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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Department of Electrical Engineering and Technology

Ali Khabari, Ph.D., 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 that 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 supporting the pursuit of graduate study and professional certifications, as well as encouraging 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

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org). 

Computer engineering rests on the fundamentals of the electrical engineering and computer science fields. Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of computer networks 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—Embark on 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 the following abilities upon graduation:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as 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.

Computer Engineering (BSCO)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR1800, Introduction to 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, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • ENGR1500, Intro to Engineering Design
  • ENGR1800, Introduction t  MATLAB OR
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • MATH2500, Differential Equations
  • ELEC2275, Digital Logic
  • ELEC2250, Network Theory I

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 20)

  • MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH2300, Discrete Mathematics 
  • ELEC2850, Microcontrollers Using C Programming
  • HSS ELECTIVE, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • 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
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • 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
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

  • ELEC4400, Engineering Digital Signal Processing
  • ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II
  • MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

ENGL/HSS Note:  

Day program students are required to complete:  

  • At least one course in Humanities  
  • At least one course in the Social Sciences  
  • The remaining courses may be from either the Humanities or Social Sciences 
  • category 

Students with a three-English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement.

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

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org).

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 prepared 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—Enjoy 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.

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.

Electrical Engineering (BSEE)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 16)

  • PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
  • MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
  • ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD and CAM OR
  • ENGR1800, Programming with MATLAB
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
  • PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
  • ENGLISH, English Sequence, See ENGL/HSS note below *
  • 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 I
  • ELEC2275, Digital Logic
  • MATH2500, Differential Equations
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

  • ELEC2750, Network Theory II
  • ELEC2850, Microcontrollers Using C Programming
  • MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

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
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

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 Programming for Engineers 
  • ELECTIVE, Technical or EPIC

Senior Year, Fall Semester

  • COOP4500, COOP Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 15)

  • ENGR5000, Engineering Senior Design I
  • MATH2100, Statistics & Probability for Engineers
  • MGMT3200, Engineering Economy
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

  • ELEC4300, Engineering Communications Systems
  • ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II
  • ELMC3250, Electromechanical Field Theory
  • HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

*ENGL/HSS Note:  

Day program students are required to complete at least:  

  • One course in Humanities  
  • One course in the Social Sciences  
  • The remaining courses may be from either the Humanities or Social Sciences category 

Students with a three-English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement. 

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
  • ELEC2275, Digital Logic
  • ELEC2750, Network Theory II
  • ELEC3250, Analog Circuit Design