Electrical Engineering

Classes and Labs Taught by Professors (Not by Teaching Assistants)

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Great Career Opportunities
Multiple Job Offers

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State-of-the-Art Industrial Robotics Laboratory

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The electrical engineering program combines topics from science, math and engineering in order to study topics that will enable you to develop electrical and electronic solutions to meet human needs. The program contains a strong laboratory emphasis with plenty of opportunities to work on real electrical systems.

  • The teaching emphasis is on preparing you to solve real world problems.
  • You have three choices for fulfillment of your senior year experience. You may pursue opportunities in cooperative education, industry-based projects or research projects.
  • You will study circuit design, microprocessor programming, digital electronics, analog electronics, electromagnetics, network design, electromechanical systems, control systems, and power electronics.
  • Engineering courses begin in your freshman year.
  • The program provides an excellent mix of theory and practical laboratory experiences.

The path to becoming an electrical engineer is challenging but very rewarding. It involves completing a four-year curriculum that is filled with challenging classes in mathematics, the physical sciences, and, of course, engineering. At LSSU we strive to equip our students and to provide a learning environment that maximizes success in both their studies and future careers.


The Electrical Engineering bachelor’s degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org


Digital Systems Concentration

Digital Systems Concentration – For those that choose Electrical Engineering as a major but still have a strong interest in digital and embedded systems, LSSU provides the Digital Systems Concentration.

Potential Jobs

  • Designing the next smartphone.
  • Designing and testing the communication systems in an automobile.
  • Designing and testing the tracking system for a solar photovoltaic energy conversion system.
  • Designing and testing the next Intel chip or supercomputer.


This concentration consists of the following courses:

  • EGEE320: Digital Design
    • At the heart of most digital systems is a microcontroller, Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC), and/or Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA).
      • This course enables students to understand how FPGAs function and how to program them using a Hardware Descriptor Language (HDL) and schematics. HDL simulations are also examined in depth.
      • The course also enables students to design more advanced circuits using ASICs and/or interface individual IC chips with other circuitry.
    • It extends the information from the digital fundamentals course (EGEE125) and focuses on more complex design issues using FPGAs as the primary tool to implement designs.
  • EGEE355: Microcontroller System Design
    • This course extends the information from the first microcontrollers course (EGEE250) such that a student will have comprehensive understanding of how microcontrollers are utilized. Specifically, students learn:
      • Programming in a higher-level language (C) in addition to the previously learned assembly language.
      • Many of the remaining peripherals common to most microcontrollers and some specific to the 9S12s used in lab.
      • Interfacing techniques to enable the microcontroller to communicate with users and its environment.
  • EGEE425: Digital Signal Processing
    • This course explores how digital signals are processed in both analog and digital systems. This includes mathematical theory behind:
      • The acquisition of the signals.
      • The processing of the signals.

Sustainable Energy Concentration

Sustainable Energy Concentration

What is sustainability? – Sustainability is a term that has been defined in various ways. However, sustainable development generally refers to using resources in a way that allows development and does not prevent future generations from doing so. The three areas that are usually examined in the context of sustainability are the social, environmental, and economic impacts of a technology, policy, etc. The two following diagrams each depict these areas, where the top diagram points to the goal of true sustainability being the intersection of the three areas while the bottom diagram emphasizes that ultimately the economy is part of society which is part of the environment.

What is sustainable energy conversion? – Energy conversions occur everywhere, at large and small scales. It occurs from a variety of sources, some of which are readily available and quickly replenished/renewed (e.g. biomass, solar, etc.) while others have taken thousands or millions or years to become the form they currently are (e.g. coal, oil, and natural gas). Sustainable conversion tries to use renewable energy sources in ways that have minimal environmental (and societal) impacts.

How can I learn more about sustainable energy conversion? – The Sustainable Energy Concentration was setup here at LSSU to provide students experience and foundational theory in this area. The region has unique set of energy assets in the 36 MW Cloverland Electric hydro plant (see 1st picture above) on the St. Mary’s river (as well as the Clergue and Corps of Engineers’ hydro facilities as well), the 60 MW of solar farms (see 3rd picture above) recently installed in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, the 189 Prince Wind Farm, the Essar Steel cogeneration plant, and numerous others. The campus also has a number of smaller-scale renewable energy projects such as IEEE bus stop wind-solar hybrid system (see 2nd picture above) a series of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) and building applied photovoltaic (BAPV) systems sponsored by 3M (see picture below) that have utilized 3M Brand Cool Mirror and 3M Brand Prestige Films.

2013-2014 LSSU Senior Projects Team Solar Film Innovations (SFI) at Solar Testing Shed with Building Applied PhotoVoltaic (BAPV) Systems, Sponsored by 3M (Utilizing 3M Brand Prestige Window Films

Sustainable Energy Concentration – The Sustainable Energy Concentration designation is currently available to Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering majors. Classes from the list in this section may also count as technical electives for other engineering majors–please see the engineering degree information under the area that interests you at the LSSU Engineering & Technology webpage for more information.

Potential jobs include:

  • Designing and operating the controls of a traditional electrical utility and/or micro-grid.
  • Designing and testing the nacelle of a wind turbine as it optimally tracks the wind.
  • Designing and testing the energy system of an electric car.

The following courses are currently part of the sustainable energy concentration:

EGEE 330 – Electro-Mechanical Systems EE Core Requirement, CE Technical Elective Option

A study of three phase circuits, electro-mechanical energy conversion, transformers, AC and DC machines, motor drives, and controlled converters. The laboratory activities include planning and conducting tests of electrical machines, and simulation with physical modeling software. Prerequisite: EGEE210 with a C or better grade, EGNR140, and MATH152. (3 lecture hours, 3 lab hours) 4 credits

EGEE 411 – Power Distribution/Transmission

EE Tech Elective Requirement, CE Tech Elective Option

This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of systems that carry electrical power from the point of generation to the point of use. Topics include mathematics and techniques of power flow analysis, ground-fault analysis, transient stability analysis, analysis of large power system networks, and the use of power system simulation software. Prerequisites: MATH152, EGEE210, and EGEE280. (3 lecture hours, 0 lab hours) 3 credits

EGEE 475 – Power Electronics

EE Core Requirement, CE Technical Elective Option

This course provides an introduction to electrical power processing. The general topics include various electronic power switching circuits including: AC-DC rectifiers, DC-DC converters and DC-AC inverters. Additional topics include applications of power switching circuits as well as characteristics of power semiconductor devices. Prerequisites: EGEE280, EGEE370, and MATH251. (3 lecture hours, 3 lab hours) 4 credits

EGNR 261 – Energy Systems/Sustainability

CE & EE Tech Elective Requirement (Lecture & Lab)

The course provides an introduction to energy conversion systems and discusses issues related to the sustainability of each system. Topics include basic energy definitions, traditional energy resources and reasons for pursuing alternative energy resources, renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, energy storage, and electrical grid integration. Topics also include policy as well as social, economic, and environmental sustainability issues as they relate to energy conversion. Prerequisite: MATH102 or equivalent. (3 lecture hours, 0 lab hours) 3 credits

EGNR 361 – Energy Systems/Sustainability Lab (0 lecture hours, 3 lab hours) 1 credit

EGNR 362 – Vehicle Energy Systems CE & EE Technical Elective Option

An introduction to vehicle power train energy systems and both battery and fuel cell electric/hybrid systems. Other topics include vehicle drive profile calculations, torque and speed coupling, and safety considerations. Vehicle topics also include cars, trucks, and off-road hybrid systems. Laboratory activities include CAN and other communication and information systems, and vehicle performance analysis and simulations using Excel. Simulink, and CANoe. Lab activities include using the chassis vehicle dynamometer with external instrumentation, CAN and OBD-based data acquisition. Prerequisites: (PHYS221 or PHYS231), (EGEE210 or EGET110) and pre/corequisite: EGNR265. (2 lecture hours, 3 lab hours) 3 credits

EGME 337 – Thermodynamics EE Technical Elective Option

A study of the theory and applications of thermodynamics. Topics covered include: thermodynamic properties, heat, work, First and Second Laws of thermodynamics, entropy, power and refrigeration cycles, gas mixtures, and an introduction to transport theory. Prerequisites: MATH152, or MATH112 and EGMT332. (4 lecture hours, 0 lab hours) 4 credits

Hear about our Electrical  Engineering Program!

Senior Projects

Work Closely with Faculty in Small Classes

Since a typical LSSU engineering class has about 15 students, you will have the chance to work closely with your instructors, not graduate students, all of whom are full-time teaching faculty members. The small class size also promotes interaction in the lecture and the laboratory with other students and with your instructor.

Hands-On Experience

Recognizing that learning comes through doing as well as listening, all LSSU engineering programs are designed to include a significant amount of engineering practice along the way. The core of electrical engineering curriculum contains 18 engineering courses of which 13 contain a laboratory component. Additionally, most technical elective courses contain laboratory components. Many of these laboratory activities include a capstone project. This means that you will have ample opportunity to learn through experience.

While the emphasis in the electrical engineering curriculum is to provide a solid background in all related areas, it does contain electro-mechanical systems and control systems, two courses not typically found in other university cores courses. Both of these courses are important in providing understand for other areas like robotics, electric vehicles, and automation. Additionally, the electrical engineering curriculum has three concentrations that allow students to tailor their study. These include Sustainable Energy, Digital Systems, and Robotics.

Senior Projects – Real World Experience

All LSSU engineering students participate in a senior project. Our senior projects span two semesters during the senior year and are usually sponsored by an industrial customer. A typical senior project team is comprised of four or five students having various engineering and engineering technology majors. The team works directly with their customer to complete the project. Skills such as leadership, team work, financial budgeting, project management, technical writing, presentations, and design reviews are just among the many soft skills that are honed through this experience. It truly prepares student for the future in both industry and academia.
Concentrations are available in the following areas:

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Robotics and Automation
  • Digital Systems

A minor in Electrical Engineering is available for non-engineering students.

Career Choices

Technical Areas

  • Biomedical
  • Communications
  • Electromagnetics
  • Embedded Systems
  • High Power Electronics
  • Image and Voice Processing and Recognition
  • Microelectronics
  • Networking
  • Power Generation and Distribution
  • Robotics and Automation


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Computer Manufacturers
  • Consulting
  • Defense Contractors
  • Manufacturing
  • Nuclear Power
  • Power Distribution
  • Renewable Energy
  • Software
  • Transportation

Success Awaits

LSSU engineering alumni are successful and engaged in meaningful careers in both Michigan and internationally. Recent graduates of the electrical engineering program have worked for Tenaris Algoma Tubes, Essar Steel, Pretec, Dematic, Patti Engineering, Exel North America, and Brock Solutions. Others have gone on pursue graduate degrees at institutions such as Michigan State University, Purdue, University of Michigan, University of Dunquerke (France), Michigan Technological University, and Oregon State University.