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Electrical Engineering


College of Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering


Endless Career Opportunities

Every time you search the internet, use a phone or wireless device, watch a video or listen to music, you are using inventions and designs created by electrical engineers. Read on to discover other ways electrical engineers advance technology.

Looking for light? Electrical engineers work on a wide array of devices and systems involving the transformation and transmission of light, from photovoltaic solar cells to fiber optics and lasers.

Turned on by power? Electrical engineers are responsible for many aspects of power generation, including sustainable energy technology. They work to increase the efficiency of appliances and design power plants and smart grids.

Gotta have gadgets? Electrical engineers create the electronic components and algorithms that run many consumer products, increasing their utility, convenience, reliability, and entertainment value.

Care about communication? As compulsive communicators, we humans rely on electrical engineers to enable us to share our words, voices, and images over long distances or to broadcast them to wide audiences.

Wonder about wireless? Smart phones, wireless computer networks, and global positioning systems are just the beginning of the wireless technologies designed by electrical engineers.

Have a biological bent? Many medical imaging and diagnostic technologies have been developed with electrical engineering expertise. Engineers are also working to develop human-machine systems and computers that mimic biological systems.

Fascinated by the future? Electrical engineers anticipate tomorrow’s technology needs, developing smaller and faster computer chips, virtual reality, robotics, remote-sensing satellites, molecular level circuits, superconducting materials, and more.

Areas of study

  • Cybersecurity
  • Multimedia signal processing
  • Communications
  • Nanofabrication
  • Materials and devices
  • Circuit and system design
  • Bioelectrical Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy Technology

What’s special about this program?


Active research ensures that the content of the undergraduate program is constantly renewed and maintained at a challenging technical level and integrates discovery learning into the program. Opportunities abound for electrical engineering undergraduates to work with faculty and graduate students as research assistants, either for pay or independent study credit. We want our graduates to have the skills necessary to pursue advanced degrees.


4+1 BEE/MSECE program: Talented undergraduates are urged to apply to the department’s 4+1 Bachelor of Electrical Engineering/Master of Science Electrical & Computer Engineering program. The program allows students to finish both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. Students must be accepted into the graduate program, must take 6 of their technical elective credits in 600 level ECE courses acceptable to the ECE graduate program, and must complete all other requirements for the BEE degree. To learn more, see the ECE graduate page in the UD catalog.

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