Jul 31, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 327 ~ 260-481-6362
email:  ece@pfw.edu;  https://www.pfw.edu/ece

Through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue Fort Wayne offers bachelor’s programs in computer engineering and electrical engineering. Both the computer engineering and the electrical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. (EAC/ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone 410-347-7700.

Studies in engineering emphasize the practical and analytical aspects of engineering by combining laboratory and lecture courses in mathematics, science, humanities, and engineering sciences.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum consists of a common first-year engineering program, challenging engineering science coursework, hands-on laboratory activities, up-to-date technical elective courses, and practical design experiences, which are complemented with an enriching general education program.

In addition to the coursework, the department supports and encourages student participants in undergraduate research, co-op, internships, and several very active student organizations such as IEEE, SWE and Engineers without Borders.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering programs develop students’ technical knowledge and problem-solving abilities, as well as teamwork and communication skills, producing engineers that are in high-demand in Northeast Indiana.

At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E) degree program with a concentration in Electrical, Computer, or Systems Engineering.  The department also offers a combined five-year BSEE/BSCPE+MSE Program.  This is an integrated degree program in which qualified students can receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with a concentration in Electrical, Computer, or Systems Engineering.

In its recently (2021) released rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States, U.S. News & World Report deemed the engineering programs at Purdue University Fort Wayne to be the among the best in the country.  Both programs are ranked #33 around the country at schools where no PhD is offered.  This ranking puts the two programs among the top 20% in the country.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is to support the needs of Northeast Indiana through education, scholarship, and service. We are committed to providing quality educational opportunities to both traditional and non-traditional students and seek to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to pursue productive engineering careers. Our faculty is also dedicated to excellence in scholarship and service to the community and the profession.

Educational Objectives

The faculty of the electrical and computer engineering department at Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to continuous improvements in its engineering programs. As such, the faculty continues to work with the alumni, their employers, and the Industrial Advisory Board to realize the following educational objectives:

  • Function and communicate effectively to solve technical problems.
  • Advance professionally to roles of greater electrical and computer engineering responsibilities, and/or by transitioning into leadership position in business, government, and/or education.
  • Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s), continuing education, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure or other professional development.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities.

Admission

To gain admission to the engineering programs, in addition to satisfying Purdue Fort Wayne admission requirements (Regulations ) you should rank in the upper half of your high school class and have the following courses on your record:

Subject Semesters
Algebra 4
Biology or physics 2
Chemistry 2
English 8
Plane geometry 2
Trigonometry 1


Additionally, you must have a minimum SAT critical reading score of 480, an SAT mathematics score of 520, and an SAT writing score of 500 or a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (with at least an English score of 20 and a mathematics score of 23) for admission to freshman engineering. If you only partially meet the above requirements, you may be admitted to a dual technology/engineering program 2+3 (http://www.pfw.edu/departments/etcs/depts/fye/prospective-students/engr-et-joint-program.html) until you meet all of the admission requirements for the engineering program of your choice.  A placement of MA 15400 (or equivalent) or higher is required for admission to the Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering programs.

Admission deadlines for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are:

Applicants
August 1 for the fall semester
December 15 for the spring semester

Special Academic Regulations for Students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Plan of Study

A One Year Plan of Study must be approved by your academic advisor every semester to ensure that you are making satisfactory academic progress towards graduation.

Concentration Course Grades

You must have a combined GPA of at least 2.00 in all ECE courses and in any other courses used to fulfill technical-elective requirements. It is your responsibility to see that this requirement is met. Even though the grade of D is accepted as a passing grade in some courses, it is highly recommended that the course be repeated if it serves as a prerequisite to another required course.  All courses used to satisfy any General Education Requirement must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

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