The Electrical Engineering (EE) Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in research or academia with specializations including Communications, Digital Signal Processing/Image Processing, Controls and Robotics, Electromagnetics, Electro-Optics, Photonics, Power Electronics and Electronics, and Solid-State/Microelectronics. Orlando, one of the nation's most dynamic metropolitan areas and noted for its quality of life and vacation attractions, is the center of Florida's I-4 High Technology Corridor. The UCF campus is adjacent to University of Central Florida Research Park, which is one of the nation's most successful technology parks. UCF and its Research Park offer educational, research and career opportunities in a vast number of electrical engineering careers, including electronics, energy networks, power electronics, optics, lasers, solid state, microelectronics, control, communications and much more.
Research interests of the Electrical Engineering faculty include antennas, microwave and millimeter circuits/devices, communication systems, digital signal/image processing, power electronics, electronic circuits, IFF devices, electromagnetic theory, radar and microwave remote sensing, speech processing, VLSI design, spread spectrum systems, SAW and ACT devices, spectral estimation, solid state device modeling and computer-aided design (CAD) techniques, communication networks, integrated services digital networks, neural networks, systems and controls, robotics, robust control, computer control, microelectronics, semiconductors, thin films, power system stability, bipolar device modeling, solid state lasers, optical propagation, fiber optics, optical signal processing, laser-induced damage, optical testing, diffractive optics, phase conjunction, infrared detectors, Fourier optics, lens design, and nonlinear optics. The specific research that each of the faculty conduct can be found at the Department of ECE website.
The degree program is housed in the Harris Corporation Engineering Center: an ultra high-tech building with an abundance of new equipment, computers, and laboratories. The EE program at UCF has a long and respected history, dating back to approval to offer a Bachelor in EE degree in 1967. The Master in EE degree was approved in 1971 and the Ph.D. in EE degree began in 1983. In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked CpE programs at UCF as 58th out of 94 schools nationally.
While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not directly lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we strongly advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. Alternatively, you are welcome to contact Dr. Kalpathy Sundaram at Kalpathy.Sundaram@ucf.edu or Ms. Diana Camerino at Diana.Camerino@ucf.edu with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.
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