Course Descriptions

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professors S. P. Bhattacharyya, K. L. Butler-Purry, A. K. Chan, K. Chang, A. Datta, E. R. Dougherty, M. Ehsani, O. Eknoyan, P. Enjeti, C. N. Georghiades (Head), P. R. Hemmer, J. W. Howze, G. M. Huang, M. Kezunovic, L. B. Kish, M. Lu, C. K. Madsen, T. A. Maldonado, S. L. Miller, K. R. Narayanan, R. D. Nevels, C. Nguyen, A. L. N. Reddy, B. D. Russell, E. Sanchez-Sinencio, J. M. Seminario, W. Shi, C. Singh, C. B. Su, H. A. Toliyat, K. L. Watson, M. H. Weichold, S. M. Wright, Z. Xiong; Associate Professors P. E. Cantrell, S. G. Choi, D. R. Halverson, J. Hu, J. X. Ji, A. I. Karsilayan, D. Kundur, K. A. Michalski, S. A. Savari, E. Serpedin, J. Silva Martinez, X. Zhang; Assistant Professors U. Braga-Neto, J-F Chamberland, M. Cheng, X. Cheng, S. Cui, K. Entesari, P. Gratz, A. Han, H. R. Harris, S. Hoyos, G. H. Huff, I. V. Ivanov, J. Kameoka, S. Khatri, P. Li, T. Liu, M. P. McDougall, S. Palermo, H. D. Pfister, R. Righetti, S. Shakkottai, A. Sprintson, H. Wang, B. J. Yoon, J. Zou, T. Zourntos; Senior Lecturers W. C. Daugherity, B. Styblinski, J. Tyler

Electrical Engineering
(ECEN)

119. Practice of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (1-0). Credit 1.

Discussion of some well-known and major contributions that electrical and computer engineers have made to society; development of the integrated circuit, advanced vehicle research, magnetic resonance imaging, communication and others.

214. Electrical Circuit Theory. (3-3). Credit 4. I, II, S

Resistive circuits: circuit laws, network reduction, nodal analysis, mesh analysis; energy storage elements; sinusoidal steady state; AC energy systems; magnetically coupled circuits; the ideal transformer; resonance; introduction to computer applications in circuit analysis. Prerequisites: PHYS 208; MATH 308 or registration therein; admission to upper level in an engineering major.

215. Principles of Electrical Engineering. (2-2). Credit 3. I, II

Fundamentals of electric circuit analysis and introduction to electronics for engineering majors other than electrical and computer engineering. Prerequisites: PHYS 208; admission to upper level in an engineering major. Corequisite: MATH 308.

220. Introduction to Digital Design. (3-3). Credit 4. I, II

Combinational and sequential digital system design techniques; design of practical digital systems. Prerequisite: CSCE 110 or equivalent. For students other than electrical engineering majors.

222. Discrete Structures for Computing. (3-0). Credit 3.

Provide mathematical foundations from discrete mathematics for analyzing computer algorithms, for both correctness and performance; introduction to models of computation, including finite state machines and Turing machines. Prerequisite: MATH 151. Cross-listed with CSCE 222.

248. Introduction to Digital Systems Design. (3-3). Credit 4. I, II, S

Combinational and sequential digital system design techniques; design of practical digital systems. Prerequisite: Admission to upper level in an engineering major.

285. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S

Problems of limited scope approved on an individual basis intended to promote independent study. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

289. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4.

Selected topics in an identified area of electrical engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

291. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in electrical engineering. May be repeated 3 times for credit. Prerequisites: Freshman or sophomore classification and approval of instructor.

303. Random Signals and Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.

Concepts of probability and random variables necessary for study of signals and systems involving uncertainty; applications to elementary problems in detection, signal processing and communication. Prerequisites: ECEN 214, MATH 308 or registration therein.

314. Signals and Systems. (3-1). Credit 3. I, II, S

Introduction to the continuous-time and discrete-time signals and systems; time domain characterization of linear time-invariant systems; Fourneir analysis; filtering; sampling; modulation techniques for communication systems. Prerequisites: ECEN 214; MATH 308.

322. Electric and Magnetic Fields. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II, S

Vector analysis, Maxwell’s equations, wave propagation in unbounded regions, reflection and refraction of waves, transmission line theory; introduction to waveguides and antennas. Prerequisites: ECEN 214; MATH 311 or registration therein; PHYS 208.

325. Electronics. (3-3). Credit 4. I, II, S

Introduction to electronic systems; linear circuits; operational amplifiers and applications; diodes, field effect transistors, bipolar transistors; amplifiers and nonlinear circuits. Prerequisite: ECEN 314 or registration therein.

326. Electronic Circuits. (3-3). Credit 4.

Basic circuits used in electronic systems; differential and multistage amplifiers; output stages and power amplifiers; frequency response, feedback circuits, stability and oscillators, analog integrated circuits, active filters. Prerequisites: ECEN 314 and 325.

338. Electromechanical Energy Conversion. (3-3). Credit 4.

Introduction to magnetic circuits, transformers, electromechanical energy conversion devices such as dc, induction and synchronous motors; equivalent circuits, performance characteristics and power electronic control. Prerequisite: ECEN 214.

350. Computer Architecture and Design. (3-3). Credit 4.

Computer architecture and design; use of register transfer languages and simulation tools to describe and simulate computer operation; central processing unit organization, microprogramming, input/output and memory system architectures. Prerequisite: ECEN 248. Cross-listed with CSCE 350.

351. Applied Electromagnetic Theory. (3-0). Credit 3.

Guided waves; applications of Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic wave phenomena to radiation, antenna design and optics; numerical techniques in electromagnetics. Prerequisite: ECEN 322.

370. Electronic Properties of Materials. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II

Introduction to basic physical properties of solid materials; some solid state physics employed, but major emphasis is on engineering applications based on semiconducting, magnetic, dielectric and superconducting phenomena. Prerequisite: PHYS 222.

405. Electrical Design Laboratory. (1-6). Credit 3. I, II, S

Introduction to the design process and project engineering as practiced in industry; student teams apply the design process by developing a project from proposal through test and evaluation. Prerequisites: ENGL 210 or 301, completion of selected major field courses, senior classification and project approval.

410. Introduction to Medical Imaging. (3-0). Credit 3.

Introduction to the physics and the engineering principles of medical imaging systems; focus on magnetic resonance imaging, x-ray computer tomography, ultrasonography, optical imaging and nuclear medicine; includes system structure, source generation, energy tissue interaction, image formation and clinical examples. Prerequisites: MATH 222 or 251 or 253; junior or senior classification.

411. Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. (2-3). Credit 3.

Introduction to the basic physics of magnetic resonance, the principles of MR imaging and spectroscopy, the major contrast mechanisms in MRI and MR imaging system hardware; development of pulse sequences for different imaging methods, including flow and spectroscopic imaging; will build RF coils. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; MATH 251, PHYS 208.

420. Linear Control Systems. (3-0). Credit 3. I, II

Application of state variable and frequency domain techniques to modeling, analysis and synthesis of single input, single output linear control systems. Prerequisites: ECEN 314; MATH 308.

421. Digital Control Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.

Feedback systems in which a digital computer is used to implement the control law; Z-transform and time domain methods serve as a basis for control systems design. Effects of computer word length and sampling rate. Prerequisite: ECEN 420 or equivalent.

422. Control Engineering and Design Methodology. (2-3). Credit 3.

Modeling, specifications, rating and operating principles of sensors, actuators and other control system components; experiments on conceptual design, simulation and physical implementation of control systems. Prerequisite: ECEN 420 or equivalent.

438. Power Electronics. (3-3). Credit 4. I

Electric power conditioning and control; characteristics of solid state power switches; analysis and experiments with AC power controllers, controlled rectifiers, DC choppers and DC-AC converters; applications to power supplies, airborne and spaceborne power systems. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification in electrical engineering or approval of instructor.

440. Introduction to Thin Film Science and Technology. (3-0). Credit 3.

The course focuses on the thin film technology in semiconductor industry; topics include the basic growth mechanisms for thin films (growth models, lattice matching epitaxy and domain matching epitaxy), the instrumental aspects of different growth techniques and advanced topics related to various applications. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification; admission to upper level in College of Engineering.

441. Electronic Motor Drives. (3-3). Credit 4.

Application of semiconductor switching power converters to adjustable speed DC and AC motor drives; steady state theory and analysis of electric motion control in industrial, robotic and traction systems; laboratory experiments in power electronic motor drives and their control. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification in electrical engineering.

442. DSP Based Electromechanical Motion Control. (2-3). Credit 3.

Overview of energy conversion and basic concepts on electromechanical motion devices; different control strategies including the solid-state drive topologies; for every electromechanical motion device, its DSP control implementation discussed and implemented in the lab. Prerequisites: ECEN 314 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification.

444. Digital Signal Processing. (3-0). Credit 3.

Digital signal processing; discrete-time signals and systems, linear shift-invariant systems, the discrete Fourier transform and fast Fourier transform algorithm, and design of finite impulse response and infinite impulse response digital filters. Prerequisite: ECEN 314.

447. Digital Image Processing. (3-3). Credit 4.

Improvement of pictorial information using spatial and frequency domain techniques; two-dimensional discrete Fourier transform; image filtering, enhancement, restoration, compression; image processing project. Prerequisites: ECEN 444; familiarity with C programming.

448. Real-Time Digital Signal Processing. (2-3). Credit 3.

Features and architectures of digital signal processing chips; assembly language programming; software development tools; real-time implementation of FIR filters, IIR filters, and the FFT algorithms; signal processing project. Prerequisites: ECEN 444; familiarity with C programming.

449. Microprocessor Systems Design. (2-2). Credit 3.

Introduction to microprocessors; 16/32 bit single board computer hardware and software designs; chip select equations for memory board design, serial and parallel I/O interfacing; ROM, static and dynamic RAM circuits for no wait-state design; assembly language programming, stack models, subroutines and I/O processing. Prerequisite: ECEN 248.

450. Computer Interfacing and Communications. (3-3). Credit 4.

Hardware and software aspects of interfacing microcomputers and minicomputers to memory; peripheral and communication devices. Prerequisites: ECEN 248 and 449.

451. Antenna Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Introduction to antenna theory and design; includes antenna performance parameters, analysis of radiation from sources using Maxwell’s equations, theory and design of wire antennas, arrays and frequency independent antennas; computer methods for antenna design. Prerequisite: ECEN 322.

452. Ultra High Frequency Techniques. (2-3). Credit 3.

Introduction to theory and practice of ultra high frequency radio wave generation, transmission and radiation; application of Maxwell’s equations to transmission of electrical energy in wave guides. Prerequisites: ECEN 322; ECEN 351 or registration therein.

453. Microwave Solid-State Circuits and Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.

Microwave solid-state devices and circuits; theory and design of various types of active circuits; applications of these devices and circuits in radar, communication and surveillance systems. Prerequisite: ECEN 322.

454. Digital Integrated Circuit Design. (2-2). Credit 3.

Analysis and design of digital devices and integrated circuits using MOS and bipolar technologies and computer aided simulation. Prerequisites: ECEN 214 and 248.

455. Digital Communications. (3-3). Credit 4.

Digital transmission of information through stochastic channels; analog-to-dialog conversion, entropy and information, Huffman coding; signal detection, the matched-filter receiver, probability of error; baseband and passband modulation, signal space representation of signals, PAM, QAM, PSK, FSK; block coding, convolutional coding; synchronization; communication through fading channels; spread-spectrum signaling; simulation of digital communication systems. Prerequisite: ECEN 314.

456. Communication Theory. (3-0). Credit 3.

Frequency domain and time domain response of linear systems; analog modulation methods including amplitude modulation, frequency modulation and phase modulation; signal and noise modeling using probabilistic descriptions; narrowband random processes and the performance of analog modulation techniques in the presence of noise; design of communication links. Prerequisite: ECEN 314.

457. Operational Amplifiers. (3-3). Credit 4.

Analysis of basic operational amplifier and operational transconductance amplifier (OTA) circuits; noise analysis in Op amp and OTA circuits; nonlinear OTA and Op amp circuits; instrumentation amplifiers; transducer circuits; function generators; oscillators and D/A converters and basics of switched-capacitor circuits. Prerequisite: ECEN 326.

458. Active Filter Analysis and Design. (3-3). Credit 4.

Systematic analysis and design for active RC filters; continuous-time; switched-capacitor circuits; filter approximations; synthesis techniques; sensitivity; practical considerations for monolithic integrated filters; experimental and computer-simulation verification. Prerequisite: ECEN 325.

459. Power System Fault Analysis and Protection. (3-2). Credit 4.

General considerations in transmission and distribution of electrical energy as related to power systems; calculation of electric transmission line constants; general theory of symmetrical components and application to analysis of power systems during fault conditions. Prerequisite: ECEN 215 or 314.

460. Power System Operation and Control. (3-2). Credit 4.

Load flow studies; power system transient stability studies; economic system loading and automatic load flow control. Prerequisite: ECEN 215 or 314.

462. Optical Communication Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.

Principles of optical communication systems; characteristics of optical fibers, lasers and photodetectors for use in communication systems; design of fiber-optic digital systems and other optical communication systems. Prerequisites: ECEN 322 and 370.

464. Optical Engineering. (3-0). Credit 3.

Ray optics; wave optics; propagation, reflection, refraction and diffraction of light; passive optical components, polarization, optical modulators, interferometers and lasers. Prerequisites: ECEN 322 and 370.

468. Advanced Logic Design. (3-3). Credit 4.

Introduction to the design, modeling and verification of complex digital systems; modern design methodologies for logic design; development of tools for the design and testing of digital systems. Prerequisite: ECEN 248.

469. Advanced Computer Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3.

Introduction to advanced computer architectures including memory designs, pipeline techniques, and parallel structures such as vector computers and multiprocessors. Prerequisite: ECEN 350 or CSCE 321. Cross-listed with CSCE 469.

472. Microelectronic Circuit Fabrication. (3-3). Credit 4.

Fundamentals of MOS and bipolar microelectronic circuit fabrication; theory and practice of diffusion, oxidation, ion implantation, photolithography, etch; yield and reliability considerations; statistical process control; integrated process design, simulation and characterization. Prerequisites: ECEN 325 and 370.

473. Microelectronic Device Design. (3-0). Credit 3.

General processes for the fabrication of microelectronic devices and integrated circuits; a review of the electronic properties of semiconductors and carrier transport and recombination; analysis and characterization of p-n junctions, bipolar transistors, and MOS capacitors and transistors; design considerations for achieving optimum performance and practical structures are discussed. Prerequisites: ECEN 325, 370.

474. VLSI Circuit Design. (3-3). Credit 4.

Analysis and design of monolithic analog and digital integrated circuits using NMOS, CMOS and bipolar technologies; device modeling; CAD tools and computer-aided design; design methodologies for LSI and VLSI scale circuits; yield and economics; test and evaluation of integrated circuits. Prerequisite: ECEN 326.

475. Introduction to VLSI Systems Design. (3-3). Credit 4.

Introduction to design and fabrication of microelectronic circuits; emphasis on very large scale integration (VLSI) digital systems; use of state-of-the-art design methodologies and tools; design of small to medium scale integrated circuits for fabrication. Prerequisites: ECEN 248 and 325.

476. Neural Networks and Implementations. (3-3). Credit 4.

Analysis of neural network architectures; underlying principles, circuit implementations, and the application of neural networks to practical problems. Prerequisite: Senior classification.

478. Wireless Communications. (3-0). Credit 3.

Overview of wireless applications, models for wireless communication channels, modulation formats for wireless communications, multiple access techniques, wireless standards. Prerequisites: ECEN 455; junior or senior classification.

480. RF and Microwave Wireless Systems. (3-0). Credit 3.

Introduction to various RF and microwave system parameters, architectures and applications; theory, implementation, and design of RF and microwave systems for communications, radar, sensor, surveillance, navigation, medical and optical applications. Prerequisite: ECEN 322.

485. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 6 each semester. I, II, S

Problems of limited scope approved on an individual basis intended to promote independent study. Prerequisites: Senior classification; approval of department head.

489. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4. I, II, S

Selected topics in an identified area of electrical engineering. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

491. Research. Credit 1 to 4.

Research conducted under the direction of faculty member in electrical engineering. May be repeated 3 times for credit. Registration in multiple sections of this course is possible within a given semester provided that the per semester credit hour limit is not exceeded. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and approval of instructor.