Thank you for your interest in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The Department offers two undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCpE). Our department also offers programs leading to Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. All academic programs in ECE are designed to strike a balance between theory and practical knowledge. Electrical and computer engineering are highly collaborative fields involving areas such as electronic and electrical systems, electromagnetics, information processing, communications and networking, control systems, computer hardware and software, power and energy systems, optoelectronics, and microelectronics. Our total student enrollment is currently about 850, which includes approximately 700 students enrolled in the two undergraduate programs and 150 graduate students. The Ph.D. program in ECE was one of the first doctoral programs to be offered at UNC Charlotte.
The department comprises 37 faculty members with excellent national and international reputations. Currently, there are three Distinguished Professors, two NSF CAREER awardees, and one IEEE Fellow in ECE. There are four broad technical areas in ECE: Communications, Control, and Signal Processing; Devices, Circuits, and Systems; Computer Systems; and Power Systems. Our faculty are heavily engaged in sponsored research activities and scholarly publications. ECE faculty, including those associated with EPIC, secured over $5M of new research awards secured from July 2020 – June 2021. There were several exciting new success stories in the current fiscal year as well involving new research projects on machine learning, wireless power transfer, cyber-physical systems, control systems, solar cells, and resilience of the smart grid. ECE faculty play leading roles in many of UNC Charlotte’s newly identified areas of research focus and distinction, including smart and sustainable cities, transformational energy, optics and optoelectronics, nanoscale science and materials, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, transportation and advanced mobility, and climate and resilience.
Our department is actively involved in the educational, research, and development mission of the recently formed Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC). We are located in the state of the art EPIC building that was built in 2012 with support from Industrial partners such as Duke Energy, Siemens, Westinghouse, AREVA, URS Corporation, and EPRI. ECE boasts of excellent laboratory facilities in multiple areas that include a cleanroom, materials lab, optoelectronics and spectroscopy lab, photovoltaic research lab, power electronics lab, power distribution systems lab, a Smart Grid lab, embedded and control systems lab, mobile and embedded computing lab, electromagnetic devices lab, the machine vision lab, two wireless communications and networking labs, a robotics lab, and others.
As you begin planning a career, we hope you will consider the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as one of the first steps on your road to success. Thanks for visiting, and please contact me if you have any questions.
Asis Nasipuri, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair