Electrical and Computer Engineering

Laptops Required

The EECE department has adopted the latest technologies into our courses to provide students with hands-on practice in digital and analog electronics.  To name a few, our students use:

  • microprocessors in EECE 237, which are programmed at home as part of the course assignments, and in the EECE 344 labs;
  • field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) in EECE 144, EECE 343, and EECE 425;
  • portable electronic instruments with the combined function of a digital logic analyzer, an oscilloscope, an arbitrary function generator, a dc power supply, and a spectrum analyzer, which are used in almost all of the EECE labs and projects; and
  • Internet of Things (IoT) kits in our advanced computer engineering courses.

To make full use of these technologies, EECE students must have access to laptops or tablet to bring to lectures and labs (preferably fully charged to lectures so that they can power the devices if no power outlets are nearby).

As most of the software that interfaces with our microprocessors, FPGAs, and portable instruments is Windows-based, students who purchase MAC or Linux machines should configure these machines to dual boot to Windows or to run a Windows virtual machine.  Assistance is available from the IT support group on campus.