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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Electrical Engineering (ENEE)

A. James Clark School of Engineering
2426 A.V. Williams Building, 301-405-3685
Chair: R. Chellappa (Distinguished Scholar Teacher, Chair)
Professors: E. Abed, T. Antonsen, J. Baras, A. Barg, S. Bhattacharyya, G. Blankenship (Associate Chair, External Relations), M. Dagenais, C. Davis (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), A. Ephremides (Distinguished University Professor), C. Espy-Wilson (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), R. Ghodssi (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), V. Gligor (Res Prof), J. Goldhar, N. Goldsman, R. Gomez (Associate Chair, Undergraduate Education), V. Granatstein, A. Iliadis, J. JaJa, B. Jacob, J. Kim (Prof Of Practice), P. Krishnaprasad, W. Lawson, W. Levine (Res Prof), K. Liu (Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, Distinguished Scholar Teacher), A. Makowski, S. Marcus (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), I. Mayergoyz (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), J. Melngailis, H. Milchberg (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), K. Nakajima, P. Narayan, R. Newcomb, P. O'Shea (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), Y. Oruc, E. Ott (Distinguished University Professor), G. Qu, S. Shamma, M. Shayman, J. Simon, P. Sprangle, A. Srivastava, A. Tits, S. Ulukus, T. Venkatesan (Res Prof), U. Vishkin, M. Vorontsov (Res Prof), M. Wu (Distinguished Scholar Teacher)
Associate Professors: P. Abshire, R. Barua, P. Dowd (Res Assoc Prof), M. Franklin, T. Horiuchi, A. Khaligh, R. La, N. Martins, T. Murphy, A. Papamarcou, C. Silio, E. Waks, D. Yeung (Director of Computer Engineering)
Assistant Professors: D. Dachman-Soled (Asst Prof, Aff Asst Prof), T. Dumitras (Asst Prof, Aff Asst Prof), M. Hafezi (Asst Prof, Aff Asst Prof), J. Munday, P. Pal (Asst Prof), C. Papamanthou (Asst Prof, Aff Asst Prof), M. Rotkowitz
Lecturers: W. Hawkins, P. McAvoy (Res Assoc, Lecturer)
Affiliate Professors: A. Agrawala, J. Aloimonos, S. Anlage, S. Bhattacharjee, L. Davis, M. Fu, A. Harris, J. Hollingsworth, D. Lathrop, D. O'Leary, R. Phaneuf, G. Rubloff, E. Smela, F. Wellstood
Affiliate Associate Professors: I. Appelbaum, M. Cukier, R. Duraiswami, R. Kishek (Res Assoc Prof)
Affiliate Assistant Professors: Y. Chen
Professors Emeriti: D. Barbe, L. Davisson, N. De Claris, F. Emad, N. Favardin, R. Harger, P. Ho, C. Lee, P. Ligomenides, J. Orloff, M. Peckerar, J. Pugsley, H. Rabin, M. Reiser, M. Rhee, C. Striffler, L. Taylor, S. Tretter, K. Zaki

The Major

Electrical engineers create innovative technology solutions in a wide range of areas, from handheld communications to solar panels; from cardiac pace makers to autonomous robots; from wireless networks to bio-engineered sensors that detect dangerous pathogens; and intelligent surveillance systems that perform face and motion recognition. Employers visiting campus seek out electrical engineering students for recruitment more than any other major at the University of Maryland.

Electrical engineers have been uniquely responsible for developing many of the innovations that have brought us modern life and are urgently needed today to help solve a variety of global problems, including challenges related to energy, communications, health care, global warming, and national security. Electrical engineering underpins all other engineering disciplines, encompassing biomedical devices technology, micro- and nanoelectronics, information systems, wireless communications and signal processing, power systems, lasers and optics, electronic devices, computer software-hardware integration, and control systems. Electrical engineers led revolutions in the music and telecommunications industries, and are poised to lead the next revolutionary innovations in nanotechnology, robotics, and other advanced technologies.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org , 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (410) 347-7700.

Program Objectives

Broadly stated, the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the undergraduate major in electrical engineering pertain to the accomplishments and performance of our students 3-5 years after graduation. These objectives are determined in consultation with the various constituencies of the electrical engineering program and agreed upon and approved by a consensus of the faculty.

1. Technical Accomplishments
Have our graduates establish a reputation for technical expertise and excellence among colleagues and achieve professional recognition for their work, in graduate or professional school and/or the technical workforce.

2. Invention, Innovation & Creativity
Have our graduates utilize their skills and resourcefulness to invent, design and realize novel technology; to find creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems; and to identify, research and solve new technical challenges in electrical engineering and related fields.

3. Professional Development
Have our graduates stay abreast of emerging technologies, continually learn new skills, and actively participate in professional communities to nourish ever-developing careers.

4. Professionalism & Citizenship
Have our graduates embrace cultural, societal, environmental, and ethical issues in their work to help fulfill their professional responsibilities to themselves, employers, employees, co-workers, and the local and global communities.

5. Communication & Teamwork
Have our graduates excel on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, demonstrate leadership, and effectively employ their oral and written communication skills to resolve problems and inform, educate and persuade diverse audiences.

Program Learning Outcomes

A comprehensive set of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) has been derived from the Program Educational Objectives (PEOs). These SLOs comprise the knowledge and skills all Electrical Engineering students are expected to possess by the time they graduate so the PEOs can be accomplished. The SLOs are:

1. Broad Foundation
Ability to apply relevant mathematical, scientific, and basic engineering knowledge.

2. Disciplinary Foundation
Ability to apply core electrical engineering technical knowledge.

3. Laboratory
Ability to employ standard experimental techniques to generate and analyze data as well as use state-of-the-art software and instrumentation to solve electrical engineering problems.

4. Design
Ability to engage in the creative design process through the integration and application of diverse technical knowledge and expertise to meet customer needs and address social issues.

5. Communication Skills
Ability to communicate effectively both through oral presentations and the written word.

6. Interpersonal Skills
Ability to interact professionally with others in the workplace, to engage effectively in teamwork, and to function productively on multidisciplinary group projects.

7. Engineering Ethics
Ability to explain an engineer's responsibilities to employers, society, and their fellow engineers as well as an ability to recognize potential and actual ethical problems, analyze critically those situations, and formulate sound ethical decisions.

8. Engineering Society
Ability to explain the symbiotic relationship between engineering and society specifically, how engineering artifacts are shaped by and incorporate human values as well as the ways in which engineering solutions impact society and the larger social obligations this entails for engineers.

9. Life-long Learning
Skills necessary to engage in life-long learning and an understanding of the need to continually exploit those skills in refining and updating one's knowledge base.

Educational Opportunities
In addition to the Student Learning Outcomes which apply to all EE students, there exist various other educational opportunities which qualified and motivated students may choose to take advantage of. The most important of these include:

10. Research
Ability to formulate and answer empirical and theoretical questions through participation in undergraduate research projects for interested and qualified students.

11 Leadership
Awareness of the need for engineering leaders both within the profession and the larger community, as well as some preparation to assume those leadership roles.

12. Entrepreneurship
Knowledge of the technology entrepreneurship process and business skills to be able to work effectively as employers of leaders of technology startup ventures, industrial firms, or government.

Admission to the Major

Admission requirements for the Electrical Engineering major are determined by the A. James Clark School of Engineering. See Chapter 6 for the Clark School admission requirements. For details on the University's requirements and general admission procedures please see Chapter 1.

Requirements for the Major

Requirements for the Electrical Engineering major include thorough preparation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering science. Elective courses must include both Electrical Engineering courses and technical courses outside the department. Students must earn a grade of "C-" or higher in all engineering, mathematics, and science courses, as well as the prerequisites for these courses. A sample program is shown below.

    Credits Credits
 Freshman Year First Sem Second Sem
CHEM135General Chemistry for Engineers 3  
PHYS161General Physics   3
MATH140/141Calculus I / Calculus II 4 4
ENES100Intro. To Engineering Design 3  
ENEE140*Intro. To Programming Concepts for Engineering 2  
ENEE150Intermediate Programming Concepts for Engineers   3
 General Education** 3 3
 Total 15 13
   Credits Credits
 Sophomore Year++ First Sem Second Sem
MATH241Calculus III 4  
MATH246Differential Equations 3  
PHYS260/261General Physics II and Lab 4  
PHYS270/271General Physics III and Lab   4
ENEE222Elements of Discrete Signal Analysis   4
ENEE244Digital Logic Design 3  
ENEE205Electric Circuits   4
ENEE200**Social & Ethical Dimensions of ECE Technology   3
 General Education** 3  
 Total 17 15
   Credits Credits
 Junior Year First Sem Second Sem
MATH4xx***Advanced Elective Math   3
ENEE303Analog and Digital Electronics 3  
ENEE307Electronics Circuits Design Lab 2  
ENEE313Intro. to Device Physics 3  
ENEE322Signal and System Theory 3  
ENEE324Engineering Probability   3
ENEE350Computer Organization   3
ENEE380Electromagnetic Theory 3  
ENEE381Electromagnetic Wave Program   3
 General Education**   3
 Total 14 15
   Credits Credits
 Senior Year First Sem Second Sem
ELECTIVEEE Electives 7 6
ELECTIVEFree Technical Electives**** 3 6
ENGL393Technical Writing 3  
 General Education** 3 3
 Total 16 15

++ Effective with the Fall 2009 freshmen admit class, students will be required to follow the new curriculum above. Students enrolled prior to Fall 2009 or students enrolled in parallel programs at other 2 and 4 year institutions should follow the old requirements.  However, records will be reviewed when necessary on an individual basis during the phase in/out period, and adjustments made in degree requirements.

*Students must complete ENEE140 or pass the exemption exam or AP CS exam before taking ENEE150.

** Note: Please see www.4yearplans.umd.edu .

***Must come from list of approved Math courses within free technical elective list.

****Must come from list of courses approved for free technical electives with at least two elective EE courses taken  from the same specialty area.

Technical Elective Requirements

Effective Fall 2008, all entering BSEE students must:

1. Distribute their 13 credits of EE technical electives among the following course categories:

Category A. Advanced Theory and Applications: minimum of 3 credits
Category B. Advanced Laboratory: minimum of 2 credits
Category C. Capstone Design: minimum of 3 credits

Note: ENEE499, Senior Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering,may be used to satisfy either the Category A or the Category B requirement subject to approval by the faculty supervisor and the Associate Chair; it cannot be used as a Category C course.  The maximum number of ENEE499 credits that may be applied towards EE technical elective requirements is five. 

2. Distribute their 9 credits of free technical electives as follows:

a. They may be any upper-level course (300 level or higher) from the math, engineering, and basic science disciplines whose courses start with the following prefixes and who do not appear on the list of unacceptable courses available from the Undergraduate Studies Office: AMSC, BCHM, BIOE, BSCI, CHEM, CMSC, ENAE, ENCE, ENCH, ENEE, ENES, ENFP, ENMA, ENME, ENNU, ENRE, MATH, PHYS, and STAT.  The most up-to-date list of approved and unacceptable  courses will always be available from the Undergraduate Studies Office and on the ECE website.

b. They may be any upper-level course (300 level or higher) whose prefix is not given in the list above, assuming that the student: (i) completes the application to allow the course to count as a free elective, (ii) demonstrates how this course complements the student's professional goals, and (iii) receives the signed approval of the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education. If more than one course is taken via this option, all of those courses must have a closely-related theme.

3. Have two courses from the same ENEE specialty area. A list of courses grouped  according to specialty area is available from the Undergraduate Studies Office and on the ECE website.  

If you have any questions about how these requirements affect your current selection of senior EE electives, please contact an advisor.

Technical electives for students admitted Spring 2001 - Spring 2008:

The 13 credits of EE technical electives among the following course categories:

Category A Advanced Theory and Applications minimum of 3
Category B Advanced Laboratory minimum of 2
Category C Capstone Design minimum of 3

Please read carefully, and make a note of, the following special cases and other items:

1. Two credits of ENEE499, Senior Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering, may be used to satisfy the Advanced Laboratory requirement subject to approval by the faculty supervisor and the Associate Chair. The maximum number of ENEE499 credits that may be applied towards EE technical elective requirements is five.
2. Additional Capstone Design courses can be used as substitutes for
  • the required Advanced Theory and Applications course; and/or
  • the required Advanced Laboratory course, provided one of the following is completed: ENEE408A, 408B, 408C, or 408F.

3. Completion of ENEE408A and ENEE459A satisfies both the Capstone Design and Advanced Laboratory requirements.

4. If you have any questions on how these requirements affect your current selection of senior EE electives, please contact an advisor.


All ECE faculty members provide mentoring for undergraduate students and every student is assigned a mentor starting their first semester in the major. Additional advising is provided by the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education and the professional advising staff of ECE Undergraduate Studies Office. Departmental permission is required in order for students to register and for all courses in the major. The Department's Undergraduate Studies Office (2426 A.V. Williams Building, 301-405-3685) is the primary point of contact for undergraduates with advising questions and detailed curriculum requirements, registration information, and advising and mentoring procedures can be found on the  ECE Undergraduate Advising website .

Undergraduate Research Experiences

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is affiliated with more than 40 specialized laboratories, supporting activities including: speech and image processing, high performance systems, mobile computing and multimedia, communication networks, robotics, control systems, neural systems, systems integration, VLSI design and testing, experimental software engineering, semiconductor materials and devices, photonics, fiber optics, ion beam lithography, real-time systems, human- computer interaction, and virtual reality. Undergraduate students are encouraged to engage in research at some point during their education. Active participation in research not only allows students to apply what they have learned in class, it also gives them greater insight into a specific area within ECE and an appreciation for the subtleties and difficulties associated with the production of knowledge and fundamental new applications.  Research experience also prepares students for the demands of graduate school and the work force. Information on participating in undergraduate research can be found at www.ece.umd.edu/undergrad/courses/400-level/enee499 .

The ECE department also offers unique summer research programs. The Maryland Engineering Research Internship Team program offers research opportunities for top undergraduates from across the country interested in using computer engineering skills and tools to address important biosystems applications. The Transportation Electrification program offers research opportunities for students interested in sustainable transportation systems, particularly in power electronics, energy storage (battery, ultracapacitor and fuel cell), optimization and mathematical modeling of grid-integrated vehicles, and sustainable transportation.


Information on internships can be found at  www.coop.eng.umd.edu . Other internships are advertised by the ECE Department's Office of External Relations, and Undergraduate Studies Office.

Co-op Programs

Participation in a Cooperative Education Program or internship with private industry or a government agency is strongly encouraged. See the A. James Clark School of Engineering catalog entry for details.

Honors Program

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Program is intended to provide a more challenging and rewarding undergraduate experience for students pursuing the baccalaureate in Electrical or Computer Engineering. The program requires students to complete honors versions of four junior level electrical engineering courses and a research project during the senior year. Students completing all program requirements with a "B" average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all undergraduate work will have their participation noted on their B.S. diploma. Students with the necessary academic qualifications are invited to enroll typically after the completion of their sophomore year.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

The ECE Department has an active student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Information and instructions for joining can be found on their website ( http://umd.orgsync.com/org/ieee/home ). Equally active is the Gamma Xi chapter of Eta Kappa Nu honor society which is dedicated to recognizing excellence in electrical and computer engineering. Information on eligibility can be obtained by visiting their website ( http://ece.umd.edu/hkn/ ). The ECE Undergraduate Student Council (USC) represents the entire ECE undergraduate student body. The ECE-USC hosts undergraduate social events, provides feedback to the Department, and oversees the ECE undergraduate student lounge. For more details visit the ECE-USC website ( www.ece.umd.edu/eceusc/ ). Additionally, there is also a program for Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE) and a group called the Leaders in ECE, who serve as our ambassadors, give insight to new and prospective students, and participate in departmental events such as our "International Day" when we celebrate the cultural diversity of the students and faculty in our department.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Several scholarships are administered through the department and many others through the Clark School of Engineering. To be considered for these awards, students must submit an application by May 1st of each year for the following academic year. For more information visit:  www.ursp.umd.edu/scholarships/index.html .

In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .

Awards and Recognition

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the following awards: 1. Outstanding academic performance award to a junior for academic excellence; 2. Service award to the graduating senior who has shown a commitment of service to fellow students; and 3. Chair's Award for outstanding academic performance to a graduating senior.

Job Opportunities

Electrical engineers were primarily responsible for the recent revolutions in the music, telecommunications and medical device industries. They remain at the forefront of cutting edge developments and innovations in nanotechnology, robotics, and other technologies. Electrical engineers also have wide ranging employment opportunities in other fields including electronics, microelectronics, communications and signal processing, power systems, electrophysics, computer architecture, circuits, and control systems. Specific jobs include developing fiber optic technology, lasers for biomedical applications, software for robots, electronic weapons systems, advanced wireless networks, and neuron-like sensors for various applications.

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