Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and computer engineers combine their knowledge of science, mathematics, and engineering with problem-solving skills to design, construct, and maintain the vital products, services, and information systems that fuel our technology-driven world.

Many employers today believe a graduate degree is essential in order to succeed in this competitive and rapidly changing marketplace. Furthering your education can help you gain an expert level of technical proficiency, improve your marketability, and advance your career.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate students Afzal Biyabani Mohammed, Daniel Gilbert, John Sember, and Sumaiyya Rahman worked under Dr. Nabih Jaber’s supervision on a project entitled “Simulation Efficiency for Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) System Simulator”

A robust OFDM System Simulator was previously designed by Dr. Jaber for a “rapid investigation into relative performance analysis” for Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) Systems; however, for large number of message packets sent, the simulation time would slow down as the simulator continued to run, consistent with a third-order polynomial function. Modified code was then designed by the students to parse (“start-stop-start…”) the simulator into iteration segments allowing the overall time for completion to be linearized. This improvement to the simulator creates the opportunity for a faster simulation testing experience.

Graduate StudentsGraduate student Robert Reichel has worked with Dr. Kun Hua to develop an adaptive and robust software radio communication system in the lab of wireless communications.

The aim is to generate an automotive embedded system to scan commercial radio signals and automatically select a station that is currently playing music, sports, a talk show, weather information, etc. This would allow users to skip commercials and listen to preferred content continuously without having to manually scan for stations. The system is designed to perform real time analysis of an audio stream through pattern recognition, data mining, nonlinear optimization, signal processing, and embedded techniques.

“The emphasis on actually applying concepts is what makes Lawrence Tech’s engineering programs different from most – that and the professors. My professors all exude a certain vigor, as if my success is their number one priority – not only in the classroom, but also in my career”.
 Christopher Orr, electrical and computer engineering student

Students experience real world application of Computer Network Security at General Motor’s Research Center. During the tour, students were exposed to GM's High Voltage Battery Testing Lab Facility where they learned about lab integration of electrified vehicle propulsion systems. There are a lot of aspects that go into making the lab a safe and functional lab work environment. In the lab, they experienced integration of networking and network security, electrical and computer engineering design, environment control systems and test automation, data acquisition and data analysis, and hardware/software communications. One of the students commented: “I want to personally thank you Dr. George Pappas and our class group for the respect and behavior that you have shown during the tour. You guys were very professional and polite compared to the other group(s) that were attending.”
Michael Holland, ECE Graduate Student

Graduate students Edgar Cuningham, Prajwal Venkatesh, and Baquir Hasan Syed worked under Dr. Nabih Jaber’s supervision on a project entitled “A Smart Meter Design and Implementation Using Particle Photon Wi-Fi Based Wireless Sensor Networks”

"In the residential sector, there has been an increase of energy demand from a growing population, and the adoption of a higher number of energy consuming devices. Technology is quickly reacting to the need for more energy in the consumer sector by developing smart devices that are more energy efficient; however, in order to improve overall efficiency and reduce energy charges from the utility company, the consumer needs to be aware of their energy consumption per device being used intentionally or unintentionally. A smart meter is a device that can measure the consumption of energy and provides this information to the consumer and the utility company. The students developed a communication system device using a Particle Photon microcontroller that alerts the consumer of opportunities to become more efficient with their energy usage by tracking the energy consumption from devices whether being used or not. The system developed is wireless, expandable to be able to track energy use from any device, and will have a user friendly web interface where the consumer can make decisions based on their real time energy consumption.”

Curriculum Flowchart [PDF]

MSECE Student Handbook [PDF]

The MSECE program offers students two degree options:

Option I: Coursework Only
This option requires 16 credit hours of core courses plus 16 credit hours of technical electives for a total of 32 credit hours. The core courses must be taken prior to the elective courses. At least one of the technical electives must be at the 6000 level. Advanced-level electives (6XX4) require completion of core courses or specific approval by both the instructor and the chair.

Option II: Coursework and Thesis
If a student elects to write a thesis, the core courses requirement may be waived at the thesis advisor’s discretion. This option requires 20 credit hours of a combination of any of the core and technical electives courses plus a ten-credit-hour thesis for a total of 30 credit hours. The student, in consultation with his or her thesis advisor, proposes a thesis topic by submitting the “Petition for a Master’s Thesis” form that describes the research topic in detail and presents the research plan. The thesis proposal must be successfully presented to the student’s thesis committee before the master’s thesis credits are elected. Once the thesis is accepted, the student can take any combination of EEE 6911, EEE 6912, and EEE 6913, to add up to the ten thesis credits. Once the thesis is completed, the student must successfully defend it before his or her thesis committee.

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS: 32 (option I) or 30 (option II)

Core Courses

EEE 5114 Engineering Analysis
EEE 5654 Digital Signal Processing
EEE 5444 Digital Communications
EEE 5534 Digital Control Systems

Technical Electives

EME 6913 Power Distribution Systems
MRE 5143 Electrical Machines and Transformers
MRE 5813 Advanced Computer Architecture
MRE 6123 Advanced Microprocessors
MRE 6153 Digital Image Processing
MRE 6283 Parallel Architectures
MRE 6293 Power Electronics 
EME 6623 Network Synthesis
EEE 5274 Computer Networking
EEE 5654 Modern Control Systems
EEE 5554 Applications of Artificial Intelligence
EEE 5564 Interfacing and Control of Robots
EEE 5624 VLSI Systems Design
EEE 5634 Optical Systems Engineering
EEE 5784 Communication Circuits
EEE 5911-4 Directed Study
EEE 5993-4 Special Topics/Elect. & Comp. Eng
EEE 6144 Smart Grid Communications
EEE 6444 Software Defined Radio
EEE 6524 Nonlinear and Optimal Control
EEE 6534 Adaptive Control
EEE 6704 Engineering Optimization
EEE 6784 Advanced Communication Theory
EEE 6901-4 Master's Project
EEE 6911-3 Master's Thesis Research
EEE 6993-4 Adv. Spec. Topics/Elect. & Comp. Eng. 

The following Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degree electives may be used as technical electives with the advisor’s approval. (The prerequisites for these courses are listed in their course descriptions.)

MCS 5023 Java Programming
MCS 5103 Software Engineering
MCS 5303 Database Systems
MCS 5503 Intelligent Systems
MCS 5703 Intro. to Distributed Computing
MCS 6123 Adv. Topics Software Eng. Techniques
MCS 6323 Distributive Database Systems
MCS 6513 Adv. Topics in Intelligent Systems
MCS 6723 Adv. Topics in Distributed Computing

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Educational Objectives

During the course of study, students are expected to:

  1. Apply and develop knowledge of advanced topics in electrical and computer engineering;
  2. Analyze and interpret state-of-the-art engineering information via the latest techniques and technologies;
  3. Implement modern techniques as an electrical and computer engineering project;
  4. Read and review relevant technical and scientific literature;
  5. Communicate effectively in written, oral, graphical, and digital forms;
  6. Develop an awareness of professional issues, such as ethics and lifelong learning, through participation in local and national chapters of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Wireless Mobile Network Research Funded by Graduate Students
, with funding from DENSO North America Foundation, is performing research in an interdisciplinary opportunity to develop mobile, wireless sensor networks (MWSN) to help keep drivers safer.

“An MWSN combines vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure connectivity to give drivers 360-awareness of their surroundings,” said Kun Hua, professor of electrical/computer engineering. A number of courses and labs in all three departments will provide students with the knowledge needed to conduct the research.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5.7 million traffic accidents occurred in 2013 resulting in more than 32,700 fatalities. Intelligent traffic systems, like the ones the students are developing, will improve safety. In addition, information about road conditions and traffic congestion that will be transmitted to drivers also could improve traffic flow and reduce fuel waste.

Graduate students and faculty

In the lab: (L-R) Alula Kassa (undergraduate student), Alekhya Athmakuru (graduate student), Thaimur Abbas Mohammed (graduate student), and Dr. Kun Hua (ECE faculty).

Graduate students Tahmina Gouhar, and Pallavi Kuntumalla have published a paper with Professor Nabih Jaber, entitled “Speech enhancement using new iterative minimum statistics approach” in the 2017 IEEE 30th CCECE conference.

Abstract: In hands-free mobile communication, speech quality is often degraded due to presence of surrounding noise. This paper introduces an improved version of Minimum Mean Square Error (MMSE) noise estimator. Noise spectrum estimation is a crucial element used in speech recognition systems. Our proposed noise estimation method is based on a popular searching algorithm used in software engineering called Binary Search (BS), which we integrate with First-In First-Out (FIFO) MMSE noise reduction algorithm. In the literature, there is no research addressing the integration of BS algorithm with an active noise cancellation system. The noise spectral minima are computed using BS algorithm which makes it fast and efficient. The proposed algorithm is tested using real time data collected from vehicles running at different speeds. Simulation results are provided, and it is shown that the proposed algorithm outperforms other MMSE algorithms. Link here.

Graduate Students
(L-R): Dr. Kun Hua (ECE faculty), Deyuan Qu (graduate student), Yang Wu (graduate student), and Yuchen Lin (graduate student).

Admission to the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program requires:

  1. Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;
  2. A Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, or equivalent degree from an accredited (or equivalent) university (minimum GPA of 3.0);
  3. Official transcripts of all completed college work;
  4. One letter of recommendation;
  5. A resume, including professional experiences and extracurricular activities.
  6. A statement of purpose that includes personal and professional achievements or goals.

Applicants who do not meet all of the conditions for regular graduate admission may be considered for provisional admission by the Graduate Admissions Committee, provided they demonstrate an exceptionally high aptitude and promise for doing graduate work in this area and hold a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering.

Additionally, the academic background of candidates will be evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee as part of the admissions process. Students found deficient in a particular subject area are required to enroll in pre-core crossover courses before being allowed to enroll in some of the core program courses. No graduate credit will be granted for these courses.