Department of

Electrical Engineering

Serving society through excellence in education, research, scholarship, and public outreach


Overview of the Department of Electrical Engineering

The Penn State Electrical Engineering Department, established in 1893, is among the largest, oldest, and the most innovative in the nation. A fascinating history of our department, compiled in 1993 as part of our centennial celebration, is available here.

The Penn State Electrical Engineering Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering. In 2012, the Electrical Engineering graduate program was ranked 25 by U.S. News and World Report.

The 2011 annual report can be viewed here.

Approximately 520 students are enrolled in the undergraduate program, and approximately 220 students are enrolled in the graduate program, with more than half pursuing doctoral degrees. We have more than 40 professional faculty, including 15 IEEE fellows. We offer approximately 90 courses from freshman to graduate level, encompassing all areas of electrical engineering. We also have a vibrant research program, at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Faculty and students are engaged in courses and research in the following fields:

  • Communications and Networking
  • Control Systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Optical Materials and Devices
  • Power Systems
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Remote Sensing and Space Systems

Mission

The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to serve society through excellence in education, research, scholarship, and public outreach. We strive to provide an education in electrical engineering for our students and instill in them the attitudes, values, and vision that will prepare them for lifetimes of continued learning and leadership in their chosen careers. The Electrical Engineering Department also strives to generate new knowledge through research and to facilitate technology transfer for the benefit of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the international community.

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