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Electrical Engineering

What is Electrical Engineering?

Electrical is a broad classical discipline; both computer engineering and biomedical engineering grew out of electrical engineering. Electrical engineering is focused more heavily on the physical design of elecronics, electromagnetics and communication systems. In addition, power systems, sustainable energy, and computer hardware/software are integrated into the program. There are significant opportunities for specialization in the Electrical Engineering Program.

Non-Invasive Wireless Health Monitor

This system monitors the heart beat, blood oxygenation and temperature of an individual and wirelessly transmits this information to a BlackBerry device. Gagandeep Chambal, Harinder Thind, Premal Parekh, JohnMark de Mello, and Matheus Medeiros.


What Can You Do After Graduation?

  • Power systems - OPG, Ontario Hydro, Toronto Hydro, Seimens
  • Microelectronics - Gennum, ATI, Intel, Analog Devices
  • Wireless communications engineer - Nokia, Bell, Rogers, RIM, ComDev, L-3 Communication Systems WESCAM
  • Robotics Control Systems - MDA Robotics (Canadarm), L-3 Communication Systems WESCAM
  • Photonics - Corning, Lucent
  • Networking - Cisco, Juniper Networks
  • Graduate School Opportunities - M.Eng., M.A.Sc., Ph.D. in areas such as:
    • Digital Communications, Signal Processing, Imaging, Embeded Systems, Microelectronics, Microwave Design, Photonics, Networking, and Robotics and Control Systems

Return to Go 2 ECE, or visit our UG Admissions page for program layouts, and calendar information.

What Will You Study?

Level II: Developing fundamental knowledge generally required in electrical engineering.

  • The concept of energy electrostatics and magnetostatics, (EE2FH3)
  • The operation principles of the electronic devices for signal transformation (resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers, EE2EI5)
  • Signal manipulations using electronic elements (circuit theory and analysis, EE2CI5, EE2CJ4)
  • The transmission of energy and signal (time-varying fields, EE2FH3)
  • The mathematic tools learned in level II include phasors (complex arithmetic for average power, EE2CI5), vector calculus for electromagnetics (EE2FH3), and Laplace transforms for signal analysis in frequency domain (EE2CJ4)

Level III: Developing fundamental knowledge for specific disciplines or applications in electrical engineering.

  • Control: model of system and its controlling techniques in time and frequency domain (EE3CL4)
  • Communication: wave propagation (EE3FK4), noise, and modulation schemes (EE3TR4)
  • Microelectronics: electronic circuits for analog and digital applications, computer added design (EE3EJ4)
  • Power & Energy: the operation principles of the electronic devices for energy generation, transformation, and applications (generators and transformers, EE3PI4)
  • The mathematic tools learned in level III include complex variables and integration (EE3TP4), probability, random processes (EE3TQ4) and stochastic processes (EE3TR4), and Fourier transformation (EE3TP4)

Level IV: Developing advanced knowledge for specific disciplines or applications in electrical engineering.

  • Control: medical robotics (EE4BE4) and design of control system (EE4CL4)
  • Communication: digital communication systems (EE4TK4, EE4TM4)
  • Microelectronics: microwave engineering (EE4FJ4) and nanotechnology (EE4EL4)
  • Photonic: photonic devices & system (EE4EM3)
  • Power & Energy: power electronics (EE4PK4) and energy system and management (EE4PL4)
  • The mathematic tool learned in level IV includes engineering optimization (EE4FL4)
  • You will undertake a year-long electrical engineering design course where you will complete an open-ended project under the supervision of a faculty member (EE 4OI6)