Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Electrical Engineering - About The Program

About Our Degrees

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.

Please see the Electrical Engineering's Degrees and Policies section for additional information.

About Our Courses

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 co-op programs.

Suggested Introductory Courses:

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.

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 (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:
  1. teach and advise students
  2. perform scientific research
  3. 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:
  1. Energy Systems
  2. Optics and Photonics
  3. Signals, Communications and Networking
  4. 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
  • smart grid
  • energy markets and economics
  • mobility platforms
  • nano-dielectrics
  • renewables
  • photovoltaics
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
  • biophotonics
  • nanophotonics
  • metamaterials
  • nonlinear and fiber optics
  • nano-optics
  • nanoplasmonics
  • bio sensing and environmental sensing
  • optofluidics
  • biomagnetics
  • bioseparation
  • drug targeting
Faculty interested in the area of Signals and Communications and Networking are conducting research on:
  • 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
In the area of Solid State Electronics, faculty are involved in research that includes:
  • nanoelectronics
  • microelectronics
  • nanomaterials characterization
  • terahertz applications
  • thermoelectronic and optoelectronic devices
  • nanostructured semiconductor devices
  • ultra-high frequency GaN devices
  • transport and device physics in semiconductor heterostructures
  • analog VLSI
  • electronic routing and packaging
  • electron beam lithography
  • smart sensors
  • 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
  • IEEE Regional Teaching Award
Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

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 a program:
  • 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)
International Program coordinator: Josep Jornet (jmjornet@buffalo.edu)

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
  • Presidential Fellowships
  • Schomburg Fellowship
  • 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.

Extracurricular Activities

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)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Tau Beta Pi (TBP)
  • UB Robotics (UBR)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • UB Space Bulls Robo-Ops Team

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that complement Electrical Engineering include:


Minors that complement Electrical Engineering include:


Courses outside Electrical Engineering that may improve employment opportunities include:
  • Any foreign language course
  • Engineering courses from other disciplines
  • EAS 496 Engineering Co-Op

Links for Further Information About Our Program:

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