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Electrical Engineering, M.S.

Electrical Engineering, M.S.

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Electrical Engineering MS

With over 50 years of engineering experience, Florida Tech is a leader in science and engineering education and research. The master’s in electrical engineering program prepares graduates to meet the technological challenges of the 21st century. Electrical and computer engineering graduates are sought by every major industry in the economy from aerospace, automotive, medical and nuclear companies to electronic, computer, power and communications organizations.

Employers need electrical engineers to design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems and power equipment. Graduates with a master’s in electrical engineering work primarily in research and development, engineering services, manufacturing and the federal government.

Collaborative Research Opportunities

As a leading research university, every student at Florida Tech participates in hands-on research in addition to coursework. Graduate students earning a master’s in electrical engineering pursue projects that align with their interests and career goals. Students’ benefit from small class sizes and collaboration with department professors on research topics including:

  • Speech processing
  • Machine learning
  • Image processing
  • Semiconductor modeling
  • Wireless communication
  • Fiber optics

Using the latest body of knowledge in the industry, Florida Tech professors cover all aspects of electrical and computer engineering including development, design, operation of electrical systems and software. Specialization in the master’s in electrical engineering degree is offered in wireless communication, photonics, spacecraft systems, systems and information processing, and wireless systems and technology.

Why pursue a master's in Electrical Engineering at Florida Tech?

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is Florida Tech’s second largest engineering program, with an exciting climate of technical innovation. The program allows students interested in an electrical engineering master’s degree to push the boundaries in unique research topics and advanced technological solutions.

Five unique areas of specialization are offered in the electrical engineering master’s program. Depending on their career goals, students can customize their curriculum to align with their interests in electromagnetics, photonics, spacecraft systems, systems and information processing, or wireless systems and technology.

Low Student-to-Faculty Ratio, with a Culture of Innovation

Florida Tech is a top choice for an electrical engineering master’s degree. Students experience an intimate, focused environment where professors mentor students, class sizes are small, and there is an opportunity for students to work with faculty on research topics such as speech processing, machine learning, wireless communication, and image processor and semiconductor modeling.

Florida Tech’s highly distinguished faculty is advancing the industry through cutting-edge research. Each faculty member is a professional engineer who has experience in real-world design and research. As one of the top electrical engineering schools in the country, Florida Tech’s culture of innovation and hands-on learning prepares graduates to enter a variety of competitive fields in electrical engineering.

High Tech Laboratories and Facilities

Excellent facilities are vital to all top electrical engineering schools and Florida Tech does not disappoint: the university is home to a number of centers and institutes where faculty members and students conduct research. Students earning an electrical engineering master’s degree have access to the F. W. Olin Engineering Complex, a state-of-the-art multimillion-dollar facility providing an outstanding learning environment that is outfitted with the instruments and equipment students will encounter in the workplace. In addition, the Harris Center for Science and Engineering, the Applied Research Laboratory, and the Wireless Center of Excellence are equipped with 21st-century technology and facilities to support electrical engineering master’s degree study and research.

Located in the Heart of Florida’s High-tech Corridor

Florida Tech’s 130-acre campus is located on the Space Coast (so named because of the presence of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral just north of us). The area has one of the largest high-tech workforces in the country, with more than 5,000 high-tech corporations and government and military organizations located nearby. This workforce also provides an abundance of internship and employment opportunities.

Florida Tech is just over the causeway from the Atlantic Ocean with its 72 miles of beautiful beaches, and a short trip to the Florida Keys or the Orlando theme parks. We also have a rich campus life that includes a wide range of intramural and collegiate sports, clubs, and social activities.

What Electrical Engineering research or other opportunities can I expect?

Hands-on experience is a valuable part of the experience at Florida Tech. Electrical engineering internships, assistantships, and participation in research projects provides students with real-world experience outside the classroom. Florida Tech students have completed electrical engineering internships with consulting companies and government agencies near Florida Tech in a variety of industries, including aerospace, aviation, electronics and more.

Degree Specializations

Electrical engineering internships and research can also be tailored to these specializations:

  • Electromagnetics: Students develop the analytical and computational tools needed to understand and solve complex field interactions including radiating structures, radar, field and wave propagation, scattering and interaction with materials.
  • Photonics: This specialization is oriented to both devices and systems including fiber-optic communication and sensing, lasers and laser system applications and optical computing and signal processing.
  • Spacecraft Systems: This interdisciplinary specialization combines both electrical and systems engineering, offering a unique opportunity to learn advanced collaborative system design to meet the challenges of the aerospace industry.
  • Systems and Information Processing: The systems and information processing specialization focuses on systems, digital signal and image processing, neural networks and controls.
  • Wireless Systems and Technology: This specialization is focused on technologies surrounding wireless communication on both the system level, (such as wireless sensor networks and multimedia communication) and at the component level (such as electronics and antenna design).

Students also collaborate with numerous organizations for civil engineering internships, research projects and even employment including:

  • The National Science Foundation
  • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

Research Recap

In addition to potential electrical engineering internships, as well as teaching or research assistantships, Florida Tech graduate students complete a master’s thesis and undertake their own research project. Past students have conducted projects such as:

  • Speech processing
  • Machine learning
  • Image processing
  • Semiconductor modeling
  • Wireless communication
  • Fiber optics

How will a master's degree benefit my Electrical Engineering career?

To meet the needs of an increasingly digital society, electrical engineers are needed to push the boundaries of technical innovation. Graduates from Florida Tech have a competitive edge for electrical engineering careers as they receive the skills and hands-on experience essential to meeting the technological challenges of the 21st century.

While many of the students in the electrical engineering master’s program are working professionals, Florida Tech attracts students from around the world. Many graduates choose to work for private companies or consulting firms in a variety of fields from automotive, aerospace and electronics to communications, railway and power. State, local, and federal government jobs also provide career opportunities.

Career Outlook

The rapid pace of technological advancement and development will likely continue to drive the demand for electrical engineers. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth is expected in engineering services firms as more companies contract with these firms rather than directly employ engineers. Graduates with a master’s in electrical engineering can expect to find jobs in a variety of fields, including the electronics, communications, energy, railway, and automotive industries.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the BLS provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, including entry-level education, overall working environment, and employment prospects. According to the bureau, electrical engineering careers are projected to grow 4% through 2020 due to the versatility of electrical and electronics engineers in developing and applying emerging technologies. The rapid pace of technological innovation and development will likely drive demand for engineers. Jobs will mostly occur in engineering services firms and contract engineering services firms.

Career Options

Electrical engineering careers include such varied jobs as:

  • Electrical and electronic engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Electrical instrumentation engineer
  • Process instrumentation engineer
  • Avionics engineer
  • Control systems engineer
  • Electrical and electronic engineering technician
  • Electrical and electronics installers and repairer
  • Electromechanical technician

Careers are also found in such unique career subfields as systems engineering, nuclear technology, and energy engineering.

Potential Employers

Students who graduated from Florida Tech have found electrical engineering careers at companies such as:

  • Florida Solar Energy Center
  • Harris Corp.
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft Corp
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Collins Software Productivity Solutions

Doctoral Program

For graduates who want to continue their education after the electrical engineering master’s degree program, earning an electrical engineering PhD at Florida Tech empowers students to advance their electrical engineering expertise and further their research to explore and solve electrical engineering challenges. Earning a PhD increases career salary potential and better positions graduates to attain leadership positions in the public and private sector.

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