The rapidly changing field of electrical and computer engineering has great impact on human wellbeing. To meet the trust placed in our profession, students and faculty in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering continually strive to be:
- Aware — We recognize the social and ethical dimensions of engineering.
- Engaged — We seek transformative experiences and intellectual challenges.
- Skillful — We merge knowledge with application in our professional identity.
- Articulate — We are agile communicators who effectively reach diverse audiences.
- Collaborative — We compassionately support each other to reach our full potential.
- Contemporary — We create new opportunities by designing solutions to meaningful problems.
Program Educational Objectives
Bucknell's broad, liberal education allows graduates to choose from many possible career pathways. The electrical & computer engineering programs supplement this liberal education with quantitative reasoning skills and the ability to address complex, abstract problems so that in the years following graduation Bucknell graduates:
- Can utilize and adapt engineering analysis and design knowledge and skills to successfully address professional challenges across a diverse spectrum of career paths.
- Are respected in their chosen field due to their professionalism, ethical grounding, effective communication skills, ability to work with others and understanding of the broader societal contexts of engineering.
- Apply their problem-solving skills and passion for lifelong learning to their chosen endeavors.
- Are actively engaged with their profession and community, and continue to develop professionally, socially and personally.
Student Learning Outcomes
All students who are awarded an electrical or computer engineering degree at Bucknell are expected to achieve learning outcomes that show they know the foundational principles of electrical and computer engineering, have developed the skills needed to do engineering, and possess the professionalism and attitudes needed to succeed in their chosen career. These learning outcomes are not standalone competencies, but are developed synergistically so that at graduation a Bucknell electrical or computer engineer:
- Demonstrates they know the foundational principles of electrical and computer engineering through:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
- Obtaining the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
- A knowledge of contemporary issues including both recent advances in the field and how societal and global trends impact the larger social and economic context of engineering.
- Possesses the skills and abilities needed to practice engineering through:
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
- An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems in order to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
- An ability to communicate effectively.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
- Possesses the professionalism and attitude needed to succeed in her or his future career by demonstrating:
- An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning.