Prescott Campus

Electrical Engineering

  • OVERVIEW
  • ADVANTAGES
  • REQUIREMENTS
  • CAREERS
  • FACULTY

Overview

It's hard to think of a field that provides more career choices than the exploding field of electrical engineering. America's dependence on electronics is so great that most people can't get through a day without using a product that has a microcontroller or other electronic circuitry. The boom of smart equipment has created many jobs for engineers, and the push to come up with the next new thing keeps engineers busy across many fields.

Jobs in the field are extremely varied: entrepreneur, military officer, consultant, the designer of a new microprocessor for next generation PCs or the control module for a radar system are just a few of the possibilities. Work settings range from computer-technology corporations and aerospace companies to power and telephone companies. Both small and large companies offer electrical engineering jobs. Even the government has a place for electrical engineers.

Do you have what it takes to be an electrical engineer? Entering this fast-paced field requires an inquisitive mind; an ability to understand difficult technical principles that are often mathematically based; a creative bent; and the ability to analyze problems from different angles. The program requirements for this degree will ensure your success.

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Advantages

  • High instructor contact and small class sizes.
  • Excellent facilities including King Engineering and Technology Center, which recently underwent a $500,000 renovation.
  • The program maintains a good balance between theory and practical hands-on experience.
  • Embry-Riddle is renowned in the aerospace industry for the quality of our graduates.
  • Our faculty has substantial industrial experience; we prepare you for the jobs awaiting you within industry. Course work often mimics real-life job scenarios.
  • Embry-Riddle professors prepare you to be successful in your career - the engineering faculty prides itself on putting you in real world scenarios and educating you to think like engineers.
  • The senior capstone course follows the development cycle of a real engineering project closely. Our graduates are productive immediately upon graduation. Recent capstone projects include design of a radio system based on internet technology to download large volumes of data from scientific missions for NASA; and a multi-mode auto light flasher system for emergency vehicles that features 14 programmable modes controlling all of the vehicles lights.
  • Embry-Riddle's IEEE student chapter has been recognized as the Outstanding IEEE chapter in our region.

Requirements

View requirements for the B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree on the Catalog site.

Careers

There are a number of paybacks for those who choose electrical engineering. Electrical engineers earn good salaries while getting to work with fast-paced, evolving technologies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for electrical engineers was $75,930 in 2006, with the top 10% coming in at over $115,000 per year. The following job titles represent only a handful of the choices available:

  • Research engineers work in the lab, testing and inventing. This job requires a high level of creativity on the part of the engineer, as well as a great deal of patience. Whether inventing a new machine vision device or simply designing a responsibility for the discovery-stage technology behind any new electronic product.
  • Once a new technology is invented, it must be applied. The design engineer uses computer simulations and models to turn innovations into working devices, for example, from wireless technology to the tiny parts that make up an actual cell phone. Design engineers must visualize how the insides of a future product could look, while inventing several possible scenarios for the applications of new technologies.
  • The project engineer oversees many specialist engineers throughout the construction of a working prototype of a new product or technology. The project engineer must have natural leadership ability, as well as a high proficiency in a variety of electrical engineering disciplines.
  • Test engineers design programs to check the functions of electronic devices and to troubleshoot those devices when things go wrong. They keep technology working properly, and understand which elements to test and in what order. Successful test engineers remain sharp, even after long hours on the job.
  • Power grids, phone lines, and wireless networks all require the skills of a system engineer for proper installation and maintenance. Keen attention to detail is important for graduates who enter this profession. Experienced system engineers rely on their ability to think holistically about the systems they create.

Faculty

Milton Cone Dr. Milton Cone

Chair

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Cone has been with Embry-Riddle since 1991.

Matthew Jaffe Dr. Matthew Jaffe

Associate Professor, CS Program Coordinator

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Matt Jaffe, Associate Professor and CS Program Coordinator at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus.

John Post Dr. John Post

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

An Associate Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Dr. Post joined the faculty in 2006 after serving for 24 ½ years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

James Lyall Dr. James Lyall

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor Lyall worked as design engineer for King Radio where he developed aeronautical radios.

Brian Davis Dr. Brian Davis

Associate Professor Electrical Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Davis has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Computer Science & Engineering.

Joel Schipper Dr. Joel Schipper

Assistant Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Schipper’s areas of expertise include knowledge-based systems and autonomous mobile robotics.

Dennis Kodimer Mr. Dennis Kodimer

Assistant Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Professor Kodimer is currently a consultant in industrial controls, consumer products, and medical equipment.

Stephen Kahne Dr. Stephen J. Kahne

Emeritus Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Kahne is a specialist in control and systems engineering. For 50 years he taught and led research efforts in the fields of control system design and optimization, environmental design, air traffic control, and airfield lighting.

Raymond Bellem Dr. Raymond Bellem

Emeritus Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Raymond D. Bellem joined Embry-Riddle at the Prescott Campus in August 1991 as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Malcom Romeiser Mr. Malcom Romeiser

Adjunct Faculty

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Malcom Romeiser, Adjunct faculty of Computer & Electrical Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus.