Electrical Engineering


Welcome to the Electrical Engineering Program at Gonzaga University!

Gonzaga University's electrical engineering graduates are inventing the future.  They are making America better, greener, more competitive, and prosperous.  Our program is known for its exceptional faculty, state-of-art undergraduate teaching laboratories, and for our well-rounded, technically strong in breath and depth, entrepreneurial-minded electrical engineering curriculum.  Our program is tightly integrated with the research activities of our faculty.  We encourage you to explore the many facets of our program through these webpages.

If you are a prospective student or a parent/guardian of a prospective student, scouting out likely colleges and universities, great place to begin your review of our website would be with the page specially developed for prospective students. These pages describes the electrical engineering profession, our program specializations, and teaching laboratories, and should answer most of your questions and perhaps help you make the final decision in choosing Gonzaga University's Electrical Engineering Program. Please do not hesitate to contact the Chair, Dr. Vladimir A Labay at labay@gonzaga.edu, or the SEAS Dean's office or GU admission for further information.

Current, as well as prospective students, can also visit the Gonzaga University Catalogue where you will find our current program schedule, course descriptions, and other pertinent information about electrical engineering degree program.

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical Engineering is a field that applies the discoveries of science to the design and creation of electrical systems, devices, and components that are safe, reliable, and practical.  What are some of the things electrical engineers do? Look around! Electrical engineers have been involved in the design of modern conveniences such as iPads and green energy efficient electric vehicles to complex wireless communication systems and smart grid technologies.  They are also responsible for the design and development of the electrical electric motors, controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings, automobiles, aircraft, and GPS navigation systems.  In addition, some electrical engineers apply their expertise in non-engineering jobs such as purchasing, sales, law, human resources, K-12 education, and consulting.

The Specializations of Electrical Engineering at Gonzaga University

Most electrical engineers specialize in a discipline within electrical engineering, such as control systems and communications, and in an application area, such as medical, computer, aerospace, and electric power distribution. At Gonzaga University, our program strengths are in electrical energy and power and wireless communications, but offer options for students to specialize in electronics, control or signal processing.

Electrical Energy and Power: Are you interested in green, sustainable energy generation? Worried about the relationship between energy, ecology, and the environment? Would like to build a smarter, more-efficient electric power grid?  If so, the electrical energy and power branch of electrical engineering may be for you. Tomorrow's power engineers will deal with these questions as well as many others, such as integrated hydro, wind, and solar power generation systems, or cyber security and the grid or electric power protection and reliability.  Electrical Power Engineers are also playing a vital role in energy storage and battery development, particularly in the automotive industry and in the design of electric vehicles.

Wireless Communications: Have you ever wondered how you can talk to your friends on a cell phone, or how the high-definition images are transmitted to your touch-screen on your mobile device while you watch the latest video from America's Got Talent?  If so, you have entered the world of wireless communication engineering.  Wireless communications is that branch of electrical engineering concerned with the transmission of information through wireless media.  Information can take on many forms from simple digital data, like a text message, to voice, audio music, and high definition videos. This information is converted into electrical signals and then transmitted by airwaves from very short distances, as in a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard, to very larges distances, as in NASA's deep space mission to Mars, and everything in between. Each application of wireless technology creates a new set of engineering problems to solve. The role of a wireless engineer is to find the best way to transmit and receive these information signals.

Digital Signal Processing: Ever wonder how the law enforcement officers are able to clean up blurred images in order to identify text or person, or how NASA is able to obtain those stunning pictures from space, or how high-definition 3-D movies are made? Digital Signal Processing looks at this as well as various other ways of generating, combining, and separating signals of various forms.

Electronics: Ever wanted to design the next "big" electronic hit? The next-generation smart phone? The iPad-10? Electronic engineers design circuits for every conceivable application: from the newest space technology to undersea research, from environmental monitoring to developing better computers and circuits in our HDTVs, automobiles, audio players, and video games. Electronics engineering is a great career to test one's creativeness and imagination.

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Dr. Vladimir Labay
Chair of Electrical Engineering
Email: labay@gonzaga.edu
Phone: (509) 313-3553