The department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering (EME) offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees that combine the rigor of theory with the flexibility of engineering practice. From technology development to technology application, the innovations of electrical and microelectronic engineers are shaping our future.
The department’s mission is to establish its electrical and microelectronic engineering programs among the top programs in the world by providing high quality, inclusive education that cultivates intellectual curiosity. Our curricula apply mathematical and scientific foundations to the varied electrical and microelectronic disciplines in order to train high quality, independent thinking engineers and researchers that make measurable impacts on the world.
Electrical engineering is a discipline concerned with the study, design, and application of equipment, devices, and systems that use electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetism. The discipline is divided into multiple focus areas, including: Analog and Mixed-Signal Electronics, Electronic Devices and Components, Digital and Computer Systems, Electromagnetics and Waves, Mechatronics, Electrical Power Systems, Telecommunications, Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics. As a result, electrical engineers work in a wide variety of industries and are required to possess skills such as device modeling, circuit design, system architecture, algorithm development, and project management. Electrical engineers intensively use computer assisted design tools and methods, and test equipment.
Microelectronic engineering focuses on the study, design, and fabrication of very small electronic devices and components (micrometer scale or below). These are semiconductor and photonic devices that impact virtually every aspect of human life, from communication, entertainment, and transportation, to health, solid-state lighting, and solar cells. There is an ever-increasing need for talented engineers that not only understand the design of these devices but can direct and optimize their fabrication. Integrated nanoelectronic and microelectronic circuits and sensors drive our global economy, increase our productivity, and help improve our quality of life.
The BS degrees in electrical engineering and microelectronic engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org, which certifies that they meet the highest quality standards of the corresponding professions and that the graduates are well prepared to enter a global workforce.
For Enrollment and Graduation Data, Program Educational Objectives, and Student Outcomes, please visit the college’s Accreditation page.
Faculty members in electrical and microelectronic engineering
Undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated dual degree options
The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has produced significant innovations that impact our everyday lives. From autonomous vehicles, smart assistants, automated financial investing, to smart cities, health care, and logistics; AI has laid the foundation to push human civilization forward. The AI option of the electrical engineering BS degree provides you with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to design ethical intelligent agents that will continue to advance our society. The programming-focused curriculum allows you to study how agents can solve complex problems, make inferences and decisions, learn from data (classical and deep learning), and evolve over time while understanding the ethical implications and societal impacts of your designs.
With the growing demand of energy and an ever-heightened awareness of environmental protection on a worldwide scale, every industry plays a role in developing and implementing solutions that reduce, prevent, or mitigate serious threats to our planet. It has become critical for electrical energy to be developed from sources that do not pollute the atmosphere or rely on the depletion of natural resources. Renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, are essential for a sustainable future. How to improve the efficiency of existing electrical generation, transmission, and distribution systems is equally important. Demand for research and development in clean and renewable energy is growing quickly. Nearly every industry is focusing its efforts on developing and investing in clean and renewable energy options, creating exciting career opportunities where you can make a difference in the future of our environment. This option is part of the electrical engineering BS program.
Smartphones, laptops, autonomous cars, cardiac pacemakers, blood pressure monitors, and more. These devices all embed computing systems into electrical components. And these systems require an electrical engineer with an understanding of computer engineering to help make them function efficiently. This option is part of the electrical engineering BS program.
In RIT’s electrical engineering degree, you’ll synthesize science, mathematics, technology, and application-oriented designs into world-class consumer products, timely microprocessors, state-of-the-art computers, advanced electronic components, and much more.
In RIT’s microelectronic engineering degree, you’ll combine an electrical engineering core with material science and optical engineering to design, fabricate, and integrate microelectronic or nanoelectronic circuits and sensors.
Self-driving cars, military surveillance robots, surgical robots, robotic welding, smart manufacturing, and collaborative robots. These are all examples of robotics used in everyday life, where robots were developed to assist humans, work with humans, carry out jobs too dangerous for people, or perform tasks with an exact precision unattainable by humans.
Microelectronic engineering affects nearly all aspects of life–from communication, entertainment, and transportation to health, solid state lighting, and solar cells. RIT’s microelectronic engineering master's program is a world leader in the education of semiconductor process engineers.
Conduct research in nano-engineering, design methods, and technologies for micro- and nano-scaled systems. This microsystems engineering doctorate is a multidisciplinary program that addresses the technical challenges of micro- and nano-systems.
Electrical engineering encompasses disciplines such as electronics, communication, control, digital systems, and signal/image processing. An electrical engineering minor provides a foundation to explore specialized material in electrical engineering, and provides students from other engineering or non-engineering disciplines an introduction to the wide-ranging content of the electrical engineering major.
The microelectronic engineering minor provides basic integrated circuit fabrication skills to students from science and other engineering related disciplines whose career path may involve the semiconductor industry. RIT has one of the finest cleanrooms in the world specializing in undergraduate microelectronic education. This minor enables students to utilize these state-of-the-art facilities while they develop the skills they need for success in the industry.
The faculty and students in the electrical and microelectronic engineering department conduct research in a wide range of interdisciplinary fields including, but not limited to: digital and computer systems, signal processing, electromagnetics, power and energy systems, robotics, telecommunications, machine learning, analog and mixed-signal electronics, mechatronics, microelectromechanical systems, semiconductor devices, advanced integrated circuit manufacturing. Research is externally supported by an array of federal, state, and industry sponsors, such as the National Science Foundation, the US Air Force, and the US Navy. Faculty offer research mentorship to BS, MS, and Ph.D. students.
Supply chain disruptions and a strong demand for consumer electronics during the pandemic led to a global chip shortage. The shortage has highlighted the need to strengthen the domestic semiconductor industry and has put a new emphasis on microelectronic engineering education.
Michael Oshetski ’03 (electrical engineering) started working as an electrical engineer right after graduation and worked his way up at various telecom companies, before wondering what would happen if...
Numerous clubs and organizations provide opportunities for electrical and microelectronic engineering students to engage in dynamic projects that apply the skills they learn in the classroom to real-world applications of engineering theory and practice.
Our award-winning SAE team, builds a car from the ground up every year. Purchasing only the engine block, tires, and bulk materials, it is entirely designed and constructed by our students to compete in national and international competitions.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers is an association of professionals and students in engineering, science, technology, business, and other related disciplines at RIT. SHPE’s aim is to identify and promote professional growth opportunities for Hispanic students.
The Society of Women Engineers at RIT is a student-run organization that organizes functions each semester, such as guest speakers, high school outreach, community activities, tours, social events, and events with other student organizations. The RIT chapter is strongly committed to the encouragement of women in pursuing a career in engineering or related fields.
Society of Automotive Engineers and FSAE Competition Team
The purpose of the RIT Society of Automotive Engineers is to give students the opportunity to meet with senior engineers in industry and provide students a chance to apply their classroom knowledge in various projects.
Conferences and Short Courses
Annual Microelectronic Engineering Conference at RIT
The Annual Microelectronic Engineering Conference (AMEC) at RIT started in 1983 as a means of bringing together students, faculty, alumni, and industry interested in microelectronic engineering. Learn More
Short courses are comprehensive, hands-on, educational experiences intended for individuals seeking a better understanding of the overall theory and practice of microelectronic engineering. Learn More
The Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering Department offers a variety of resources for our students that vary from academic support to handbooks and more. Visit our Student Resources page for more information.