Department of

Electrical Engineering

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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.

Approximately 500 students are enrolled in the undergraduate program, and approximately 250 students are enrolled in the graduate program, with about half pursuing doctoral degrees. We have over 40 Professional Faculty, including 14 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

College of Engineering

Penn State's College of Engineering, established in 1896, has a long tradition as one of the country's leading educators of engineers. Through its land grant tradition, Penn State Engineering strives for national leadership in innovative engineering education, vigorous R&D partnerships with U.S. industry, and service initiatives through continuing education, technology transfer, and support for governmental agencies.

The internationally known Penn State College of Engineering faculty number 280 full-time, tenured, and tenure-track members at University Park and more than 100 full-time members at other Penn State locations. Of the University Park faculty, 14.6 percent are women and 5.7 percent are minorities. Penn State engineering faculty are leaders in research, in their profession, and in the development of innovative curricula and courses.

Penn State University

Penn State is one of the largest land grant universities in the United States, with 79,000 students—about 40,000 at the University Park Campus, and the remainder at the twenty two locations throughout the state. University Park Campus is located in Central Pennsylvania with the following cities located within a 250 mile radius: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. Clevelend and New York.

Careers in Electrical Engineering

Because the electrical engineering profession is characterized by its diversity, graduates in E E hold a wide variety of jobs. Many graduates work in laboratories where their responsibilities include designing and testing new electronic systems or devices. This design work often utilizes computer programs and test equipment that are first used while in school. Other graduates have jobs in manufacturing plants where their major responsibility is the interfacing of the electronic equipment with the rest of the plant. A growing employment opportunity within E E is in technical sales/consulting, in which graduates use their E E background as well as people skills to interface with various industrial customers. E E graduates are also found in areas such as law, marketing, finance, technical writing, and government, where they serve as technical experts. Finally, E E graduates with entrepreneurial skills are often successful by marketing themselves as consultants or starting their own companies. Regardless of which area of specialization within E E a student chooses, the job outlook remains high due to the ever-present and increasing need for electrical power, electronics, communications, and computers in all areas of our society.