The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Idaho is actively engaged in leading electrical engineering research, drawing more than $4.5 million in research funding during the last three years.
Our faculty members are widely recognized for their research and expertise in such areas as power/energy systems, electromagnetic radiowave propagation, electronic packaging and microelectronics. In fact, two of our faculty members – Jeff Young and Aicha Elshabini – have been named distinguished Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellows for their contributions toward the advancement of the field. And Fred Barlow III was elected the 2009 Fellow of the International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS).
The National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technologies (NIATT): Develops technologies to improve the design and operation of transportation vehicles and systems. Projects include traffic control, electric and hybrid vehicles, clean vehicle technology, and Smart Traffic signals.
The Power Applications Research Group (PARG): Explores new applications in the fields of power systems control and communications and also smart grid.
Undergraduate research: Electrical engineering students at Idaho have rare opportunities for hands-on research alongside leading faculty. You’ll spend a significant amount of time in the laboratory and gain extensive experience designing and conducting research projects.
As an undergraduate electrical engineering student, you may:
- Work with the U.S. Navy designing autonomous submarines.
- Fabricate microelectronics that could be used in the newest minicomputer.
- Spend summers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Senior Capstone: Students work in teams to develop proof of concept designs that address real-life engineering problems. Projects are frequently sponsored by industry partners, such as Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Advanced Input Systems, NASA, Naval Surface Warfare Center, and Office of Naval Research (ONR).
Engineering Design EXPO: Present your senior capstone project at the University of Idaho Engineering Design EXPO, the Pacific Northwest's largest interdisciplinary event showcasing the world of engineering and technological innovation.
Internships: Our close ties with the industry create many exceptional internship opportunities. The University of Idaho is among one of the top universities in the country placing interns at NASA labs. These internships often translate into outstanding job opportunities.