Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering & Sciences


Stephen D Goodman
Professor and Chair
Phone: 304.442.3379
Fax: 304.442.3330

Zeljko “Z” Torbica
Dean and Professor
Phone: 304.442.3161
Fax: 304.442.1006

Paul O. Steranka, Jr.
Associate Dean and Professor
Phone: 304.442.3161
Fax: 304.442.1006

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Baltimore, MD 21202-4012

Bachelor Science of Electrical Engineering (BSEE)

Electrical Engineering is one of the most dynamic fields of engineering today. New technologies are under constant development and new industries are emerging as a result of the efforts of electrical engineers.

The Electrical Engineering curriculum provides a well-rounded education to meet the needs and challenges of our modern society. The student will receive a solid background in mathematics and science as well as a strong foundation in the major areas of electrical engineering (circuits and systems, communications, computers, electronics, electromagnetic fields, controls, electric machinery and power) supported by practical-oriented laboratory assignments. The student can pursue special areas of interest through several elective courses. The student will be well prepared to be successful in the workforce and be productive. Upon graduation the student will be well prepared to be successful in the workforce and to be productive.

One of the key features of engineering that sets it apart from other disciplines is design. Design is the creative process of putting ideas, components, and systems together to develop solutions to problems and needs. The curriculum encourages design-oriented thinking at a fundamental level and culminates in the capstone senior design course sequence in which many factors such as technical, economic, environmental, ethical and legal, health and safety, manufacturability, political social, sustainability, and realistic standards are considered.

The ability of the engineer to communicate in writing and speech is very important as the modern engineer is expected to express technical concepts and defend technical decisions in front of non-technical people. Therefore, courses in English, social science, and the humanities are vital in the electrical engineering curriculum.

Mission Statement

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

To provide a world-class education preparing graduates to be successful in professional engineering practice.

Objectives to meet this mission:

  1. The curriculum provides a solid understanding of fundamental principles based on mathematics, scientific theory, and engineering principles with a balance of practical applications to realistic problems as might be encountered in the public and private sectors.
  2. The environment promotes engineering teamwork and continuous learning and improvement.
  3. The laboratory experiences reinforce the classroom instruction by hands-on activities with state-of-the-art equipment and allow for creative exploration and opportunities for innovative design.
  4. Faculty members constantly keep current in their field by means such as applied research, industrial engagement, and other scholarly activities, and bring this knowledge to the students.
  5. The ECE Department engages students with interesting, real-life problems and design projects.
  6. The ECE Department fosters the education of the students served by careful academic and career advising, assisting with tutoring, supporting the student organization (IEEE), and being available to answer professional and personal concerns.
  7. The ECE Department supports the overall missions of the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and WVU Tech, and to this end, supports the infrastructure of Tech and running its operations through various committees.


Educational Objectives

We desire that students after graduation accomplish one or more of the following objectives:

Objective 1: Professional Practice
Electrical engineering graduates will be successful in professional practice in engineering.

Objective 2: Post-graduate Education
Electrical engineering graduates will be successful in pursuing advanced education.

Objective 3: Advancement
Electrical engineering graduates will successfully advance in their careers.

The Electrical Engineering program has the following Program Outcomes:

Engineering Science
Students will attain an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

Engineering Experimentation
Students will attain an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

Engineering Design
Students will attain 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.

Students will attain an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

Problem Solving
Students will attain an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

Engineering Ethics
Students will attain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

Effective Communication
Students will attain an ability to communicate effectively.

Impact of Engineering
Students will attain the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

Life-long Learning
Students will attain a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

Contemporary Issues
Students will attain a knowledge of contemporary issues.

Modern Tools
Students will attain an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.