Western's Engineering and Design department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. The program serves current students, industry, the University, and citizens of Washington state by preparing students to find pragmatic engineering solutions to problems, while understanding the impact of their solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. The educational experience we provide emphasizes lab-based experiential learning, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking, while the program curriculum provides current, practical engineering knowledge built on a solid foundation in math and science. The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The student begins the program in the second quarter of their freshman year with an orientation course, and is generally enrolled in one or more major courses each quarter until graduation. Many laboratory courses provide a combination of practical experience with design, and ultimately lead to a culminating project that spans the senior year. The students may choose a concentration in either Electronics or Energy. Both concentrations include a common electrical engineering core.
Electronics courses involve the development, design, and application of circuits, devices, and firmware for embedded systems. Content includes digital and analog electronics, embedded microcontrollers, communications, controls, and digital signal processing.
"Western's Electrical Engineering program is rooted in hands on learning. Almost every concept we discuss in lecture we experience in Lab. As engineers we all will be building and designing things not just looking at theory. Furthermore the small size of Western's Electrical Engineering program encourages teamwork and collaboration."
- Riley Murray, Junior, Electrical Engineering - Electronics Concentration
Energy courses include a combination of advanced electrical engineering courses and interdisciplinary courses in the sciences, economics, policy, and the environment. Topics deal with the sources, generation, control, and utilization of electric power, energy conversion and storage, and smart power topics such as system analysis, protection and stability, solid state motor control, and industrial process control systems. Projects are normally interdisciplinary, in collaboration with faculty in the Institute for Energy Studies.
"I love the challenge level of the material, as well as the students and faculty of the department. The best thing in the world is to come up with a design, build it, and see it work as intended. The coursework is rigorous, and the professors are really good about basing a lot of the work in real-world examples. This gives me a good idea of where I can apply the things I learn once I graduate."
- Cole Rogers, Junior, Electrical Engineering - Energy Concentration