Message from the Chair
Dr. Thomas Weller
Welcome to the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of South Florida.
The EE faculty are committed to helping our students, which number about 300 at the
undergraduate level and 450 at the graduate level, become curious problem solvers
with a strong grasp of disciplinary foundations, and prepared for self-directed learning
of new techniques. With this preparation our students are contributing to next generation
energy and power delivery solutions, advanced sensors and communications that will
enable future automotive, robotic, aerospace and internet technology; resilient networks
that securely connect people and machines across the planet; novel materials that
improve the performance and power consumption of electronic systems; and biomedical
devices that improve the human condition. We enjoy strong partnerships throughout
industry and with prominent national laboratories and federal agencies. Research experiences
are integral to the education of not only our graduate students, but also for undergraduates
through our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and similar activities.
Experiential learning through the REU program and internships is considered a critical component of our undergraduate program. Our faculty and staff take great pride in being student-centric in all aspects of our program and promoting a diverse and engaged student body. Undergraduate students are provided opportunities early on to develop confidence in making their own devices, and satisfying creative interests through our collaboration with The Arts. Project-based training to ensure our students are ready to enter the professional world is emphasized in the 2-semester Capstone Design sequence at the culmination of the BSEE program. Throughout the program, opportunities to gain specialized training in a wide range of EE sub disciplines is available through our numerous technical electives. Academics are balanced with a variety of extra-curricular and professional development activities, including those of our very active Student IEEE organization. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students, whose abilities are consistently recognized with prestigious national scholarships and fellowships, and technical conference presentation awards. We also place great value on the feedback from our students to continuously improve the educational experience, and their involvement in helping to shape new initiatives to ensure maximum benefit to the student population.
The approximately 34 faculty members in our department hail from some of the finest institutions in the country, and include NSF CAREER Award winners, Fellows of the IEEE and AAAS, Distinguished University Professors, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Many serve in national leadership roles in technical societies such as the IEEE, and have industry experience to complement their academic backgrounds. Some are very entrepreneurial and have founded spin-off companies based on their research. This diversity of experience enriches the learning and experiences of our students.
We also value the multi-disciplinary opportunities afforded by electrical engineering. As a student, you may find yourself working with engineers in other academic departments, computer science and engineering, marine scientists, physicians, chemists, biologists or physicists. Together with our dedicated faculty and excellent facilities, these exciting opportunities have helped us to attract top students to our department and prepare them for enriching careers. Our graduates are employed across many industries at organizations that include Qualcomm, SpaceX, GE Aerospace, General Motors, Texas Instruments, Duke Energy, Keysight, Honeywell, Qorvo, Skyworks, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation, Jabil, Ansys and Nielsen.