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 2014, the Electrical Engineering graduate program was ranked 24 by U.S. News and World Report.

The 2014 annual report can be viewed here.

Approximately 540 students are enrolled in the undergraduate program, and about 220 students are enrolled in the graduate program, with more than two thirds pursuing doctoral degrees. We have 41 professional faculty, including 15 IEEE fellows. We offer 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


The Department of Electrical Engineering will be a leader in promoting learning, discovery and innovation, and in providing current and future engineers, educators and researchers with an understanding of technical and societal challenges and the training and tools to address them.


To provide a quality education in Electrical Engineering for our students and to instill in them the attitude, values, and vision that will prepare them for a lifetime of continued learning and leadership in their chosen careers. To generate new knowledge through research, utilize such knowledge to improve quality of life, and facilitate technology transfer for the benefit of the State of Pennsylvania, our nation, and the global community.

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