Electrical Engineering Department
Electrical engineers are at the cutting edge of technological research and innovation in such areas as multimedia computing, global communications, and high-speed integrated circuits. Working at the forefront of these emerging industries allows electrical engineers to creatively push technology to the limits of physical and mathematical laws. There is no greater challenge for the creative mind. The Electrical Engineering Department welcomes all students who are ready for the challenge.
An electrical engineering degree from SJSU prepares you for an exciting career in designing, testing and manufacturing computer networks, microprocessors and computers, medical instrumentation and equipment, microwave communications, neural networks, speech recognition, ultrasonic imaging, video games and VLSI integrated circuits, to name a few.
Located in the center of Silicon Valley, graduates of the Electrical Engineering Department have successful careers at companies that are leaders in the technology field. In addition, students participate in internship positions in local industry, working side by side with engineering teams, gaining hands-on experience through extensive laboratory and field work.
Active student clubs such as IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) introduce students to career opportunities, jobs and speakers from the technology field.
Our faculty's interests represent a wide spectrum of research areas including digital signal processing, speech recognition, compression techniques, networking communications, microwaves, optoelectronics, ASIC, analog IC, mixed signal IC, digital systems, logic design, control, robotics, and wireless techniques. Because of close links with local industry, the Electrical Engineering Department laboratories represent some of the area's most advanced instructional facilities, providing up-to-date and state-of-the-art equipment.
Each student is assigned an advisor who interacts with the student on a one-to-one basis throughout his/her academic career. In addition, we have assigned general education advisors who guide the student in the selection of his/her general education courses.
The BS EE program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Students can move directly into the graduate program for careers in teaching, patent law, research and high-level engineering management. The graduate (MS) program provides advanced study in all areas of electrical engineering and offers five areas of specialization:
- Logic/Digital Systems Design
- ASIC/VLSI Circuits
- Analog/Mixed Signal IC
- Communications/Digital Signal Processing
Following a careful review of its undergraduate curriculum, the Department of Electrical Engineering publishes the following set of program education objectives that are consistent with the mission of San José State University and the ABET General Criteria for Accrediting Programs in Engineering in the United States. These Program Educational Objectives were established by a group of EE Department faculty members who are also responsible for keeping these objectives up-to-date. The objectives were distributed to the following groups for feedback: EE faculty, industry representatives on the College's Engineering Industry Advisory Council and the Department's Advisory Committee, and students in the EE Senior Design course. Comments and suggestions were considered and incorporated into the present version of these objectives. Through the Department's assessment and enhancement process, the faculty evaluates and improves the program to ensure that it is meeting the following objectives:
- Be a practicing engineer in fields such as design, research, testing and manufacturing
- Engage in lifelong learning to maintain and enhance professional skills
- Fulfill the needs of society in solving technical problems using engineering principles, tools and practices, in an ethical and responsible manner
- Demonstrate leadership skills in the workplace and function professionally in a globally competitive world.
Every electrical engineering student is assigned an electrical engineering major advisor to consult with on a regular basis. Each semester students must see their major advisor to approve their tentative class schedule for the following semester. An updated listing of faculty advisors is posted every semester on the bulletin board near the department office (Eng 349). Transfer students must consult an electrical engineering transfer advisor in order to receive credit for mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering course work taken elsewhere. Students should bring transcripts, catalogs, etc., with them to facilitate the evaluation of their transfer credit. Students must have received a grade of "C" or better in ENGR 100W prior to enrolling in EE 124 or EE 198A. Note that ENGR 100W may not be waived based on Writing Skills Test (WST) scores. Every student must see an electrical engineering major advisor and submit a Major Form, delineating course objectives. An approved Major Form is due to the department office (Eng 349) by the 31st of March for the following year May graduation or by the 31st of October for the following year December graduation.
All College of Engineering undergraduate majors are required to maintain a Major GPA of 2.0 or above. Major GPA includes all courses required for the major, including math, science and engineering.