Asif Khan, Chair of the Department
Benjamin Beker, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1988
Roger A. Dougal, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1982
Jerry L. Hudgins, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1985
Paul G. Huray, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1968
Asif Khan, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979
College of Engineering Distinguished Professor
Robert O. Pettus, Ph.D., Auburn University, 1971
Tangali Sudarshan, Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 1974
Carolina Distinguished Professor
Charles W. Brice III, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1977
Yinchao Chen, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1992
George J. Cokkinides, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985
Antonello Monti, Ph.D., Politecnico di Milano, 1994
Enrico Santi, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1993
Thomas Chandler, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1993
Shengyi Liu, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1995
Distinguished Professors Emeriti
William J. Eccles, Ph.D., Purdue University, 1965
Reginald B. Hilborn, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1964
Ted L. Simpson, Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969
The Department of Electrical Engineering offers graduate degrees in electrical engineering and emphasizes both research-oriented graduate study through the Ph.D. program and M.S. program and professional development through the M.E. program.
A special program is available by which qualified engineers may earn the M.E. degree while maintaining full-time employment. APOGEE delivers graduate courses through a media-based system incorporating television, videotapes, and periodic visits to campus.
Graduates in electrical engineering can look forward to competing successfully for careers in academia, industry, and government laboratories.
In addition to the entry requirements of The Graduate School, prospective students are expected to have an earned baccalaureate degree in electrical or computer engineering (or a related field) with at least a B average. Students whose undergraduate degree is not from an ABET-accredited program are required to take the GRE and to have scores of at least 500 (verbal), 700 (quantitative), and 600 (analytical). These scores are provided as guidelines and are not conditions for admission. Students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores of 570 (230 computer-based score) or better.
New graduate students are normally admitted to the Ph.D. program; continuation in the Ph.D. program is dependent upon meeting departmental requirements for satisfactory academic progress. After admission, students can transfer into the masters program, if they desire.
Fields of Specialization
Research topics in electrical engineering include but are not limited to: power systems; power electronics; microwave power amplifier and MOS devices based on wide bandgap semiconductors; growth, device processing, and characterization of wide bandgap semiconductorsspecifically SiC and GanN; electromagnetic scattering; millimeter-wave integrated circuits; antenna design; electronic packaging; software engineering; and modeling and simulation.
Master of Engineering and Master of Science
The professional M.E. degree in electrical engineering requires 30 hours of course work beyond the B.S., at least 18 hours of which must be taken in ELCT courses numbered at the 700 level or above. Although the requirements for the M.S. degree correspond in general to those of The Graduate School (24 hours of course work beyond the B.S. plus six hours of thesis preparation), it should be noted that at least half of the courses taken must be in ELCT courses numbered at the 700 level or above.
Doctor of Philosophy
The general requirements for the Ph.D. degree are equivalent to those of The Graduate School. The course work requirement is established by the students committee, but a minimum of 45 hours beyond the B.S. degree is required. The doctoral residency requirement may be satisfied only after admission to a doctoral degree program and must be fulfilled by enrollment in at least 18 graduate credit hours within a span of three consecutive semesters (excluding summers). Enrollment in a summer term is not required to maintain continuity, but credits earned during summer terms will count toward residency. Admission to candidacy in the Ph.D. program requires satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination, a research proposal, and at least 12 hours of graduate work beyond the B.S.
Course Descriptions (ELCT)
- 531Digital Control Systems. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 331) Analysis and design of discrete-time control systems, implementation of control systems using digital electronic systems. Applications to electrical systems.
- 551Power Systems Design and Analysis. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 331, ELCT 361) Transmission line design, load flow, and short circuit analysis of power systems.
- 553Electromechanical Energy Conversion. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 331, ELCT 301) Analysis and design of electromechanical energy conversion systems, including electrical machines and electronic drives.
- 561Advanced Electromagnetics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 362) Applications of electromagnetic concepts in high-frequency systems.
- 563Advanced Semiconductor Materials. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363) Crystal structures, energy-band theory, and charge-carrier physics.
- 566Introduction to Optoelectronics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 362, ELCT 363) Design and application aspects of optoelectronic devices, including optical fibers, modulators, display devices, lasers, photodetectors, optical communication systems, and fiber sensors.
- 572Power Electronics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 371, ELCT 331) Basic analysis and design of solid-state power electronic devices and circuitry.
- 573High Speed Digital Systems. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 371, ELCT 361) Introduction to digital system analysis and design.
- 574Semiconductor Electronic Devices. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363 and ELCT 371) Semiconductor device behavior and design for use in integrated circuits, discrete components, and modules.
- 575Advanced Electronics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 371) Application of electronic design automation tools to the design of electronic circuits.
- 576Semiconductor Laboratory. (3) (Prereq or coreq: ELCT 563) The design, fabrication, and testing of semiconductor electronic materials and devices.
- 580Audio Engineering. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 321, 371) Acoustic and electrical fundamentals for the design of systems for detection, measurement, and reproduction of sound with emphasis on high-quality audio systems and their environment.
- 751Advanced Power Systems Analysis. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 551) Network analysis methods suitable for computer implementation. System studies, including load-flow analysis, short-circuit analysis, and state estimation.
- 752Power System Grounding and Transients. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 551) Modeling and analysis techniques used in the design of electric power grounding systems, power system fault analysis, numerical techniques for power system transient analysis.
- 761Fundamental Electromagnetics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 361) Theorems and principles of EM theory, Maxwells equations, vector and scalar potentials. Solution to Maxwells equation in one-, two-, and three-dimensions. Greens functions and theorems with applications to radiation and guided-wave propagation.
- 766Electrooptics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 566) Review of EM theory, rays and beams, resonators, atomic radiation, laser oscillation, laser systems.
- 771Semiconductor Physics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363) Properties of semiconductor materials.
- 775Plasma Electronics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363) Gaseous electronics and plasma behavior in electronic systems.
- 781Pulsed Power Systems. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 362, 363) Components and systems for electrical energy storage, pulse forming, energy transport, and shielding. Diagnostic techniques for fast, high-power pulses.
- 797Research. (112) Individual research to be arranged with the instructor. Pass-Fail grading.
- 799Thesis Preparation. (112)
- 837Modern Control Theory. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 331) The analysis and synthesis of linear, nonlinear, and discrete control systems employing the state space approach.
- 838Optimal Control and Estimation. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 331) Optimal filtering, prediction, and smoothing in the presence of uncertainty.
- 861Advances in Electromagnetics. (3) Designate as special topics course.
- 862Antennas and Radiation. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 561) Fundamentals of antenna and design. Introduction to analytical formulation and numerical methods in analysis of antenna systems. Antenna impedance, linear, phased array, microstrip and reflector antennas.
- 866Laser Physics, Beams, and Dynamics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 766) Basic laser physics and optical beams and resonators, Rabi frequency, nonlinear optical pulse propagation, unstable resonators, mode-locking, Q-switching, hole burning, laser cavity equations.
- 867Advances in Quantum Electronics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 766) Current topics in nonlinear optics and laser research.
- 870Computational Simulation. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 761, 766, 771, 775) Computational tools and techniques for simulation of physical systems with emphasis on excitation, diffusion, and scattering problems.
- 871Advances in Semiconductor Devices. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 771) Current topics in semiconductor devices.
- 873Advances in Physical Electronics. (3) Topics of current interest in physical electronics.
- 878High Power Generation and Diagnostic Techniques. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 362) DC power supplies, transformers, pulsed sources, and fast switches. Diagnostics for fast pulsed events. Grounding and shielding considerations.
- 881Advances in Pulsed Power. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 781) Current topics in pulsed power.
- 883Power Systems Stability and Control. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 751) Power system transient and dynamic stability analysis. Power system control, including excitation systems, automatic generation control and boiler-turbine-generator models.
- 891Selected Topics in Electrical Engineering. (3)
- 897Directed Individual Study. (13) Approved plan of study must be filed.
- 899Dissertation Preparation. (112)
Graduate Studies in Engineering