Electrical Engineering

    • The ECE department is the home of Gannon's Solar Eclipse Ballooning team. The team participates in NASA's solar eclipse 2017 project, with a complete ballooning system for launch, collecting live video and still images from near space, and tracking and recovery of the balloon system.
    • Senior ECE students actively participate in undergraduate research projects that are either student-formulated or faculty-led, all of which are sponsored by the electrical and computer engineering faculty, the department, or federal and state agencies.
    • A group of ECE students participated in NASA's Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP), building an experimental payload of complex electronic systems for integration into one of NASA's suborbital research platforms.
    • ECE students participate in Gannon's NSF-sponsored Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) scholarship program.
    • Students from under-represented groups can easily find hands-on faculty-led undergraduate research opportunities within the department.

    You Will Learn

    The electrical and computer engineering (ECE) department offers a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree program with three technical options: electrical and electronic engineering, bioelectrical engineering and computer engineering. All three options are designed to guide students to build technical competency, effective communication and leadership skills, and entrepreneurial spirit. The program integrates the liberal studies core and emphasizes holistic student development.

    The educational objectives of the program are to produce graduates who demonstrate professional ethics and personal values in daily and professional life; gain teamwork and leadership qualities and attainment of leadership roles in a global work environment; demonstrate technical competency in applying comprehensive engineering knowledge throughout their chosen profession and show passion for lifelong learning by engaging in the rapidly changing and emerging areas of technology, and continued professional development.

    To achieve these objectives, our program adopts project-based learning and maintains a modern curriculum and state-of-the-art laboratories. Our well-qualified faculty experts work closely with students in and outside the classroom, apply effective pedagogy and provide student-friendly advising.

    You Will Experience

    Our close partnership with Erie’s GE Transportation provides students with opportunities for internships, co-ops and full-time jobs upon graduation, and allows for input from industry experts into existing and new course offerings. Our students enjoy extracurricular research experience through various faculty-led undergraduate research projects, as well as internship opportunities from broader regional industries.

    You Will Achieve

    Students have many choices of career paths. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • companies such as GE Transportation, Motorola, LORD Corp., Bechtel, Ahlmond Steel, Northrop Grumman, Allegheny Power, Eaton Corp., U.S. Steel and ATI Allegheny Ludlum
    • high-tech, private sector industries such as automotive, transportation, communication technologies, energy, electric utilities, computer or software industries
    • highly competitive graduate schools such as the University of Illinois and Purdue University
    • military defense industries

    You will Study

    The electrical engineering curriculum is designed to foster students' system integration, project management and entrepreneurial skills. Electrical engineering majors take various core and elective courses including:

    ECE 327 and ECE 328 Electric Drives and Laboratory

    These courses are taken concurrently. The lecture course allows examination of all subsystems of an electric drive system. Its topics include electric machines, power-electronics-based converters, understanding mechanical system requirements, feedback controller design and interaction of drives with the utility grid. Students spend three hours per week in the lab for hands-on application of classroom theory.

    ECE 348 Digital Design with HDL & Lab

    This is a hands-on course for virtual prototyping of digital system design and verification with hardware description language (HDL). Topics include various types of digital systems including combinatorial and sequential logic circuits, finite-state machine (FSM) designs, and memory and bus systems as well as hands-on, advanced-level HDL programming for simulation, verification and synthesis of the digital systems with extensive lab practices and assignments.

    ECE 357 Senior Design

    This senior-level course includes discussion of design fundamentals, application of design principles to a design problem, determination of a complete problem definition or specification and development of a conceptual design and a preliminary design with alternatives. Students establish a schedule and tentative test plan, discuss ethics and consider the impact on engineering decisions. 

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $68,100
    • Mid-career salary: $114,000

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).