Electrical engineers enjoy dynamic and extremely varied career opportunities. They work with signals at frequencies from zero to beyond the optical range, and they use such tools as computers, advanced mathematics, and wire cutters. They design new machines and improve existing ones; work with computer-related electronics and communication systems; create navigation, robotics and guidance systems for rockets, missiles, spacecrafts and toys; design satellite and optical communications; and help discover and utilize new energy sources. Our students attend national and international competitions in such areas as wind energy and IEEE conferences.
Our Electrical Engineering B.S. degree can lead you to careers in a growing industry. The degree also enables you to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, biomedical, and law. Career areas include aerospace, bioengineering, computers, renewable energy and electric power, telecommunications, transportation, semiconductors, and other professions.
Recent employers include Boeing Company, Garmin International, National Instruments, ST Microelectronics, Intel, Halliburton, Microsoft Corp., General Dynamics, Black & Veatch, Nebraska Public Power District - Cooper Nuclear Station, and Danfoss Industries.
Students have numerous opportunities to participate in research and outreach, including the Wind For Schools initiative in Nebraska. In 2011, a UNL team of electrical engineering students finished among the top three at the Vestas' 2011 Winnovation Case Competition in Denmark.
Notable internships and clubs include the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Eta Kappa Nu (HKN).
Labs include the Laser and Optics Laboratory, the Renewable Energy Laboratory with a Solar Panel Array and Wind Turbine, the Integrated Circuit (VLSI) Design Laboratory and CAD Tools, a Communications Laboratory, a Signal Processing Laboratory, the Anechoic Chamber for Wireless Communications Systems Testing, a Materials Fabrication and Processing Laboratory, an Instrumentation and Measurements Laboratory, and a Senior Design Laboratory.
Our faculty conduct research related to electronic materials, nano-technology, optical systems, communications, biomedical applications, signal processing, microelectronics design, energy systems, and electromagnetics, and work closely with undergraduate and graduate students in their research.