Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering at UAF encompasses the areas of electrical power transmission and distribution, computer applications and design, telecommunications and electronics. Electrical Engineers design and oversee the construction, installation and maintenance of electrical systems that provide light, heat and power. Engineers design communication systems for telephones, radio, television, satellite, wireless and the Internet, as well as the transistors and integrated circuits used in these systems. Engineers trained in electrical engineering automate business, factories, pipelines and refineries. They design control systems and computers that guide trains, planes, and space vehicles. Even test devices and investigation tools -- in medicine, in physics, in geology and in other sciences -- are today largely electronic.

General Interest Area:

Electrical engineers are interested in finding practical applications of scientific principles to a wide variety of human needs, ranging from medical instrumentation to automating the operation of a manufacturing facility. Computers, electric power systems, satellite communications, integrated circuits, robotics and the Internet are just a few of the innovations largely due to electrical engineering.

High School Background:

Mathematics (calculus or pre-calculus), physics, computer programming, english, and chemistry are recommended to high school students interested in pursuing studies in electrical engineering .

Plan of Study:

Electrical engineering students receive a broad training in the basic foundation areas of electrical engineering and then specialize in one of 3 areas: communications, power and control, or computer engineering. One of the strengths of our program is the number of hands-on labs that students get to take. Large schools are not able to offer nearly the number of labs that we do. This is a significant advantage our students have when applying for their first job after graduation.

How to get Involved:

Contact UAF’s Electrical & Computer Department or come by to see us at 203 Duckering Building at UAF. Student Organizations provide experiences that augment your typical class load. UAF has student chapters in both IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer) and SWE (Society of Woman Engineers). UAF's IEEE student branch invites professionals to give presentations and conduct workshops. As an IEEE member, you'll take field trips to see what is going on in the industries that will hire you when you graduate. You'll compete with students from other schools for paper and project contests. The Student Rocket Project is another opportunity for students to gain valuable practical experience working as a team to design, build, and launch a sounding rocket to gather scientific information.

Career and Graduate Possibilites:

Electrical engineers are eagerly sought after by industry, government agencies, and educational institutions. Our students are in high demand because of our department’s excellent reputation. Most students receive multiple high-salary job offers upon graduation, both within Alaska and in the Lower 48 states. You can expect a high degree of job satisfaction as an electrical engineer, the future promises opportunities and challenges yet to be explored in this innovative but mature profession. You may end up working on new techniques in space vehicle communications, novel power generation and distribution technologies, or a breakthrough in medical instrumentation. Additionally, salaries for electrical engineers are among the highest of any Bachelor of Science degree programs. Some of our graduates go on to graduate school in places such as UAF, MIT, Stanford, University of Illinois, California Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech, Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Purdue University, University of New Hampshire, University of Washington, Virginia Tech, and Cornell, and report that they are very well prepared in comparison with their peers .

Related Websites:

UAF Electrical Engineering Department
UAF Catalog description
Electrical Engineering degree worksheet  (unofficial) (PDF)

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