Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Musical Audio Engineering encompass the application of mathematics, science, electrical, electronic, and computing technologies to the needs of society. These broad and diverse disciplines touch almost every aspect of people's lives and occupations. Typical applications and industries include communication systems such as cellular phones, radio, television, and the internet; audio and recording; the national power grid providing power to industry and residences; solid state lighting; solar energy harvesting; electric vehicles; autonomous vehicles; computer systems, including personal computers and tablets; and the embedded processors, controls, and sensors required in numerous devices we use every day.

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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Alabama offers programs in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Musical Audio Engineering. Electrical Engineering students get deeply involved in technical areas including communication systems, computers, control systems, electromagnetics, electronics and microelectronics, power systems, and signal processing. Students in Computer Engineering specialize in the software and hardware components of modern computing systems and cyber-physical systems. These programs provide a sound foundation for entry into the engineering profession, and opportunities for graduates are extensive, often depending only on the interests of the individual. Graduates work in most industries including the computer, telecommunications, power, aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, defense, and electronics industries. They design high-tech devices ranging from tiny microelectronic chips to powerful computers that use those chips, to efficient telecommunication systems that interconnect those computers. They design and operate a wide array of complex technological systems, such as power generation and distribution systems and modern computer-controlled manufacturing plants. They are also involved in sales, marketing, testing, quality control, and research. With additional training, they may even contribute to other professions, including education, medicine, and law.

The Musical Audio Engineering program is specifically designed to train students in the broadest spectrum of recording studio operations, the equipment used therein, live recording environments, and an in-depth understanding of equipment design, maintenance, and operation(s). Graduates of the program are fully prepared to pursue a wide range of possible professions including, but not limited to, audio recording engineer (specific to musical contexts); studio and live (on location) environments; audio equipment designer and manufacturer; audio equipment consultant; and audio equipment representative.


Department Head
  • Ricks, Kenneth (Interim)
Cudworth Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • Gogineni, Prasad
Cudworth Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Sazonov, Edward
E.A. Larry Drummond Endowed Chair of Computer Engineering
  • Hong, Yang-Ki
  • Abu Qahouq, Jaber
  • Balasubramanian, Bharat
  • Cheng, Mark
  • Haskew, Tim
  • Hu, Fei
  • Kim, Margaret
  • Li, Dawen
  • Newman, Sharlene
  • Ricks, Kenneth
Associate Professors
  • Freeborn, Todd
  • Kotru, Sushma
  • Kung, Patrick
  • Lemmon, Andrew
  • Li, Shuhui
  • Song, Aijun
Assistant Professors
  • Baker, Nick
  • Gurbuz, Sevgi
  • Jeong, Nathan
  • Neshani, Sara
  • Sun, Shunqiao
  • Taylor, Andrew
Professors emeriti
  • Burkett, Susan
  • Jackson, Jeff
  • Morley, Lloyd A. "Pete"


Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering

Introduction to electrical and computer engineering disciplines, specializations, the engineering design process, mathematics required for these disciplines, computer-based modeling and simulation tools, and professional responsibilities.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 110
Electric Circuits

Physical concepts and mathematical techniques of circuit analysis; DC, transient, and sinusoidal steady-state analysis of circuits; Includes laboratory experiments. Not open to students who have earned credit in ECE 320.

Prerequisite(s): (PH 105 or PH 125) and (PH 106 or PH 126) and (MATH 125 or MATH 145) and (MATH 126 or MATH 146) and (MATH 227 or MATH 247) and MATH 238

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