Master's in Electrical Engineering

8042
Master of Science
Classroom
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Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne, Orlando, Patuxent
Major Code: 8042 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate, main campus, Extended Studies
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus, Orlando, Patuxent
Admission Materials: GRE

The master of science program can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. A two-year projection of course offerings is available on request. Course offerings are arranged to permit the master's program to be completed in three semesters for full-time students and in two calendar years for part-time students.

Admission Requirements

The undergraduate backgrounds of applicants for admission to the master's degree programs vary considerably. An applicant from a U.S. school should have a bachelor of science or equivalent degree from an electrical engineering program accredited by ABET. In evaluating an international application, consideration is given to academic standards of the school attended and the content of the courses leading to the degree obtained.

Applicants whose bachelor's degrees are in other engineering fields, mathematics or the physical sciences may be accepted, but will be required to remedy any deficiencies by satisfactorily completing a number of undergraduate courses in preparation for graduate study in electrical engineering.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is offered with both thesis and nonthesis degree paths. Each requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate study; however, course choices vary considerably depending on the student's area of interest. Prior to the completion of nine credit hours, a student must submit for approval a master's degree program plan to indicate the path chosen and the specific courses to be taken. Up to six credit hours of thesis may be included in the 30-credit-hour requirement. A nonthesis candidate must pass the master's final program examination. The master's final program exam measures the student's understanding of the technical concentration area they have chosen and corresponds to the department research areas.

Curriculum

To earn the master of science degree, the student must complete an approved program plan for a total of 30 credit hours. The program may be tailored to a specific area of study or it may follow the requirements for one of the available specialization areas.

Electromagnetics

This area of specialization provides a background in applied and computational electromagnetics. Students develop analytical and computational tools needed to understand and solve complex field interactions including antennas and radiating structures, radar, field and wave propagation, scattering and interaction with materials. The curriculum requirements are provided as follows:

Complete:
  • ECE 5410 Electrodynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Electrostatics and boundary value problems; solutions of Laplace's and Poisson's equations in Cartesian, spherical and cylindrical coordinates; electrostatic multipole fields; fields in dielectrics; magnetostatics; Maxwell's equations; plane electromagnetic waves; guided waves and resonant cavities; antennas and vector diffraction.
  • ECE 5425 Antennas 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews basic electromagnetic principles; radiation from infinitesimal electric and magnetic dipoles; antenna directivity and gain; the one-way and radar range equations; array theory and phased arrays; and wire antennas and broadband antennas.
  • ECE 5431 Computational Electromagnetics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Finite difference solutions of differential equations; moment method solutions of integral equations; FDTD, FEM and GTD in electrodynamics.
  • Approved electives (may include 6 credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 21
Total Credits Required: 30
Photonics

Recent advances in optical communications and sensing have been largely due to the development of photonic devices and systems. This specialization is oriented to both devices and systems encompassing a wide range of areas including fiber-optic communication and sensing, lasers and laser system applications, and optical computing and signal processing. The study and research of these advanced devices and systems comprise the direction of this program.

Students are highly recommended to take the following three introductory courses:

Complete:
  • ECE 5301 Semiconductor Device Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews basic semiconductor physics and band theory; development of detailed theory of p-n junctions; Schottky barrier diodes, bipolar transistors and heterojunctions. Introduction of field effect transistor theory include JFETs, MOSFETs and VLSI technologies.
  • ECE 5350 Optical Electronics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Principles of stimulated emission; electromagnetic field modes in optical resonators; ray tracing techniques in laser resonators and beam delivery systems; Gaussian beam profiles and laser linewidths; noise in lasers and optical amplifiers; excitation methods; mode locking and Q-switching techniques; picosecond and femtosecond laser pulse generation; optical bistable devices.
  • ECE 5351 Fiber-Optic Communication Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes optical fiber links, comparison between optical and electronic communication links; data encoding and bit error rates; properties of single, multimode and polarization preserving optical fibers, including attenuation, pulse spreading, bandwidth and maximum bit rate; transmitter and receiver design considerations, link design.
  • Approved electives (may include 6 credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 21
Total Credits Required: 30
Recommended Electives
  • ECE 5259 Medical Imaging
    Credit Hours: 3
    Presents the interdisciplinary principles of medical imaging techniques such as diagnostic ultrasound, radiography, x-ray computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Includes the physical principles, noise modeling and signal processing for each imaging modality.
  • ECE 5311 Microelectronics Fabrication Lab
    Credit Hours: 3
    Hands-on fabrication and testing of integrated circuits including oxidation, diffusion, photolithography, metallization and etching. Students perform all process steps required, beginning with polished silicon wafers and ending with completed integrated circuits that are tested and characterized.
  • ECE 5333 Analog IC Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Design of analog integrated circuits using bipolar, CMOS and related technologies. Includes bipolar and MOS DC/AC models, fundamental single-stage amplifier topologies, current sources and bias networks, power amplifier topologies and opamp circuit design.
  • ECE 5352 Fiber-Optic Sensor Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies fundamental theory and state-of-the-art fiber-optic sensor systems; comparison with conventional sensors for strain, temperature, electric and magnetic fields; specialized fiber-optic components; use of multimode, singlemode, polarization preserving and high birefringence optical fibers, interferometric- and intensity-based sensor architectures.
  • ECE 5355 Electrooptics Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Lectures and experiments in photonics with emphasis on fiber optics, and design, fabrication and testing of communications sensor systems.
  • ECE 5410 Electrodynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Electrostatics and boundary value problems; solutions of Laplace's and Poisson's equations in Cartesian, spherical and cylindrical coordinates; electrostatic multipole fields; fields in dielectrics; magnetostatics; Maxwell's equations; plane electromagnetic waves; guided waves and resonant cavities; antennas and vector diffraction.
  • ECE 5418 Field Theory of Guided Waves 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Maxwell's equations; time-harmonic electromagnetic waves; vector and scalar wave equations, analysis of electromagnetic field modes in rectangular and circular cylindrical waveguides using vector potential methods; phase and group velocity; transverse wave impedance; propagating waves and evanescent fields; resonant cavities.
  • MTH 5201 Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Fourier series and their convergence properties; Sturm-Liouville eigenfunction expansion theory; Bessel and Legendre functions; solution of heat, wave and Laplace equations by separation of variables in Cartesian coordinates.
  • MTH 5202 Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Solution of heat, wave and Laplace equations by separation of variables in cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Associated Legendre functions, hypergeometric functions and spherical harmonics. Fourier transforms and separation of variables for heat and wave equations on infinite intervals. Vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 5020 Optics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applications to physics, space sciences and engineering. Includes geometrical optics (briefly), physical optics, including Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction; interactions with dielectric materials; Fresnel equations; and applications including lasers, holography, polarization and nonlinear optics materials. Additional graduate-level projects will be assigned including computer ray tracing and computer lens design.
Spacecraft Systems

This interdisciplinary specialization includes electrical and systems engineering, offering a unique opportunity to learn advanced collaborative system design to meet most aerospace industry needs. The curriculum requirements are separated into two parts as follows:

Complete:
  • All courses from the core curriculum list Credit Hours: 18
  • Approved electives (may include six credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 12
Total Credits Required: 30
Core Curriculum
  • ECE 5233 Satellite Communications
    Credit Hours: 3
    A comprehensive study of the systems aspects of satellite communications, with emphasis on digital communications. Includes an analysis of AWGN channels, performance degradation caused by band limiting, nonlinearities, phase noise, etc. Presents a survey of existing operational satellite systems.
  • ECE 5245 Digital Signal Processing 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes discrete-time signals in the time and frequency domains; z-transform, discrete Fourier transform, FFT algorithms; introduction to classical digital filter design techniques; and filter banks.
  • ECE 5290 Model-Based Systems Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the principles, methodologies and processes of the model-based systems engineering methodology. Covers the design, development and validation of complex systems for engineers and professionals. Focuses on system modeling language (SysML), incorporating flexibility, refinement and collaboration.
  • ECE 5291 CubeSat Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the principles of CubeSat architecture. Includes typical subsystems (payload, command and data handling, communications, power and navigation), electrical interfaces and communications protocols. Focuses on the electrical systems needed to design a full CubeSat or spacecraft.
  • SYS 5365 Decisions and Risk Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analytical methods to solve decision problems that involve uncertainties, opposing objectives and limited or excessive information. Key topics include structuring decision, expected opportunity loss, expected value of imperfect information, Bayesian Analysis, utility curves, decision trees, risk analysis/mitigation tools and techniques, and risk profiles.
  • SYS 5370 Research Methods in Systems Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Systematic measurement and analysis of data to improve decision accuracy. Key topics include scientific approach as in solving SE problems, hypothesis testing, data collection issues such as survey data, reliability, accuracy of measured data, data measurement tools and techniques, statistical process control, design of experiment methods, full and fractional designs, multiple regression analysis.
Electives
  • ECE 5999 Thesis in Electrical or Computer Engineering
    (may be repeated for six credits)
    Credit Hours: 3
    Individual work under the direction of a member or members of the graduate faculty on a selected topic.
  • SYS 5310 Systems Engineering Principles
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the fundamental principles in systems engineering (SE) that deal with system life cycle phases with emphasis on requirement and design methodologies. Key topics include SE definition; life cycle methodologies, tools and techniques; evaluation of system and technology alternatives; reliability and maintainability; trade-off models; and SE management tools and techniques.
  • SYS 5350 Systems Modeling and Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    System simulation modeling and analysis tools and techniques, covering issues such as variability, covariance and correlation. Includes management of simulation and modeling projects, verification and validation techniques, variance reduction techniques, animation, continuous system simulation, and creativity and innovation through modeling.
  • SYS 5360 Electrooptics/Infrared Systems Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces optical systems engineering and associated principles, methods and techniques. Provides a systems engineering view of the optical system including source characterization, optical propagation, the effects of the atmosphere, optics and imaging, detectors, image and signal processing and displaying the resulting information.
  • SYS 5385 System Life Cycle Cost Estimation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes tools and techniques used in estimating cost of all phases of a system. Covers total system cost including research and development, investment and operation. Also includes the system life cycle (SLC) cost estimation process, SLC cost estimation models including discounted cash-flow analysis, activity-based costing, and cost-benefit calculations. Teaches cost scenario sensitivity analysis and design-to-cost concepts.
Systems and Information Processing

Within this area of specialization, courses are selected to allow concentrations in areas that include systems, digital signal and image processing, neural networks and controls. Each student plans a program of study with a member of faculty whose professional field is related to student's interest.

The curriculum requirements for this area are provided as follows:

Complete:
  • ECE 5201 Linear Systems 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies linear spaces, linear operators and matrix calculus; mathematical description of linear dynamic systems, the relation between state variable descriptions and system transfer functions; controllability and observability of systems, realization of rational transfer function matrices and introduces nonlinear analysis.
  • ECE 5245 Digital Signal Processing 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes discrete-time signals in the time and frequency domains; z-transform, discrete Fourier transform, FFT algorithms; introduction to classical digital filter design techniques; and filter banks.
  • MTH 5425 Theory of Stochastic Signals
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers univariate and multivariate distributions, generating and moment generating functions; autocorrelation, wide-sense, strict-sense stationary, voltage, Poisson, Wiener, random telegraph signal and white noise processes; Direc delta function, Fourier transform, system response, transfer function and spectral analysis.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • Mathematics Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved electives (may include 6 credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 15
Select one course:
  • ECE 5234 Communications Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers theory of signal spaces; dimensionality and distance; optimum methods of statistical detection and estimation; characteristics of noise; introduction to information theory, including channel capacity, source coding and channel coding; and time-bandwidth limitations and rate-distortion theory.
  • ECE 5223 Digital Communications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers physical media, digital modulation, detection, intersymbol interference, adaptive equalization, spectrum control, error control and synchronization.
Total Credits Required: 30
Wireless Systems and Technology

This area is focused on technologies surrounding wireless communication. It covers a wide range of topics both on the system level and the component level. On the system level, some of the studied areas include 2G and 3G cellular communication systems, wireless sensor networks, radars systems, smart antenna and MIMO communication systems, multimedia communication, radars, WLAN and WiMAX. On the component level, this specialization covers topics in electronics, electromagnetics and antenna design. Additionally, enabling signal processing, linear system theory and radio propagation topics are covered.

The curriculum requirements are separated into two parts as follows:

Complete:
  • All courses from the core curriculum list Credit Hours: 15
  • Approved electives (may include 6 credit hours of thesis) Credit Hours: 15
Total Credits Required: 30
Core Curriculum
  • ECE 5111 Radio Frequency Propagation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Link budgets, free space antenna radiation patterns, multipath, fading, interference, propagation, antenna radiation patterns, multipath, fading, interference, reflection, refraction, rain attenuation, indoor propagation and RF safety. Considers applications to radar and terrestrial as well as satellite communication systems. Real world affects and impairment reduction methods.
  • ECE 5201 Linear Systems 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies linear spaces, linear operators and matrix calculus; mathematical description of linear dynamic systems, the relation between state variable descriptions and system transfer functions; controllability and observability of systems, realization of rational transfer function matrices and introduces nonlinear analysis.
  • ECE 5234 Communications Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers theory of signal spaces; dimensionality and distance; optimum methods of statistical detection and estimation; characteristics of noise; introduction to information theory, including channel capacity, source coding and channel coding; and time-bandwidth limitations and rate-distortion theory.
  • ECE 5245 Digital Signal Processing 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Describes discrete-time signals in the time and frequency domains; z-transform, discrete Fourier transform, FFT algorithms; introduction to classical digital filter design techniques; and filter banks.
  • MTH 5425 Theory of Stochastic Signals
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers univariate and multivariate distributions, generating and moment generating functions; autocorrelation, wide-sense, strict-sense stationary, voltage, Poisson, Wiener, random telegraph signal and white noise processes; Direc delta function, Fourier transform, system response, transfer function and spectral analysis.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
Recommended Electives
  • ECE 5113 Wireless Local Area Networks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides the basics of wireless networking and WLAN technologies, the leading WLAN standards, WLAN configurations, WLAN implementation considerations, the benefits and applications of WLANs, WLAN trends and case studies.
  • ECE 5115 Modern Wireless Design Concepts
    Credit Hours: 3
    Key design criteria, techniques and component technologies of major components or sub-systems for wireless applications are treated, including transmitters and power amplifiers, receivers, modems, synthesizers, mixers, and duplexers.
  • ECE 5118 Wireless Sensor Networks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Pervasive networks and network embedded systems, power-aware issues in wireless sensor networks, collaborative signal and information processing, routing and MAC protocols in sensor networks, clustering and coordination in sensor networks, sensor networks applications.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate standing
  • ECE 5221 Personal Communication Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews the principles of operation, general architectures, access methods, modulation schemes and performance of cellular and personal communications systems. Presents design criteria for modern systems and use of real world tools to demonstrate design concepts.
  • ECE 5223 Digital Communications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers physical media, digital modulation, detection, intersymbol interference, adaptive equalization, spectrum control, error control and synchronization.
  • ECE 5238 Error Control Coding
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces algebra, linear block codes, Galois fields, cyclic codes, circuits for cyclic codes, BCH codes, spectral techniques for encoding and decoding, and convolutional codes.
  • ECE 5248 Advanced Filtering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Bayesian estimation theory; filtering, smoothing and prediction for linear and nonlinear systems, Gaussian and non-Gaussian models, and for known or unknown models; fast algorithms for filter design and implementation; linear, nonlinear and adaptive filters; applications.
  • ECE 5251 Radar Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers characteristics of radar, prediction of range and performance, types of radar (pulse-Doppler, MTI, CW, etc.); modern radar technologies, phased-array systems, clutter, jamming; and introduces signal processing methods.
  • ECE 5333 Analog IC Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Design of analog integrated circuits using bipolar, CMOS and related technologies. Includes bipolar and MOS DC/AC models, fundamental single-stage amplifier topologies, current sources and bias networks, power amplifier topologies and opamp circuit design.
  • ECE 5418 Field Theory of Guided Waves 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Maxwell's equations; time-harmonic electromagnetic waves; vector and scalar wave equations, analysis of electromagnetic field modes in rectangular and circular cylindrical waveguides using vector potential methods; phase and group velocity; transverse wave impedance; propagating waves and evanescent fields; resonant cavities.
  • ECE 5425 Antennas 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews basic electromagnetic principles; radiation from infinitesimal electric and magnetic dipoles; antenna directivity and gain; the one-way and radar range equations; array theory and phased arrays; and wire antennas and broadband antennas.
  • ECE 5426 Antennas 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Equivalence principles; vector diffraction and its application to horn and reflector antennas; antenna pattern synthesis.

With the approval of the student's advisor, other 5000-level courses may be added to the list of the approved electives.

Program for Graduates from Other Fields

A student admitted to this program is expected to have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent, with an undergraduate major in an engineering discipline, mathematics or the physical sciences, and an academic and/or professional record indicating a high probability of success in graduate work. Preparatory courses may be required to provide a student with the background necessary for successful graduate study. Depending on the individual's background, other courses (e.g., differential equations and linear algebra) may also be required. Proficiency in these areas may be demonstrated by either successful course completion or by passing an equivalency examination. When possible, a student will be notified of deficiencies at the time of acceptance. In addition to the preparatory work described, all degree requirements listed above must be fulfilled.