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Why Study Electrical or Systems Science Engineering

Why Study Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineering is a field of specialization within engineering that seeks to develop new technologies that contribute to society in many different and exciting ways. The roots of electrical engineering go back to the physical laws of electricity (charge, voltage, current, electromagnetic waves, optics, and the like) but today it is a very broad field with impact on a variety of interdisciplinary applications. Electrical engineers are responsible for the most significant human technological advances of the 20th century, including electrical power generation and distribution, telephones, radio, television, defense technologies like radar and sonar, entertainment technologies like CDs and DVDs, medical imaging, computers, and the Internet. Opportunities for shaping the 21st century in similar ways are limited only by the imagination.

Electrical engineers are good at math and science, but have that extra “spark” that makes them want to solve problems and create something that no one else has thought of before. They like to know how things work, and want to make their own ideas work. Electrical engineers are highly sought-after in the marketplace and have the skills to adapt to an ever-changing technological landscape.

For more information on electrical engineering, read the articles by IEEE and the Princeton Review .

Why Study Systems Engineering?

Systems engineering is the field of specialization within engineering that uses advanced mathematical methods to model physical systems, and to develop techniques for system optimization and control. Systems engineers are experts at analyzing complex systems and effectively coordinating their many different components. Systems engineers design, develop, manage and optimize complex systems including electrical systems, information systems, economic models, financial systems, environmental systems, telecommunication networks, transportation networks, project management, and aerospace systems.

For more information on systems engineering, read this student essay , this IEEE article , or this industry-oriented overview from MITRE.

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering

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