The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at SUNY New Paltz is committed to academic excellence. We offer high-quality undergraduate and master’s programs that prepare students to participate effectively as members of the engineering profession of today and tomorrow and to function as thoughtful and responsible members of modern society. We strive to create and maintain a challenging learning environment supportive of engineering study for a diverse student body. As well, we provide engineering education and technical support to the campus community, regional industry and the community-at-large.
This mission follows closely those of our institution and is stated as:
- Offering high-quality undergraduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a master’s program in Electrical Engineering to a diverse student body.
- Providing engineering education and technical support to the campus community, regional industry and the community-at-large.
- Admitting students who show promise of succeeding in the challenging field of engineering.
- Having our students gain technical knowledge, social skills and confidence to contribute as productive and responsible members of the engineering profession and the society.
The Division of Engineering Programs offers a comprehensive program in electrical engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012. Students may choose electives in microelectronics, communications, signal processing, control, robotics, energy conversion, microwaves, electromagnetics and computer engineering.
Electrical engineering continues to be a growth program in the field of engineering due to a rapidly changing technological society and expanding industrial needs. The New Paltz program is designed to meet these needs generally and those of the Mid-Hudson Valley specifically.
The curriculum consists of a humanities and social sciences component, a pre-engineering phase (pre-engineering major code 516) and upper division engineering coursework (electrical engineering major code 517). Electrical engineering students must meet a modified General Education 2 requirement. This includes the pre-engineering courses in mathematics and science and the humanities/social science sequence. The pre-engineering and humanities/social sciences requirements are exactly the same for all programs.
Program Educational Objectives of the Electrical Engineering Program
Program Educational Objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve in three to five years. The educational objectives of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program are to produce graduates who attain:
- An ability to enter professional careers or pursue graduate studies in electrical or computer engineering or related fields.
- An ability to advance in their professional careers through completion of engineering projects that utilize teamwork and communication skills, life-long learning, independent and creative thinking, and leadership, with adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct
- An ability to advance in their careers by completing graduate coursework, earning graduate degrees, and conducting, presenting and publishing original research, with adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct.
- An ability to work beyond their primary responsibilities by providing service through active membership in professional societies and/or by being a productive member of their community.
Engineering students at New Paltz have the opportunity to study in an environment supportive of their academic needs. Engineering courses are taught by research-oriented engineering faculty. Our small class and laboratory sizes encourage faculty/student interaction. Students have access to a well-equipped infrastructure including state-of-the-art facilities, industry-standard laboratories and modern computer facilities.
The Program Requirements Checklist
Each program requirements are listed in the program course checklist and are included in every student file. At the end of each semester, student grades are transferred into the program course checklist. When the course checklist is completed, and the student has satisfied all program requirements, he/she is then eligible to graduate. The program course checklist is used for advising and planning purposes as well.
ABET requires that each student complete one and one half years of engineering topics to include engineering sciences and engineering design appropriate to the student’s field of study. At New Paltz, the design experience is developed and integrated throughout the engineering curriculum.
The experience begins in Introduction to Engineering Science with an introduction to basic engineering design. As engineering majors progress through the major, they gain engineering design experience at increasing levels of complexity within many of the engineering core and technical elective courses. Open-ended problems are assigned and students must complete design projects in many of their courses. Advanced elective courses afford students the opportunity to complete more substantial design projects in their areas of interest.
To assist students in choosing courses with appropriate design content, each course is assigned a number of design credits. Our engineering programs require sixteen or more engineering design credits to be completed by the time of graduation. Each student is required to maintain a design folder on file with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. By the time of graduation, the folder must contain at least 5 increasingly complex design projects, for which two projects must be from an elective and/or senior level courses. (This is a strict graduation requirement.)
In the senior year, the design experience culminates in a major design project completed in the courses Senior Design I and II. Under the guidance of the engineering faculty, students draw on the technical knowledge and skills that they have developed throughout the undergraduate experience in order to select and complete a substantial design project. The project grade is based on a formal report, an oral presentation (attended by engineering faculty, students, and constituents), and the project’s overall performance. Senior design projects may be chosen from any of the areas of specialization in which the Division of Engineering Programs offers technical elective courses.