Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
John Pettit, Associate Professor and Chair
Dr. Greg Nordstrom, Professor
Dr. John Hutson, Assistant Professor
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is responsible for the curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in electrical and computer engineering.
The ECE major offers two tracks, or areas of concentration, specifically 1) computer engineering and 2) electrical engineering. Both are built upon a common set of core courses. Beyond this common core, each has its own concentration courses and technical electives, as detailed in the major requirements.
The electrical and computer engineering curriculum is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level engineering jobs in industry or for the pursuit of a graduate degree in electrical or computer engineering. Specifically, it provides knowledge of current electrical and computer technology, the design techniques and tools pertinent to it, and a solid grounding in the mathematics and science that underlie both current and future technology in this field. Knowledge of current technology is required to make our graduates valuable from their first day of employment. Knowledge of the basics is required for lifelong learning, which is necessary for career-long professional growth in a world of rapidly advancing technological complexity. We continually strive to integrate and balance these two areas.
Distinctives of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Lipscomb’s electrical and computer engineering graduates have received numerous research and teaching assistantships at such prestigious schools as Harvard, Columbia and Vanderbilt. Likewise, graduates have taken positions in local companies, such as Bonitron; regional companies, such as Torch Technologies; and national companies, including Intel and Lexmark. Our students consistently score well above the national average on the professional engineering exam and have achieved a high placement rate upon graduation. The ECE faculty has both the academic and industrial experience to give our students the necessary preparation to be successful. On the basis of this record and the rapid growth of the electrical and computer industries, graduates have every reason for optimism regarding their professional prospects.
Electrical engineers design and build a wide range of electrical and electronic systems including hybrid automobile motors and batteries, communication systems (including the new 4G cellular phone networks), electrical power transmissions systems (such as the emerging “smart grid”) and even alternative energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.
Computer engineers create next-generation computer systems by developing new computer architectures, high-speed processor chips and memory systems, digital displays and digital networks. They design both large and small systems, from the super computers used in space and high-energy physics research to the tiny embedded microprocessors used in a wide variety of applications such as automobiles, airplanes, appliances, traffic control systems, heating and cooling systems, and many other modern products.
Both electrical engineers and computer engineers are involved in the autonomous control of mechanical systems, commonly called robotics. In the commercial world they develop consumer electronics such as MP3 players, Wii consoles, printers and similar products. In our nation’s defense industry, electrical and computer engineers develop new systems to protect our freedom, while in the academic world they do research in new and innovative ways to apply technology. Also, electrical and computer engineers work to develop and deliver future green technologies to satisfy the world’s increasing demand for energy while protecting and sustaining our planet’s finite resources.