2016-2017 Catalog

Electrical Engineering

http://www.ee.und.edu/

Faculty: Faruque, Fazel-Rezai, Kaabouch, Lindseth, Nejadpak, Noghanian, Ranganathan, Salehfar, and Tavakolian

Degrees Granted: Master of Science (M.S.), Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Science (M.S.), a Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The M.S. degree is offered both on campus and online and offers the thesis and non-thesis options. The non-thesis M.S. degree requires completion of an independent study. The M.Engr. degree is an engineering practice-oriented degree that requires the completion of an engineering design project.

The Department also offers combined programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)/Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.) and a B.S.E.E./M. Engr. The intent of the combined programs is to allow qualified students to complete requirements for both degrees in one year beyond that required to receive the baccalaureate degree. Students may apply for this program upon completion of 95 credits toward the Bachelor’s degree.

The Department of Electrical Engineering maintains strong research emphases in applied electromagnetics, antenna design, biomedical signal and image processing, biomedical device design, cognitive radio, microwave and radar engineering, mobile health-monitoring, neural and cardiovascular engineering, power electronics, renewable energy systems, sensor networks, signal and image processing, smart grid modeling, unmanned aerial systems, and wireless communications. Additionally, the department participates in the school-wide Ph.D. in Engineering program. The research programs, laboratory facilities, close student-faculty interaction, and strong mentoring and academic advising facilitate an environment of scholarly activity and prepare students for corporate and government positions in research and development.

Details pertaining to admission requirements, degree requirements and courses offered can be found in Degrees.

Mission Statement and Graduate Program Goals

The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to educate, inspire, and enhance the competitiveness of our graduates through integration of teaching and collaborative research focused on scientific innovation and discovery.

Graduates will be prepared for careers in private industry, government, and academia, in electrical engineering or related fields.

Goal 1: Students will develop a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of electrical engineering through graduate-level coursework.

Goal 2: Students will develop critical thinking skills through research activities or focused project activities.

Goal 3: Students will develop skills to communicate the results of their research in an effective and professional manner.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or closely related field. Students holding B.S. degrees in other fields, e.g., physics, mathematics, and computer science, may be admitted to Provisional or Qualified status until selected undergraduate requirements in electrical engineering have been satisfied.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 or a GPA of at least 3.00 for the last two years.
  3. Applicants holding degrees from non-ABET accredited programs/universities must submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits, including credits granted for the thesis.
  2. A minimum of 21 semester credits, including 6 thesis credits, must be in the major field of electrical engineering.
  3. A minor field of study can be obtained by completing 9 semester credits from another department that offers a graduate program. A graduate faculty member from that department must serve on the thesis committee.
  4. A cognate can be obtained by completing 9 semester credits from more than one department outside of electrical engineering, or from a single department that does not offer a graduate program.
  5. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  6. A maximum of one-fourth (usually 8-9 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  7. Completion of a research project and its presentation in a thesis.
  8. An overall GPA of 3.00 or better in all coursework.
  9. The thesis course (EE 998) can be between 6-9 credits with approval of the thesis committee.
  10. At least one credit of seminar class (EE 570) is mandatory for each MS students (thesis option). Students can repeat this class to the maximum number of three times.
  11. At least two peer-reviewed conference, journal, or  patent applications (as the first author) submitted with the consent of student's advisor before the time of defense.

Non-Thesis Option:

  1. Completion of at least 32 semester credits, including credits required for the major.
  2. A minimum of 2 credits of Independent Study
  3. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  4. A maximum of one-fourth (usually 8-9 semester credits) of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  5. Preparation of a written Independent Study report approved by the faculty advisor.
  6. Comprehensive final examination.
  7. An overall GPA of 3.00 or better in all coursework.
  8. At least one peer-reviewed  manuscript (conference, journal, or  patent application as the first author) submitted with the consent of student's advisor. 

Master of Engineering (M.Engr.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies' current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or closely related field. Students holding B.S. degrees in other fields, e.g., physics, mathematics, and computer science, may be admitted to Provisional or Qualified status until undergraduate requirements in electrical engineering have been satisfied.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 or a GPA of at least 2.75 for the last two years.
  3. Applicants holding degrees from non-ABET accredited programs/universities must submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.
  4. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

  1. Course necessary for basic-level ABET accreditation. Normally, graduation from an ABET-accredited institution will satisfy this requirement.
  2. A program of study must include the following:
    1. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours.
    2. Three to Six (3-6) semester credit hours of an approved design project (EE 595 Design Project).
    3. Fifteen (15) semester credit hours of coursework at the 500 level or above (including the design project).
    4. All major courses must be at the 400-level or above and approved for graduate credit.
  3. An overall GPA of 2.75 or better for all coursework.
  4. Complete the approved design project.
  5. Pass a comprehensive written examination.
  6. one peer reviewed manuscript (as first author, such as conference paper, journal paper or patent application) submitted with the consent of advisor

Combined Degrees

Bachelor of Science/Master of Science or Master of Engineering

Admission Requirements for B.S./M.S. or B.S./M.Eng. Degree

  1. Students may apply for this program upon completion of 95 credits toward the bachelor’s degree.
  2. An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 at the time of admission.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies' English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  4. Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.

Degree Requirements for B.S./M.S. or B.S./M.Eng. Degree

Students seeking the Master of Science or Master of Engineering degree through the Combined Degree program at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all requirements for both the B.S. and M.S. degree. A maximum of six credits of prior approved coursework can get double counted toward each of the two degrees. Double counted courses may not include required courses for the B.S.E.E. degree, but may include technical or electrical engineering elective coursework, preferably at the 500-level or above.

Degree requirements for the M.S. or M.Eng. degree will be those listed by the School of Graduate Studies as found in the graduate school catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of 3.3 or higher or a Master of Science degree in an engineering discipline with a GPA of 3.0.

  2. Satisfy the Graduate School’s English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the Graduate Catalog.

  3. In addition to meeting the general provisions in the UND graduate catalog and the minimum requirements in items 1-2 above, candidates are assessed using a holistic process that considers Student’s Record of Publications, GRE test scores (for students who are applying with a B.S. engineering degree from an non-ABET accredited program), transcripts of previous college work, relevant research and work experience, letters of recommendation, research interests, and English language skills. Students must specify a track on their admission form to facilitate this evaluation.

  4. A student holding a non-engineering degree or who does not meet the minimum requirements in items 1-2 above may apply to one of the Master of Science degree programs in the College of Engineering and Mines. Students successfully completing a UND M.S. engineering degree will be considered to satisfy the requirements of items 1-2 above; however, these students shall still be subject to the holistic evaluation process described in item 3 with the exception that new GRE test scores will not be required.

  5. Students admitted to an engineering M.S.E.E. program but meeting the minimum requirements in items 1-2 above, may after one calendar year, and upon the recommendation of his/her advisory committee, request to by-pass the master’s degree and work directly toward the Ph.D. degree. The recommendation of the advisory committee shall be brought to a vote by the program graduate committee relevant to the degree track requested by the student. A minimum of one week before such a meeting, the program graduate committee shall be notified and provided with the student’s updated file which shall consist of the materials used for application into the M.S.E.E. program, a transcript of all academic work completed at UND, and any additional materials the student wishes to have considered. If the recommendation is approved by the relevant graduate committee, the student will be given the qualifying exam. Passing this exam will advance the student to Approved Status in the Doctoral Program in Electrical Engineering.

Residence Requirements

The purpose of residence requirements is to provide an opportunity for a sustained and concentrated intellectual effort, to provide for immersion in an academic research environment, and to permit extensive interaction with fellow students and faculty of the Electrical Engineering Department. Within the first two years of graduate work at UND, at least two consecutive semesters must be completed in residence. During residency, a student must be registered for at least nine credits in a semester, or be a graduate research or teaching assistant taking the appropriate credits to qualify as a full-time student. The remainder of the credits required for a degree can be completed in a manner to accommodate the student’s fiscal, family, job related, and other constraints with the consent of the student’s adviser. The program of study must be completed within the seven-year period normally allowed for graduate programs.

Under special circumstances, the student in conjunction with his/her advisory committee and the Electrical Engineering Graduate Committee, can petition the Dean of the Graduate School for variances in this policy.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the Graduate School as well as particular requirements set forth by the Electrical Engineering Doctoral Program.

The following requirements are in addition to the UND graduate school general requirements for the Ph.D.:

  1. Completion of 90 semester credits beyond the baccalaureate degree

  2. Maintenance of at least a 3.0 GPA for all classes completed as a graduate student.

  3. Scholarly Tools: Proficiency in mathematics demonstrated by completing nine approved credits of mathematics intensive coursework (equivalent to UND 400-level or higher courses) with a grade of B or better which must include at least one course in numerical analysis. Scholarly tools courses taken for graduate credit after a student has enrolled in a graduate program at UND may be counted to fulfill requirements listed in Item 5 below.

  4. A maximum of 30 credit hours can be transferred from a master’s program.

  5. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be doctoral research and dissertation.

  6. Exactly 3 credit hours of the EE 570-Graduate Seminar must be taken.

  7. A minimum of 39 credit hours of coursework are required (up to 21 credit hours of coursework may be transferred from a master’s program in fulfilling this requirement subject to the credit transfer limits described in the general section of this graduate catalog). The coursework shall include a minimum of 27 credit hours of Electrical Engineering (or relevance courses with the consent of advisor) coursework selected from the approved list of courses. Equivalent graduate level coursework may be transferred from a master’s program.

  8. Successful completion of a qualifying examination, taken no earlier than the end of their first year in residence and no later than the end of their second year of residence. The qualifying examination includes the following three sections.

    Section I

    It will cover four general areas of their selected engineering track. Selection of the four general areas for this examination shall require the approval of the candidate’s faculty adviser and the track-specific Ph.D. Graduate Director. Three results for each of the four sections of the examination can be obtained: 1) pass; 2) provisional pass; and 3) fail. Candidates obtaining a result of “provisional pass” for any section of the exam will be required to remediate the topical area in which the provisional pass was received in accordance to stipulations specified by the examiner,  with approval of the track-specific Graduate Director. Candidates who fail one or more sections of the exam will be allowed one opportunity to repeat that section of the exam. The reexamination must take place no later than 13 months after the initial examination attempt. A direct admit student who fails an exam a second time may request to be reclassified as a master’s student and complete a track-appropriate Master of Science degree and then reapply to the Doctoral program.

    Section II

    A detailed written doctoral research proposal must be submitted to the committee. The proposal should cover:

    1. a literature review of the relevant field of research related to the project

    2. proposed methods

    3. preliminary results (simulation or experiment)

    4. the objectives of the proposed project, and

    5. tasks and the timeline of the proposed research in a Gantt chart.

      The report should be reviewed and approved by the student advisor. Then, at least three weeks prior to the next step, the report should be distributed to the student committee members for their review and grading.

      Each of the above (A-E) components will be evaluated and graded (0 to 20). To pass the written exam, student should earn a minimum of 16/20 in each category. All grades from student committee members will be averaged to determine a grade in each category.

      If the report earns a passing grade a date can be scheduled for an oral presentation (i.e., Section III). If failed, student has the opportunity to revise and resubmit the report to the committee for re-evaluation.

      Section III

      An oral comprehensive examination should be presented to the committee on the research topics described in the above section (II-A to II-E). Three results for the oral exam can be obtained: 1) pass; 2) provisional pass; and 3) fail. Candidates obtaining a result of “provisional pass” will be allowed to Advance to Candidacy status after completion of stipulations specified by the examining committee plus obtaining a passing result on a retest for the portion of the exam covered by the stipulations. Candidates who fail the exam will be allowed one opportunity to repeat the exam in less than 6 months as specified by the student committee. Student who fails an exam a second time may request to be reclassified as a master’s student and complete a track-appropriate Master of Science degree and then reapply to the Doctoral program.

  9. After successful completion of  the written research proposal and oral presentation, an annual oral progress report should be presented to the committee. A part of these presentations will include  details on the dissertation research progress and plan. Any deviation from the approved research objectives as stated and documented in the research proposal must be approved and justified by the committee.

  10. A candidate for the degree must complete the original basic research investigation as documented in the research proposal. Each candidate will complete the research investigation to the satisfaction of the research adviser and the advisory committee and will prepare a written dissertation covering the research. The project must represent an original and independent investigation by the student. It is expected that the results of the research will be submitted for publication in refereed research journals. The candidate will submit the dissertation to the examining committee at least four weeks prior to defense date. The examining committee consists the PhD committee and an external examiner from outside the University. The external examiner is selected by the department’s graduate committee from a list of three candidates proposed by the advisor. The external examiner should not have any common publication with the student’s advisor or student and can be from academia or industry with a expertise relevant to the student’s research. The student and advisor should not contact the external examiner directly before or after.

  11. The candidate must present and successfully defend the dissertation at the final examination (see School of Graduate Studies requirements). Four results of the examination can be obtained: 1) pass; 2) minor revision 3) major revision and 4) fail. For minor revisions there is no need for another defense session and upon revising the dissertation the examining committee can pass the student. For major revisions the student is asked to fundamentally revise the methodologies and schedule another defense session. If failed, the student will not be able to obtain a PhD degree and may request to be reclassified as a master’s student and complete a Master of Science degree.

  12. At least two peer reviewed ISI (Institute for Scientific Information) journals (as the first author) and two peer reviewed conference papers (as the first author) submitted with the consent of advisor.

Courses

EE 503. Statistical Communications Theory and Signal Processing I. 3 Credits.

Theory of time series analysis of random signals as applied to signal processing is emphasized. Prerequisite: EE 411 or consent of instructor.

EE 504. Statistical Communications Theory and Signal Processing II. 3 Credits.

Advanced methods of signal detection including linear parameter estimation and non-linear estimation of parameters. Detection of signals and estimation of signal parameters from a probability point of view will be emphasized.

EE 505. Control Systems II. 3 Credits.

Advanced topics in control systems including nonlinear systems, robust control, optimal control, and pole placement techniques; selective topics from the state of the art. Prerequisite: EE 405.

EE 506. Digital Control Systems. 3 Credits.

Digital systems representation, analysis and simulation; Z-transform; digital controllers design and realization; microprocessor based controllers. Prerequisite: EE 405.

EE 507. Spacecraft Systems Engineering. 3 Credits.

Space environment, dynamics of spacecraft, celestial mechanics, mission planning, and systems engineering methodology.

EE 508. Intelligent Decision Systems. 3 Credits.

Systems and networks will be designed to work in an uncertain environment. Systems will be optimized using Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic concepts. Prerequisite: EE 314 or consent of instructor.

EE 509. Signal Integrity. 3 Credits.

Fundamental concepts of signal integrity are presented. Topics include propagation of digital signals, electrical noise, and system timing. Prerequisite: EE 409 or consent of instructor.

EE 511. Power Electronics. 3 Credits.

Principles of power electronics switching control circuits. Including AC/DC, DC/DC, DC/AC converters, their harmonics and filtering techniques, and their application in switching power supplies, electric drives, renewable energy systems, etc. Prerequisite: EE 321 or consent of instructor. On demand.

EE 512. Wireless Communications. 3 Credits.

Key concepts, underlying principles, and practical applications of ever-growing wireless and cellular communication technologies. Prerequisite: EE 411 or consent of instructor.

EE 519. Digital Computer Logic. 3 Credits.

Logic design analysis of digital computers with some applications. Prerequisite: EE 451 or consent of instructor.

EE 520. Electronic Computing Systems. 3 Credits.

Design of bit slice computers; simulation of computers' special purpose controller design; advanced microprocessor design and use. Prerequisite: EE 201 and EE 421.

EE 521. Digital Signal Processing. 3 Credits.

Modern methods of digital signal processing will be studied. Techniques that will be used include the recursive and nonrecursive discrete-time filters and the Fourier Transform. Prerequisite: EE 314.

EE 522. Renewable Energy Systems. 3 Credits.

This course will provide engineering students with an understanding of the principles of renewable energy conversion systems. Emphasis is on wind, photo-voltaic, hydrogen fuel, and fuel cell energy conversion and storage systems, along with their associated design and control issues.

EE 523. Power Systems II. 3 Credits.

Electric power systems analysis and control. Power flow; system response and stability; voltage and frequency control; computer methods in system analysis. Prerequisite: EE 423.

EE 524. Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) Design. 3 Credits.

To gain an historic perspective of ASIC Design. To familiarize students with the existing IC technology and their attributes. To recognize basic fabrication process, layout, circuit extraction and performance analysis. To understand CAD tools, hardware, systems engineering, and operational issues. Prerequisite: EE 421 or consent of instructor.

EE 525. Electromagnetic Fields. 3 Credits.

Static electric and magnetic fields, field mapping, and applications to transmission lines, wave-guides, and antennas. Prerequisite: EE 316.

EE 530. Phased Array Antennas. 3 Credits.

Basic antenna and array characteristics, pattern synthesis techniques, analysis and design of radiating elements and feed networks, mutual coupling and array error analysis, adaptive arrays. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. On demand.

EE 532. Antenna Theory. 3 Credits.

Physical principles underlying antenna behavior and design as applied to antennas. Prerequisite: EE 316 or consent of instructor.

EE 534. Advanced Wireless Communications Engineering. 3 Credits.

A combination of theory and practice underlying principles and practical applications of Wireless Communications. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. On demand.

EE 536. Optical Fiber Communications. 3 Credits.

Propagation in optical fibers, optical receivers, amplifiers, detectors, sources, transmission links, noise consideration, optical fiber communication systems, applications and future developments. Prerequisite: EE 434 or consent of instructor.

EE 537. Graduate Cooperative Education. 3 Credits.

A practical research experience with an employer closely associated with the student's academic area. A written report which includes a literature survey and research findings and an oral presentation are required. Prerequisites: Approved status, 3.

EE 539. Electromagnetic Compatibility. 3 Credits.

Introduction to design considerations and techniques used to ensure electromagnetic compatibility. Prerequisite: EE 409 or consent of instructor.

EE 540. Computer Networks Communications. 3 Credits.

This course introduces fundamental concepts in the design and implementation of computer networks and their communication protocols, including the OSI model and TCP/IP protocol suite. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

EE 545. Introduction to Biomedical Engineering. 3 Credits.

This course introduces biomedical engineering and several systems of the human physiology. Signals of biological origin obtained from these systems, biosensors, transducers and bioelectrodes used to acquire such signals, along with medical quality amplifiers for measuring bipotentials, are discussed. Prerequisite: EE 314, EE 421 or consent of instructor.

EE 550. Biomedical Instrumentation. 3 Credits.

Introduction to circuits and systems that allow electrical technology to interface with biological systems. Prerequisite: EE 314, EE 316 and EE 421, or consent of instructor.

EE 552. Advanced Embedded Systems Design. 3 Credits.

This course provides students with cutting-edge techniques in the design and implementation of advanced embedded systems that involve analog/digital conversion, interrupts, timers, CCP modules, and parallel/serial communications. Prerequisite: EE 452 or consent of instructor.

EE 560. Engineering Computation. 3 Credits.

Development and application of optimization techniques in practical problems encountered in electrical engineering, Downhill and probabilistic optimization techniques, Modeling of complex systems by partial differential equations and their numerical solution by finite difference and finite element methods. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. On demand.

EE 570. Seminar. 1 Credit.

The purpose of the course is to practice communication skills in writing papers and preparing presentations. Open to qualified advanced undergraduate students and graduates. Repeatable to 3 credits. On demand.

EE 590. Advanced Electrical Engineering Problems. 1-4 Credits.

Students work under the supervision of a member of the staff. A written report is required. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: Open by permission to graduate students and qualified seniors. Repeatable.

EE 595. Design Project. 3-6 Credits.

A three to six credit course of engineering design experience involving individual effort and a formal written report. Repeatable to 6 credits. Prerequisites: Restricted to Master of Engineering student candidates and subject to approval by the student's advisor. Repeatable to 6 credits.

EE 599. Doctoral Research in Electrical Engineering. 1-15 Credits.

Doctoral Reserach. Repeatable. F,S,SS.

EE 996. Continuing Enrollment. 1-12 Credits.

Repeatable. S/U grading.

EE 997. Independent Study. 2 Credits.

EE 998. Thesis. 1-6 Credits.

Repeatable to 9 credits.

EE 999. Dissertation in Electrical Engineering. 1-18 Credits.

Dissertation for Ph.D. EE students. Repeatable to 18 credits. F,S,SS.


Undergraduate Courses for Graduate Credit

EE 411. Communications Engineering. 3 Credits.

Mathematical definition of random and deterministic signals and a study of various modulation systems. Prerequisite: EE 314. On demand.

EE 423. Power Systems I. 3 Credits.

Electric power systems operation, control and economic analysis. Prerequisite: EE 313. On demand.

EE 428. Robotics Fundamentals. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of robotic systems: modeling, analysis, design, planning, and control. The project provides hands-on experience with robotic systems. Prerequisite: MATH 266 or consent of instructor. On demand.

EE 430. Introduction to Antenna Engineering. 3 Credits.

Review of vector analysis and Maxwell's equations, wave propagation in unbounded regions, reflection and refraction of waves, fundamental antenna concepts, wire-and aperture-type antennas, wave and antenna polarization, antenna measurements, and computer-aided analysis. Prerequisite: EE 409 or consent of instructor. On demand.

EE 434. Microwave Engineering. 3 Credits.

Review of transmission lines and plane waves, analysis of microwave networks and components using scattering matrices, analysis of periodic structures, transmission and cavity type filters, high frequency effects, microwave oscillators, amplifiers, and microwave measurement techniques. Prerequisite: EE 409 or consent of instructor. On demand.

EE 451. Computer Hardware Organization. 3 Credits.

The study of complete computer systems including digital hardware interconnection and organization and various operation and control methods necessary for realizing digital computers and analog systems. Prerequisite: EE 201 and EE 304; or consent of instructor. On demand.

EE 456. Digital Image Processing. 3 Credits.

Digital image retrieval, modification, enhancement, restoration, and storage. Image transformation and computer vision. The associated laboratory provides hands-on experiences. Prerequisite: EE 304 and EE 314. On demand.

Office of the Registrar

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