The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Idaho is a leader in electrical engineering research, drawing more than $4.5 million in research funding over the last three years.
Our distinguished faculty members are widely known 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 – Jeffrey 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.
Research Institutes and Programs
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 construction materials for highway infrastructure.
The Power Applications Research Group (PARG): Explores new applications in the fields of power and power-electronics.
The Laboratory for Advanced Communications Research (LACR): Focuses on communications theory, neural networks, and magnetic recording.
Center for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR): Dedicated to the advancement of intelligent control of autonomous systems. Recent projects funded by NASA, NSF, and USDA include active structural noise control, passive vibration suppression, an autonomous log-skidder, and intelligent vision-based navigation for Mars Rover-type vehicles.
Laser Electrophotography Lab (LEL): Researches electrophotographic processes and signal processing related to image quality of laser printers.
Industry partnerships: At Idaho, you can play a critical part at one of the nation’s premier centers for power engineering research, education and collaboration between industry and academia. You have opportunities to engage in projects for NASA, the U.S. Navy and top firms in the energy and power industry. Industry partners include Hewlett-Packard Company, Tektronix, Intel, Idaho Power Company, Avista Utilities, The Boeing Company, EG & G Idaho, Inc. and many others.
Teaching assistantships: The department offers six to 10 teaching assistantships to cover our undergraduate laboratory courses. These assistantships are available in both electrical and computer engineering. NIATT also offers teaching assistantships based on qualifications and available funding.
Research assistantships: The Microelectronics Research and Communications Institute typically supports approximately 18 graduate research assistants affiliated through various research contracts. NIATT also offers graduate research assistantships based on qualifications and available funding. Some contracts are budgeted to allow for the payment of graduate course fees.
Students have access to our 13,000 square feet of laboratory space equipped with the most modern equipment.
Online & Outreach
The University of Idaho offers one of the best video outreach programs in the country, making it possible to earn a master of science or master of engineering in electrical engineering or computer engineering through interactive video courses and online learning. Certificate programs are also available.
Learn more about the Engineering Outreach program at the University of Idaho.