Specialization Areas

Technical specialization areas within the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are described below.  Graduate core courses associated with these technical areas may be found here.

Computer Engineering

The Klipsch School offers a special program for students interested in computer engineering. Students wishing to become involved in this rapidly growing field will find courses in digital logic and system design, computer architecture, data networking, integrated circuits and applications, VLSI, micro-electronics, high performance computer design, digital control and instrumentation systems, digital signal processing, operating systems, and software engineering.  These courses offer the student an opportunity to obtain an in-depth knowledge of digital systems and practical experience in the design, operation, programming, and applications of digital computers. Students could expect to continue on in these areas to develop better and faster computers and interfaces. The department faculty members are:

  • Paul Furth, Associate Professor, PhD (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Hong Huang, Associate Professor, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Krist Petersen, College Associate Professor, PhD (New Mexico State University)
  • Jamie Ramirez-Angulo, Professor, DSc (Stuttgart University)
  • Steven Stochaj, Professor, PhD (University of Maryland)
  • Wei Tang, Assistant Professor, PhD (Yale University)

Communications and Signal Processing

Students study space communication systems, wireless systems, data transmission, and audio & video signal compression, decompression, and transformation. Students working in this area could possibly work on cell phone design, satellites, sensor design and monitoring, imaging and pattern recognition (from security to medical applications), music (filtering signals, processing signals), any type of transmission (communication) from one place to another, noise reduction, analysis of signals. The department faculty members are:

Power and Control

Elective courses in power systems acquaint the students with the design, analysis, and operation of power systems. Courses are offered in high voltage transmission lines, distribution systems, rotating machines, and digital computer analysis of the steady state operation and short circuit conditions of a power system.  Students in this area could expect to work in the generation, distribution and monitoring of systems which deliver power to consumers.
Work in the control systems area provides the student with a background in modeling, analysis, design, simulation, and control of complex systems. These systems may be associated with engineering, ecology, transportation, natural resources, environment, or other areas. Students in this area could expect to model physical systems, and work on controlling various processes. The department faculty members are:

Photonics and Electromagnetics

Students may concentrate in the fields of integrated lightwave circuit components, nanophotonic devices, optical communications, imaging, and optical signal processing.  Students could expect to work with lasers and laser applications including communications, imaging systems, and optical sensors for medical and astronomical applications. Students may also study electromagnetic fields, wave propagation, antennas, waveguides, transmission lines, lasers, plasmonics, and optics. Practical experience is available in the high-frequency and antenna laboratories and anechoic chamber. Students in this area could expect to work in the design and use of antennas, microwaves and the sending and receiving of signals.

The department faculty members are:

  • Sang-Yeon Cho, Associate Professor, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Muhammad Dawood, Associate Professor, PhD (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Kwong Ng, Professor, PhD (Ohio State University)
  • David Voelz, Professor, PhD (University of Illinois)