University Bulletin 2020-2021

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Administrative Staff (251) 460-6117
Chair Hulya Kirkici
Professors Kirkici, Steadman, Woods
Associate Professors El-Sharkh, Gong, Khan, Russ, Spencer, Thomas, Wang  
Assistant Professors Latif, Lazarou, Shaban, Touma 
Emeritus Professors Bosarge, Gungor, Sakla
Part-time Instructor Gholson, Sakla

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/engineering/ece/index.html

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and  Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCpE), both granted by the College of Engineering.  The BSCpE program is administered by the ECE Department in consultation with the School of Computing.  The ECE Department also offers the degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.

BSEE Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of the Electrical Engineering Degree Program are to produce graduates who, during their first few years after graduation, will:

  1. Achieve professional advancement with increasing responsibility, leadership, and mentorship.
  2. Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and individually, to develop and apply electrical engineering solutions within a global, societal, and environmental context.
  3. Communicate effectively and manage resources skillfully as members and leaders of their profession.
  4. Advance professional competence through continuous learning such as studying for advanced degrees, professional registration, and leadership through ethical standards and professionalism.

BSEE Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the Electrical Engineering Program, students should attain the following outcomes:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.  The BSEE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org 

Electrical Engineering is among the fastest evolving disciplines in our technological society. Engineering developments in electrical technology have provided, in a substantial way, improvement in the standard of Living of humanity. The domain of the electrical engineer reaches from massive electrical energy systems to microscopic integrated circuits; from Life studies in bioengineering to satellite communications systems; and from the control of electromagnetic radiation to the control of information flow in a computer. The Computer Engineering program is geared to students who are interested in the design of digital computing systems, integrating both hardware and software design components.

The highly diverse and rapidly evolving characteristics of these fields require a thorough understanding of fundamentals as well as flexibility in the design of individualized programs of study. Therefore, emphasis is placed on mathematics, physics, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences and engineering sciences during the first two years while sufficient flexibility is provided at the senior level to allow a student, in consultation with an advisor, to prepare a specialized course of study in two areas from the broad field of electrical and computer engineering.

BSCpE Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives (PEOs) of the Computer Engineering Degree Program are to produce graduates who, during their first few years after graduation, will:

  1. Achieve professional advancement with increasing responsibility, leadership and mentorship.
  2. Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams, and individually, to develop and apply computer engineering solutions within a global, societal, and environmental context.
  3. Communicate effectively and manage resources skillfully as members and leaders of their profession.
  4. Advance professional competence through continuous learning such studying for advanced degrees, professional registration, and leadership through ethical standards and professionalism.

BSCpE Student Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the BSCpE program, a student will have demonstrated attainment of the following outcomes:

  1.  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The BSCpE curriculum is designed to ensure the attainment of the student outcomes.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org 

In the Computer Engineering Degree Program, sequences of courses are chosen from Electrical and Computer Engineering and from Computer Science that produce an in-depth treatment of digital logic and systems theory. In addition, means are provided in both degree programs, through the Electrical and Computer Engineering Design Laboratory, for a student to pursue a design topic outside of, but related to, the formal course work.

Students are required to take general education (GenEd) elective courses in two broad areas: (i) Literature, Humanities and Fine Arts, and (ii) History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences.  These courses provide breadth to the educational experience of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students. They must be planned, in consultation with an academic advisor, to reflect a rationale appropriate to the educational objectives of the Departmental Programs, while conforming strictly to the requirements of the Articulation and General Studies Committee of the State of Alabama.

A minimum of 18 semester hours from areas (i) and (ii) above must be successfully completed. In area (i), Public Speaking (CA 110) is required for all Electrical and Computer Engineering students.  Of the two remaining courses, one course must be in literature and one course must be in the fine arts; in area (ii), at least one course must be in history and at least one course must be from disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

Students in Electrical and Computing Engineering are required to become Student Members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) when they enroll in EE 401 and EE 404. Students in Computer Engineering are required to become members of either the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) or the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) when they enroll in EE 401 and EE 404. Through participation in the activities of such technical organizations the student becomes aware of the activities of electrical and computer engineers in society. An excellent opportunity is provided to students for contact with practicing professionals as well as fellow students.

Any Electrical and Computer Engineering student interested in pursuing a career in medicine or bioengineering should consult with an advisor for an appropriate sequence of courses which will meet the minimum requirements for entry into a medical school or the necessary life sciences background to enter a graduate program in bioengineering.

The attainment of the BSEE or the BSCpE degree will allow the graduate to enter the professions of electrical engineering or computer engineering directly, or to continue his/her education at the graduate level.

BSEE Accelerated Bachelor's – Master's (ABM) Degree Option

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering allows well-qualified EE and CpE undergraduates to follow an “Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s” study plan.  This plan permits up to six credit hours of graduate coursework to count towards both the bachelor’s (as Technical Electives) and the master’s degrees, so that the master’s degree is earned faster than usual.  (The coursework concerned must individually satisfy the requirements of both degrees.)  See a departmental advisor for specific details.

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Faculty Listing

Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty
El-Sharkh, Mohamed Y. Electrical-Computer Eng Associate Professor BS, Ain Shams Univ
MS, Ain Shams Univ
PHD, University of Alabama
Gong, Na Electrical-Computer Eng Associate Professor PHD, SUNY at Buffalo
Khan, Aurangzeb Electrical-Computer Eng Associate Professor BS, University of Karachi
MS, University of Karachi
MPHIL, Quaid-i-Azam University
PHD, Tottori University
Kirkici, Hulya Electrical-Computer Eng Professor PHD, Polytechnic University
Latif, Saeed I. Electrical-Computer Eng Assistant Professor BS, Bangladesh Univ of Engineer
MS, Univ of Manitoba
PHD, Univ of Manitoba
Lazarou, Georgios Y. Electrical-Computer Eng Assistant Professor BE, Cuny City College
ME, Cuny City College
PHD, University of Kansas
Russ, Samuel H. Electrical-Computer Eng Associate Professor BSEE, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
PHD, Georgia Inst of Tech - Main
Shaban, Mohamed E. Electrical-Computer Eng Assistant Professor BS, Mansoura University
MS, Mansoura University
MS, University of LA at Lafayette
PHD, University of LA at Lafayette
Spencer, Edmund A. Electrical-Computer Eng Associate Professor BE, University of Leicester
MS, University of Texas- Austin
PHD, University of Texas- Austin
Steadman, John W. Electrical-Computer Eng Professor BS, University of Wyoming
MS, University of Wyoming
PHD, Colorado State University
Thomas Jr., Thomas G. Electrical-Computer Eng Associate Professor BS, University of South Alabama
BSEE, University of South Alabama
MSEE, Univ of Alabama-Birmingham
PHD, University of Alabama-Huntsv
Wang, Jinhui Electrical-Computer Eng Associate Professor MS, Beijing University of Tech
PHD, Beijing University of Tech
Wolter Ferreira Touma, Daniela Electrical-Computer Eng Assistant Professor BS, Uni de Sao Paulo
MS, Uni de Sao Paulo
DSC, Uni de Sao Paulo
Woods, Roger C. Electrical-Computer Eng Professor DPHIL, University of Oxford England
MA, University of Oxford England
DSC, University of Oxford England