The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and
prepares students for graduate study and/or professional practice.
Acceptance Information - BSEE See the Degrees and Policies section of the School of Engineering
and Applied Sciences entry in the Undergraduate Catalog for acceptance information.
Students can declare Electrical Engineering as their major if they are in good academic standing within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, or when they apply for admission to UB. Non-engineering
students seeking to change their major to EE should first apply and be admitted to the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Acceptance Information - BSEE/MBA Students need to be in good academic standing as an Electrical Engineering undergraduate 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 Degrees
and Policies in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences section of the Undergraduate Catalog for academic requirements.
The BSEE curriculum includes math, science, and basic engineering courses during the freshman and sophomore years, required electrical engineering courses during the junior and senior years, and technical elective courses in the senior year. As there
are many curricular similarities within the first year of all engineering disciplines', students can transfer among engineering majors fairly easily in the freshman year. Technical elective courses allow students to
have considerable flexibility, allowing them to specialize in an electrical engineering sub-discipline. Also available to interested students are several work-experience courses, including internships and engineering
The typical class size for: Freshman/introductory courses is: 100 students Sophomore/Junior courses is: 30-100 students Upper level/advanced courses is: 10-30 students
In the Department of Electrical Engineering, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do? TAs assist professors in all courses with laboratory and recitation sections. They frequently lead small-group
discussion sections and may also assist with grading.
Many electrical engineering courses take advantage of UB's technology equipped classrooms. The Department of Electrical Engineering (EE) provides its students with a computing laboratory equipped with state of the art software, continuously maintained
and upgraded teaching laboratories for electronic circuit design and analysis, as well as an embedded systems laboratory funded by Intel. The department is located in the Barbara and Jack Davis Hall. Davis Hall includes
a 5,000 square foot, grade 1,000 cleanroom facility that enables research in nanotechnology with state-of-the art equipment, which allows for photolithography, metal deposition and dry chemical etching. EE research
laboratories located in Davis Hall include: 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, Cognitive Communications and Networking, Nano-Optics, and Biophotonics. A state-of-the art auditorium and several conference rooms facilitate the day-to-day meeting needs of faculty and students.
About Our Faculty
Faculty functions Faculty at a research university like UB, have three major responsibilities:
teach and advise students
perform scientific research
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 at 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 pertaining to state of the art science and technology. This is a unique attribute
to research universities and the opportunity to have 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 thousand to several million dollars. The selection process is very competitive. The success rate of having a proposal funded
(funded proposals are called grants) may well be less than 5%. These research grants 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. Research funds are also used to buy equipment/materials needed for the project, and to cover travel expenses for faculty and students to disseminate their findings
at 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.
Faculty Specializations Our faculty members specialize in four research areas:
Optics and Photonics
Signals, Communications and Networking
Solid State Electronics
Faculty interests usually fall in more than one focus area. In our working environment, faculty within each discipline share research spaces/labs, have joint research projects that lead to joint publications and may
co-advise students. Faculty also collaborate across disciplines and some faculty even hold joint appointments with other departments.
Within the area of Energy Systems, faculty research interests focus on:
power systems and infrastructure
energy utilization and distribution
energy markets and economics
Faculty doing research in the area of Optics and Photonics are working on projects that include:
photonic materials and devices
hybrid inorganic / organic materials & devices
nonlinear and fiber optics
bio sensing and environmental sensing
Faculty interested in the area of Signals and Communications and Networking are conducting research on:
wireless multiuser communications
multimedia and underwater sensor networks
cognitive radio networks
game theory and optimization of wireless systems
resource allocation and scheduling of multimedia networks
magnetic resonance imaging
small sample support adaptive signal processing
In the area of Solid State Electronics, faculty are involved in research that includes:
thermoelectronic and optoelectronic devices
nanostructured semiconductor devices
ultra-high frequency GaN devices
transport and device physics in semiconductor heterostructures
electronic routing and packaging
electron beam lithography
semiconductor device simulation
More information about EE faculty and descriptions of the specializations our faculty are involved in can be found on the Department of Electrical Engineering Website (engineering.buffalo.edu/electrical/faculty).
Faculty Awards Over the years, EE faculty members have received major awards at the national and international level, as well as several state, SUNY-wide and UB distinctions. The list of such
awards and honors includes:
SUNY Distinguished Professor
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
UB Exceptional Scholar Awards for Sustained Achievement,
Fellows of Technical/Professional Societies (American Physics Society (APS)
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
the Optics Society of America (OSA), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS)
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
The President Emeritus and Mrs. Martin Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring
UB Alumni Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Study Abroad EE majors can spend a summer, a semester or a year studying abroad. Study abroad programs are available for juniors, seniors and graduate students. During most study abroad programs,
students pay tuition to their home institution (UB). Students can take courses abroad at the following institutions, which have either already been established as an exchange program or are in the final stages of developing
ENSEA in Cergy-Pontoise, France, 40 minutes from Paris (courses taught in English)
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, located in the beautiful city of Gothenburg (courses taught in English)
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (courses taught in Portuguese)
Telecom SudParis, France, located in Paris (courses taught in English)
University of Rome, la Sapienza, Italy, located in Rome (courses taught in English)
Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, located in Valencia (courses taught in English)
Honors, Awards, and Scholarships A number of EE students are awarded scholarships annually. Some of the scholarships are nationally competitive, such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, IEEE
Power & Energy Society Scholarships, etc. Other scholarships are department specific. These include:
the David M. Benenson Memorial Scholarship
Bird Technologies Fellowship
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 administered through the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the University at Buffalo. These may include:
American Council of Engineering Companies of New York Scholarship
Association of Old Crows (AOC) Scholarships
Michael Bauda Memorial Scholarship
CSX Transportation Scholarship
Engineering Alumni Association Scholarships
Engineering Undergraduate Fellowships
Matthew R. Grappone Book Awards
Lester and Karen Gerhardt Scholarship
James W. and Nancy A. McLernon SAE Engineering Scholarship
Senior Scholar Awards
Felix Smist Scholarship
Elbridge N. and Stephana R. Townsend Scholarship
Watts Engineering and Architecture Minority Scholarship.
Students interested in more information should contact one of the department's Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies.
Tutorial Classes (EE 495, EE 496, EE 498, EE 499) These classes include undergraduate research, internship, and independent study. Departmental approval is required to take tutorial classes to count as a senior technical elective. For further information please
see one of the directors of undergraduate studies. The appropriate approvals must be secured prior to the end of the drop add period at the beginning of each semester.
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 (EE 498), pay or on a volunteer basis. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA) serves as a clearinghouse for information regarding
undergraduate research opportunities. There are many opportunities advertised through CURCA for undergraduate students to participate in research with faculty members. Involvement in research projects can lead to students
being included 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 of their research, if appropriate.
Internships and Co-op Opportunities EE Students who are interested in gaining real world experience while completing their undergraduate studies may engage in technical internships and co-op opportunities.
Students are supervised by an EE faculty member in addition to the internship supervisor. Technical elective credit can be earned by registering for EE 496 during the
semester that the internship or co-op is taking place. The number of credit hours earned is based on the number of hours worked through the experience, with technical performance being evaluated by the internship supervisor
and the EE faculty member.
Independent Study Electrical Engineering students who are interested in directed independent learning activity guided and mentored by faculty can seek registration in EE 499.
Students should complete the request form with a plan of study and seek approval from the EE directors of undergraduate studies in order to be registered. Note that activities that are primarily research (vs. study
or project based) should be conducted under EE 498.
Our undergraduate students are active in a variety of extracurricular activities, which enhance their academic experience at UB. Among these activities include the student chapters of several national professional societies. Some of the organizations
that EE students are involved in include:
Eta Kappa Nu (HKN)
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)