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Why Study Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is a dynamic and growing field. Electrical engineering encompasses a large number of disciplines. Electrical engineers are specialists in areas such as microelectronics, communications, signal processing, control systems, computers, and robotics. This field also encompasses professional activities in design, manufacturing, technical sales, and research.

Electrical engineers work with people from all walks of life, including attorneys, physicists, physicians, and marketing professionals. Electrical engineers frequently travel to different parts of the country, and the world, to work on their systems as they are deployed in the field or participate in professional activities.

Why earn your Electrical Engineering degree at Penn State Behrend?

  • Small class sizes foster close student-professor relationships.
  • Faculty typically have doctorates or significant industrial experience. Lectures and labs are taught by professors, not graduate students.
  • The diverse and broad-based engineering education includes a strong design emphasis and practical laboratory experience.
  • Laboratory computers and equipment are constantly updated to keep pace with the latest technological developments. Many of the computer labs are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Cooperative education and internship opportunities are available for academic credit.
  • Every student works on a team to complete a two-semester capstone design project, many sponsored by industry.
  • Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on undergraduate research projects and participate in the Behrend Honors and Schreyer Honors programs.
  • Our alumni network keeps faculty informed of internship and job openings for students.
  • Student chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) allow students to develop academically and professionally by attending seminars and visiting technical sites.
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