Accreditation: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE EAC/ABET Accredited

The Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate program is nationally accredited by ABET, Inc:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700

The following programs, which are being phased out, continue to be accredited by ABET for students graduating by the end of spring term 2012. Information on these older programs is available upon request.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700
  • Computer Engineering, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700

In accordance with accreditation criteria, we have defined a set of “broad statements describing the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.” These were developed and approved by the EECS faculty and our Industry Advisory Committee.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate program has the following objectives:

  1. Depth. Graduates will be able to identify, formulate, analyze and solve ECE problems by applying fundamental and advanced mathematical, scientific, and engineering knowledge and skills. Modern engineering techniques, skills and tools (hardware and software) will be used, emphasizing the role that computers play in engineering practice. Graduates will have developed the discipline required for lifelong learning.
  2. Breadth. Graduates will demonstrate a broad understanding at both system and component levels through realistic engineering experiences. These will include current issues, influences, and trends needed to understand the impact of ECE solutions in global and societal contexts.
  3. Professionalism. To prepare for the complexity of modern work environments, graduates will have established a foundation of responsible teamwork as well as clear communication skills. They will demonstrate project management capabilities, professional attitudes, and a clear understanding of the ethical issues faced by our profession.
  4. Trouble-shooting. Through authentic engineering experiences in the curriculum, graduates will be able to integrate their knowledge and skills to solve real-world problems. They will be capable of engineering insight and judgment, based on experience in trouble-shooting as well as design to meet quality, reliability and manufacturing constraints.
  5. Community. Graduates will emerge as part of a professional and educational community, providing support for their own professional growth and development, as well as providing avenues for professional service in contributing to the growth and development of future engineers. Their community experiences will have included pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students, faculty, practicing engineers, and other professionals, providing avenues for building skills in mentoring, communication, and networking, as well as appreciation for diverse perspectives.
  6. Innovation. Graduates will possess a comprehensive engineering education from meeting the first five objectives, providing a solid foundation for developing and applying engineering intuition. In addition, graduates will understand the importance of innovation and how it emerges through the excitement of discovery and associated creativity.

ECE Program Outcomes

Each outcome addresses one or more of the objectives. The outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities expected of each ECE graduate.
Outcomes expected of all ABET-accredited programs

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (addresses Depth)
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data (addresses Depth)
  • 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 (addresses Depth, Professionalism, Troubleshooting)
  • Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams (addresses Professionalism, Community)
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (addresses Depth, Troubleshooting)
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (addresses Professionalism, Community)
  • Ability to communicate effectively (addresses Professionalism, Community)
  • Broad education necessary to understand impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal context (addresses Breadth, Professionalism, Innovation)
  • Recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in, life-long learning (addresses Breadth, Community, Innovation)
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues (addresses Breadth, Professionalism, Community)
  • Ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (addresses Depth, Professionalism, Troubleshooting, Innovation)

Outcomes expected of all ABET-accredited electrical/computer engineering programs

  • Knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to ECE (addresses Depth, Troubleshooting)
  • Knowledge of mathematics, basic sciences, computer science, and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems (addresses Depth, Professionalism)
  • Knowledge of advanced and discrete mathematics to solve related engineering problems (addresses Breadth)

Outcomes added by EECS

  • Ability to troubleshoot engineering problems (addresses Depth, Troubleshooting)
  • Ability to lead, mentor, and contribute to the development of the engineering community (addresses Professionalism, Community)
  • Ability to innovate (addresses Innovation)

Enrollment and Degrees Awarded