Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering
Location: 2618A Cherry Building, Phone: (409) 880-8746
Chair: Dr. Harley R. Myler
The undergraduate program in electrical engineering at Lamar University enjoys a long history of academic excellence. The program prepares graduates for a wide range of opportunities by providing a curriculum strongly based in mathematics and physics and the latest state-of-the-art material in electrical engineering, including photonics, image and signal processing, instrumentation, and computer and network systems design. The interested student has ready access to faculty and lab facilities for research.
The bachelor's program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to provide students with high quality, accessible undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering education; to engage and empower students with skills and knowledge to thrive in professional careers; and to serve society through economic and technological development of Southeast Texas and beyond.
Program Educational Objectives
Constituents: Current students, alumni, employers, and faculty
1. Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in an industry relevant to electrical engineering.
2. Contribute to organizational objectives with significant societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.
3. Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of higher educational degrees, and individual professional development.
The student outcomes used by the electrical engineering program are those published in the ABET “Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs” document. Those outcomes are as follows:
a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c) 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
d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g) an ability to communicate effectively
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The Electrical Engineering Program criterion as listed in the ABET "Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs" is as follows:
The structure of the curriculum must provide both breadth and depth across the range of engineering topics implied by the title of the program.
The curriculum must include probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to the program name; mathematics through differential and integral calculus; sciences (defined as biological, chemical, or physical science); and engineering topics (including computing science) necessary to analyze and design complex electrical and electronic devices, software, and systems containing hardware and software components.
Bachelor of Science – Electrical Engineering Digital eLearning Content Delivery
The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) featuring a Digital eLearning Content Delivery learning community. This means that all course content is available online with multiple collaborative and interactive features. This is not what is normally thought of as an online program, although a student can complete the BSEE without coming to campus. Resident and local area students have the option of in classroom sessions with our faculty. The BSEE degree earned with this delivery system is ABET accredited and our students often leverage the instruction scheduling freedom that the system provides to co-op and engage in employment at companies throughout the US and abroad.
Three special features of the learning community are the LUFF (LUee Field Flow) collaborative system, the LUEEnest makerspace and Hardware-in-Homework. LUFF permits students across the entire undergraduate cohort suite (Fr,So,Jr,Sr) to interact with each other and with faculty in a social media-style environment. The LUEEnest makerspace is where interdisciplinary and multiple experience level project ideas can come into reality and possible spin-off into entrepreneurial ventures. Lastly, Hardware-in-Homework puts hands-on laboratory work into every course offering within the BSEE program.