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Electrical Engineering

Asif Khan, Chair

Roger A. Dougal, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1982, Associate Chair
Paul G. Huray, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1968
M. Asif Khan, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1979, Carolina Distinguished Professor
Robert O. Pettus, Ph.D., Auburn University, 1971
Tangali Sudarshan, Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 1974, Carolina Distinguished Professor

Associate Professors
Charles W. Brice III, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1977, Undergraduate Director
Yinchao Chen, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1992
Antonello Monti, Ph.D., Politecnico di Milano, 1994, Graduate Director
Enrico Santi, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1993
Grigory S. Simin, Ph.D., Giricond Science and Research Institute, 1979

Assistant Professors
Mohammod Ali, Ph.D., University of Victoria, 1997
Yanqing Deng, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2003
Goutam Koley, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2003
Ferdinanda Ponci, Ph.D., Politecnico di Milano, 2002
Yong June Shin, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, 2004
Jixin Yu, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003

Research Professors
Olga Bilenko, Ph.D., Kazan State University, 1988
Jinwei Yang, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1993

Research Associate Professors
Vinod Adivarahan, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2000
Edmundas Koukstis, Ph.D., Vilnius University, 1974
Shengyi Liu, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1995

Research Assistant Professors
Maxim Shatalov, Ph.D., Russian Academy of Sciences, 1999
Eugene Solodovnik, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2000
Wenhong Sun, Ph.D., Peking University, 2000
Hong Mei Wang, Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1998

Distinguished Professors Emeriti
William J. Eccles, Ph.D., Purdue University, 1965
Edward N. Ernst, Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1955
Reginald B. Hilborn, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1964
Ted L. Simpson, Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969


Electrical engineers create micro-devices, circuits, and systems that are used to create, process, or distribute information and energy. Graduates of this program are prepared for a wide range of professional practice through a combination of core and career track courses. The first two years of study establish a technical foundation in math, science, and engineering principles and a responsible social foundation in the liberal arts. The last two years of study focus a student's interest into one of the department's specialties, which include microelectronics, energy and control systems, and communication systems. The department is well-known for its outstanding hands-on laboratory sequence and for encouraging highly talented and motivated undergraduate students to participate in its many research programs. The rapid pace of developments in electrical engineering requires that graduates make strong commitments to lifelong learning, and it ensures that graduates will be presented with many exciting and diverse opportunities throughout their professional careers.

The objectives of the academic program are to imbue in the graduate: 1) a broad education that establishes competencies in the arts, humanities, foreign languages, sciences, and mathematics and that fosters an appreciation of the role of the engineer in society and the world-awareness that is so necessary to the practice of engineering in a global economy, 2) engineering skills that are both broad in the basics and deep within a selected specialization, and 3) professional skills that include the abilities to communicate effectively, to work productively as a team member, and to engage in career-long professional development.

Degree Requirements

Curriculum in Electrical Engineering

(121 hours)

ENGL 101, 102 (6 hours)
Liberal Arts (9 hours)
ECON 421 (3 hours)
MATH 141, 142, 241, 242 (14 hours)
STAT 509 (3 hours)
CHEM 111 (4 hours)
PHYS 211, 211L, 212, 212L (8 hours)
CSCE 145, 146, 211, 212 (14 hours)
ELCT 101, 102, 201, 221, 222, 301, 321, 331, 350, 361, 363, 371, 401, 402 (42 hours)
Career track electives (15 hours)
Free elective (3 hours)


1. The liberal arts courses must include at least one history course, one fine arts course, and one course in technical literature or ethics. See department for approved list of liberal arts electives.

2. Approved career tracks are physical electronics, power systems, high-voltage engineering, and semiconductor devices. Five of six courses listed must be completed in at least one career track.

3. Any course or courses at the University may be taken as a free elective, subject to approval by the student’s advisor.

Course Descriptions (ELCT)

  • 101 -- Electrical and Electronics Engineering. (3) Introduction to the field of electrical engineering and its impact on everyday-use systems and devices, computers, and automotive electronics.
  • 102 -- Electrical Science. (3) (Prereq or coreq: MATH 141) Fundamentals of electrical and electronic components. Basic network laws. Mathematical and computer tools for network analysis.
  • 201 -- EE Laboratory I. (3) (Prereq: CSCE 211, ELCT 102; prereq or coreq: ELCT 222) Laboratory procedures, instrumentation and measurements, report writing, computer use, passive circuit analysis and design.
  • 221 -- Circuits I. (3) (Prereq: MATH 142) Linear circuit analysis and design.
  • 222 -- Signals and Systems. (3) (Prereq: Grade of C or better in ELCT 221, MATH 242) Introduction to signal processing and linear systems.
  • 301 -- Electronics Laboratory. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 201, 371) Design and implementation of analog and digital electronic circuits.
  • 321 -- Digital Signal Processing. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 222) Signal processing of discrete-time systems.
  • 331 -- Control Systems. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 321) Analysis and design of control systems.
  • 332 -- Fundamentals of Communication Systems. (3) (Prereq or coreq: ELCT 321, 371) Introduction to communication systems, sampling theorem, modulation theory, multiplexing, phase-lock loops, and related topics.
  • 350 -- Computer Modeling of Electrical Systems. (3) (Prereq: CSCE 146, CSCE 212, ELCT 222) Use of appropriate computer and applications software and languages for modeling electrical and electronic systems.
  • 353 -- Modeling of Electrical Systems. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 350, 371) Development of computer models for electrical systems with use of visualization tools and graphical environments.
  • 361 -- Electromagnetics I. (3) (Prereq: PHYS 212, MATH 241, ELCT 222) Basic concepts of electric and magnetic fields, including electrostatics, magnetostatics, and quasi-statics with computer applications.
  • 362 -- Electromagnetics II. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 361) Plane and guided electromagnetic waves with computer illustrations from microwaves and optics.
  • 363 -- Introduction to Microelectronics. (3) (Prereq: PHYS 212, MATH 241) Basic semiconductor material and device principles. Principles and applications of microelectronics.
  • 371 -- Electronics. (3) (Prereq: CSCE 211, ELCT 222) Introduction to electronics design.
  • 401 -- Control Systems Laboratory. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 301, ELCT 331) Control systems design.
  • 402 -- Electrical Engineering Project Design. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 401) Capstone design project.
  • 499 -- Special Problems. (1-3) (Prereq: advanced approval of project proposal by instructor and department advisor) Individual investigation or studies of special topics. A maximum of 3 credits total may be applied toward a degree.
  • 521 -- Introduction to Microwaves. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 361 or PHYS 504) Introduction to plane electromagnetic wave propogation, transmission lines, transmission line equations, input impedance, waveguides and cavities, antennas and antenna arrays, microwave modeling. Restricted to graduate students and senior undergraduate students.
  • 530 -- Industrial Controls. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 331) The embedded electronics and software used in data acquisition, and process and instrument control in an industrial or manufacturing environment.
  • 531 -- Digital 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.
  • 540 -- Nanotechnology. (3) Focus on materials and systems whose structures and components exhibit novel and significantly improved physical, chemical, and biological properties, phenomena, and processes due to their nanoscale size.
  • 551 -- Power Systems Design and Analysis. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 331, ELCT 361) Transmission line design, load flow, and short circuit analysis of power systems.
  • 553 -- Electromechanical Energy Conversion. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 331, ELCT 301) Analysis and design of electromechanical energy conversion systems, including electrical machines and electronic drives.
  • 561 -- Advanced Electromagnetics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 362) Applications of electromagnetic concepts in high-frequency systems.
  • 562 -- Wireless Communications. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 332, 361) Second and third generation wireless networks, wireless local area networks (WLANs), Bluetooth, cellular concepts, mobile radio propogation, modulation techniques, multiple access techniques, wireless networking, wireless systems and standards. Restricted to graduate students and senior undergraduate students.
  • 564 -- RF Circuit Design for Wireless Communications. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 361) RF design fundamentals, lumped elements, transmission line theory, transmission lines and waveguides, S-parameters, impedance matching, microwave resonators.
  • 563 -- Semiconductor Electronic Devices. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363 or equivalent) Basic semiconductor material properties. Principles and characteristics of semiconductor p-n junction and Schottky diodes, field-effect transistors (JFETs, MESFETs, and MOSFETs), and bipolar junction transistors.
  • 566 -- Semiconductor Optoelectronics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363 or equivalent) Basic semiconductor material optical properties. Principles and structures of semiconductor lasers, Light Emitting Diodes, and photodetectors.
  • 572 -- Power Electronics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 371, ELCT 331) Basic analysis and design of solid-state power electronic devices and circuitry.
  • 573 -- High Speed Digital Systems. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 371, ELCT 361) Introduction to digital system analysis and design.
  • 574 -- Semiconductor Materials and Device Characterization. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363 or equivalent) Semiconductor material and device characterization; resistivity, carrier and doping density, contact resistance, Schottky barriers, series resistance, defects, trapped charges, and carrier lifetime.
  • 581 -- Physics of Semiconductor Devices. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363) Physics and characteristics of semiconductor junction and Schottkey diodes, field-effect transistors, including JFETs, MESFETs, and MOSFETs, bipolar junction transistors, light-emitting diodes, and photodetectors.
  • 575 -- Advanced Electronics. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 371) Application of electronic design automation tools to the design of electronic circuits.
  • 580 -- Audio 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.
  • 582 -- Semiconductor Laboratory. (3) (Prereq: ELCT 363)

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