2005-2006 UAF Catalog
College of Engineering and Mines
Minimum Requirements for Degrees: M.E.E.: 32 credits; M.S.: 30 credits
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Students who pursue advanced degrees in electrical and computer engineering work side by side with internationally known faculty in one of the most exciting research locations in the world: Alaska. The M.E.E. degree program, designed for the practicing professional engineer, focuses on a major project. The M.S. degree includes a written thesis and oral defense for those students interested in research and development. UAF offers an engineering Ph.D. program for students with an approved curriculum.
Capable students with undergraduate degrees in physics, mathematics or related sciences, as well as in various branches of engineering, may also be admitted for graduate study. A student with adequate background can usually complete M.S. requirements within two academic years and a Ph.D. in another three academic years.
Graduate degree programs in electrical and computer engineering are closely connected with research activities of the faculty. The main areas of research include communications, radar, lidar, and sonar remote sensing, instrumentation and microwave circuit design, electric power and energy systems, digital and computer engineering, nanotechnology, controls and robotics. Current research topics include high latitude satellite communications, rocket telemetry, radiowave propagation, ultrawideband wireless communications, electromagnetic and acoustic wave propagation, remote biomedical and environmental instrumentation, microwave design, digital signal processing, digital and physical electronics, computer applications, remote hybrid electric power systems, electric power system design and analyses, electric power quality improvement, system identification, simulation, computer-controlled systems, control theory, robotics and automation.
A number of on- and off-campus research facilities are available to students. Satellite, rocket and ground-based communication studies are carried out both on campus and at Poker Flat Research Range. The Sounding Rocket Laboratory provides opportunities for developing instrumentation for sounding rocket payloads launched from Poker Flat Research Range--the only university-operated rocket range in the world. The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center on campus provides a wide variety of tools for digital system research. The department also has a variety of research laboratories available, including Microwave, Wireless Communications, Ultrawideband Technology, Waves, Power Electronics/Robotics, Instrumentation, and Digital laboratories.
Alaska's environment and remote location provide unique opportunities for research in a variety of areas, such as the use of acoustic, light and radio wave techniques for measuring fish in Alaskan rivers to the geophysical properties of the aurora. Remote sensing for biomedical (animal tracking) and environmental (ground water and air monitoring) applications is an important research area for Alaska. Electric power systems research includes issues related to isolated rural Alaskan communities, analysis of larger interconnected generation, transmission and distribution systems serving major Alaskan population centers, and the use of alternative energy systems.
Graduate students in electrical and computer engineering at UAF receive the highest quality, contemporary educations available at the graduate level and perform research appropriate to the technical needs of the state of Alaska, the nation and the world.
For more information about the Electrical Engineering Program mission, goals and educational objectives, visit www.uaf.edu/ece/.
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