Gannon University Graduate Catalog 2013-2014
Electrical and Computer Engineering 49 members familiar with the subject material and one member from outside the ECE department. The outside member can be from industry. The advisor will be the chair of the review committee. Plan B (Project): The student will be required to complete a design project and to pass a final examination covering the studentâ€™s project and related subject areas. The project can be worth 3 or 6 graduate credits as part of the 30 credits of graduate course work depending on the difficulty of the project. The project must be approved by the usual academic approval sequence prior to the commencement of the project work. The project advisor will direct the studentâ€™s work and determine when to recommend the manuscript for review by a faculty committee. The review committee will be appointed by the usual academic approval sequence and will consist of at least three full-time Gannon engineering faculty members familiar with the subject material and one will be the chair of the review committee. Plan C (Project Course): The student will be required to complete a 3 credit course designated as a project course. The project course will be approved by the usual academic approval sequence prior to the commencement of the project work and must include a significant project for its completion. The course instructor will inform the student of the complete requirements for the project course and will be responsible for seeing that the student satisfies these requirements. Students are required to prepare a manuscript in thesis format for the project. Co-op Track The objective of the co-op track is to present an academic program combined with application training on actual industrial problems in engineering environments. This is to give students a targeted education on real-world problems. Students may join this program after completing sufficient coursework to be successful in an industrial environment, and receiving approved industrial sponsorship. International students must meet USCIS eligibility requirements. Students accepted to the co-op track are assigned a Gannon professor as a mentor, and must take the Graduate Professional Experience (GENG 700-series) course each semester they are enrolled in the program. Students must complete 30 credits of graduate course work in addition to their Graduate Professional Experience courses. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 for the duration of their masterâ€™s degree program, and fulfill all other requirements for their degree. Professional Track Gannon runs a two year work-study program with local industry in Erie. The objective of the track is to present an academic program combined with application training on actual industrial problems to give students a targeted education, complemented by handson, real-world development exposure. Students are selected for this track based on academic background, leadership skills, and communication skills. The student is assigned a Gannon professor as a mentor while working at the industrial site. The mentor advises the student on his academic work and guides the student on industrial engineering projects. The projects are carefully chosen to reinforce classroom work and to develop the students into outstanding engineers. In addition to the mentorship in technical areas, the professor also mentors the student in leadership skills, work and personal ethics, and communication skills that are needed in the industrial workplace. This track requires that the student work on these projects half time during the school year and full time during the summer. The students receive full tuition and a yearly stipend for their work. Students need to apply and be accepted separately for this program. The number of students in this track is dependent on availability of industrial sponsorship. The students earn either an Electrical Engineering degree or an Embedded Software Engineering degree. There are two tracks for the program: Embedded Software track (leads to Embedded Software degree) and the Systems and Modeling track (leads to Electrical Engineering degree). All students in the professional track must have equivalent background (academic or professional) in Automatic Control. Furthermore, all students in the Embedded software track must have equivalent background in C++ and Data Structures. The recommended curriculum is as follows: DEGREE PROGRAMS Electrical Engineering Degree The goal of the program is to give an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate the necessary education to be an effective design or systems engineer. The student shall devise a curriculum with his/her advisor to pursue knowledge in advanced control theory, system modeling, electronics, communication, systems engineering, and embedded software. The student must complete at least 9 credits of Electrical Engineering program courses and satisfy the project/ thesis requirement in Electrical Engineering. Embedded Software Engineering Degree The goal of the program is to give an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate the necessary education to be an effective embedded software/systems engineer. The student shall devise a curriculum with his/her advisor to pursue knowledge in computer hardware and software implementation strategies, software development, software quality measures, software design and testing techniques, microprocessors, digital system design and/ or hardware description languages. The student must complete at least 9 credits of Embedded Software Engineering program courses in system, software, hardware categories, and satisfy the project/thesis requirement in a topic related to Embedded Software Engineering.