In the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) fields, Dr. Neeraj Magotra, chair of
the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering says, “There are a myriad of
emerging trends—from new semiconductor devices, the impact of photonics at
the circuit level to the Internet of Things (IOT) at the consumer, ‘everyday impact
on our lives’ level.”
“Our resulting technologies/devices/advances impact the medical field (personal
monitoring devices, diagnostic imaging, prosthetics, cochlear implants, artificial
retina etc.), defense and security arena (better sensing devices, drone technology
etc.), and energy and power (smart grid, better, more energy efficient lighting systems,
etc.). Medical, Defense, Energy, and Communications are a few examples of areas
where ECE emerging trends continue to make a big difference.
“Our Electrical and Computer Engineering programs provide our graduates
with a broad base in the field along with the opportunity to focus on targeted areas
that are in high growth mode—Embedded systems, RF/Wireless Systems, Artificial
Intelligence/Controls/Robotics, and Power. In a relatively small program, compared
to bigger schools, the faculty gets to know individual students and that allows us to
‘custom tailor’ our graduates and help them highlight their skills when they are looking
to begin their careers post-graduation—jobs or graduate school. A favorite analogy
of mine is that we are like a microbrewery where we custom-craft our ‘product.’”
According to Dr. Stoney Jackson, chair of the Department of Computer Science and
Information Technology: “The ubiquity of computing has raised the importance of
cyber security and Big Data. Cyber security is about protecting our privacy, property,
and safety. Big Data is about gathering, storing, and analyzing large data for
information. Its application ranges from law enforcement, to business and marketing,
to understanding human behavior. The impacts of these fields on individuals and
society are likely to be broad and significant.
“Our IT program requires students to complete an internship before graduating.
This extra dimension of learning and real-world experience gives our students
a leg up as they begin their careers in IT.
“Our CS program has recently been revised based on input from members of our
Industrial Advisory Board and the ACM Curriculum Guidelines. As part of this
revision, we have added two new courses: Software Design and Software
Development to better prepare students for a career in software development.”
Our Experts Weigh In.
“Big Data analytics are driving the business world today. The adoption
rate is slow, but the trends are moving in the right direction,” observes
Dr. Anil Gulati, chair of the Department of Business Information Systems.
“We offer all College of Business students the opportunity to get trained with
the use of analytics techniques, such as Data Mining, Predictive Analytics,
Visual Analytics, to name a few. We strongly believe that in the near future,
Data Analytics skills will be required of all business school graduates.”