Electrical Engineering : About The Program

About Our Degrees

The electrical engineering BS degree is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and prepares students for graduate study and/or professional practice.

Acceptance Criteria - BS
See the Degrees and Policies section of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in the Undergraduate Catalog for accceptance information.

Students can select EE as a major if they are students in good standing within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or when they apply to UB. Non-engineering students seeking to change their major to EE should first apply and be admitted by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Acceptance Information - BS/MBA

Must have good standing as an Electrical Engineering undergraduate student and be admitted as a graduate student by the School of Management.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet minimum GPA and residency requirements as specified by the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to graduate from the program. See the Degrees and Policies section of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences entry in the Undergraduate Catalog for academic requirements.

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The BS curriculum includes math, science, and basic engineering courses in the freshman and sophomore years, required electrical engineering courses in the junior and senior years, and technical elective courses in the senior year. As there are many similarities during the first year of all engineering disciplines' curricula, students can transfer among engineering majors fairly easily in the freshman year. Students have considerable flexibility in the selection of technical elective courses, allowing them to specialize in an electrical engineering sub-discipline. Also available to interested students are several work-experience courses (internships and engineering co-op).

Suggested Introductory Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 100
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 50-80
Upper level/advanced courses is: 10-30

In the Department of Electrical Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

Teaching Assistants (TAs) assist professors in all courses with laboratory and recitation sections. They frequently lead small-group discussion sections and may also assist with grading.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Facilities

Many electrical engineering courses take advantage of UB's technology equipped classrooms. The Department of Electrical Engineering provides its students with a computing laboratory equipped with state of the art software, as well as recently upgraded teaching laboratories for electronic circuit design and analysis. The Department is located in the new Barbara and Jack Davis Hall. Davis Hall includes a 5,000 square foot, grade 1,000, clean room facility that enables research in nanotechnology with state-of-the art equipment that allows for photolithography, metal deposition and dry chemical etching. The list of research laboratories in Davis Hall includes: Testing and Characterization Lab, SMALL (Sensors + Microactuators Learning Lab), Electronic Materials Lab, Wireless Communication Systems and Networks Lab, Secure Communications Lab, Analog VLSI and Sensors Laboratory, Advanced Spectroscopic Evaluation Laboratory, Nanophotonics and Nonlinear Optics Lab, Underwater Communications and Networking Lab, Signal Processing and Communication Electronics Lab, Advanced Power Sources Lab, Cognitive Communications and Networking, Nano-Optics and Biophotonics, Advanced Spectroscopic Evaluation Laboratory, Analog VLSI and Sensors Laboratory. A state-of-the art auditorium and several conference rooms facilitate day-to-day meeting needs of faculty and students.

About Our Faculty

Faculty functions
Faculty in a research university like UB, have three major responsibilities: (i) teach and advise students, (ii) perform scientific research and (iii) serve the university community, the broader local community and their professional national/international community. While teaching and student advising are somewhat traditional activities of a professor, scientific research endeavors are particularly significant in a research university. Research is what advances science and technology. Professors who are active/accomplished researchers contribute significantly to student education by bringing to the classroom knowledge of the state of the art in science and technology. This is a unique attribute to research universities and the opportunity to having access to such professors is a great educational asset for all students.
To facilitate their research endeavors professors write and submit proposals to federal (e.g. National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health etc.), state, and private/industry agencies and organizations requesting financial support. Requested amounts vary from a few thousands to several millions of dollars. The selection process is very competitive. The success rate in having a proposal funded (funded proposals are called grants) may well be less that 5%. These research funds are used primarily to pay the stipend and tuition of undergraduate and graduate students who serve as research assistants and are hired by professors to directly work on a project, buy equipment/materials needed for the project, cover travel expenses for faculty and students to disseminate their findings in national and international scientific meetings. In addition to teaching and research, professors serve their scientific community as editors of scientific journals, reviewers of scientific manuscripts and research proposals of their peers.
The director of undergraduate studies, Pao-Lo Liu, can be reached at 716.645.1021 or paololiu@buffalo.edu.

Faculty Specializations
Our faculty members specialize in four research areas: Energy Systems, Optics and Photonics, Signals, Communications and Networking, and Solid State Electronics. Faculty interests usually fall in more than one focus area. In our working environment faculty within discipline share spaces/labs, have joint research projects that lead to joint publications and student advising. Faculty also collaborate across disciplines (some faculty even hold joint appointments with other departments). More specifically, faculty research in the area of Energy Systems focuses on power systems and infrastructure, energy utilization and distribution, smart grid, energy markets and economics, mobility platforms, nano-dielectrics, batteries for implantable devices, renewables, photovoltaics. Faculty research interests in the area of Optics and Photonics include photonic materials and devices, hybrid inorganic / organic materials & devices, biophotonics, nanophotonics, metamaterials, nonlinear and fiber optics, nano-optics, nanoplasmonics, bio sensing and environmental sensing, optofluidics, biomagnetics, bioseparation, drug targeting. Faculty research interests in the area of Signals Communications and Networking include wireless multiuser communications, compressed sensing, multimedia and underwater sensor networks, covert communications, RF security, spread-spectrum communications, waveform design, cognitive radio networks, game theory and optimization of wireless systems, cooperative communications, MIMO communications, resource allocation and scheduling of multimedia networks, video communications, magnetic resonance imaging, radar imaging, small sample support adaptive signal processing, channel coding. Research interests in the area of Solid State Electronics include nanoelectronics, microelectronics, nanomaterials characterization, teraHertz applications, thermoelectronic and optoelectronic devices, nanostructured semiconductor devices, ultra-high frequency GaN devices, transport & device physics in semiconductor heterostructures, analog VLSI, electronic routing & packaging, electron beam lithography, smart sensors, semiconductor device simulation.

More information can be found at http://www.ee.buffalo.edu/people/full_time.php for descriptions of the specializations of our faculty.

Faculty Awards
Our faculty members have received over the years major awards at both national and international level as well as several state, SUNY-wide and UB distinctions. The list of such awards and distinctions includes: National Medal of Technology , National Academy of Engineering, SUNY Distinguished Professor, National Inventors Hall of Fame, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, UB Exceptional Scholar Awards for Sustained Achievement, Fellows of Technical/Professional Societies (American Physics Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Optics Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science), Presidential Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Prolific Inventor Award, Best Paper Awards (for research contributions in international scientific journals). Other awards received by our faculty include Tau Beta Pi Teacher of the Year award, Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, the UB Teaching Innovation Award, UB Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring, a Wilson Greatbatch Professorship for Advanced Power Sources.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research
As part of their undergraduate education, students are encouraged to participate in research opportunities. Undergraduate research experiences are sometimes available for course credit, pay or on a volunteer basis. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA) serves as a clearing house for information regarding undergraduate research opportunities. There are many opportunities advertised via CUCRA for undergraduate research with faculty that can provide the opportunity to participate in research projects and in pertinent publications or presentations. Research activities may also be arranged directly between students and faculty members within the Department of Electrical Engineering. Students may complete a senior thesis on their research, if appropriate.

Study Abroad
Electrical Engineering majors can consider spending a summer, a semester or a year studying abroad. Study abroad programs are available to juniors, seniors and graduate students. During a study abroad semester, students usually pay tuition at the home institution (UB). Students can take courses abroad at the following institutions which either have already established an exchange program or are at the final stages of establishing a program:
(i) ENSEA in Cergy-Pontoise, France, 40 minutes from Paris (courses in English)
(ii) Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, located in the beautiful city of Gothenburg (courses in English)
(iii) Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (courses in Portuguese)
(iv) Telecom SudParis, France, located in Paris (courses in English)
(v) University of Rome, la Sapienza, Italy, located in Rome (courses in English)
(vi) Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, located in Valencia (courses in English)

International Program coordinator: Tommaso Melodia (tmelodia@buffalo.edu).

Internships and Co-op Opportunities
Work experience is available through the Engineering Career Institute program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Engineering Career Institute offers a junior-level course, EAS 396, 1 cr, that covers career-effectiveness skills. This course may be followed by co-op work experience (EAS 496, credit hours variable).

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
A number of students in the Department are awarded scholarships annually. Some of the scholarships are nationally competitive, such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Other scholarships are department specific. These include the David M. Benenson Memorial Scholarship, the Joan G. Bennett Memorial Scholarship, the D. Richard Ferguson Memorial Scholarship, the United Illuminating Scholarship and Internship Award, and the James J. Whalen Memorial Scholarship. Students are also eligible for scholarships from the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the University. These may include American Council of Engineering Companies of New York Scholarship, Association of Old Crows (AOC) Scholarships, CSX Transportation Scholarship, Engineering Alumni Association Scholarships, Engineering Undergraduate Fellowships, James W. and Nancy A. McLernon SAE Engineering Scholarship, Presidential Fellowships, Schomburg Fellowship Senior Scholar Awards, Felix Smist Scholarship, Elbridge N. and Stephana R. Townsend Scholarship, and Watts Engineering and Architecture Minority Scholarship. Students interested in more information should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Independent Study
Approval is required to take EE 499 Independent Study as a senior technical elective.

Extracurricular Activities

Our undergraduate students are active in student chapters of many national professional societies, including:
  • Student Chapter, Eta Kappa Nu (EKN)
  • Student Chapter, Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
  • Student Chapter, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Student Chapter, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Student Chapter, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Student Chapter, Tau Beta Pi (TBP)
  • UB Robotics (UBR)

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Electrical Engineering

Minors that Complement Electrical Engineering

Courses Outside Electrical Engineering that Could Improve Employment Opportunities
  • Any foreign language course
  • Engineering courses from other disciplines
  • EAS 396 Engineering Career Institute
  • EAS 496 Engineering Co-Op

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:55 EST