Department of Electrical Engineering

Department of Electrical Engineering

Program Overview  

Southern University was established by Louisiana State Legislative Act 87 in 1880 to serve as an institution of higher learning, educating persons of color and granting degrees pertaining to the arts and letters.  The College of Engineering was established in 1956 as one of the nine colleges operating at Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge Louisiana. The Department of Electrical Engineering offers a four-year-program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.  The program is designed to prepare students with an understanding of how to apply laws of basic science, while simultaneously stimulating the development of creative thinking, professional attitude, and economic judgment.  The flexibility and interdisciplinary aspects of the program, as depicted in the elective concentration, are intended to meet the needs of those students whose future interests may lie in the pursuit of graduate studies in electrical engineering, or in one or more interfaces between engineering and the sciences.  There is a total of 128 hours in the electrical engineering curriculum.

The department offers a well-balanced program in Electrical Engineering with emphasis in control and systems, communications, computers, and electronics.  Course offerings are aimed at providing a rigorous engineering education for students who may seek employment in the field of engineering or in related interdisciplinary fields where both technical and non-technical knowledge play a significant role in career growth and success. Applications of modern techniques in computers and computer-aided design are encouraged in Electrical Engineering courses. 

The department has seventeen instructional and research laboratories that are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, instrumentation, and computing facilities.  Electrical Engineering faculty are currently engaged in 7 educational and basic engineering research projects funded at over 350,000 dollars through grants from state government, federal agencies, and industry.

Faculty research areas include: (1) Electronic Materials, Sensors, Nanoparticles and Nanostructures, (2) Polymer applications, (3) Semiconductor Device Physics, Processing & Process Modeling,  (4) Device Measurement, Characterization, and Reliability, (4) Bioelectronics, (5) Microelectronics, (6) Control Systems, (7) Data Analysis and Modeling, (8) Electric Power Systems, (9) Computer Networks, (10) Digital Signal Processing. (11) Communications Signals and Systems, (12) Broadband Telecommunications Network Design and Optimization, and (13) Stochastic Modeling.

Our students are highly sought after by companies in all of the above fields, which recruit twice a year on campus.  Statistically, more industries list electrical engineering as a field of choice for campus recruiting than any other discipline. About twenty percent of EE graduates choose to continue with graduate studies immediately after graduation,. Electrical engineering faculty actively encourage graduates to continue their education at the graduate level by inviting  university representatives from the big ten schools for information sessions and personal interviews.  Our students are exposed to an assorted and stimulating mix of elective courses, active student and professional societies, and design and research activities with the help of a national laboratory in Baton Rouge, the J. Bennett Johnston Sr. Center for Advanced Micro Structures and Devices, CAMD.  Southern University's College of Engineering and Department of Electrical Engineering as a whole has undergone significant changes and has progressed in facilities and space over the past two years.  We have moved to a new engineering building named P. B. S. Pinchback Hall, and our Council of Visitors and Industrial Advisory Board are actively lending their support in various needs of the program.

The electrical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering  Accreditation Commission (EAC)  of ABET,