Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Believe It: 100% job placement rate or continuing education for Electrical Engineering graduates.

  • Business, Computer Science, and Engineering among Highest-Paid Majors

    The survey is based on data collected by the National Association of Colleges and Employers from 400,000 employers, gathered from government and private sources. Read more about the highest-paid degrees on The Wall Street Journal.

    • For the past four years, graduates of the electrical engineering program have enjoyed a 100 percent placement rate, either in employment or for upper-level degrees.
    • Senior students actively participate in undergraduate research sponsored by federal agencies. Students traveled to NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Texas to integrate their payload in the High Altitude Student Platform.
    • Students are participating in the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) to design a cosmic- ray calorimeter for integration into one of NASA's suborbital research platforms.
    • Gannon University has received National Science Foundation (NSF), funding which will be
      used to award approximately
      20 scholarships per year, each renewable for up to four years. The average scholarship amount will be $6,522 per year, depending on awardee's unmet financial need.
    • The STaRT-UPS program gives undergradaute women and minorities access to hands-on research opportunities on campus.

    You Will Learn

    The electrical and computer engineering department offers two technical options: electrical and electronic and computer engineering. Both are designed to guide students to build technical competency, and effective communication and leadership skills. Our program integrates the liberal studies core and emphasizes holistic student development.

    The department is innovative in its teaching approach by employing a Modular Integrated Curriculum Environment (MICE). MICE treats each core subject within the curriculum as a modular unit that focuses on specific topics of knowledge. Each modular unit has a project that ties into a centralized learning platform, mini-Electric- Vehicle (miniEV), to function as part of the system without requiring students to have full knowledge of the system to see how their own modular design will work in a larger system. By doing so, students will have the opportunity to build system-level integration skills and be able to understand how each subject learned is employed and utilized in a larger system early in their career. Within this learning environment, students at all levels are engaging in project-based learning. The program is designed to guide students to build technical competency, effective communication, leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit.

    You Will Experience

    Our close partnership with Erie's General Electric Transportation location provides students with opportunities for internships, co-ops and full-time jobs upon graduation, and allows for constant industry input into existing and new course offerings.

    Most of our students begin their internship following the completion of their sophomore or junior years.

    You Will Achieve

    Students in two disciplines: electrical and electronic engineering, and computer engineering, have many choices of career paths. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Careers in high-tech private sector industries such as automotive, transportation, communication technologies, energy, electric utilities,
    • Gannon graduates are also accepted into highly competitive graduate schools such as University of Illinois, Purdue University, etc.
    • Military defense industries.
    • Some examples of companies where our students are employed include: GE, Motorola, LORD Corp., Bechtel, Ahlmond Steel, Northrop Grumman, Allegheny Power, Eaton Corp., U.S. Steel and ATI Allegheny Ludlum.

    You will Study

    The electrical engineering curriculum is designed to foster students' system integration and project management
    and entrepreneurial skills. The program is designed to provide opportunities to students from all levels to work on projects together. Electrical engineering majors take various core and elective courses including:

    ECE 217: Data Structure and Algorithm

    This course involves an in-depth, programming-based study of data structures, algorithms and cooperating programming techniques used in real-time and embedded systems. Topics include static and dynamic structures, hashing, searching, signals and distributive and concurrent inter-process communication.

    ECE 324 & ECE 325: Electric Machines & Electric Machines Laboratory

    These courses are taken simultaneously. The standard course introduces the fundamental principles of transformers, energy conversion and the operational principles of electric machines. Induction machines, synchronous machines, and DC machines, including
    their steady-state characteristics and operations, are also discussed. Students spend an additional three hours per week in the lab where they learn the hands-on application of what they've studied in the classroom.

    ECE 357: Senior Design

    This senior-level course includes discussion of design fundamentals, application of design principles to a design problem, determination of a complete problem definition or specification, and development of a conceptual design and a preliminary design with alternatives. Students establish a schedule and tentative test plan, discuss ethics, and consider the impact on engineering decisions. Through this course, students develop skills in effective communication, and learn to present design at a formal design review to colleagues.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $64,300
    • Mid-career salary: $106,000

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).