Thank you for considering the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) in the School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS) at the University of Denver (DU) for your studies. As a faculty member of this department and the former Department of Engineering since 1986, I am proud of the graduate and undergraduate programs we have developed and offer at DU in general, and at RSECS in particular. In my experience in higher education, which also includes five years teaching at the United States Air Force Academy, I can honestly say that the engineering programs at DU are among the finest in the country. Being a faculty member here at DU has afforded me opportunities to expand my view of engineering practice, engineering education, and higher education in general. I have taught courses in my discipline, as well as interdisciplinary courses, which include fundamentals from electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering; integrative courses with multidisciplinary teams working on multidisciplinary projects; a course on economics and ethics for engineers; and a general education course open to all DU students addressing electronic music, technology, and culture.
Since coming to DU after a 21-year career in the Air Force as a development engineer, we have made several exciting program changes to our curricula, all driven by the need to stay current with the latest technological advances, as well as the changing methods and practices in engineering education. It is my responsibility as ECE Associate Chair to ensure that our programs continue to be at the leading edge of engineering practice.
The ECE Department has entered a new era of dynamic expansion and growth on all fronts, and this includes curriculum enhancements and revisions and new program development. By incorporating stronger ethics and entrepreneurship components, our undergraduate curricula in Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CpE) will better prepare you for a quality position of employment or graduate study. The EE curriculum is strengthened in the areas of sustainable energy and control systems; whereas the CpE curriculum includes networking, VLSI, fault tolerant computing and multimedia technologies for all CpE students. We have also developed a special degree in the area of mechatronic systems - the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Mechatronic Systems Engineering (EE-MSE).
Two distinct features of our programs, which make them unique compared to what other Universities offer are: common curriculum at the first and second year levels, and integrated engineering design curriculum encompassing all four year levels. The common curriculum and the integrated design curriculum are shared by the ECE Department and Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) Department. The common curriculum ensures a common foundation for all EE, CpE and Mechanical Engineering (ME) students; whereas the integrated design curriculum promotes integrative multidisciplinary thinking and engineering practice. To build on these elements of the EE, CpE and ME curricula, we now have the Electrical Engineering with concentration in Mechatronics Systems Engineering.
This is indeed an exciting time for our department. We hope that you will soon become a part of the experience.
Robert Whitman, Senior Lecturer and Director of Academic Programs