College Launches New Electrical and Pc Engineering Diploma

A brand new bachelor’s diploma in electrical and laptop engineering (ECE) gives thrilling experiences for college students, together with new programs and alternatives for collaboration, that put together graduates for in-demand careers in two areas of engineering which are more and more turning into aligned.

March 3, 2022

By Renee Chmiel, Workplace of Advertising and Communications

Mackenzie Myers ’22 and Ali Golbazi, Ph.D.

When Thomas Cozzarelli ’21 was a child, his dad confirmed him learn how to construct and solder primary circuits and to construct customized remote-control planes. This sparked Cozzarelli’s curiosity in engineering, which later turned the main target of his profession. A current graduate of the College’s electrical engineering program, he loves that he can now clarify how most trendy applied sciences that we use in our day-to-day lives truly perform.

A radio frequency design and visitors engineer for Verizon Wi-fi as a part of the corporate’s Management Growth Program, Cozzarelli continues to attract on what he realized on the College. After finishing an internship at Wi-fi Telecom Group throughout his first two years as a Charger, he interned at Verizon as a junior. He had a full-time job lined up when he graduated.

“My time on the College ready me as a result of, from the very starting, I realized the core fundamentals that enabled me to make myself helpful,” he mentioned. “Whereas taking a strategies of engineering class my first 12 months, I realized learn how to use Excel like an engineer, which was probably the most useful factor. These Excel strategies that I realized so way back are nonetheless utilized in my day-to-day work.”

‘Say you wish to construct the subsequent iPhone’

The College is reimagining its electrical and laptop engineering packages to create new alternatives for college students. As a result of these packages are so carefully aligned, they are going to be mixed into one diploma – a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Pc Engineering (ECE). College students have began enrolling in this system this semester.

Thomas Cozzarelli ’21
Thomas Cozzarelli ’21.

For Christopher Martinez, Ph.D., who helped lead the cost to mix the packages, his background and training replicate how carefully associated these disciplines are. Whereas his tutorial levels are in electrical engineering, his skilled background has been targeted on laptop engineering. He says it is sensible to have the 2 levels beneath one identify that encompasses each.

“It will possibly change into very tough in the event you’re coming into school and also you see electrical engineering, laptop engineering, cybersecurity, and laptop science, and you a lot do not know which program to decide on,” Dr. Martinez mentioned. “Say you wish to construct the subsequent iPhone. Which of those levels would that require? The reality of it’s all of them. One option to decrease that barrier is to pick ECE, which is versatile sufficient that it permits college students to take programs in laptop science, cybersecurity, or knowledge science as technical electives.”

‘Probably the most prospects for a grasp’s diploma’

Dr. Martinez says that, though levels in electrical engineering and laptop engineering have been fairly totally different 20 years in the past, they’re now more and more comparable – together with, maybe, 75 % of the identical widespread programs. There’s additionally rising overlap in each industries as properly, and Dr. Martinez cites 5G for example of an space that encompasses electrical and laptop engineering.

Electrical engineering focuses on areas such because the era of electrical power and communication and sign processing, whereas laptop engineers design and construct computer systems and laptop elements with a give attention to {hardware}. Combining the 2 packages will allow college students to develop a greater variety of necessary competencies.

Many people, reminiscent of Dr. Martinez, earned a level in a single focus of engineering whereas working in one other, reminiscent of {an electrical} engineering graduate who now works for Toyota writing software program for self-driving automobiles. College students who examine ECE can also pursue grasp’s levels in knowledge science or biomedical engineering via one of many College’s twin diploma packages.

“The ECE diploma might be the diploma that enables probably the most prospects for a grasp’s diploma,” mentioned Dr. Martinez. “College students have choices, since they’ll have the background to do it.”

Christopher Martinez, Ph.D. (left), and students at a desk working.
Christopher Martinez, Ph.D. (left), and college students.
‘You’re getting the good thing about each worlds’

The mixed ECE diploma additionally creates new alternatives for college students. The College has added extra college – together with a professor with experience in robotics and autonomy – and expanded its providing of core programs and electives. The mixed program contains new programs, enabling college students to discover or broaden their pursuits. They’ve the chance to take programs in matters reminiscent of autonomous robots and sport growth or to pursue a focus in cybersecurity – one thing many colleges don’t provide, says Dr. Martinez.

“College students can have much more selections when taking electives,” he mentioned. “Upon getting back from their internships after their junior 12 months, they are going to have extra electives out there to them to discover extra areas they’re desirous about. It permits extra exploration.”

Ali Golbazi, Ph.D., chair of the Electrical & Pc Engineering and Pc Science Division, says combining these packages to supply one ECE diploma is the path many universities are exploring, since there are such a lot of commonalities between the packages, but solely about two dozen faculties within the nation have truly accomplished so, up to now.

“You’re getting the good thing about each worlds by getting an ECE diploma as a result of it permits the scholars to not solely have the foundational data that they want to achieve the job market, however, additionally, to have flexibility,” he mentioned. “It’s the core {of electrical} engineering and the core of laptop engineering, with laptop science in between the 2. Due to the rigor of ECE, college students can have programming and {hardware} competencies which are extremely marketable.”

‘Real enthusiasm to see college students discover’

Final 12 months, U.S. Information and World Report acknowledged the College as a high college for undergraduate engineering packages. Graduates work for a wide selection of corporations, reminiscent of Sikorsky, IBM, Electrical Boat, and Chevron. ECE graduates might have job titles reminiscent of internet utility developer, methods engineer, or electrical designer.

Mackenzie Myers ’22, {an electrical} engineering main, believes her time as a scholar has ready her to start her profession after she completes her diploma this spring.

“I’ve realized new materials and new methods to finish issues,” she mentioned. “I’ve had some nice alternatives from my junior and senior design programs, which have allowed me to work on huge tasks as a gaggle to construct one thing and make it work. Learning electrical engineering will put together me for achievement as a result of it permits me to know what it’s going to be like in the true world.”

Cozzarelli, the 2021 grad working as a Verizon Wi-fi engineer, was additionally well-prepared when he started his profession. He says he significantly loved the alternatives he had as a scholar to realize hands-on expertise. One such alternative entailed collaborating with college students from the College of Mumbai in India to construct a machine to dry leaves – work that has the potential to make a significant distinction in individuals’s lives. He’s additionally grateful for the steering of his professors all through his time on the College.

“I loved the large quantities of help and dedication from college and their real enthusiasm to see college students discover and use all sources out there to them,” he mentioned. “I shaped among the greatest friendships, nice recollections, and had unforgettable academics. There are numerous alternatives on the College of New Haven that permit you to put in onerous work and see a fantastic reward.”

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