2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Electrical Engineering and Technology Department

Ali Khabari, Chair
Dobbs Hall, Room 205
617-989-4124

DEPARTMENT VISION AND MISSION STATEMENT

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Technology offers degree programs in engineering and technology which are rooted in Wentworth's rich tradition of project-based, experiential learning. The department strives to prepare its graduates for productive and challenging careers in private practice, industry, and government, and its programs provide a solid foundation for lifelong professional development. The curricula are comprehensive, rigorous, and well-balanced in the presentation of theory and problem- solving techniques. The primary objectives of the department's baccalaureate programs are to furnish students with the analytical and technical skills required for successful professional practice in their respective technical disciplines, to cultivate students' abilities to readily adapt to workplace changes, communicate proficiently, and to work effectively in a team environment.

The departmental faculty and staff also share a commitment to support student interest and pursuit of graduate study and professional certifications, as well as to encourage students to consider careers involving the design and manufacture of products. The high level of student and faculty participation in professional societies and club activities, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers, have furnished significant external affiliations and sponsorships of special projects.

DEGREE PROGRAMS

Computer Engineering (BSCO)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Computer engineering rests on the fundamentals of electrical engineering and computer science fields. Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software attributes of computing, from the design of computer network to digital circuit design. Computer engineers build, analyze, design, and evaluate computer systems. Students in this program take courses in logic design, computer organization and architecture, embedded computer systems, engineering design, operating systems, computer network, digital signal processing, software engineering, database systems, circuits and electronics. The computer engineering program incorporates a project based course of study and a learning environment that utilizes laboratory exercises and teamwork as part of most engineering courses. Our graduates are well prepared for pursuing both an advanced degree and a professional career.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

After graduation, program graduates should demonstrate these abilities:

  • Lifelong learning: Pursue professional development to meet and adapt to the emerging and evolving technology.
  • Successful Careers: have a successful career in the field of computer engineering or related fields.
  • Professionalism: Graduates will contribute to their fields or professions.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Students should demonstrate these abilities upon graduation

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

DEGREE DETAILS
Total credits for degree: 136

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate in this catalog for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

Computer Engineering (BSCO)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
ENGLISH, English Sequence
ENGR1000, Intro Engineering
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM
ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB OR
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
ENGLISH, English Sequence
ENGR1500, Intro to Engineering Design
ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB OR
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

ELECTIVE, Humanities or Social Science
MATH2500, Differential Equations
ELEC2275, Digital Logic
ELEC2250, Network Theory I

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 20)

MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
MATH2300, Discrete Mathematics I
ELEC2850, Microcontrollers Using C Programming
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science
ELEC2750, Network Theory II

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC3150, Object-Oriented Programming for Engineers
ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design
ELECTIVE, Humanities or Social Science
ELECTIVE, Technical or EPIC
COMP2670, Database Management Systems

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

ELEC3725, Computer Architecture
ELECTIVE, Technical or EPIC
ELEC3550, Computer Networks for Engineers
ELEC3600, Signals and Systems
ELEC3200, Advanced Digital Circuit Design

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

COMP3499, Operating Systems for Engineers
ENGR5000, Engineering Senior Design I
MATH2100, Probability & Statistics for Engineers
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

ELEC4400, Engineering Digital Signal Processing
ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II
MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Computer Engineering Technology (BCOT)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Computer Engineering Technology (BCOT) program introduces students to both the hardware and software aspects of computers with emphasis on computer-related devices and systems. Students gain experience in both interfacing a computer for control applications and data communication, using a full range of equipment. The hardware courses cover basic digital electronics to computer architecture, and include operating and learning microprocessors, microcontrollers and microcomputers. The software courses begin with introductory computer science and advance to programming applications and operating systems. Other hardware courses include basic circuit theory, electronic devices, integrated circuits and applications, and data communications. During their course of studies students spend a minimum of two cooperative semesters in industry. Graduates, in addition to continuing their education at the graduate level, may seek employment in the design, application, manufacturing, and testing of computer or computer-controlled equipment.

The program offers students a mathematically-based engineering technology education that provides the technical knowledge, problem solving-skills and hands-on experience needed for them to grow as intellectually inquisitive individuals and critically involved members of our society with a lifelong commitment to continued leaning. The Computer Engineering Technology baccalaureate (BCOT) degree program is a comprehensive four-year program of study that is rooted in Wentworth’s rich tradition of project-based and experiential learning. The curriculum is rigorous and well balanced in the presentation of theory and problem solving techniques. The objective of coursework is to furnish students with the analytical and technical skills required for successful professional practice in the computer hardware related industries. The computer program also strives to provide its graduates with solid foundation for lifelong professional development, to cultivate students; abilities to readily adapt to workplace changes, to communicate proficiently and to work effectively in a team environment.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Graduates should demonstrate these abilities:

  • Develop competencies for successful long-term professional practice in the computer engineering disciplines.
  • Utilize analytical and technical skills to implement creativity and innovative approaches for the design and operation of microcomputer architecture, network systems and special purpose digital processes.
  • Actively participate in related professional societies and to continue growth in the professional learning that leads to certifications, licensing and graduate studies.
  • Effectively practice in the field of engineering and technology in a global environment through communication and embracement of societal issues, cultural diversity and different points of view.

COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Students should demonstrate these abilities upon graduation

  • Appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines
  • An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology
  • An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes
  • An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program educational objectives
  • An ability to function effectively on teams
  • An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  • A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

DEGREE DETAILS
Total credits for degree: 136

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate in this catalog for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

Computer Engineering Technology (BCOT)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

ELEC1000, Introduction to Engineering and Technology
ELEC1100, Circuit Theory I
MATH1000, College Mathematics I
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC1600, Electronic Design I
ELEC1500, Circuit Theory II
COMP1099, Computer Science I Using C
MATH1500, Precalculus
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

ELEC2000, Semiconductor Devices
PHYS1000, College Physics I
MATH1700, Calculus I
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 20)

ELEC2100, Logic Circuits
ELEC2700, Integrated Circuits with Apps
PHYS1500, College Physics II
MATH1800, Calculus II
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC3000, Object Oriented Programming for Electronics
ELEC3100, Data Communications
MATH2000, Calculus III
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science
ELECTIVE, Technical

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

ELEC3450, Microcontrollers and Embedded Computer Systems
ELEC3750, Computer Systems Architecture
ELEC3675, Linear Network Analysis
ELEC3575, Computer Communications and Networks

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

COMP4499, Introduction to Operating Systems
ELEC4200, Digital Control Systems
ELEC4225, Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

ELEC4425, Advanced Programmable Logic
ELEC4450, Digital Communications Systems
ELEC5000, Senior Design Project
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Electrical and electronic components, devices, and equipment are integrated into most of today’s products from biomedical systems to the smart power grid. As a student in the Electrical Engineering program, you will study, model, analyze, and design systems that modern society relies on. The Electrical Engineering program is a four-year project-based curriculum that includes a solid foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering principles, as well as the humanities and social sciences. Students are provided with the necessary theory, problem-solving skills, and laboratory exposure to design, build, and test their advanced senior design projects. The program applies Wentworth’s educational model of a state-of-the-art curriculum along with two cooperative work experiences.

The program integrates engineering design throughout the curriculum and an extensive use of computers to solve, and simulate engineering problems as well as control devices, equipment, and systems. Students spend a great deal of time working in a laboratory setting to verify theory. The course of study includes circuit theory, solid state devices, analog and digital circuits and systems, feedback and controls, motors, power distribution systems, signal processing, and communication systems. The curriculum employs the latest technologies so that students are well prepared for graduate study or a professional career in industry. As a graduate you will be ready for professional careers in fields such as analog and digital systems, acoustics, biomedical devices, computers, electric vehicle supplies, robotics, communication and control systems, sources of alternative energy, power distribution and smart grids.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

After graduation, program graduates should demonstrate these abilities:

  • Lifelong learning: Pursue professional development to meet and adapt to the emerging and evolving technology.
  • Successful Careers: have a successful career in the field of electrical engineering or related fields.
  • Professionalism: Graduates will contribute to their fields or professions.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

DEGREE DETAILS
Total credits for degree: 135

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate in this catalog for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION

In addition to the general graduation requirements of the Institute, specific graduation requirements from the Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program with a Bachelor of Science degree include maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all technical courses. The courses used to determine the cumulative grade point average for all BSEE technical courses are courses with ELEC and ENGR prefixes. If another Wentworth course is substituted for one of these listed courses, the substitute course will be calculated into this cumulative grade point average for all technical courses. Courses that are included in this calculation are listed in italics.

Electrical Engineering (BSEE)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

ENGLISH, English Sequence
PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM OR
ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

MATH1850, Engineering Calculus
PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
ENGLISH, English Sequence
ENGR1500, Intro to Engineering Design
ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB OR
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 20)

ELEC2250, Network Theory I
CHEM1100, Engineering Chemistry
ELEC2275, Digital Logic
MATH2500, Differential Equations
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

ELEC2750, Network Theory II
ELEC2850, Microcontrollers Using C Programming
MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
ELECTIVE, Humanities or Social Science

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC3600, Signals and Systems
ELECTIVE, Technical or EPIC
ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design
MECH3599, Engineering Mechanics
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 18)

ELEC4050, Motors and Controls
ELEC4475, Feedback and Control
ELEC3350, Solid State Devices
ELEC3150, Object-Oriented Prog’g
ELECTIVE, Technical or EPIC

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

ENGR5000, Engineering Senior Design I
MATH2100, Statistics & Probability for Engineers
MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

ELEC4300, Engineering Communications Systems
ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II
ELMC3250, Electromechanical Field Theory
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Minor

The minor in electrical engineering provides additional knowledge in the field for non-majors, which will help students integrate electrical engineering into their course of study and allow the student to explore a wider array of careers upon graduation.

To earn the minor, the student must pass the following four courses:

ELEC2250, Network Theory I
ELEC2200, Digital Systems
ELEC2750, Network Theory II
ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design

Electronic Engineering Technology (BEET)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Students entering the Electronic Engineering Technology (BEET) program develop a thorough foundation in circuit analysis and solid-state principles. The program is design-oriented and students are encouraged to probe deeply into the areas they find to be of special interest to them. Approximately 40 percent of the program is devoted to computer-integrated laboratory work. This provides the student with essential “hands-on” familiarity with electronic circuits, components, and systems, including data acquisition and process control, and related software programs. Technical competence is established in the use of modern laboratory instruments, stressing experimental procedures and techniques. BEET is a cooperative education program requiring students to take part in a paid work experience in industry for a minimum of two non-consecutive semesters. Graduates, in addition to continuing their education at the graduate level, may seek design and manufacturing positions as engineering technologists where an applications oriented background is necessary.

The program’s mission is to offer students a mathematically-based engineering technology education that provides the technical knowledge, problem solving-skills and hands-on experience needed for them to grow as intellectually inquisitive individuals and critically involved members of our society with a lifelong commitment to continued leaning. The BEET degree program is a comprehensive four-year program of study that is rooted in Wentworth’s rich tradition of project-based and experiential learning. The curriculum is rigorous and well balanced in the presentation of theory and problem solving techniques. The objective of coursework is to furnish students with the analytical and technical skills required for successful professional practice in the various electronics related industries. The Electronics program also strives to provide its graduates with a solid foundation for lifelong professional development, to cultivate students’ abilities to readily adapt to workplace changes, to communicate proficiently and to work effectively in a team environment.

ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Graduates should demonstrate the following abilities:

  • To develop competencies for successful long-term professional practice in the various electronic and electrical disciplines.
  • To utilize analytical and technical skills to implement creativity and innovative approaches for the design and operation of electronic/electrical systems.
  • To actively participate in related professional societies and to continue growth in professional learning that leads to certifications, licensing and graduate studies.
  • To effectively practice in the field of engineering and technology in a global environment through communication and embracement of societal issues, cultural diversity and different points of view.

ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Students should demonstrate these abilities upon graduation:

  • An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines
  • An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology
  • An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes
  • An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program educational objectives
  • An ability to function effectively on teams
  • An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  • A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

DEGREE DETAILS
Total credits for degree: 136

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate in this catalog for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

Electronic Engineering Technology (BEET)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

ELEC1000, Intro to Engineering and Technology
ELEC1100, Circuit Theory I
MATH1000, College Mathematics I
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC1600, Electronic Design I
ELEC1500, Circuit Theory II
MATH1500, Precalculus
COMP1099, Computer Science I Using C
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

ELEC2000, Semiconductor Devices
MATH1700, Calculus I
PHYS1000, College Physics I
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 20)

ELEC2100, Logic Circuits
ELEC2700, Integrated Circuits with Applications
MATH1800, Calculus II
PHYS1500, College Physics II
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

ELEC3000, Object Oriented Programming for Electronics
ELEC3300, Electric Machines and Transformers
MATH2000, Calculus III
ELECTIVE, Technical
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

ELEC3450, Microcontrollers and Embedded Computer Systems
ELEC3950, Advanced Sensors and Interfacing Systems
ELEC3675, Linear Network Analysis
ELEC3775, Discrete Signals & Systems

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

ELEC4000, Digital Signal Processing
ELEC4100, Electromagnetics
ELEC4500, Senior Design Project I
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

ELEC4350, Feedback Control Systems
ELEC4450, Digital Communications Systems
ELEC5500, Senior Design Project II
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

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