Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers programs leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. The department has focused on three main research areas: devices and materials; electromechanical systems; and embedded systems. These efforts are supported by multiples research laboratories within the department. In addition to department research laboratories, students have access to facilities in the Center for Materials for Information Technology. For computing purposes, students may use numerous PC and workstation networks supported by the department and the College of Engineering.

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Faculty

Chair
  • Tim Haskew
Professor
  • Tim Haskew

Courses

Master's degree students may earn graduate credit for a maximum of 6 semester hours of 400-level course credit but only if a form for Approval of 400-Level Course Work for Master's Credit is approved by the department and Graduate School prior to the semester in which the 400-level coursework will be taken.

ECE
508
Hours
3
Communications

Analog and digital communication systems, random signals, sampling, filtering, analog-to-digital encoding, advanced digital modulation/demodulation, source encoding/decoding, channel encoding/decoding, multiplexing, system performance anaylsis.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 370 and MATH 355
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: ECE 509
ECE
509
Hours
1
Communications Lab

Modeling and design of communication systems. Familiarization with specialized communications equipment and techniques. Proper use of laboratory instruments.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 370 and MATH 355
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: ECE 508
ECE
530
Hours
3
Solid State Devices

Solid state physics for semiconductor devices, PN junction, metal semiconductor, JFET/MESFET, MOSFET, BJT, and non-ideal behaviors of solid state devices. Organic thin film devices, including organic solar cells, thin film transistors, light emitting diodes, and their application for flexible displays.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 330
ECE
532
Hours
3
VLSI Design

Digital design issues in the content of VLSI systems. Introduction to CMOS digital design methodology, layout techniques, behavior models, circuit simulation and testing of complex systems.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 332
ECE
534
Hours
3
Mixed Signal Circuits

Design and testing issues in the context of mixed-signal embedded systems. Introduction to CMOS mixed-signal design methodology, layout techniques, analog to digital converters, digital to analog converters, circuit simulation and testing and packagin of complex mixed-signal systems.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 332
ECE
538
Hours
3
Integr Circuit Fabr Prin

Study of the processing tools used in semiconductor device fabrication. Topics include semiconductor fundamentals, semiconductor device fabrication processes, interconnections and contacts, integrated circuit packaging, and chip yield. Oral presentation and advance analytical work required.

ECE
539
Hours
3
Thin Film Technology

Crystal structure and defects, film nucleation and growth models, growth of polycrystaline and epitaxial fims, vacuum science technology, physical and chemical vapor deposition, solution based methods, thin film characterization techniques.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 225 or PH 253
ECE
540
Hours
3
Electromagnetic Waves

Mathematics and physics of the radiation, propagation and scattering of electromagnetic waves. Boundary value problems involving finite and infinite structures, waveguides, antennas and media.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 340
ECE
551
Hours
3
Power Electronics

Detailed study on the theory and operation of power electronic converters and systems. Overview of enabling power semiconductor switching devices. Introducation to feedback control of converters. Machine drives fundamentals.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 332 and ECE 350
ECE
552
Hours
1
Power Electronics Laboratory

Laboratory experience in three phase power systems and electric machinery. Laboratory experience on the theory and operation of power electronic converters, systems and machine drives.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 350 and ECE 332
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: ECE 551
ECE
553
Hours
3
Power Systems

Basic power systems concepts and per unit quantities; transmissions line, transformer and rotating machine modeling; power flow; symmetrical component of power systems; faulted power system analysis.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 350
ECE
554
Hours
1
Power Systems Laboratory

Test and analysis of power systems and machine devices and the design of systems using devices.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 350
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: ECE 553
ECE
555
Hours
3
Electromechanical Systems

Static and dynamic modeling, analysis, and simulation of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and mixed systems. MATLAB and SIMULINK model development and simulation.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 225 and MATH 238
ECE
561
Hours
3
Quantum Well Elec & Devices

Energy levels and wave functions of semiconductor microstructures; envelope function approximation; quantum wells, superlattices; excitons; optical and electrical properties; selection rules; quantum confined Stark Effect; Wannier-Stark localization; field-effect transistors, tunneling devices, quantum well lasers, electro-optic modulators, quantum-well intersubband photodetectors.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 330 or PH 253
ECE
562
Hours
3
Semiconductor Optoelectronics

Elemental and compound semiconductors; fundamentals of semiconductors physical properties, solid state physics, optical recombination and absorption, light emitting diodes, quantum well lasers, quantum dots lasers, blue lasers, semiconductor modulators, photodetectors, semiconductor solar cells and semiconductor nanostructure devices.

Prerequisite(s): PH 253
ECE
563
Hours
3
Magnetic Materials & Devices

Diamegnetism and Paramagnetism, Ferromagnetism, Antiferromagnetism, Ferrimagnetism, magnetic anisotropy, domains and the magnetization process, fine particles and thin films, magnetization dynamics.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 340
ECE
566
Hours
3
Fund of Nanotechnology

Nanofabrication with electron beam lithography, focused ion beam, lithothgraphy, and nanoimprint; microscopies for nanostructures, including SEM, EDX, TEM, AFM, STM; nano-scale devices based on nanostructured materials (carbon nanotubes and metal oxide nanomaterials.).

Prerequisite(s): ECE 330 or PH 253
ECE
579
Hours
3
Digital Control Systems

Frequency and time domain methods in discrete time control systems; sampling of continuous-time signals, stability, transform design techniques, state variable analysis, and design techniques.

ECE
580
Hours
3
Digital Systems Design

Digital systems design with hardware description languages, programmable implementation technologies, electronic design automation design flows, design considerations and constraints, design for test, system on a chip designs, IP cores, reconfigurable computing, digital system design examples and applications.

ECE
581
Hours
1
Digital Systems Design Lab

Logic design and simulation via hardware description languages, use of electronic design automation tools, and CPU design.

ECE
582
Hours
3
Comp Visn Dig Image Proc

Introduction to computer vision and digital image processing with an emphasis on image representation, transforms, filtering, compression, boundary detection, and pattern matching.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 355 and CS 124
ECE
584
Hours
3
Adv Computer Architect

Computer architectures, computer design, memory systems design, parallel processing concepts, supercomputers, networks, and multiprocessing systems.

ECE
585
Hours
3
Programmable Logic Controllers

Programmable Logic Controllers, fundamentals of ladder logic programming and PLC systems, advanced PLC operation and related topics including networking, control applications, and human machine interface design.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 383
ECE
586
Hours
3
Embedded Systems

Integration of microprocessors into digital systems. Includes hardware interfacing, bus protocols and peripheral systems, embedded and real-time operating systems, real-time constraints, networking and distributed process control.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 383. Corequisite: ECE 587
ECE
587
Hours
1
Embedded Systems Laboratory

Design and implementation experience with microcontrollers, interfacing, digital control systems, bus protocols and peripheral systems, real-time constraints, embedded and real-time operating systems, distribution process control.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 383 Corequisite: ECE 586
ECE
588
Hours
3
Computational Intelligence

Computational Intelligence is a discipline that relies on biologically inspired computation to solve real-world problems that otherwise are infeasible or impossible to solve using classical engineering approaches. The course will cover the fundamental techniques of computational intelligence and study practical applications in real-world engineering problems.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 355 or consent of instructor.
ECE
593
Hours
1-5
Special Topics

Advanced topics of a specialized nature.

ECE
598
Hours
1-6
Non-Thesis Research

No description available.

ECE
599
Hours
1-12
Thesis Research

No description available.

ECE
637
Hours
3
Fund Solid State Engineering

Fundamentals of solid state physics and quantum mechanics are covered to explain the physical principles underlying the design and operation of semiconductor devices. The second part covers applications to semiconductor microdevices and nanodevices such as diodes, transistors, lasers and photodetectors incorporating quantum structures.

Prerequisite(s): PH 253
ECE
638
Hours
3
Adv. in Integ. Circuit Process

Semiconductor roadmap; wafer cleaning, thin film deposition processes, advanced lithographic techniques, wet/dry etching; deep reactive ion etching, chemical mechanical planarization; ultr thin oxides; low k dielectrics, high k materials; interconnect metallization; and self assembly.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 438 or ECE 538
ECE
661
Hours
3
Advanced Quantum Electronics

Advanced quantum mechanics; operators and Hilbert space; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian; quantization of harmonic oscillators and electromagnetic fields; perturbation theory; interaction of light and matter; quantum treatment of stimulated emission, spontaneous emission and absorption, laser rate equations; semiconductor laser theory.

Prerequisite(s): PH 253
ECE
662
Hours
3
Advanced Nanoscience

Advanced quantum physics; basics of nanotechnology, molecular and nanoelectronics; fundamentals in nanophotonics; interaction of light and matter; nanostructure characterization; bionanotechnology.

Prerequisite(s): PH 253
ECE
663
Hours
3
Spin Electronics

Electron spin. Giant magnetoresistance theory. Spin-tunneling phenomena in magnetic tunneling junctions. Spin structure to spin electronics. Image of magnetization configuration. Magnetic materials for spin electronic devices. Spin transport to design of magnetic nandevices.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 463 or ECE 563
ECE
680
Hours
3
System-on-Chip Design

Basic issues in System-on-Chip (SOC) design, SOC hardware structures, SOC design methodologies, system-level design of complex SOCs, configurable processors, advanced topics in SOC design.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 580/581 or consent of instructor
ECE
693
Hours
1-9
Special Topics

Advanced topics of a specialized nature.

ECE
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.