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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

John McInroy, Department Head
5068 Engineering Building
Phone: (307) 766-2279 FAX: (307) 766-2248
Website: http://wwweng.uwyo.edu/electrical

Professors

STEVEN F. BARRETT, B.S. University of Nebraska 1979; M.E. University of Idaho 1986; Ph.D. University of Texas 1993; Professor of Electrical Engineering 2011, 1999.
JOHN E. McINROY, B.S. University of Wyoming 1986; M.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1988; Ph.D. 1991; Professor of Electrical Engineering 2002, 1991.
SURESH S. MUKNAHALLIPATNA, B.E. University of Bangalore, India 1988; M.E. 1991; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1995; Professor of Electrical Engineering 2010, 1997.
JOHN W. PIERRE, B.S. Montana State University 1986; M.S. University of Minnesota 1989; Ph.D. 1991; Professor of Electrical Engineering 2002, 1991.
CAMERON H.G. WRIGHT, B.S. Louisiana Tech University 1983; M.S. Purdue University 1988; Ph.D. University of Texas 1996; Professor of Electrical Engineering 2016, 2003.

Associate Professors

EVA S. FERRE-PIKAL, B.S. University of Puerto Rico 1988; M.S. University of Michigan 1989; Ph.D. University of Colorado 1996; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering 2004, 1998.
ROBERT F. KUBICHEK, B.S., B.S.E.E. University of Wyoming 1976; M.S. 1977; Ph.D. 1985; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering 1997, 1991.
JOHN F. O'BRIEN, B.S. California State Polytechnic University, Ponoma 1991; M.S. University of Wyoming 1997; PH.D. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2001; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering 2009, 2003.
JON M. PIKAL, B.S. Purdue University 1988; M.S. University of Colorado 1993; Ph.D. Colorado State University 1999; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering 2005, 1999.

Assistant Professors

DONGLIANG DUAN, B.E. Huazhong University of Science and Technology 2006; M.S. University of Florida 2009; Ph.D. Colorado State University 2012; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering 2012.
DOMEN NOVAK, M.Sc. University of Ljubljana 2008; Ph.D. 2011; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering 2014.

Academic Professional

JEFFREY R. ANDERSON, B.S.E.E. University of Utah 1989; M.S.E.E 1992; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 2004; Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer in Electrical and Computer Engineering 2006.

Adjunct Faculty

Elena Oggero, Guido Pagnacco

Professors Emeriti

Mark Balas, Christos T. Constantinides, Jerry J. Cupal, Clifford D. Ferris, Raymond G. Jacquot, Stanislaw Legowski, John W. Steadman, A.H.M. Sadrul Ula, David Whitman

Electrical Engineering

The program of study outlined in the curriculum has been planned to provide the depth of understanding necessary to meet challenges of changing technology while being flexible enough to allow students to pursue in-depth study in at least one area of electrical engineering. In order to attain this, students are required to gain an understanding of mathematics and the basic engineering sciences. The fundamental electrical engineering education consists of courses in circuits, networks, electromagnetics, electronics, digital systems, communications, controls and energy conversion. Selection of elective courses, in consultation with the academic adviser, enables students to specialize in the above mentioned areas, as well as in robotics, microcircuits, microprocessors and high frequency electronics.

Laboratory work associated with electrical engineering courses is an important part of the curricula. This work helps students gain experience in applying the theoretical knowledge they acquire to practical engineering problems. Engineering design is an important component of the curriculum that concludes with a significant design experience in the senior year. Additional programs are described below.

F. M. Long Bioengineering Option.

Named in honor of UW Professor Francis M. Long, this area offers excellent opportunities for those interested in applying the techniques of the electronic engineer to problems of environmental science, biology and medicine. Employment opportunities exist in state and federal agencies, industry and medical institutions. Career placement includes such areas as environmental monitoring, design and development of biological and medical instrumentation and clinical engineering. With minor modifications, the curriculum shown may be used as preparation for entrance to medical or dental school.

Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering is a blend of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. In fact, a Computer Engineering student can change majors to Computer Science within the first three semesters without losing any credits. More careful planning is required to switch from Computer Science to Computer Engineering. Computer Engineering students receive training that allows them to design complex computer systems and embed them in custom applications such as robots, spacecraft, automobiles, etc. A typical system may interface with a sensor to measure the world, then decide how to best use the information to achieve goals and eventually turn on actuators which perform the needed task. They also develop computer vision systems, high performance computers and software, and the internet of things. They take many of the same required courses as Electrical Engineers, but fill in their electives with computer specific courses. Graduates have the ability to design electric circuits, understand network hardware, design computer systems, and write the software inside those systems. Compared to Electrical Engineers, Computer Engineers have less breadth of knowledge in Electrical Engineering but more depth in software and computer hardware. Compared to Computer Scientists, Computer Engineers know much more about hardware and signal/system theory. Computer Engineers sometimes also major in either Electrical Engineering or Computer Science to get two degrees.

Grade Policy

Electrical and computer engineering majors must achieve a grade of C or better on courses that are prerequisites for courses within the student's course of study.  Students must also achieve a grade of C or better in all required mathematics courses.

Concurrent Major and Minor

The department offers a concurrent major and minor in both the electrical engineering and computer engineering programs. Consult the department office for a current detailed list of requirements.

Program Educational Objectives for Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Graduates of the University of Wyoming Electrical and Computer Engineering Program will:
  • (EE/CP-OB1) Be able to successfully practice the profession of Electrical Engineering.
  • (EE/CP-OB2) Be prepared and motivated to accept challenging assignments and responsibilities and be productive members of society.
  • (EE/CP-OB3) Demonstrate successful career growth (e.g., professional registration, graduate school, promotion and advancement, patents, publications).

University of Wyoming, Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, Student Outcomes

All Electrical (Computer) Engineering graduates shall demonstrate:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Electrical Engineering Curriculum1

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall Hours
CHEM 1020 4
FYS 11012 3
ENGL 1010 3
ES 1060 3
MATH 2200 4
Total Hours 17
Freshman Year: Spring Hours
ES 21103 3
MATH 2205 4
MATH 2250 3
PHYS 12104 4
Total Hours 14
Sophomore Year: Fall Hours
ES 21203 3
ES 2210 3
MATH 2210 4
PHYS 1220 4
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 17
Sophomore Year: Spring Hours
EE 2220 4
EE 2390 4
MATH 2310 3
U.S. & Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
Math/Science Elective5 3
Total Hours 17
Junior Year: Fall Hours
EE 3150 3
EE 3220 3
EE 3310 4
EE 3510 4
Communication II (COM2) 3
Total Hours 17
Junior Year: Spring Hours
EE 3330 4
EE 4075 4
EE 4220 3
EE 4390 3
EE 4620 3
Total Hours 17
Senior Year: Fall Hours
EE 4440 3
EE 48208 2
Technical Elective6 4
BE or EE Elective7 3
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 14
Senior Year: Spring Hours
EE 48308 2
BE or EE Elective7 3
BE or EE Elective7 3
BE or EE Elective7 3
BE or EE Elective7 3
Total Hours 14
Total Credit Hours 128

1-Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA 2.000 in all Engineering courses for graduation. GPA of 2.000 or higher is required for all prerequisite courses. Students must complete a minimum of 42 hours of upper division coursework, 30 of which must from the University of Wyoming.

2-EE 1101 is recommended for EE and CPEN majors

3-Or any ES, EE, BE course (>2000 level), or COSC 3011 or COSC 3750

4-PHYS 1210: no credit can be earned in PHYS 1210 if taken after ES 2120. PHYS 1220 should be taken before or concurrently with ES 2210.

5-One course from the ECE Math/Science Elective List. ABET requires a minimum of 32 hours of Math/ Science Electives.

6-Any course marked as technical electives in the ECE. Credit can be earned for professional internships or CO-OPs.

7-A minimum of 19 hours of electives from BE or EE courses is required.

8- To meet the COM3 requirement with EE 4820 and 4830 the COM2 course must be taken before EE 4820. Also, EE 4820 and EE 4830 must be taken in sequence.  COM 2 grade of C or better is required.

F.M. Long Bioengineering Curriculum1

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall Hours
CHEM 1020 4
FYS 11012 3
ENGL 1010 3
ES 1060 4
MATH 2200 4
Total Hours 18
Freshman Year: Spring Hours
CHEM 2300 4
ES 21103 3
MATH 2205 4
PHYS 12104 4
Total Hours 15
Sophomore Year: Fall Hours
ES 21203 3
ES 2210 3
MATH 2210 4
PHYS 1220 4
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 17
Sophomore Year: Spring Hours
EE 2220 4
EE 2390 4
LIFE 1010 4
MATH 2250 3
MATH 2310 3
Total Hours 18
Junior Year: Fall Hours
EE 3220 3
EE 3310 4
EE 3510 4
Communication II (COM2) 3
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 17
Junior Year: Spring Hours
EE 3330 4
EE 4075 4
EE 4390 3
MOLB 2021 4
Total Hours 15
Senior Year: Fall Hours
EE 4330 or BE 4810 3-4
EE 3150 3
EE 48208 3
US & WY Constitutions (V) 3
Technical or Cultural
Context Elective5
3
Total Hours 15-16
Senior Year: Spring Hours
EE 4620 or BE 4820 3
EE 4220 3
EE 48308 2
MOLB 3610 4
BE or EE Elective6 3
Total Hours 15
Total Credit Hours 128

1-Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA 2.000 in all Engineering courses for graduation. GPA of 2.000 or higher is required for all prerequisite courses. Students must complete a minimum of 42 hours of upper division coursework, 30 of which must from the University of Wyoming.

2-EE 1101 is recommended for EE and CPEN majors

3-Or any ES, EE, BE course (>2000 level), or COSC 3011 or COSC 3750

4-PHYS 1210: no credit can be earned in PHYS 1210 if taken after ES 2120. PHYS 1220 should be taken before or concurrently with ES 2210.

5-One course from the ECE Math/Science Elective List. ABET requires a minimum of 32 hours of Math/ Science Electives.

6-Any course marked as technical electives in the ECE. Credit can be earned for professional internships or CO-OPs.

7-A minimum of 19 hours of EE electives is required.

8- To meet the COM3 requirement with EE 4820 and 4830 the COM2 course must be taken before EE 4820. Also, EE 4820 and EE 4830 must be taken in sequence.  COM 2 grade of C or better is required.

Computer Engineering Curriculum1

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year: Fall Hours
CHEM 1020 4
COSC 1010 4
FYS 11012 3
ENGL 1010 3
MATH 2200 4
Total Hours 18
Freshman Year: Spring Hours
COSC 1030 4
ES 21103 3
MATH 2205 4
PHYS 12104 4
Total Hours 15
Sophomore Year: Fall Hours
COSC 2030 4
ES 21203 3
ES 2210 3
MATH 2210 4
PHYS 1220 4
Total Hours 18
Sophomore Year: Spring Hours
COSC 2150 3
EE 2220 4
EE 2390 4
MATH 2300 3
MATH 2310 3
Total Hours 17
Junior Year: Fall Hours
EE 3220 3
EE 3310 4
EE 4490 3
Communication II (COM2) 3
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 16
Junior Year: Spring Hours
EE 3330 4
EE 4220 3
EE 4390 3
Math/Science Elective4 3
Human Culture (H) 3
Total Hours 16
Senior Year: Fall Hours
COSC 4760 or EE 4780 3-4
EE 3150 3
EE 48207 2
EE or BE Elective 3 or 4
U.S. & Wyoming Constitutions (V) 3
Total Hours 14
Senior Year: Spring Hours
EE 48307 2
CPEN Elective6 3
CPEN Elective6 3
CPEN Elective6 3
CPEN Elective6 3
Total Hours 14
Total Credit Hours 128

1-Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA 2.000 in all Engineering courses for graduation. GPA of 2.000 or higher is required for all prerequisite courses. Students must complete a minimum of 42 hours of upper division coursework, 30 of which must from the University of Wyoming.

2-EE 1101 is recommended for EE and CPEN majors

3-Or any ES, EE, BE course (>2000 level), or COSC 3011 or COSC 3750

4-PHYS 1210: no credit can be earned in PHYS 1210 if taken after ES 2120. PHYS 1220 should be taken before or concurrently with ES 2210.

5-One course from the ECE Math/Science Elective List. ABET requires a minimum of 32 hours of Math/ Science Electives.

6-Any course marked as technical electives in the ECE. Credit can be earned for professional internships or CO-OPs.

7-CPEN Option Courses: Choose four (4) classes from this list, at most two of which can be from the Computer Science department. Listing of currently available courses includes: COSC 3020, COSC 4450, COSC 4550, COSC 4555, COSC 4560, COSC 4730, COSC 4740, COSC 4760, EE 4245, EE 4340, EE 4345, EE 4440, EE 4530, EE 4590, EE 4870, EE 4990, EE 5390, EE 5430, EE 5630, and EE 5650. EE 4075 is not an allowed CPEN option course. Other EE and COSC graduate-level classes may be considered upon petition. Prerequisites for upper division electives vary. Consult an academic advisor and the course descriptions in the University Catalog for each course.

8- To meet the COM3 requirement with EE 4820 and 4830 the COM2 course must be taken before EE 4820. Also, EE 4820 and EE 4830 must be taken in sequence.  COM 2 grade of C or better is required.

Minor Requirements

Electrical Engineering Minor Requirements:

ES2210 Electric Circuit Analysis (3 credits) plus a total of 20 credits of electrical engineering (EE) or bioengineering (BE) courses. You must have a minimum of 12 credits of EE/BE courses that are not counted toward your major.

Computer Engineering Minor Requirements:

COSC 2150 and EE4490 plus 17 credits of electrical engineering (EE) or CPEN Elective courses. The following COSC courses can also be used: COSC 1010, COSC 1030, COSC 2030, and COSC 4760. You must have a minimum of 12 credits of courses that are not counted toward your major.

Graduate Study

The department offers programs of study leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering. The areas of major concentration at the graduate level are:

  • Bio-Engineering
  • Controls
  • Electrical Energy Systems
  • Electronic Systems and Devices
  • Robotics
  • Signal Processing and Computer Networks

The department also offers a combined B.S./M.S. program for exceptional students wishing to obtain both degrees in a shorter period of time.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • GRE verbal percentile minimum of 45 percent. GRE quantitative percentile minimum of 65 percent.
  • TOEFL total of 79 iBT or IELTS total 6.5.

Program Specific Graduate Assistantships

Additionally, all international students who are state-funded teaching assistantships or any international student with teaching responsibilities are required to complete an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). Students will need to follow the recommendations to improve their English skills. Students on state-funding who fail to follow the recommendations or do not meet the minimum proficiency by the end of their first semester will not be able to receive any state-funding until they have demonstrated proficiency.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Quick Start BS/MS Program

The combined B.S./M.S. program 1n electrical and computer engineering enables especially well-qualified students to be admitted to the M.S. program during the junior year of their B.S. program, and to work thereafter towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. These students would earn the B.S. in either electrical engineering or computer engineering and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering following the current curricula.

This program allows for early planning of the M.S. portion of the student's education, taking graduate courses as part of the B.S. degree, more flexibility in the order in which courses are taken, and more efficient use of what would otherwise be a final semester with a light credit hour load.

Up to 6 credit hours from UW, at the 5000-level or above, may be counted toward both the B.S. and M.S. degree programs.

For further information please visit our Web site at http://www.uwyo.edu/electrical/graduate/prospective/ms/quickstart.html.

Master’s Programs

Plan A (thesis)

This is a minimum 30 credit hour program, 26 hours coursework and 4 hours of thesis
16 hours (minimum) in ECE formal coursework
3 hours (minimum) in formal coursework outside the department and approved by the student’s committee
7 additional credit hours in or out of the department with committee approval
4 or more credit hours of M.S. thesis research
Of the above credit hours in formal coursework, no more than 12 credit hours can be 4000 level
The candidate must meet the minimum requirements for the Master of Science degree and also complete and defend a master’s thesis.

Plan B (Project)

This is a 30 hour program:
18 (minimum) in ECE formal coursework
3 (minimum) in formal coursework outside the department and approved by the student’s committee
9 additional credits in or out of the department with committee approval
Of the above credit hours in formal coursework, no more than 12 can be 4000 level.
The candidate must meet the minimum requirements for the master of science degree and complete a plan B project.
Satisfying the “Plan B project” can be completed in one of the following ways:
Complete a project for a 5000-level EE course, including a class presentation
Complete an independent project under EE 5880 (up to three credit hours), including a presentation

Plan B (Coursework only)

This is a 30 hour program:
18 (minimum) in ECE formal coursework
3 (minimum) in formal coursework outside the department and approved by the student’s committee
9 additional credits in or out of the department with committee approval
Of the above credit hours in formal coursework, no more than 12 can be 4000 level.

Doctoral Program

Ph.D. Degree Requirements:
Ph.D. Credit Allocation (all at 4000 level minimum)
72 hours (minimum) of acceptable graduate coursework
42 hours (minimum) from ECE and closely related formal course work (EE 5980: Dissertation Research not counting toward this minimum)
Of those 42 hours, no more than 12 hours can be at the 4000 level
Courses required by the department bachelor of science degree may not be applied for graduate credit
6 hours (maximum) of EE 4800 (Problems in ...) can be counted for program of study credit
6 hours (maximum) of EE 5880 (Problems in ...) can be counted for program of study credit
9 hours (maximum) of EE 5600 (Statistical Signal Processing in ...) can be counted for program of study credit

In addition to the minimum requirements of the university, doctoral students must pass a written and oral comprehensive examination, part of which is a written proposal explaining their planned dissertation research. The student after completing successfully the oral comprehensive examination and before defending the completed dissertation must present their research work at an ECE department seminar. The student must also present and defend a completed dissertation. Programs of study, including coursework and any research tools, are arranged by consultation between the students and their graduate committee.

Electrical Engineering (EE) Courses

Bioengineering (BE) Courses


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