Thank you for considering the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science (RSECS) at the University of Denver (DU) for your studies. As the Department Chair, I extend a very cordial welcome to all of you, and I encourage you to look at what ECE and DU offer in terms of undergraduate and graduate education, research, innovation, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, services, and career advancement. I am certain that after you look at the provided information and after surfing through the ECE and the DU websites, you will have the answer to why you should come to DU and enroll in ECE. It is not an exaggeration if I tell you that when you enroll at ECE, everybody will know your name!
It is my great pleasure to share with you that DU has launched initiatives that will bring our engineering curricula to the forefront of the 21st century education, graduating talented engineers who will be able to start working immediately in a demanding global market. A new building has been announced - the new home of the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science effective early 2016; a massive campaign is underway to create a support and resource infrastructure second to none that will complement our programs emphasizing 'hands on experience'; STEM related initiatives are launched, which aim at attracting the brightest students to DU's engineering, and, in the near future, Endowed Chair Professorships in strategic areas will be announced.
We offer both an exceptional quality of education and unique programs and degrees. The ECE Department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE), currently making the University of Denver the only university in the U.S. offering such degrees!
At the undergraduate level, in addition to the traditional degrees an ECE Department offers, we also offer dual degrees between all engineering disciplines and between engineering and business. In addition, students seeking a BS in Computer Engineering (BSCpE) may also minor in Computer Science. Students seeking a BS in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) also have the option to follow a program leading to a BS in Electrical Engineering with concentration in Mechatronic Systems Engineering (BSEE-MSE).
Our undergraduate programs and degrees center on the strong foundations of coupling theory, applications and experimentation. Small classes and small laboratory courses offer opportunities for active learning, better engagement and participation, as well as better instructor-student interactions. We focus on: continuous curriculum enhancements and revisions throughout all undergraduate programs; continuous improvement of our five quarter common curriculum for all engineering degrees covering foundations in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering, coupled with 'hands on experience' in most courses. This common curriculum exposes students to all aspects of engineering, providing them with the fundamental knowledge every engineer should have, and allowing them to make an informed decision about the discipline they want to follow. Further, we have incorporated ethics throughout our curricula and we have introduced new courses in engineering entrepreneurship, business law, patents and intellectual property rights, which lay the foundations for the successful businesswoman and businessman of the future. An additional advantage of our curricula is student involvement in research. As such, students have opportunities to be part of funded research projects in addition to and on top of their Senior Design project.
At the graduate level, ECE offers MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mechatronic Systems Engineering; and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechatronic Systems Engineering. At the Master's level, students have the option of following a one calendar year (four quarters) course only option program. This program has been designed to accommodate the professional engineer who wants a graduate degree in a limited time-frame. Our graduate programs follow thematic concentrations focusing on basic, applied research and development, coupled with continuous collaboration with our industrial partners.
Our research laboratories are continuously enhanced as they are essential to our educational and teaching philosophy, but also help us in solidifying research and development producing prototypes and introducing cutting-edge technologies leading to industrial innovation. I encourage you to look at the web for more details related to our research activities.
The ECE Vision is to be a leader in educating, creating and graduating today's and tomorrow's engineers! This includes investing in the intellectual and human capital of each individual student, focusing on both breadth and depth of knowledge, multidisciplinary and integrated education, and meeting and exceeding current and future challenges in electrical and computer engineering. We envision providing the unique environment that fosters educational, research, technological, economic, cultural, and social enrichment worldwide. We also envision being the pioneers who understand educational challenges and market demands, and create top quality successful and sustainable programs and curricula for our students.
The ECE Mission stems from the realization and fact that we recognize the demands of the global economy, the new dynamics of the world market, cultural differences and diversity. It is our mission to excel in:
• Embracing knowledge and education.
• Being recognized as a Department that offers the best and most unique programs in electrical and computer engineering, and preparing its graduates to assume leadership roles and social responsibility.
• Providing an environment in which students are given the essential resources to address research and solve real-world problems, participating in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research and its applications.
• Promoting active learning, critical thinking, and engineering judgment, coupled with business and entrepreneurial skills.
• Offering internship, co-op and continuing education programs that produce top-notch graduates for the highest paid jobs I encourage you to look at our undergraduate programs, navigate through the web site to find out about our faculty, staff, students, and educational and research programs - all of which label us as being at the forefront of many discoveries and farfetched implementations of technology in this rapidly moving and emerging information age we experience on a daily basis.
I welcome all of you to our Department. I am looking forward to your being active participants at DU, and I count on your feedback, suggestions, recommendations and interactions with our faculty and staff, and me personally.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you.
Kimon P. Valavanis
John Evans Professor and Chair
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science