Electrical Engineering

Fundamentals

Every aspect of modern life is influenced by electrical engineers. They design and develop systems ranging from massive power grids and global communications networks to tiny integrated circuits inside computers and personal electronics. Branches of electrical engineering include: 

  • communications
  • controls
  • electromagnetics
  • electronics
  • power systems
  • Important applications include:
  • power generation and distribution
  • sustainable energy systems
  • manufacturing automation
  • aerospace systems
  • robotics
  • sensors and instrumentation
  • imaging systems

The University of Akron’s comprehensive electrical engineering curriculum prepares students to identify, formulate, and implement solutions to real-world engineering problems. Students learn how to use modern engineering tools in well-equipped laboratories, with activities that reinforce the concepts learned in the classroom. The curriculum emphasizes design and teamwork and culminates in a capstone senior design project that integrates the material learned in earlier courses.

Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Our faculty

  • hold doctoral degrees in a wide range of areas in electrical and computer engineering
  • are actively engaged in both teaching and research
  • direct industry and government-funded research and development projects
  • bring their extensive practical experience into the classroom
  • advise undergraduate and graduate students in their research and design projects

Akron Advantage

Hands-on learning

Our students experience electrical engineering firsthand through educational and research laboratories, including facilities for: 

  • circuits
  • analog electronics
  • digital electronics
  • control systems
  • digital hardware and embedded systems
  • energy conversion
  • power electronics and motor drives
  • electromagnetics/microwaves
  • alternative energy
  • sensors and instrumentation
  • hybrid electric vehicles and battery management
  • integrated circuit design and high-temperature electronics
  • automation and wireless sensor networks
  • optics and imaging systems 

Real-world experience

Our students gain important practical professional experience through the optional Co-op and Placement Program. Co-op students alternate semesters of work and school following their sophomore year. They earn competitive salaries while on co-op and graduate with one full year of professional work experience.  

Starting in the first year, students can join a wide variety of competition teams, working on projects ranging from firefighting robots to hybrid electric vehicles. Students learn to manage large projects, deal with budgets, and interact with students from other disciplines and at other universities. With their advisers, students travel to competitions across the country. 

Student organizations

Interact with other engineering students and professionals in the field through groups  such as:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Tau Beta Pi (engineering honors society)
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Sample Curriculum


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Career Opportunities

A degree in electrical engineering paves the way to many career opportunities. Electrical engineers:

  • design new products
  • write performance requirements
  • develop maintenance schedules
  • test equipment
  • solve operating problems
  • work with computers 

Many electrical engineers specialize in a particular area, such as:

  • power generation
  • transmission and distribution
  • communications
  • electrical equipment manufacturing

Outlook

Electrical engineering has consistently ranked among the top ten careers for salary and placement nationally.

Career services

Career Services helps students and alumni explore and reach career goals. They connect students to employers for internships, jobs, and careers.