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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.


(USA Today College Guide 2017)

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.

"Electrical engineering is so interesting because it’s all about circuits, power and sound processing. It's also applicable to music, my other passion. One of my favorite places is the Phasor Lab, the laboratory for Electrical Engineering and Music Research."
- Stephen Hoeprich

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.

Special learning opportunities

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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 Clarkson University (Capital Region Campus).

Meet some of our faculty

Luke Dosiek

Luke Dosiek

Assistant professor
Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Special interests: Power systems, smart grid, signal processing, electric machinery

Takashi Buma

Takashi Buma

Associate professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Special interests: Semiconductor devices, biomedical instrumentation, medical imaging systems

Palmyra Catravas

Palmyra Catravas

Associate professor
Ph.D., MIT
Special interests: Characterization of musical instruments and related signal processing

James Hedrick

James Hedrick

Senior Lecturer
M.S., Union College
Special interests: Digital communications, microcontrollers, circuit theory

After Union

Senior analyst, National Grid

Engineer, Apple

Patent examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

Electrical engineer, General Electric

Manager, integrations engineer, Google

Electrical engineer, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories

Lead financial analyst, IBM