Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Program Website
Our ABET-accredited program features a practice-oriented curriculum and offers small classes with hands-on learning opportunities. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the concepts of electrical engineering and the principles behind electrical energy and power systems, control systems (including robotics and electronics applications), communications, electronics, electromagnetic fields (including cell phone technology and microwave systems) and computers (VLSI circuits and FPGA).
Students also have a wide range of experiential learning opportunities, including co-ops, internships and undergraduate research projects.
Students that enjoy mathematics, science, computers, robotics or programming tend to enjoy this program. Students entering this program should take as many mathematics and science courses as possible in high school. In addition, students would benefit from extracurricular experiences such as robotics, design competitions, science clubs and scouting activities.
Dr. Hatipoglu is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering at WVU Tech. He teaches mostly junior and senior level electrical engineering courses related to the area of electrical energy systems. He is also actively involved
in multiple research projects related to electrical engineering and engineering education. Outside of the classroom, he has served as IEEE West Virginia Section Secretary and WVU Tech
IEEE student branch advisor since 2014. He is an active member of IEEE, ASEE
and Sigma XI.
Dr. Hatipoglu’s area of expertise is in electrical energy and power. He uses this background to help students understand generators, motors and transformers - and how they are applied in the modern world of power systems. He also teaches students how to design high-tech power systems using conventional and renewable energy resources with a special emphasis on wind power and photovoltaics. He has been very successful in training students to work for national and local power/utility companies.
Kayla Hoff grew up in Jackson County, West Virginia. Now she's a junior electrical engineering major at Tech with a background in professional writing and editing.
For the past two summers, Kayla worked as an electrical engineering co-op student for American Electric Power (AEP), where she was able to utilize what she learned in the classroom with real-life field experiences. In the summer of 2016, Kayla and her mentor worked on the development of a brand new substation . Through the designing process, she worked with several circuit blueprints and mathematical documentations. The experience she gained helped her prepare for oncoming courses and established a better understanding of electrical engineering.
"The faculty members of WVU Tech are amazing," she says. "I would have never been able to gain the experience out in the field without their help."
Ultimately, Kayla hopes to work for AEP as a field protections and control electrical engineer.
WVU Tech's electrical engineering program offers
rigorous instruction, providing sufficient background for career success or graduate
school. Graduates develop a solid
knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and basic engineering principles;
problem-solving skills; design skills; communication skills; teamwork skills;
life-long learning skills; computer skills; and professionalism and ethics.
Electrical engineers enjoy an extremely wide array of career possibilities, including design, testing, manufacturing, service and maintenance for manufacturers, energy producers, government contractors, government defense agencies and utility companies.
Our graduates are able to pursue careers with nationally competitive starting salaries. Companies that have hired our graduates include the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Joint Warfare Analysis Center, Navair, the Naval Surface Weapons Center, American Electric Power, Dominion Power, Siemens, Square-D, Baltimore Gas and Electric, Hamilton-Bose, Consol Energy and Allegheny Energy.
Several graduates have gone on to pursue a master’s degree in engineering or business.
Graduates of WVU Tech's electrical engineering program have recently landed in positions such as:
Learn the basics of power distribution systems: general considerations; load characteristics; subtransmission and distribution substations; primary and secondary distribution, secondary network systems; distribution transformers; voltage regulation and application of capacitors; voltage fluctuations; and protective device coordination.
Explore Coulomb’s Law, Gauss’s Law, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere’s Circuital Law, inductance, magnetic energy, magnetic force, time-varying fields, Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law, plus concepts behind transmission lines, plane waves, reflection and refraction.
Discover the basic components of robot systems, coordinate frames, homogeneous transformations, kinematics for manipulator inverse kinematics, manipulator dynamics, the Jacobian matrix, manipulator control and robotic programming. The put it all together in a semester-long project.