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What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical design devices and systems involving software and hardware that meet human needs. Some are very large, such as power generating systems in dams, others are tiny, such as the microcircuits used in computer systems. Electrical engineers are involved in all facets of the process: manufacturing, marketing, installing, maintaining and designing these systems. 

The profession is extremely dynamic with new technologies continually emerging. Consider, for example, the Trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. The first cable, laid in the last century, could transmit four words per minute. The last, laid in the past few years, has three optical fibers, each capable of simultaneously transmitting 38,000 telephone conversations. Electrical engineering is, and will continue to be, an exciting profession whose achievements profoundly affect our lives.

What is so unique about Electrical Engineering at UNH?

Our program has the right balance between the current technology and basic principles, allowing our graduates to land jobs and to survive the changes that occur in life long careers. Our students develop good analytical skills and a mastery of mathematics. Our graduates are curious, creative, industrious and good problem solvers. We offer small classes taught by a dedicated, professional and accessible faculty. In addition to our seven full-time faculty we have several adjunct faculty who work in local industry and teach on a part-time basis--bringing the practical aspects of engineering into the classroom. All full-time faculty have Ph.D.'s with specializations that span the most important areas in electrical engineering:

Communications and Signal Processing

Includes fundamental communication methods, digital communications, fiber optic communication systems, signal processing and stochastic systems.

Digital Systems and Computer Engineering

Includes logic design, design of computer systems, computer architecture and embedded microprocessor systems.

Control Systems

Includes systems with feedback and fuzzy control; examples are helicopter control systems and control of anti-skid braking.

Power Systems

Includes study of electric machines, electromechanical devices, generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power.