Congratulations to the Class of 2012!
The men and women of the Class of 2012 have earned their BSEE degrees. Most are placed and starting their careers. Congratulations to you from the members of the ECE faculty.
Nine members of the ECE faculty advised 16 capstone senior projects in the following areas: Alternative Energy Sources, Autonomous and Remote Controlled Vehicles, Communications and Signal Processing, Control Theory, Instrumentation and Measurement, Network Based Control and Monitoring, Power Electronics, Process Control and Embedded Systems, and Radio Frequency Systems. The project titled Nautical Autonomous System with Task Integration (by Jeremy Borgman and Terry Max Christy) is an entrant in the 5th International Roboboat Competition.
Electrical & Computer Engineers are the Job Champs
Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and Computer Engineering (both hardware and software) are the professions of now and the future. Recent data from a major online job website show that there are significantly more entry level jobs in electrical, electronics and computer engineering than entry level jobs in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, or mechanical engineering. Furthermore, a Kiplinger article, published in August 2012 and titled "10 Best Majors for your Career," lists Electrical Engineering among the top 10 majors. You can have a dynamic career in elecrical, electronics or computer engineering by earning a B.S.E.E. degree from Bradley University through either the Electrical Engineering program or Electrical Engineering with Computer option program.
Bradley EE Graduates
The job market for Bradley Electrical and Computer Engineers has been very good. The May 2012 BSEE graduates are nearly all placed with an average salary of nearly $63,000. Many of the graduates had multiple job offers with one student receiving 5 offers (WOW!) Furthermore, due to historically low nationwide enrollments in electrical and computer engineering, the average salary is likely to significantly increase in the coming years as demand builds. In addition, there are experiential work opportunities for undergraduates including coop jobs, practicums, and internships.
A main reason Bradley Electrical and Computer Engineers do well is the excellent curriculum and faculty mentoring. The core of the program is the intense design sequence which consists of a series of labs and projects culminating in a three semester capstone project advised by an ECE faculty member of your choice. In addition, the curriculum includes several professional electives to allow you to put a unique stamp on your program of study such as a minor in business.
Professional Electives - Get a Business Minor or Design Your Own Concentration
The ECE program includes a 12 hour professional elective stem which allows the student to design a concentration or earn a minor so as to enhance his/her competitiveness in the job market, expand his/her leadership or business capabilities, and/or better prepare for graduate or professional school. Of the minors available at Bradley, those offered by the Foster College of Business Administration are the most popular. Students have also used their professional electives to design concentrations in alternative energy, biomedical engineering, international studies, pre-law, and robotics. See the document Professional Elective Stem for more information concerning the electives.
The baccalaureate program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Invitation from the Department Chair
If you would like to visit the ECE Department and meet with Dr. Brian Huggins, the chairman of the Department, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 309-677-2732. You can also contact the Admissions Office to schedule a campus visit. Dr. Huggins will explain the profession and the job market, give a tour of the facilities, and explain the new curriculum which now includes a design project in every year of the program of study including a 3 semester capstone design project.
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