Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
Chairperson: V.A. Labay
Professors: G. Allwine (Emeritus), R. Birgenheier (Emeritus), G. Braileanu, V.A. Labay, C. Tavora
Associate Professors: S. Schennum
Assistant Professor: Y. Ji
Lecturer: D. Tran, S.J.
The purpose of the electrical engineering (EE) and computer engineering (CpE) programs is to develop knowledgeable and competent engineering professionals who exemplify the humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit tradition of education, and who are committed to social justice, service to others, life-long learning, ethical and moral responsibility, and concern for the environment. The integration of the Gonzaga University core curriculum as an essential part of the EE and CpE curricula gives the programs their distinct and desirable characteristics.
The University core curriculum includes a structured program in theology, philosophy, thought and expression, written and oral communication skills, and English literature. Roughly half of the credits in either the EE or the CpE program are devoted to engineering topics and design. Both programs include four technical electives to allow students to pursue specialization in one or more areas of electrical engineering and/or computer engineering. During their final year, students complete a design project, which involves both technical and non-technical aspects of an engineering problem, under faculty supervision. The senior design project culminates in a comprehensive written report and an oral presentation.
Graduates of our EE and CpE programs are well prepared to embark on careers in electrical engineering or computer engineering, or to further their education at graduate schools of their choice. Our graduates find employment with a broad segment of industry, as well as with governmental agencies. Employment opportunities include the design of electronic products, design of electrical systems, development of computer, hardware, software/firmware, computer applications, research and development, engineering consulting, electrical utilities, manufacturing, marketing, operations and maintenance, administration, and teaching. Moreover, electrical and computer engineers traditionally engage in interdisciplinary fields, such as aerospace engineering, national defense systems, global communication systems, biomedical engineering, instrumentation, transportation systems, energy conversion, robotics, and industrial automation. Many of our graduates have distinguished themselves at some of the best graduate schools in the USA. Moreover, a substantial number of our graduates have achieved high positions in academia, business, and government.