|2004-2005 UAF Catalog|
College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Minimum Requirements for Degree: 134 credits
Electrical and computing engineering encompasses telecommunications, electrical power generation, transmission and distribution, control systems, and computer applications and design. Electrical engineers can typically expect gainful employment in one or more of these areas after graduation.
Communication engineers design, build and operate communication devices and systems, including satellites, antennas, wireless devices and computer networks. Electric power engineers design and oversee the construction, installation and maintenance of electrical systems that provide light, heat and power. Power engineers are also instrumental in the development of systems using modern power electronic devices to control power generation and distribution and build electric drives. People trained in computer engineering automate businesses, factories, pipelines and refineries. They design control systems and computers that guide trains, planes and space vehicles. Electrical engineers design the integrated circuits and automatic control systems used in many areas of science and engineering. Process controls in the mining and petroleum industries are also largely the responsibility of the electrical and computer engineer.
Undergraduate research and design project opportunities are available at UAF in the areas of communications, radar, sonar, and lidar remote sensing, instrumentation and microwave circuit design, electric power and energy systems, digital and computer engineering and nanotechnology. The Student Rocket Project brings electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering students together to build and launch rockets at the Poker Flat Research Range, the only university-affiliated rocket range in the country. This program offers real engineering experience as well as fellowships, paid internships and scholarships.
The curriculum is designed to ensure that basic fundamentals and specialized skills are acquired by the student. The program prepares engineers to enter practice upon graduation and provides the theoretical background for students entering graduate studies. Candidates for the B.S. degree are required to take the state of Alaska Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in their general field.
The department’s mission is to offer the highest quality, contemporary education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and to perform research appropriate to the technical needs of the state of Alaska, the nation and the world.
Concentrations: Communications, Computer Engineering, Power and Control
* Student must earn a C grade or better in each electrical engineering