Our department’s vision is to be nationally recognized for high-quality educational programs and research.


Message from the Department Head

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Welcome to UA’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Our department’s goal is to be nationally recognized for high-quality educational programs and research. To achieve this goal, we have assembled an outstanding faculty and staff that are focused on instruction and research with both undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world. Our BS programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering have been continuously accredited by ABET for many years. To keep pace with changing industry demands, new educational programs are introduced such as our new BS in Musical Audio Engineering. We take pride in experiential learning opportunities that we provide to our students, including multiple student competition teams, formalized undergraduate research programs, and an extensive Cooperative Education program.

For graduate students, we offer opportunities to engage in state-of-the-art research and instruction with our award winning faculty in core areas including embedded systems, electromechanical and energy systems, devices and materials, and electromagnetics. Our students have access to outstanding facilities and benefit from low student-to-faculty ratios while they pursue research-based MS or PhD degrees.

I hope you will browse through our website and contact me if you have any questions.

Kenneth Ricks, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Department Head

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The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is to serve the state, nation, and global community by empowering the next generation of leaders through outstanding education and mentorship, while pushing the boundaries of knowledge through groundbreaking research and innovation.


The Department will:


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be a nationally recognized leader in student centered education, research, and innovation.

Program Objectives, Student Outcomes and Statistics

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the undergraduate electrical engineering and computer engineering programs is to provide high-quality and broad-based education in electrical, computer, or musical audio engineering that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills while preparing graduates for professional careers and lifelong learning. The faculty has adopted the educational objectives listed below for the electrical and computer engineering undergraduate programs. The department has included a process to provide continual improvement of the curricula. Graduates will:

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the EE, Computer Engineering, or Musical Audio Engineering programs, students will have developed and displayed:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specific needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An Ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgements, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
  8. An ability to solve mathematics problems in probability, statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, and discrete mathematics as they relate to problems in electrical engineering.

Enrollment and Graduation Statistics

The University of Alabama Office of Institutional Research and Assessment maintains annual enrollment and graduate data for the programs in the College of Engineering. Please visit the OIRA Statistical Profiles website to find statistics for student enrollment, degrees awarded and faculty data.

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