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Why Study Electrical Engineering?

You’ve probably known for a long time that you’re absolutely mesmerized by technology. You are passionate about robotics, alternative energy, space exploration, the internet of things, music, and/or computers and electronics.  You’re interested in what makes things work, and you want a career that ensures you will be able to make a positive impact on society. You’re sounding a lot like an electrical engineer.

If you major in electrical engineering (EE), you can expect to line up a rewarding job well before you step off the graduation stage. EE is the backbone discipline of today’s technological explosion, from the development of microelectronics and robotics, to the embedded computer systems found in household appliances, automobiles, as well as spacecraft and satellite equipment. Increasingly, it is also the source for innovative solutions to challenges in energy and healthcare.

Vanderbilt Engineering Advantages

EE study at Vanderbilt provides strong foundations in math, physics, and engineering. Upper-division courses allow you to explore the many disciplines of EE in greater depth. You won’t be stuck in a textbook; you’ll develop hands-on skills in the labs and doing projects that will challenge and stimulate you. You’ll have access to two large computing labs as well as six labs specialized for digital and analog circuits, robotics, and networking. While you work in the specialty labs, you won’t be crowded and you’ll get all the attention you need from your professor—in these labs there are never more than 12 students at a time.

You’ll be able to work side by side with some of the top minds in the business—your professors are not only experts in the EE field, but they are terrific mentors and will help you find the best application of your talents and interests. You will have multiple opportunities to perform undergraduate research in a research group in the department for credit or as part of a paid internship.

In addition, you’ll be getting a superb liberal arts education that will enrich your technical and scientific training and help you to become a better problem solver, team member, and manager. You’ll also be prepared to advance into graduate studies in engineering, law, medicine, and finance.

Special Opportunities at Vanderbilt Engineering 

Take your pick. Do you want to do field and laboratory research during the summer? Take a terrific summer internship with AT&T, Boeing, Apple, Intel, National Instruments, or NASA? Do you want to learn first-hand about how to work as part of a multi-disciplinary engineering team? Add biomedical engineering as a double major? Study abroad for an international experience?

These are a few of the opportunities through the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). When you add the opportunities you can access as a Vanderbilt student, the possibilities seem endless. You’ll have the best of both worlds as an engineering student and a Vanderbilt student, with close ties to your professors and fellow engineering students, while being fully engaged in the broader Vanderbilt University community with students from all over the country and around the globe.

Career Opportunities

Your ABET accredited undergraduate degree in electrical engineering will prepare you for a wide range of jobs with major industries, government, or private consulting companies. You might specialize in microelectronics, signals and systems, or computer engineering. Or you might decide to focus on embedded computing, in which computers interface with machinery and other physical systems (such as cars and appliances) for better control. Other popular fields for electrical engineers are intelligent robotics and medical image processing.

Or, if you decide to pursue an advanced engineering degree, you’ll get the support and encouragement you need. The department offers master of engineering, master of science, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering. You might be particularly interested in the department’s major strength areas: embedded computing, intelligent systems, medical image processing, nanotechnology, or radiation effects and reliability in semiconductor devices. The curriculum can be arranged to achieve both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees within five years.

If you decide to obtain a law degree or a master’s in business, your undergrad EE degree provides excellent preparation and a competitive advantage.


For information about faculty and their research, visit vu.edu/eecs.


W. Timothy Holman, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Computer Engineering
Associate Professor of the Practice of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
247 Featheringill Hall
VU Station B #351824
Nashville, TN  37235-1824
Phone: (615) 322-1362
Fax: (615) 343-6702

Daniel M. Fleetwood, Ph.D.
EECS Department Chair
Olin H. Landreth Professor
254 Featheringill Hall
VU Station B #351824
Nashville, TN  37235-1824
Phone: (615) 322-2771
Fax: (615) 343-6702

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