Educational Mission Statement

Our undergraduate educational mission is to provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art education that prepares our students to be successful in engineering practice, advanced studies and research.

Program Educational Objectives

The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET (http://www.abet.org).

In accordance with accreditation criteria, we have defined a set of Program Educational Objectives, which are “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.” These are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. They were developed and approved by the EECS faculty and our Industry Advisory Committee (includes employers and alumni).

The Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate program has the following Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Graduates of the program will have successful careers.
  2. Graduates of the program will continue to learn and adapt to a changing world.
  3. Graduates of the program will practice ethical and inclusive principles that foster collaborative environments.

ECE Student Outcomes

The ECE program has the following seven Student Outcomes that correspond to the recommended EAC-wide Student Outcomes. These Student Outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities expected of each ECE graduate. Each Student Outcome addresses one or more of the Program Educational Objectives described above.

Graduates of the program will have an ability to:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The Mapping Between Old Student Outcomes a-k and New Student Outcomes 1-7

Prior to AY2019-2020, ABET Student Outcomes were defined as a-k, thus the ECE program relied on these Student Outcomes. However, starting AY2019-2020, the old Student Outcomes a-k have been remapped to the new Student Outcomes 1-7. The following table shows the mapping between the old and the new Student Outcomes.

Student Outcomes a-k Student Outcomes 1-7
(Applicable beginning of the 2019-2020 cycle)
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
(c) 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. 2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
(g) An ability to communicate effectively. 3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues.
4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams. 5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data. 6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning. 7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.  Implied in 1, 2, and 6.