engineering students with robot in maze

Engineering, the application of science to design systems and structures, is a dynamic field with limitless growth potential. Boston is an engineering hub: The intellectual powerhouse of Kendall Square – home to a thriving start-up culture as well as offices of tech giants like Google and Yahoo– attracts top-tier engineering and biotech talent every year.

Electrical engineers, who focus on circuits and currents, are the people who make your iPads, HD TVs, and smartphones. Notably, our program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, which ensures that your degree gets respect. As part of this approved curriculum, you’ll have the chance to focus on five key areas of specialization:

  • Analog Circuits
  • Digital Systems
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Signal Processing

Electric Power

Our program also places an emphasis on power engineering. Smart grid, wind and solar energy, electric cars—all will change the way power is transmitted, distributed and utilized in the next decade. The pressing need to upgrade the country's aging power grid, coupled with projections that up to 50% of electric utility engineers will be eligible to retire in the next five years, means a stronger potential market for electrical engineers than ever before. To address these critical national needs, the Suffolk electrical engineering program has worked with our partners in the electric power industry to emphasize power concepts throughout our curriculum so that graduates of our program are ready to meet the challenges. As a result, we have students who are recipients of the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarships and intern in the electric power industry.

Beyond the Classroom

Electrical Engineering students take their knowledge beyond the classroom. They work one-on-one with professors on research projects, study abroad in locations as far away as Australia and Turkey, and test their skills in competitions with engineers from other colleges. There are several ways for students to get involved:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

    Suffolk is home to a chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the field’s premier professional organization. IEEE also hosts the annual Micromouse Competition, at which individual students and teams compete to build the robot that navigates a maze the fastest. Suffolk students have enjoyed great success at the regional finals of this nationwide contest.

  • Technology and Science Initiative (TaSI)

    Suffolk students also benefit by participating in the Technology and Science Initiative (TaSI). TaSI gives undergraduates the chance to undertake cutting-edge research projects with Suffolk professors and industrial professionals.

    Recent TaSI projects

    • solar electric cell “parasol effect” thermal energy savings
    • solar electric-powered office
    • terranet: a student-friendly automatic data system
    • photo/light sensors
    • autonomous robotic delivery carrier
    • energy saving from high-efficiency windows
    • air temperature sensor
    • heat transfer in fish tanks
    • moisture in soil sensors
  • Study Abroad

    Engineering is a global profession involving multinational companies and quite often, teams from one nation will be working with teams from several others. It is vital for engineers to understand how culture affects how people prioritize and make decisions. Our study abroad programs give students the experience to understand the nuances and sensitivities needed to work successfully with engineers from abroad.

    Suffolk offers several study abroad options with Electrical Engineering courses taught in English:
    • Macquarie University, Australia
    • University of Newcastle, Australia
    • Aalborg University, Denmark
    • Yeditepe University, Turkey
    • Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
    • Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
    • Pole Universitaire Leonard de Vinci, France
    • Institute Universitaire de Technologie de Marseilles, France
  • Senior Project

    The senior project allows you to showcase your talents and interests. This project offers an opportunity for you to work independently and one-on-one with a faculty advisor on a topic of your choice. Senior projects can feature interdisciplinary research involving other sciences.

    Recent Senior Projects

    • Cell phone remote control of a home with status reports
    • Solar energy tracker and data logger
    • Special guitar pedal effects
    • Fire extinguishing robot
    • Automatic home protection with remote monitoring
    • Homemade portable power generator system
    • Shadowing robot
    • Buck-boost power conversion off of a solar panel
    • Tactile street-crossing guide for the blind
    • Automatic bird feeder with squirrel deterrent
    • Currency identifier for the blind
    • Voice-changing unit
    • Automated pill dispenser and alarm
    • RFID handshake
    • Soccer robots controlled by a camera feedback system
    • Electronically monitored martial arts punching shield