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Electrical Engineering and Technology Department

Ali Khabari, Chair
Dobbs Hall Room 205
617-989-4124

Faculty

Professor

  • Frederick F. Driscoll

Associate Professors

  • L. Georges Chedid
  • Siben Dasgupta
  • Sandeep Dilwali
  • Scott Grenquist
  • Ali Khabari
  • Timothy M. Johnson
  • Joseph F. Santacroce

Assistant Professors

  • Salah Badjou
  • David Birkett
  • Angel DeCegama
  • Douglas Dow
  • Lili Ma
  • James McCusker

Department Vision and Mission Statement

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Technology offers degree programs in engineering and technology which are rooted in Wentworth's rich tradition of project-based, experiential learning. The department strives to prepare its graduates for productive and challenging careers in private practice, industry, and government, and its programs provide a solid foundation for lifelong professional development. The curricula are comprehensive, rigorous, and well-balanced in the presentation of theory and problem- solving techniques. The primary objectives of the department's baccalaureate programs are to furnish students with the analytical and technical skills required for successful professional practice in their respective technical disciplines, to cultivate students' abilities to readily adapt to workplace changes, communicate proficiently, and to work effectively in a team environment.

Degree Programs

Computer Engineering Technology: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

The Computer Engineering Technology (BCOT) program introduces students to both the hardware and software aspects of computers with emphasis on computer-related devices and systems. Students gain experience in both interfacing a computer for control applications and data communication, using a full range of equipment. The hardware courses cover basic digital electronics to computer architecture, and include operating and learning microprocessors, microcontrollers and microcomputers. The software courses begin with introductory computer science and advance to programming applications and operating systems. Other hardware courses include basic circuit theory, electronic devices, integrated circuits and applications, and data communications. During their course of studies students spend a minimum of two cooperative semesters in industry. Graduates, in addition to continuing their education at the graduate level, may seek employment in the design application, manufacturing, and testing of computer or computer-controlled equipment.

The program offers students a mathematically-based engineering technology education that provides the technical knowledge, problem solving-skills and hands-on experience needed for them to grow as intellectually inquisitive individuals and critically involved members of our society with a lifelong commitment to continued leaning. The Computer Engineering Technology baccalaureate (BCOT) degree program is a comprehensive four year program of study that is rooted in Wentworth‘s rich tradition of project-based and experiential learning. The curriculum is rigorous and well balanced in the presentation of theory and problem solving techniques. The objective of coursework is to furnish students with the analytical and technical skills required for successful professional practice in the computer hardware related industries. The computer program also strives to provide its graduates with solid foundation for lifelong professional development, to cultivate students; abilities to readily adapt to workplace changes, to communicate proficiently and to work effectively in a team environment.

Computer Engineering Program Objectives

Graduates should demonstrate these abilities:

  1. Develop competencies for successful long-term professional practice in the computer engineering disciplines.
  2. Utilize analytical and technical skills to implement creativity and innovative approaches for the design and operation of microcomputer architecture, network systems and special purpose digital processes.
  3. Actively participate in related professional societies and to continue growth in the professional learning that leads to certifications, licensing and graduate studies.
  4. Effectively practice in the field of engineering and technology in a global environment through communication and embracement of societal issues, cultural diversity and different points of view.

Computer Engineering Technology Program Outcomes

Students should demonstrate these abilities upon graduation:

  1. Appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines
  2. An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology
  3. An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes
  4. An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program educational objectives
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams
  6. An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  9. An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  10. A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  12. The application of electric circuits, computer programming, associated software applications, analog and digital electronics, microcomputers, operating systems, and local area networks to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance of computer systems and associated software systems.
  13. The applications of physics or chemistry to computer systems in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.
  14. The ability to analyze, design, and implement hardware and software computer systems.
  15. The ability to apply project management techniques to computer systems.
  16. The ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of computer systems and networks.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ELEC101 Intro. to Engineering and Technology 2 4 4
ELEC105 Circuit Theory I 3 2 4
ENGL100 English I 4 0 4
MATH205 College Mathematics I 4 0 4
Total 13 6 16
Spring Semester Course R L C
COMP120 Computer Science I Using C 3 2 4
ELEC163 Electronic Design I 1 4 3
ELEC195 Circuit Theory II 3 2 4
ENGL115 English II 3 0 3
MATH250 Precalculus 4 0 4
Total 14 18 18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ELEC206 Semiconductor Devices 3 2 4
ELEC236 Logic Circuits 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
MATH280 Calculus I 4 0 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 16 6 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
ELEC296 Digital Applications 3 2 4
ELEC306 Integrated Circuits with Applications 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
ENGL350 Writing Competency Assessment 0 0 0
MATH290 Calculus II 4 0 4
PHYS220 College Physics II 3 2 4
Total 16 6 19
Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all prerequisite courses above or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper-level courses.

Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COMM400 Technical Communications 3 0 3
ELEC415 Object Oriented Programming for Electronics 3 2 4
ELEC426 Data Communications 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Technical Elective1 - - 3
MATH510 Calculus III 4 0 4
Total - - 18
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester Course R L C
ELEC345 Microcontrollers and Embedded Computer Systems 3 2 4
ELEC486 Computer Systems Architecture 3 2 4
ELEC505 Linear Network Analysis 3 2 4
ELEC516 Computer Communication and Networks 3 2 4
Total 12 8 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
COMP605 Introduction to Operating Systems 2 2 3
ELEC595 Digital Control Systems 3 2 4
ELEC596 Introduction to Digital Signal Processing 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 16 6 19
Summer Semester Course R L C
ELEC667 Advanced Programmable Logic 2 2 3
ELEC675 Digital Communication Systems 3 2 4
ELEC685 Senior Design Project 1 6 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 10 10 15

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor as necessary to complement and to broaden the student's background.

Electrical Engineering: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

Electrical and electronic components, devices, and equipment are integrated into most of today’s products from biomedical systems to the smart power grid. As a student in the Electrical Engineering program, you will study, model, analyze, and design systems that modern society relies on. The Electrical Engineering program is a four-year project-based curriculum that includes a solid foundation in mathematics, science, engineering principles, as well as the humanities and social sciences. Students are provided with the necessary theory, problem-solving skills, and laboratory exposure to design, build, and test their advanced senior design projects. The program applies Wentworth’s educational model of a state-of-the-art curriculum along with two cooperative work experiences.

The program integrates engineering design throughout the curriculum and an extensive use of computers to solve, and simulate engineering problems as well as control devices, equipment, and systems. Students spend a great deal of time working in a laboratory setting to verify theory. The course of study includes circuit theory, solid state devices, analog and digital circuits and systems, feedback and controls, motors, power distribution systems, signal processing, and communication systems. The curriculum employs the latest technologies so that students are well prepared for graduate study or a professional career in industry. As a graduate you will be ready for professional careers in fields such as analog and digital systems, acoustics, biomedical devices, computers, electric vehicle supplies, robotics, communication and control systems, sources of alternative energy, power distribution and smart grids.

Electrical Engineering Program Objectives

After graduation, program graduates should demonstrate the abilities:

  1. Lifelong learning: Pursue professional development to meet and adapt to the emerging and evolving technology.
  2. Successful Careers: have a successful career in the field of electrical engineering or related fields.
  3. Professionalism: Graduates will contribute to their fields or professions.

Electrical Engineering Program Outcomes

Students should demonstrate these abilities upon graduation:

  1. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. Ability to communicate effectively
  8. Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. Knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to the field of Electrical Engineering.
  13. Knowledge of mathematics through differential and integral calculus, basic sciences, computer science, and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components, as appropriate to the field of electrical engineering.
  14. Knowledge of advanced mathematics including differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics.

Special Requirement for Graduation

In addition to the general graduation requirements of the Institute, specific graduation requirements from the Electrical Engineering (BSEE) program with a Bachelor of Science degree include maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all technical courses. The courses used to determine the cumulative grade point average for all BSEE technical courses are courses with ELEC and ENGR prefixes. If another Wentworth course is substituted for one of these listed courses, the substitute course will be calculated into this cumulative grade point average for all technical courses.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
CHEM380 Engineering Chemistry I 3 2 4
ENGR100 Introduction to Engineering 2 4 4
ENGL100 English I 4 0 4
MATH285 Engineering Calculus I 4 0 4
Total 13 6 16
Spring Semester Course R L C
COMP120 Computer Science I Using C 3 2 4
PHYS310 Engineering Physics I 3 2 4
ELEC231 Network Theory I 3 2 4
ENGL115 English II 3 0 3
MATH295 Engineering Calculus II 4 0 4
Total 16 6 19

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
MATH625 Differential Equations 4 0 4
ELEC244 Digital Systems 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
ELEC281 Network Theory II 2 2 3
PHYS320 Engineering Physics II 3 2 4
Total 15 6 18
Spring Semester Course R L C
MATH515 Multivariable Calculus 4 0 4
ELEC443 Analog Circuit Design 3 2 4
ELEC450 Solid State Devices 3 0 3
ENGL350 Writing Competency Assessment 0 0 0
ELEC471 Embedded Computer Systems 2 2 3
COMM330 Introduction to Mass Communications 3 0 3
Total 15 4 17
Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all prerequisite courses above or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper-level courses.

Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ELECTIVE General Elective 3 0 3
MATH890 Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Social Science or Humanities Elective* 4 0 4
ELEC584 Engineering Signals and Systems 3 2 4
ELMC829 Electromagnetic Field Theory 3 0 3
Total 17 2 18
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester Course R L C
ELEC820 Feedback and Control 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Engineering Elective - - 3
MECH496 Materials Science 3 2 4
ELEC586 Motors and Controls 3 2 4
Total - - 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
MGMT510 Engineering Economy 3 0 3
MATH505 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 4 0 4
ENGR650 Engineering Senior Design I 1 6 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 12 6 15
Summer Semester Course R L C
ELEC615 Engineering Communications Systems 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Engineering Elective - - 3
ENGR655 Engineering Senior Design II 1 6 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total - - 15

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor as necessary to complement and to broaden the student's background.

Electronic Engineering Technology (BEET): Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Students entering the Electronic Engineering Technology (BEET) program develop a thorough foundation in circuit analysis and solid-state principles. The program is design-oriented and students are encouraged to probe deeply into the areas they find to be of special interest to them. Approximately 40 percent of the program is devoted to computer-integrated laboratory work. This provides the student with essential “hands-on” familiarity with electronic circuits, components, and systems, including data acquisition and process control, and related software programs. Technical competence is established in the use of modern laboratory instruments, stressing experimental procedures and techniques. BEET is a cooperative education program which provides students with the opportunity to take part in a paid work experience in industry for a minimum of two non-consecutive semesters. Graduates, in addition to continuing their education at the graduate level, may seek design and manufacturing positions as engineering technologists where an applications oriented background is necessary.

The program‘s mission is to offer students a mathematically-based engineering technology education that provides the technical knowledge, problem solving-skills and hands-on experience needed for them to grow as intellectually inquisitive individuals and critically involved members of our society with a lifelong commitment to continued leaning. The BEET degree program is a comprehensive four year program of study that is rooted in Wentworth‘s rich tradition of project-based and experiential learning. The curriculum is rigorous and well balanced in the presentation of theory and problem solving techniques. The objective of coursework is to furnish students with the analytical and technical skills required for successful professional practice in the various electronics related industries. The Electronics program also strives to provide its graduates with solid foundation for lifelong professional development, to cultivate students; abilities to readily adapt to workplace changes, to communicate proficiently and to work effectively in a team environment.

Electronic Engineering Technology Program Objectives

Graduates should demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. To develop competencies for successful long-term professional practice in the various electronic and electrical disciplines.
  2. To utilize analytical and technical skills to implement creativity and innovative approaches for the design and operation of electronic/electrical systems.
  3. To actively participate in related professional societies and to continue growth in the professional learning that leads to certifications, licensing and graduate studies.
  4. To effectively practice in the field of engineering and technology in a global environment through communication and embracement of societal issues, cultural diversity and different points of view.

Electronic Engineering Technology Program Outcomes

Students should demonstrate these abilities upon graduation:

  1. An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines
  2. An ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology
  3. An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes
  4. An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes appropriate to program educational objectives
  5. An ability to function effectively on teams
  6. An ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  9. An ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  10. A respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues
  11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
  12. The application of circuit analysis and design, computer programming, associated software, analog and digital electronics, and microcomputers to the building, testing, operation, and maintenance.
  13. The applications of physics or chemistry to electrical/electronic(s) circuits in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry.
  14. The ability to analyze, design, and implement control systems, instrumentation systems, communications systems, computer systems, or power systems.
  15. The ability to apply project management techniques to electrical/electronic(s) systems.
  16. The ability to utilize statistics/probability, transform methods, discrete mathematics, or applied differential equations in support of electrical/electronic(s) systems.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ELEC101 Intro. to Engineering and Technology 2 4 4
ELEC105 Circuit Theory I 3 2 4
ENGL100 English I 4 0 4
MATH205 College Mathematics I 4 0 4
Total 13 6 16
Spring Semester Course R L C
COMP120 Computer Science I Using C 3 2 4
ELEC163 Electronic Design I 1 4 3
ELEC195 Circuit Theory II 3 2 4
ENGL115 English II 3 0 3
MATH250 Precalculus 4 0 4
Total 14 18 18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
ELEC206 Semiconductor Devices 3 2 4
ELEC236 Logic Circuits 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
MATH280 Calculus I 4 0 4
PHYS210 College Physics I 3 2 4
Total 16 6 19
Spring Semester Course R L C
ELEC296 Digital Applications 3 2 4
ELEC306 Integrated Circuits with Applications 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
ENGL350 Writing Competency Assessment 0 0 0
MATH290 Calculus II 4 0 4
PHYS220 College Physics II 3 2 4
Total 16 6 19
Summer Semester Course R L C
COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

Note: Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed all prerequisite courses above or have received permission from the department to enroll in upper-level courses.

Junior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COMM400 Technical Communications 3 0 3
ELEC415 Object Oriented Programming for Electronics 3 2 4
ELEC467 Electric Machines and Transformers 3 2 4
ELECTIVE Technical Elective1 - - 3
MATH510 Calculus III 4 0 4
Total - - 18
Spring Semester Course R L C
COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0
Summer Semester Course R L C
ELEC345 Microcontrollers and Embedded Computer Systems 3 2 4
ELEC496 Advanced Sensors and Interfacing Systems 3 2 4
ELEC505 Linear Network Analysis 3 2 4
ELEC510 Discrete Signals and Systems 3 2 4
Total 12 8 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester Course R L C
COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0
Spring Semester Course R L C
ELEC575 Digital Signal Processing 3 2 4
ELEC585 Electromagnetics 3 2 4
ELEC605 Senior Design Project I 1 4 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 15 8 19
Summer Semester R L C
ELEC625 Feedback Control Systems 3 2 4
ELEC675 Digital Communication Systems 3 2 4
ELEC695 Senior Design Project II 1 4 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
Total 11 8 15

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor as necessary to complement and to broaden the student's background.

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