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Electrical Engineering (EE)

Courses

EE 500  Digital Control Systems  3 Credits

A digital control system is a computer-based control system that is part of a larger system, such as a robot or UAV; it can make control decisions and communicate with various peripheral devices. Microcontrollers are single-chip computers, and this course deals with microcontroller-based control systems, also known as embedded systems. This course covers the following topics: basic architecture of microcontrollers; basic analog and digital input/output, including analog-to-digital converters and digital-to-analog converters; advanced communications with other intelligent devices; hardware design for embedded systems, including the applications of many different types of sensors and actuators as well as input and display devices; and firmware programming for embedded systems using high-level programming languages. Various projects will be included in this class.

EE 505  Advanced Mechatronics  3 Credits

Advanced study of the modeling and analysis of dynamic systems, system identification techniques, control sensors and actuators, analog and digital control electronics, interfacing sensors and actuators to a microcomputer/microcontroller, analog and digital controller design, and real-time programming for control.

EE 510  Linear Systems  3 Credits

Theory and application of linear systems, including fundamentals of linear algebra and matrix theory; state-space representation of linear systems; eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and eigenfunctions; and orthonormal representation of signals.

EE 515  Random Signals  3 Credits

Theory and application of random processes, including probability theory, random signals and noise, correlation, stationary and ergodic random processes, and the response of linear systems to random signals. Students are provided with a thorough grounding in probability and stochastic processes, as well as demonstrations of their applicability to real-world problems.

EE 525  Avionics and Radio Navigation  3 Credits

Fundamentals of avionics and aeronautical radio navigation. A foundation of radio wave propagation, antenna types, and the radio spectrum will be included. The capabilities and limitations of major radio navigation systems will be studied. Both the technical aspects and historical context of these aids will be considered, including the technological limitations at the time of their development, and the implications for modern systems. Systems to be covered include LORAN, NDB, VORTAC, ILS, GPS, and aircraft radar.

EE 527  Modern Control Systems  3 Credits

This course covers modern control theory using continuous time state-space system models and implementations. State space representation is introduced and controllability, observability, and stability are reviewed. Control structures such as PID and state feedback controllers are introduced and applications are discussed. Continuous to discrete time conversions are discussed and the z-transform is introduced. Advanced topics such as model predictive control, adaptive control, robust control, and Kalman filters may be introduced at the instructors discretion. A background in classical controls and modeling of dynamic systems is recommended.

EE 528  Sensors and Data Links  3 Credits

A survey of topics in practical sensing and communications. Characterization of major sensors, capabilities, and data rate requirements by application. Description, analysis, and design considerations among major aspects of data links.

EE 529  Electro-Optical Systems  3 Credits

Principles and practices in electro-optical sensing systems. Modern optics and optical devices. Microelectronics for remote sensing and integrated sensing systems. Technologies discussed include LIDAR, multispectral imaging, RFID, and phased-array radars, among others.

EE 599  Special Topics in Electrical Engineering  1-6 Credit

Students may elect to perform a special, directed analysis and/or independent study in the area of particular interest. The student should submit to the department chair and graduate committee, a detailed proposal of the desired project and identify a faculty sponsor.

EE 620  Digital Communications  3 Credits

Basic topics of digital communication theory based on advanced mathematical concepts, such as linear algebra, matrix theory, probability theory, and random processes. The major topics of this course are: base-band and pass-band signal representations; matched filter and optimal detection of symbols in the presence of noises; and analysis of communication performance in terms of bit error rates.
Prerequisites: EE 510 and EE 515.

EE 625  Satellite-Based Communications and Navigation  3 Credits

Introduction of satellite communications and navigation system design including microwave transmission, satellite transponders, earth station hardware and satellite networks. Topics include types of orbits and their applications, available satellite system technologies, propagation effects, earth station design, modulation techniques, satellite communications networks, and satellite navigation. A design project is required.

EE 690  Graduate Project  3 Credits

A master-level design project in Electrical Engineering conducted under faculty supervision, including a final report and a public presentation.

EE 696  Graduate Internship in Electrical Engineering  3 Credits

Temporary professional or industrial work appointments made available to students enrolled in graduate programs at the University. An internship provides graduate students with an opportunity to extend their academic endeavors through the application of the theories and philosophies studied in the classroom to specific professional activities common to the workplace. Internships are academic/professional activities coordinated by the University between participating organizations and a graduate student.

EE 699  Special Topics in Electrical Engineering  1-6 Credit

Students may elect to perform a special, directed analysis and/or independent study in the area of particular interest. The student should submit to the department chair and graduate committee, a detailed proposal of the desired project and identify a faculty sponsor.

EE 700  Graduate Thesis  1-9 Credit

A master-level research project in electrical Engineering conducted under the supervision of the student's advisor and thesis committee. Submission of a final report, approved by the thesis committee, and an oral defense of the research work are required for thesis credits to be earned.