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Program Overview

"RIT electrical engineering students are strategic thinkers, effective communicators, work easily in a multidisciplinary setting, and are immediately productive in the workplace. The extensive co-op experience of RIT students distinguishes them among graduate engineers from the top universities." - Mark Lyden, Boeing

 

Over the last 50 years, electrical engineering has produced unprecedented advances in technology. In that time, radio, television, telephones, microelectronics, radar systems, biomedical implants, laser technology, wireless electronic devices, computer systems, and more have been discovered, designed, and built by electrical engineers.

In today’s society, we are immersed in a technological atmosphere where basic conveniences are powered by many of the aforementioned innovations. We can communicate with others instantly via smartphones, or access a multitude of information just as quickly through virtual platforms. We are living longer lives, aided by cutting edge biomedical technology, and we have more leisure time than ever before in history.

While technologies developed by electrical engineers often provide amenities, they will be pertinent in the future to solving many of the challenging problems of our world, such as distribution and access to clean water, food, education, clean energy, and more. We can engineer solutions to such problems using advanced communications, control, signal processing, power management, and computer systems based on the state-of-the-art semiconductor, wireless, photonic, robotic, and electromagnetic technologies.

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Mission

The goal of the EME department is to establish the Electrical Engineering program at RIT as one of the top EE programs in the nation. To achieve this goal: the curricula are designed to apply a foundation in mathematics and the sciences to the varied disciplines of electrical and microelectronic engineering...

The goal of the EME department is to establish the Electrical Engineering program at RIT as one of the top EE programs in the nation. To achieve this goal: the curricula are designed to apply a foundation in mathematics and the sciences to the varied disciplines of electrical and microelectronic engineering. The student will develop the appropriate skill set to have an immediate impact in the workforce, pursue graduate studies, embrace life-long learning, and experience career growth. The programs also prepare the student to become an engineer who can adapt to technological change and practice the profession with a social conscience.

The Program Educational Objectives of the Bachelor of Science degree program in electrical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology are to have graduates who will:

  • Apply mathematics, basic sciences, and core electrical engineering knowledge to the development of systems-based solutions.
  • enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry and professional development.
  • work independently as well as collaboratively with others, while demonstrating the leadership, accountability, initiative and ethical and social responsibility.
  • successfully pursue graduate degrees at the Master’s and PhD level for those graduates that have relevant qualifications.

The EE program achieves these objectives by:

  • Integrating cooperative education into the program for all its students,
  • Providing a strong foundation in mathematics and science with a balance between general education studies and technical courses,
  • Establishing balance between the engineering science, an appropriate computational experience, experimental work, and engineering design components of the program,
  • Incorporating a strong laboratory component in the program with state-of-the-art laboratory facilities,
  • Having a diverse faculty committed to engineering education,
  • Making available a dual degree BS/MS program to academically qualified students.  The dual degree BS/MS allows a student to complete the requirements of both the BS and MS degrees in a five-year period.
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Facts & FIgures

Electrical engineering at RIT is a blend of the theoretical and experiential learning. The program has been carefully crafted to prepare electrical engineering students for immediate entry into the workplace, or to pursue advanced graduate study.

Electrical engineering at RIT is a blend of the theoretical and experiential learning. The program has been carefully crafted to prepare electrical engineering students for immediate entry into the workplace, or to pursue advanced graduate study. Weaving 8 academic semesters with a one year paid, on-site cooperative education (co-op) work placements together over a five year period of time, the electrical engineering program at RIT provides prospective engineers a rich learning environment and immediate opportunities for professional employment. More than 200 companies come to RIT in early fall and spring semesters to recruit electrical engineering graduates for full-time and co-op positions, the latter of which students partake in over two summers and two spring semesters.

Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering Department

Faculty

25

Staff

6

Labs

10

Undergraduate Students

600

Graduate Students

150

Degree

Options

Degree

Focus Area

Undergraduate

(BS-EE)

  • Computer
  • Renewable Energy
  • Robotics
  • Wireless Communications

Graduate

(MS-EE)

  • Control and Robotic Systems
  • Communications
  • Digital and Computer Systems
  • Integrated Electronics
  • Signal & Image Processing
  • Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS)

Dual Degree

(BS/MS-EE)

Salary Overview

Degree

Co-op (hourly)

Full-Time Entry Level (salaried)

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Electrical Engineering (BS)

$14.00

$17.00

$28.00

$54,000

$58,000

$80,000

Electrical Engineering (BS/MS)

$12.00

$17.00

$28.00

$65,000

$67,500

$85,000

Electrical Engineering (MS)

$12.00

$17.00

$28.00

$65,000

$67,500

$85,000

More salary information can be found on the website of RIT’s Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services at the following link: RIT OCE Salary Information

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Industrial Advisory Board

The Electrical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consists of industrial, government and academic affiliates.

The Electrical Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consists of industrial, government and academic affiliates.

The IAB Objectives are:

  • Review the EE program’s goals and objectives.
  • Provide feedback related to the EE curricula and research directions.
  • Actively participate and provide comments, suggestions and feedback on academic issues, especially with respect to the ABET accreditation criteria.
  • Assist in defining EE program objectives.
  • Reviewing content of key courses in the curriculum for currency and relevance to professional practice.
  • Examining the applicability of faculty research and development activities.
  • Enhancing the visibility of the Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering Department.
  • Assisting the department in recruiting top students and faculty.
  • Serving as a corporate liaison to facilitate development of coops and internships for EE students.
  • Advising on capital development efforts.

The IAB meets annually in the first week of May for review and assessment of the Electrical Engineering program. For more information, contact the EME Department at (585) 475-2165 or via email (eme@rit.edu)

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Accreditation

Rochester Institute of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). This accreditation body requires institutions to meet standards related to best practices in higher education.

The BS in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Annual program enrollment and degrees awarded information can be found here.  (opens as a PDF).

Pprogram Objectives and Student Outcomes can be found here.

Rochester Institute of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). This accreditation body requires institutions to meet standards related to best practices in higher education. These standards are known as the Characteristics of Excellence.

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Contact Us

The department of electrical engineering is located on the 3rd floor of the James E. Gleason Building.

Directions

The department of electrical engineering is located on the 3rd floor of the James E. Gleason Building.

General Information

Department Mailing Address

Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology
James E. Gleason Building
79 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603

eme@rit.edu
585-475-2165 (V)
585-475-2164 (TTY)
585-475-5845 (Fax)

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