Electrical engineering is an exciting and challenging profession that uses electricity and electronics to provide solutions to real-world problems. Innovations from the development of semiconductor circuits to personal and supercomputers to mobile devices have led to a myriad of applications seen and felt by common man. Many of these applications are in electrical engineering areas such as automobile and aviation electronics, robotics for medical applications, industrial applications, human-security applications, space exploration, radar and communications for civilian and military applications, the early warning radar system that protects our country against natural and man-made threats, industrial automation, electric power generation and delivery, renewable energy, including wind and solar, to name a few.
It is a profession based on using the fundamentals of engineering, physics, and mathematics. If you like mathematics and science and enjoy the challenge of solving problems, electrical engineering is likely to appeal to you.
Electrical engineering provides a broad spectrum of career opportunities that may require knowledge of circuit design, control systems, communications, networking, electromagnetics, antennas, robotics, signal and image processing, and electric power generation and transmission. Electrical engineering can also provide a unique background for further study in the business, medical, or legal professions.
So be an electrical engineer! Help create the next new technology!
And the pay is not bad either. The January 2015 Salary Survey of the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows that engineering disciplines account for eight of the 10 most highly paid degrees. The survey indicates that students graduating with an Electrical/Electronics & Communications Engineering degree or a Computer Engineering degree can expect to earn an average of about $60,000 on their first job.
Electrical Engineering students at Ole Miss benefit from a student-to-faculty ratio that is lower than many of the engineering programs at larger schools. Most upper level classes in EE range from 8-30 students in size. The low student-to-faculty ratio also makes it possible for students to receive individual attention from faculty to maximize their opportunity for success.
Oxford, Mississippi, the home of Ole Miss, has been recognized by USA Today as one of America's premier college towns. The downtown Square is home to numerous independently owned restaurants, art galleries, and a bookstore The New Yorker said was as good as any in New York City. Live music can be heard throughout the week in numerous venues. Add in Southeastern Conference Sports and nearby recreation areas including Sardis Lake and you've got the ultimate college experience.
Engineering students at Ole Miss gain strengths in more than just engineering. The university's strong foundation in liberal arts touches all students, and those in engineering are no exception. The engineering curriculum includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts and ethics.
The electrical engineering faculty members at Ole Miss are leaders in research who are internationally known in their expertise areas and have received awards for their research and professional activities, but teaching is also a high priority. Department faculty have won regional and national teaching awards for their work in the classroom. Our faculty want to see their students become outstanding electrical engineers.
Bright, ambitious students make for a stimulating learning environment, and the Electrical Engineering Department at Ole Miss is home to many outstanding students. Students in the department regularly receive top academic awards and scholarships during their undergraduate studies at UM, and frequently continue their education at some of the top graduate schools around the country.
The EE faculty offer many opportunities for independent study. Ambitious students are frequently invited to participate in ongoing research projects in the department that include computational simulation and prototype development. Students in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College may work on independent research projects in the department for their honor's thesis work.
Graduates of the electrical engineering program at the University of Mississippi have made their mark in many areas within the EE profession and elsewhere. Graduates have been employed in engineering and managerial positions by well-known companies such as Boeing, Canon, C-Spire, Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, General Electric, Harris Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Nextel, Northrup Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Western Digital, Weyerhaeuser, and Whirlpool, to name only a few. Other graduates have obtained medical degrees, worked for government or national laboratories, or started their own companies. Many graduates have gone on to obtain advanced degrees from various schools such as California Institute of Technology, Clarkson, Harvard, University of Illinois, Virginia Tech, and (of course!) the University of Mississippi.