Management
MGE 601 Economics for Managers
MGF 631 Financial Management
MGG 635 Business Communication
MGM 625 Marketing Management
MGO 630 Operations and Service Management
MGO 641 Strategic Management
MGT 601 Ethics & Corporate Finance
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
PHY 207 General Physics III or EE 240 Nanotechnology, Engineering, and Science
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
Three electrical engineering requirements*
One electrical engineering technical elective with design content
Two other electrical engineering technical electives
Six MBA Electives
MBA Practicum

Summary
Total required credits for the undergraduate portion: 97
Total required credits for the B.S./M.B.A.: 145

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the School of Management�s MBA handbook for requirements for MBA candidates.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall CHE 107, EAS 140, MTH 141
Spring EE 101 or technical elective; MTH 142, PHY 107

SECOND YEAR
Fall EAS 207, EE 202, MTH 306, PHY 108, PHY 158
Spring EAS 230, EE 203, MTH 241, PHY 207/PHY 257 or EE 240/PHY 257

THIRD YEAR
Fall EE 310, EE 352, EE 378, one electrical engineering requirement*
Spring CSE 379, CSE 380, EE 311, EE 353, one electrical engineering requirement*

FOURTH YEAR
Fall EE 408, MGA 604, MGB 601, MGT 601, MGF 631, one electrical engineering requirement*, one electrical engineering technical elective with design
Spring MGA 609, MGF 631, MGG 635, MGM 625, MGO 630, MGO 641, one EE/CSE technical elective

FIFTH YEAR
Fall MGE 601, Two MBA electives, MBA Practicum, one EE/CSE technical elective
Spring four MBA electives

Contact the School of Management for flex core course and elective options.

Electives and Course Groupings

*Electrical Engineering Requirements
The following three required courses may be taken in any order depending upon choice of senior electives: EAS 305 Applied Probability, EE 303 Signal Analysis and Transform Methods, EE 324 Applied Electromagnetics.

Electrical Engineering Technical Electives (minimum 12 credits)

A total of four technical electives is required. At least three must be upper-division technical electives. No more than one may be a lower-division technical elective such as EE 101.

At least one of the upper division technical electives must be a course with significant design content from an approved list. The current approved list includes CSE 442 Software Engineering, CSE 453 Hardware/Software Integrated Systems Design, CSE 497 Introduction to VLSI, EE 410 Electronic Instrument Design, EE 413 Communications Electronics, EE 416 Signal Processing Algorithms, EE 425 Electrical Devices I, EE 449 Analog Integrated Circuit Layout, EE 453 Microelectronic Fabrication Lab, EE 455 Photonic Devices, EE 456 RF & Microwave Circuits II, EE 482 Power Systems Engineering I, EE 483 Communications Systems I, EE 491 Analog Circuits and EE 494 Senior Capstone Group Design Project.

In addition to the one technical elective with significant design content, at least two other upper-division technical electives must be chosen from: CSE courses or EE courses or MAE 340 Systems Analysis or MAE 443 Continuous Control Systems or MAE 444 Digital Control Systems.

Upon completion of undergraduate program requirements and all management requirements, the combined degree will be conferred at the end of fifth year.

Course Descriptions

EE 101 Basic Electronics

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Introductory electronics course for engineering and science majors. Emphasizes analog and digital electronic systems organization, data acquisition, and signal transmission. A laboratory once a week illustrates these techniques by specific circuit devices.

EE 202 Circuit Analysis I

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  MTH 306, PHY 108
Type:  LEC/REC

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Systematic development of network analysis methods. Topics include resistive circuits, Kirchhoff�s laws, equivalent subcircuits; dependent sources and op amps; loop and nodal analysis and duality; energy-storage elements; transient analysis of first-order and second-order circuits.

EE 203 Circuit Analysis II

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 202
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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A continuation of EE 202. Brief review of basic concepts of time-domain circuit analysis; phasor analysis of steady-state ac circuits; complex power and three-phase systems; Laplace transform techniques and 's-domain' circuit analysis; transfer function; linear circuit design. Selected problem assignments and a final design project require use of circuit analysis software tools.

EE 240 Nanotechnology, Engineering, and Science

Credits:  3 \ 1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  PHY 108
Corequisites:  PHY 257, MTH 241
Type:  LEC/REC

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Targeted at undergraduate students in the early stages of their education. The major goals and objectives are to provide second year students with knowledge and understanding of nanoelectronics as an important interdisciplinary subject. Through examples, exercises, and educational Java applets the course covers electromagnetic waves and quantum mechanics, including the quantum-mechanical origin of the electrical and optical properties of materials and nanostructures, chemically-directed assembly of nanostructures, biomolecules, traditional and nontraditional methods of nanolithography, and interactions between electronic and optical properties, as well as forefront topics such as organic heterostructures, nanotubes, and quantum computing.

EE 303 Signal Analysis and Transform Methods

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 203
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Analyzes linear-, discrete-, and continuous-time signals and systems. Topics include Laplace and z-transforms; Fourier analysis; sampling.

EE 310 Electronic Devices and Circuits I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 202
Corequisites:  EE 312 or EE 352
Type:  LEC/REC

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Electronic devices, including operational amplifiers, diodes, bipolar junction transistors and field-effect transistors, the basic circuits in which these devices are used, and computer-aided circuit analysis for these devices and circuits.

EE 311 Electronic Devices and Circuits II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 310
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Differential and multistage amplifiers with bipolar junction transistors (BJT) and field-effect transistors (FET). Biasing in integrated circuits and active loads. Frequency response of common-emitter (common-source), common-base (common-gate), common-collector (common-drain) single BJT (FET) stages. Frequency response of differential-pair, cascode, and multistage circuits. Selection of coupling and bypass capacitors. Analog integrated circuits. Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) digital circuits with emphasis on CMOS.

EE 312 Basic Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 202
Corequisites:  EE 310
Type:  LEC/LAB

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For computer engineering and other non-EE majors.

Trains students how to design, build, diagnose, and characterize electronic circuits. Topics include instrumentation, semiconductor devices, and electronic circuits. Covers both analog and digital circuits. Laboratory projects include filters, operational amplifiers, dc power supply, MOSFET amplifier, BJT amplifier, logic gates, timing, and counters.

EE 324 Applied Electromagnetics

Credits:  4
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 202, MTH 241, PHY 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Topics include vector calculus; electric fields; charge distributions; dielectrics, energy, forces in the presence of dielectrics; Laplace�s and Poisson�s equations; magnetostatics; Faraday�s induction law; time-dependent phenomena; waves.

EE 352 Introduction to Electronics Lab

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 202 and EE 203
Corequisites:  EE 310
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Trains students how to design, build, diagnose, and characterize electronic circuits. Topics include instrumentation, semiconductor devices, and electronic circuits. Covers both analog and digital circuits. Laboratory projects include filters, operational amplifiers, diodes, dc power supply, ac power control, MOSFET amplifier, BJT amplifier, logic gates, timing, and counters.

EE 353 Electronic Circuits Lab

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 352
Corequisites:  EE 311
Type:  LEC/LAB

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An engineering design lab. Fifty-minute lecture and 230-minute lab per week. Involves analyzing and designing single and multistage electronic circuits using FETs, BJTs, and op amps. Asks students to design a variety of amplifiers to meet certain specifications. They practice SPICE and use their knowledge of analog circuits to complete the projects.

EE 378 Digital Principles

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 202
Corequisites:  EE 310
Type:  LEC

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Topics include number systems; arithmetic; codes; Boolean algebra; minimization techniques; logic design; programmable logic devices; memory devices; registers; counters; synchronous sequential networks.

EE 401 RF and Microwave Circuits I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 203
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The first of a two-course sequence in the area of RF and microwave circuit design. Initial topics include transmission line equations, reflection coefficient, VSWR, return loss, and insertion loss. Examples include impedance matching networks using lumped elements, single-section and multi-section quarter wave transformers, single-stub and double-stub tuners, the design of directional couplers, and hybrids. There is a student design project for a planar transmission line circuit based upon the software package Microwave Office. The design is fabricated and tested.

EE 403 Introduction to Plasma Processing

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  MTH 242 or MTH 306; PHY 108
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces plasma processing including plasma deposition, plasma etching, gaseous electronics, gas lasers and plasma materials processing. Topics include basic atomic theory, elementary kinetic theory of gases, motion of charges in electric and magnetic fields, plasma properties, plasma generation and devices, plasma-surface interactions, electrodes and discharge characteristics, plasma diagnostics and plasma simulation. Students prepare web-based presentations in current plasma technologies with focus on applications in electrical engineering field.

EE 408 Senior Seminar

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Covers the ethical, social, economic, and safety considerations in engineering practice essential for a successful engineering career.

EE 410 Electronic Instrument Design I

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 310
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Design of electronic instruments, with emphasis on the use of integrated circuits, both analog and digital. Topics include power supplies; signal conditioning, and active filters; frequency counters and micro-controllers; measurement of temperature, displacement, light, and other physical quantities. Individual or group projects required. The instrument is demonstrated and a report is written.

EE 413 Communication Electronics

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 352 and EE 353
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Examines operation and signaling in communications systems with a strong emphasis on circuits. Covers radio frequency systems (AM, FM, TV), telephone switching systems, microwave/wireless systems, fiber optics, modulation schemes, coding, multiplexing/demultiplexing, protocols, and networking. Discusses both analog and digital/data communication systems. Requires students to complete a capstone design project.

EE 415 Microelectromechanical Systems

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Intended for first-year graduate students. Silicon-based integrated MEMS promise reliable performance, miniaturization and low-cost production of sensors and actuator systems with broad applications in data storage, biomedical systems, inertial navigation, micromanipulation, optical display and microfluid jet systems. The course covers such subjects as materials properties, fabrication techniques, basic structure mechanics, sensing and actuation principles, circuit and system issues, packaging, calibration, and testing.

EE 416 Signal Processing Algorithms

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 303 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  EAS 305
Type:  LEC/REC

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Signals and samples, the z-transform. The discrete Fourier transform. Frequency and time-domain response of filters. Digital filter design, FIR and IIR filters. Digital filter structures. Multi-rate filters and signals. Fast convolution and correlation algorithms. Interdisciplinary aspects: VLSI for DSP; SAW and CCD devices; computational aspects. Heavy design experience with signal processing software. Students are expected to complete several design studies and a final project in the areas of digital filter design and signal processing algorithms. Matlab or similar packages are to be used both in the design process as well as in verification of design objectives.

EE 419 Industrial Control Systems

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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An application-oriented course to introduce students to the basic principles and concepts employed in analysis and synthesis of modern-day analog and microcomputer control systems. Topics include: review of vectors, matrices, and Laplace transforms, followed by introduction to block diagram, signal flow graph, and state-variable representation of physical systems, network and linear graph techniques of system modeling; time-domain, frequency domain, and state-space analysis of linear control systems, control concepts in multivariable systems, hierarchy of control structures, design of analog and digital controllers.

EE 421 Semiconductor Materials

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 310
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews semiconductor materials properties that are important for device operation. Also, discusses semiconductor devices along with important materials properties for each device. Reviews the device models employed in SPICE circuit simulations. Uses several SPICE simulation projects to learn about the SPICE device models and about the effect of materials properties on the device performance and circuit operation. Devices covered are: pn junction diode; SPICE pn junction diode models and model parameters; MOS field effect transistor, SPICE MOSFET models and model parameters; CMOS integrated circuits; bipolar transistor fundamentals; SPICE BJT models and model parameters; MS junction; mesfet; jfet; SPICE models; PSPICE or HSPICE simulations of semiconductor devices.

EE 422 Nanomaterials

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The recent emergence of fabrication tools and techniques capable of constructing nanometer-sized structures has opened up numerous possibilities for the development of new devices with size domains ranging from 0.1 - 50 nm. The course introduces basic single-charged electronics, including quantum dots and wires, single-electron transistors (SETs), nanoscale tunnel junctions, and so forth. Giant magnetoresistance (GMR) in multilayered structures are presented with their applications in hard disk heads, random access memory (RAM) and sensors. Discusses optical devices including semiconductor lasers incorporating active regions of quantum wells and self assembled formation of quantum-dot-structures for new generation of semiconductor layers. Finally, devices based on single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes are presented with emphasis on their unique electronic and mechanical properties that are expected to lead to ground breaking industrial nanodevices. The course also includes discussions on such fabrication techniques as laser-ablation, magnetron and ion beam sputter deposition, epitaxy for layer structures, rubber stamping for nanoscale wire-like patterns, and electroplating into nanoscale porous membranes.

EE 424 Introduction to Nanoelectronics, Nanostructure Physics, and Applications

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers 2-D electron systems, quantum wires and dots, ballistic transport, quantum interference, and single-electron tunneling.

EE 425 Electrical Devices I

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 203 or EE 324
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Principles of electromagnetic energy conversion with applications to motors and generators. Topics include magnetic circuits, transformers, hysteresis, field energy, dc and ac motors. Students learn the basic fundamentals of electro-mechanical energy conversion. Design project with laboratory validation accounts for 50 % of grade.

EE 429 Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  EE 324
Type:  LEC

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EMC deals with interference in electronic systems. For senior and first-year graduate students and industrial professionals who have an interest in designing electronic systems that comply with current commercial and military standards on EMC such as the FCC Part 15 and CISPR 22. Both specify limits on radiated and conducted emissions for digital devices which are defined as any electronic device that has digital circuitry and uses a clock signal in excess of 9 kHz. Student projects designed in electronic instrumentation classes without consideration of the limits imposed by these standards would fail to meet the current standards and as a result could not be marketed in the United States or Europe.

EE 430 Fundamentals of Solid State Devices

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  EE 421
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Develops an understanding of the operation of different semiconductor devices, starting from a quantitative knowledge of semiconductor properties.

EE 435 Java Applet Modeling for Visual Engineering Simulation

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Experience in programming with a high-level language (e.g., C)
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Object-oriented analysis, design and programming. Introduces Java syntax, application programmers interface (API), object-oriented programming concepts including encapsulation, inheritance, and polymorphism, and multi-threaded programming including thread synchronization and control. Also introduces graphical programming API and effective graphical programming techniques. Applies all these concepts and techniques to the student-chosen, engineering simulation projects. Emphasizes software engineering processes such as architectural design, unit refinement cycles and code reuse throughout the semester. For the project, requires students to develop a reusable class library consisting of at least three packages: a graphical drawing package, a problem simulation package, and a visual presentation package.

EE 448 Microelectronic Device Fabrication

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 311
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Fabrication technology for microelectronic devices: crystal growth, wafer fabrication and characterization, mask fabrication, epitaxy, lithography, etching, diffusion, CVD, ion implantation, dc and RF plasma reactors (operating principles and fabrication applications), packing. Operation of microelectronic devices (interconnects, passive devices, and MOS and BJT devices), micro-optical devices (CDRs, etc.) and micro electro-mechanical devices (micro-motors, micro-mirror arrays, etc). Students select a part of the fabrication process (lithography, diffusion, etc.) and use simulation code to design that step of the process to achieve specific device properties.

EE 449 Analog Integrated Circuit Layout

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 311
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Introduces analog integrated circuit fabrication and layout design for analog VLSI. Covers: representative IC fabrication processes (standard bipolar, CMOS and analog BiCMOS); layout principles and methods for MOS transistors and device matching; resistors and capacitors layout; matched layouts of R and C components; bipolar transistors and bipolar matching; and diodes. Also reviews several active-loaded analog amplifier circuits, focusing on CMOS and BiCMOS op amp configuration. Requires a term project on the layout design of simple op amp circuits involving CMOS or BiCMOS op amps plus several matched devices of resistors, capacitors and transistors. Students design circuits using SPICE simulations. The student term project is to be fabricated through MOSIS.

EE 453 Microelectronic Fabrication Lab

Credits:  3 \ 0
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Provides students with the experience of fabricating a semiconductor device. Students become versed in fabrication techniques used in the microelectronics industry. Required student activities include mask design, chemical processing, operation of clean room equipment, and testing of the final device. Also requires a report.

EE 455 Photonic Devices

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 311
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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First, discusses the basics of p-n junctions including current flow, and recombination. In addition, discusses solar cell fundamentals, heterojunctions, metal-insulator-semiconductor devices, design, and recent advances. The course ends with a discussion of photodetector principles, design, and applications.

EE 456 RF and Microwave Circuits II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 401 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The second course of a two-course sequence in the area of RF and microwave circuit design. Topics covered are filters, resonators, detectors, mixers, amplifiers, and microwave systems. Microwave Office is used for CAD analysis of circuits. Students design, construct, fabricate, and measure the performance of a microstrip resonator, a microstrip or stripline directional coupler, and a filter.

EE 458 RF/Microwave Laboratory

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 401 or EE 429 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/REC

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Covers RF & microwave measurement techniques in the 1 MHz to 18 GHz frequency region. Topics include assembling basic measurement systems, including attenuators, directional couplers, power dividers, terminations, power sensors, solid-state detectors, mixers, power meters, and signal generators; measuring the reflection and transmission coefficients at discrete frequencies; making similar measurements (magnitude only) over a band of frequencies using a swept power measurement system consisting of a spectrum analyzer with tracking generator; vector measurements (magnitude and phase) versus frequency using RF & microwave automatic network analyzers.

EE 459 Special Topics in Electrical Engineering

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor and student's advisor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Special topics of particular recent interest not covered in the standard curriculum. Requires dual registration in department office.

EE 460 Current Research Topics of Power Modulation Applications

Credits:  3 \ 1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor and student's advisor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Involves a design project based on electric energy systems that specifically address power modulation applications and that is firmly based on the fundamentals needed to become a successful engineer. Students form Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) to work on the capstone project and answer all the questions that will be required of them when they leave the academic environment. Students are challenged to incorporate engineering standards and realistic constraints that include the economy, environment, sustainability, manufacturability, ethical considerations, health and safety issues, social issues, and politics as stated by ABET. Both technical reports and technical presentations are required of IPT participants.

EE 462 Principles of Medical and Radar Imaging

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 303
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Applications of multidimensional signal theory and Fourier analysis. Topics include review of signal processing tools and systems used in array imaging, including coherent receivers, pulsed and continuous wave signaling, temporal Doppler phenomenon, and monostatic, quasi-monostatic, bistatic transmitters/receivers, and 2-D signal processing; examining specific array imaging systems, including phased array imaging, synthetic aperture (SAR and ISAR) imaging, passive array imaging, and bistatic array imaging with emphasis on transmission imaging problems of diagnostic medicine and geophysical exploration.

EE 465 Current Research Topics of Pulsed Power Applications

Credits:  3 \ 1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Involves a design project based on pulsed power that utilizes the fundamentals needed to become a successful engineer in the business world. Pulsed power focuses on achieving high peak powers by impulse and rep-rate methods. Topics in this area of research include switching, surface flashover of insulators, and other related areas. Students form Integrated Project Teams to work on their projects and address the relevant issues in a multidisciplinary (electrical engineering) team. Student grades are based on peer reviewed effort, technical reports, and oral presentations.

EE 476 High-Voltage Engineering

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 203, EE 482
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Topics include introduction to high-voltage engineering; generation of high voltages (AC, DC, impulse, pulse); measurements of high voltages; destructive and nondestructive insulation test techniques; shielding and grounding; electric shock and safety. Term paper/high-voltage research.

EE 478 Digital Design

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 378
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Topics include analysis and design of clocked synchronous sequential networks; design of algorithmic state machines; analysis and design of asynchronous sequential networks; CPLDs and FPGAs; CAD tools; introduction to VHDL.

EE 480 Biomedical Electronics

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers the principles and designs of various important biomedical instruments including pacemaker, EEG, ECG, EMG, and ICU equipment and diagnostic imaging devices (such as blood bank monitor), CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, endoscope, confocal microscope, and multiphoton non-linear microscope (2-photon fluorescent, SHG and THG). Imaging devices (e.g., CCDs) and medical image processing are also covered. Includes a general introduction to biological systems; emphasizes the structural and functional relationship between various biological compartments.

EE 482 Power Systems Engineering I

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 203 or EE 324
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Surveys the field of modern energy systems, with the foundation being classical electrical power and related power electronics. Topics include complex power, per unit analysis, transmission line parameters and modeling, and compensation. Students also study alternative energy systems in this course. Course also includes use of a Power Simulation Program in which modeling can be done. This program is also used for the final system design project paper which accounts for 50% of the course grade.

EE 483 Communications Systems I

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 303
Corequisites:  EAS 305
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Fourier transforms and spectra; linear filters; transmission of signals through linear systems; bandpass signals; bandpass systems; continuous wave modulation; amplitude modulation (AM); double sideband modulation (DSB); single sideband modulation (SSB), phase modulation (PM); frequency modulation (FM); quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM); frequency division multiplexing (FDM); demodulation of analog modulated signals; random variables; statistical averages; random processes; autocorrelation and power spectral density; stationarity; transmission of random processes through linear systems; white noise; colored noise; Gaussian noise; noise in continuous wave modulation systems; signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR); sampling; pulse amplitude modulation (PAM).

EE 484 Communications Systems II

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  EE 483
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Topics include review of PAM-, PDM-, PPM-pulsed modulation techniques; principles of digital communications; pulse code modulation; signal quantization; binary communications systems; M-ary communications systems; detection and parameter estimation for pulses in noise; the likelihood ratio receiver; and applications to radar signal processing.

EE 488 VLSI Devices

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 311
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Device fundamentals of CMOS field effect transistors and BiCMOS bipolar transistors. Device parameters and performance factors important for VLSI devices of deep-submicron dimensions. Reviews silicon materials properties, basic physics of p-n junctions and MOS capacitors, and fundamental principles of MOSFET and bipolar transistors. Design and optimization of MOSFET and bipolar devices for VLSI applications. Discusses interdependency and tradeoffs of device parameters pertaining to circuit performance and manufacturability. Also discusses effects in small-dimension devices: quantization in surface inversion layer in a MOSFET device, heavy-doping effect in the bipolar transistor, etc.

EE 489 Lasers and Photonics

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 311
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB/LEC

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Topics include an introduction to lasers and photonics; a short review of electromagnetic theory; ray tracing and lens systems; polarization of light and polarization modulators; Gaussian beams and wave propagation; optical resonators and cavity stability; spontaneous emission, stimulated emission and absorption; rate equations for gain medium; population inversion; characteristics and applications of specific lasers;waveguides and fiber optics; fiber optic communications systems; electro-optic modulators; and acoustic-optic modulators. Requires students to complete a project focusing on the design of a laser system including choice of gain medium, cavity optics, pumping mechanism, power and efficiency estimates, and cost analysis. Requires reports and presentations.

EE 490 Consumer Optoelectronics

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Introduces optoelectronic systems. This design course emphasizes the interaction of optics, lasers, mechanics, electronics, and programming. It requires students design an optoelectronic system with a strong emphasis on team learning and teaching. Some topics of interest include: design methodology; team dynamics; light sources and detectors; light propagation; lens and mirrors; electro optics; interaction of light with materials; nonlinear optics for harmonic generation; optical detection and modulation; and discussion of selected optoelectronic devices and applications such as CD players, DVD, display systems, semiconductor lasers and light emitting diodes, laser printers, barcode scanners, digital cameras, optical coherence tomography, flow cytometry, interferometric systems and optical communications. Requires project proposal, progress reports and presentations and final written reports and presentations.

EE 491 Analog Circuits

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  EE 311
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Focuses on the analysis, design, simulation and mask-level chip layout of integrated analog circuits and systems. Begins with a brief review of MOSFET operation and large and small signal models. Much of the course involves designing and analyzing analog building blocks such as current mirrors, transconductance amplifiers, capacitors, multipliers, current mirrors and D/A and A/D circuits. Simultaneously, the course covers IC design and layout techniques and system analysis. It concludes by looking at sensor applications. Requires a final project consisting of a complete IC layout. Students may have the opportunity to fabricate their final project through MOSIS.

EE 494 Senior Capstone Design Project

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Students design a useful device or product based on knowledge acquired in previous electrical engineering courses. Students have the option of creating their own projects or selecting projects from a list suggested by industrial and faculty sources.

EE 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching

Credits:  3
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

EE 496 Internship

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

EE 497 Departmental Honors Thesis or Project

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

EE 498 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

EE 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 12
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  permission of instructor and student's advisor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Independent study allows individualized guidance of a faculty member; allows students to study a particular topic that is not offered in the curriculum but is of interest to both the student and faculty member. Requires dual registration in department office.

 

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