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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Steinmetz 212
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-6270
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Electrical Engineering


Union’s electrical engineering program blends study in cutting-edge audio and image processing, wireless communications and nanotechnology with traditional areas such as electronic design, electric circuits, electromagnetics, optics, solid state devices, control systems and communication systems.

Amer Khraisat '13

"The department is small, but don't let that fool you; there are big opportunities to work on significant projects. With small classes, you can form close relationships with the faculty, so you never feel lost. The professors are always happy to have you participate in their research."

Amer Khraisat '13

Our electrical engineering majors are part of a long line of distinguished students and professionals. The department of electrical and computer engineering was founded in 1902 by Charles Proteus Steinmetz, America's leading engineer at the time and a professor at Union.

Students hone their abilities in analytic reasoning, design and problem-solving. Combined with the depth, breadth and flexibility of our liberal arts curriculum, the electrical engineering major is a powerful field of study that produces graduates who are highly attractive to employers.

Small classes, integrated studio-format courses and close faculty-student interaction are all hallmarks of our program. All courses are taught by Union College faculty members, and most classes have fewer than 20 students.

Electrical engineering majors at Union have exceptional opportunities to engage in research, written and oral presentations, and academic competitions. All students complete a capstone design project senior year, in which they apply theory, skills and creativity to a practical problem, working in small teams or individually, alongside a faculty member. Majors may also participate in one of the terms abroad offered by the College, especially in Germany and Turkey.

Electrical engineering is a highly versatile field that has innumerable applications, from smart power grids to medical imaging. With your Union College degree, you will be well-prepared for entry into the field, as well as for graduate study and for related professions, such as medicine, law and business administration.

The electrical engineering Bachelor of Science degree program is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET. Union also offers a 5-year combined B.S./M.S. in electrical engineering in conjunction with Union Graduate College.