I am writing to make you aware of some unique aspects of our department.
The ESE Department offers two professional degrees. Electrical Engineering (EE) balances math, physics, and engineering fundamentals, while Systems Science and Engineering (SSE) emphasizes math and management. Our graduates of both programs are highly sought after and are very successful in a wide variety of careers in both industry and academia. For example, one of our EE graduates is an MD working at the Washington University Medical School, and another works for Citigroup. One graduate of SSE is CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of an applied physics laboratory, and another works in program trading for a major financial corporation. Other graduates have worked at such companies as Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Exxon Mobil, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Proctor and Gamble. You can find a sample of our alumni positions here.
Listed below are the strengths our department offers students:
Flexible Curricula: ESE students have the option of focusing on a very specific topic or broadening their skills by obtaining a double degree or minor. The most popular double degrees include EE and Computer Engineering, EE and Biomedical Engineering, SSE and Applied Math, SSE and Finance, and SSE and Operations and Supply Chain Management. These can be completed in four years. We also offer minors in robotics, mechatronics, and energy.
Research Opportunities: Individual students and small teams of students can collaborate with professors or professional engineers to investigate problems related to their interests. Potential research topics include robotic sensing, renewable energy resources, acoustic and chemical sensing, medical diagnostic technologies, medical imaging technologies, sensing, communications, security, information analysis, and optical devices for computing. The project on Robotic Sensing is multi-semester, it includes topics such as sensing, imaging, hardware, software, mechanical control and automatic decision-making.
Laboratory Experience: Our newly renovated laboratories of electronics, robotics and electromagnetics give students an excellent opportunity to get hands-on experience with state-of-the art equipment.
International Experience: Washington University encourages students to study abroad. In the past, ESE students have studied in Australia, Japan, Turkey and UK, among others. In addition, in the last two years our department launched study abroad experiences in Germany and funded undergraduates to tour German research facilities at the Max Planck Institute and to the Technion in Israel.
A Close-Knit Environment: The smaller size of our department allows students to have significant one-on-one interaction with professors, staff, and alumni, and encourages cooperation and camaraderie among our students.
To learn more about our department, I encourage you to visit our website. I've also prepared a in-depth summary (Freshman Orientation Slides) of the ESE department that I think you will find helpful.
If you have any questions or are planning a visit to Washington University, do not hesitate to contact me or our associate chair, Professor Hiro Mukai. We always have an open door for our students and prospective students, and we look forward to receiving any comments or questions.
I wish you the best of luck in your college search process.
R. Martin Arthur
Interim Chair and Professor
Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering Washington University in St. Louis