Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, offering one of the few and longest-standing ABET accredited electrical engineering bachelor programs in the capital region. With this seal of approval, students are guaranteed to enjoy a modern learning experience driven by specific learning outcomes and focused around professionally-driven skills and competencies.

Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Electrical Engineering

We use computers, smart phones, MP3 players, and other high-tech electronic devices every day. Are you curious how this technology actually works? Do you want to be at the forefront of our technology-driven workforce? Can you see yourself designing the inner workings of the next generation of life-changing electronic or computing devices?

The bachelor's degree program in electrical engineering at the University of the District of Columbia gives you the knowledge and tools to succeed in the high-demand, high-paying professional fields of electronics, computing, and technical consulting. From small class sizes to ample research opportunities, we are committed to creating a learning environment where you can succeed and to equipping you with both the vision and skills to make an impact.

The program is accredited by the Engineering Accrediting Commission of  ABET (http://www.abet.org)

Program of Study


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Electrical Engineering Program

The electrical engineering bachelor's program at UDC has two tracks, each of which requires a 128 credit hour plan of study. Student can choose the standard electrical engineering track or the option of specializing in computer engineering, which consists of a focus in advanced digital system design courses, introducing such topics as VHDL and VLSI.

The electrical engineering program is a dynamic and growing community of students and scholars active in most of the principal areas of our field. Faculty teach courses and engage in research, often in partnership with students, in a number of cutting-edge areas including:

  • Embedded systems
  • Renewable energy
  • Digital communications
  • Medical image processing
  • Artificial intelligence.

The electrical engineering bachelor's degree curriculum prepares students for the Fundamentals in Engineering (FE) national examination.

Program Mission, Objectives and Student Outcomes


The mission of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is reflective to both the missions of the University of the District of Columbia and the mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The EE Department is striving to provide educational opportunities that will prepare the students for effective and productive careers in the Electrical Engineering profession, for graduate-level studies, and for lifelong learning.

Program's Educational Objectives

Graduates of the electrical engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to have:

  1. Established themselves as practicing professionals in the capacity as policy makers and leaders in government and industry and/or be engaged in advanced study in electrical engineering or a related field;
  2. Demonstrated their ability to successfully work both independently and as members of a professional team in the formulation and design of complex engineering systems; and function effectively as responsible professionals with effective communication skills; and
  3. Shown a commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional training and development, leadership training, and research opportunities in order to gain a deeper understanding of the social, ethical, and environmental context of changing global conditions.
Program: BS Electrical Engineering
Student enrollment in Fall 201572
Number of graduates in AY14-1519

Program Outcomes

Students graduating from the BS program electrical engineering are expected to acquire the following:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an 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
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic environmental and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Electrical Engineering Program

The STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for electrical engineering students, offering courses and enrichment activities designed to boost academic and professional competency, provide research opportunities, and increase student retention and graduation rates.

Electrical engineering students at UDC also participate in a number of formal student organizations and associations, including:

Finally, every February, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hosts a week of special events to inspire current and future engineers at UDC. Engineers Week includes lab visits, project presentations, networking opportunities and other events sponsored by student groups and affiliated organizations.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Electrical Engineering Program

Dr. Paul Cotae, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been associate editor for the IEEE Communication Letters journal since 2003. He is a board member of the IEEE Communication Society North America Region, from which he received a Chapter Achievement Award in 2011 "for achieving excellence in chapter activities and for contributions in furthering the objectives of the society". From 2009 to 2011, he was an ONR Faculty Fellow for the ONR-ASEE Summer Faculty Research Program.

Dr. Nian Zhang, assistant professor of electrical engineering, studies neural networks, fuzzy logic, and computational intelligence methods on autonomous robot navigation, pattern recognition, signal and image processing, time series prediction, and renewable energy. Zhang is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks. She has served regularly on the organizing committees and program committees of many international conferences. Her research projects are supported by the National Science Foundation, US Geological Survey.

Career Pathways and Prospects

Electrical engineers are in high demand, and an electrical engineering degree from UDC will prepare you for career opportunities in both the private and public sector. UDC electrical engineering graduates have found employment at prominent companies like IBM, Northrop Grumman, Verizon, PEPCO and many other exciting and innovative technology, energy-related, and consulting businesses in the Washington Metropolitan area, around the US, and overseas.

You may also choose to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering right here at UDC, or an advanced degree in electrical engineering, physics, mathematics or medicine. Many of our graduating seniors have been accepted to top graduate programs in electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, and medicine.

Contact info:

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