B.S. Computer and Electrical Engineering

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Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering (CEE) prepares you to work with both computer hardware and software through courses and labs that combine electrical engineering and computer science. The B.S. Computer Engineering 4-year concentrations are:

  • Computer Engineering Concentration 
    • Emphasis areas:
      • Embedded Systems, Microcontroller, Microprocessor, FPGA
      • Computer Network, Wireless Communications- 5G Communications
      • Cybersecurity, Machine Learning
      • Game Design
  • Electrical Engineering Concentration 
    • Emphasis areas:
      • Robotics, Artificial Intelligence
      • Controls, Automation, PLC (Programmable Logic Controller)
      • Healthcare/Biomedical Instrumentation Design
      • Electronics, Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
Learn how to apply your knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to design hardware and software for electrical engineering systems. / UW-Stout

The Computer and Electrical Engineering program at UW-Stout is ideally suited to help you develop skills that align with the needs of regional and national industries. This program will help you develop computer engineering skills with a strong background in both electrical engineering and computer science. Our curriculum is calculus-based with a solid foundation in mathematics and science, through to practical skills in analysis and design including:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Electronics
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Wireless communication
  • Systems engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Analysis and design of computer systems
  • Design of hardware and software systems that use embedded digital processors

Graduates of the program receive automatic minors in Mathematics and Computer Science.

  • Computer engineering graduates receive automatic minors in Math and Computer Science.
  • Electrical graduates receive automatic minor in Math.
  • Electrical graduates receive a Computer Science minor with 3 additional classes.

We also offer a Biomedical Instrumentation minor.

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Program Overview

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The program includes a strong emphasis on laboratory activities and student engineering design projects. Particular focus is placed on the design of hardware and software for engineering systems that utilize embedded digital processors such as microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors, and personal computers.

Student Projects

The following video showcase provides an in-depth look at the design, and computer and electrical components of CEE student projects. Click on the drop-down menu in the top left-hand corner of the video to watch the seven videos.

Our small class sizes make it possible for professors to work with each one of the students on lab and project design in class. As Wisconsin's only comprehensive polytechnic university, we focus on:

  • Hands-on laboratory activities
  • Engineering design projects
  • Real-world challenges
  • Employment competitiveness
  • Hardware and software development
  • Active learning
  • Comprehensive application ability
  • Innovation abilities

Resources available to you include an outstanding cooperative education program and the Stout Technology Transfer Institute. A part of UW-Stout’s Discovery Center, the STTI is a nationally-recognized center that assists regional businesses in applying innovative technologies to become more competitive. As you progress toward your degree, both of these resources provide valuable opportunities for you to learn through practical, on-the-job experiences while still enrolled at UW-Stout.

"The opportunity to network with future engineers and professors well-established in their fields, combined with the chance to learn industry tools and the hands-on approach, has set me up for success in the field."

--Maximilien McDermott
B.S. Computer and Electrical Engineering

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Student Project Gallery

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Preparing for Computer and Electrical Engineering

As a student in the Computer and Electrical Engineering program, you must have an aptitude for science and mathematics. We encourage you to take as many upper-level math and science courses in high school as possible, including mathematics through algebra and trigonometry, physics, and chemistry. Early development of computer skills is also very helpful.

Admissions Requirements

The following requirements are only for these four Engineering programs:

New First-Year Students - Spring 2023

All first-year students will be admitted as Pre-Engineering students to their specific program. For example, B.S. Computer and Electrical Engineering applicants will be admitted as Pre-Computer and Electrical Engineering students. Students will then follow the major change request process once they meet the criteria to be accepted into their intended Engineering program.

Major Change Criteria:

You have earned college credit while in high school or while attending UW-Stout for either of the following Calculus courses with a grade of "B" or better (note: a grade of "B-" is not sufficient):

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

OR

You have earned college credit while in high school or while attending UW-Stout for the following sequence of courses with an earned cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH-154: Calculus II  or  MATH-157: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS-291: Statics  or  PHYS-281: University Physics I
  • CHEM-135: College Chemistry I

New First-Year Students - Fall 2023+

  • There are no additional requirements for new first-year students. Students accepted into the university will be admitted directly into the engineering program of their choice.

Transfer Students - Spring 2023

Only ONE of the following three need be met:

1. Both "Test A" and "Test B" below must be satisfied:

  • Test A 
    • have a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (or SAT equivalent)
      or
    • rank in the top 40 percent of your high school graduating class (or for high schools that do not rank, earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Test B
    • have a minimum ACT math score of 22

2. You have transferred either of the following Calculus courses with a grade of "B" or better (note: a grade of "B-" is not sufficient):

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

3. You have transferred the following sequence of courses with an earned cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

  • MATH-153: Calculus I  or  MATH-156: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH-154: Calculus II  or  MATH-157: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS-291: Statics  or  PHYS-281: University Physics I
  • CHEM-135: College Chemistry I

If you do not meet any of the academic requirements above, but do meet the requirements for general admission to the university, you will be admitted to the university as Pre-Engineering. You may qualify for the engineering major by meeting either requirement 2 or 3 once at UW-Stout.

Transfer Students - Fall 2023+

  • There are no additional requirements for new transfer students. Students accepted into the university will be admitted directly into the engineering program of their choice.
Objectives & Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

The Computer and Electrical Engineering program develops computer engineers who are:

  • in demand by employers
  • recognized for their ability to apply engineering expertise
  • recognized for their leadership and teamwork skills
  • demonstrate an ability to learn and adapt to the changing environment created by societal and technical influences
  • demonstrate continued career growth and professional development 

Student Outcomes

UW-Stout Computer and Electrical Engineering program graduates will possess:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
Career Opportunities

As a computer and electrical engineer, you will be uniquely suited to meet the needs of many industries. Ability to tackle both hardware and software issues in a wide range of computer systems provides you with great flexibility in your choice of employment. UW-Stout is located in West Central Wisconsin, and is also very close to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. A large number of companies in the region have a demonstrated need for computer and electrical engineers. 

Typical Job Titles

  • Computer Engineer
  • Embedded systems engineer
  • Embedded software engineer
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Computer software engineer
  • Computer consultant
  • Computer systems engineer
  • Computer design engineer
  • Design and development engineer
  • Software test engineer

Computer and Electrical Engineering Internet Career Resources

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook »
    Bureau of Labor Statistics Section on Engineering includes information on Computer Hardware Engineers and Computer (software) Engineers. Graduates of UW-Stout's program will have the flexibility to choose careers in both categories.
CE Advisory Committee

2022 CE Advisory Committee

Kenan Baltaci Associate Professor UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Chris Bendel Associate Dean UW-Stout STEMM
Brandon Cedarblade Software Engineer UW-Stout 
David Ding School of Engineering, Director UW-Stout
Mike  Gerner Account Manager NEO Technology Solutions
Robert  Harveland Senior Program Manager Benchmark Electronics
Jacob Hillebrand Alumni Representative CEE Alumni
Steve Johnson Software Manager Benchmark Electronics
Tom Lacksonen Engineering & Technology Dept. Chair UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Michael  Laffin CEE Student UW Stout 
Ryan Laleman Maintenance Manager Nestle Health Science
Jeff Leismer Founder & CEO Vibetech, Inc.
Cheng  Lui Professor UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Steve Martin Master Technologist Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Terry Martin Software Engineer Milwaukee Electronics
Gindy Neidermyer Interim Dean UW-Stout STEMM
Jason  Pecor VP, Business Development Superion Technology Group, Inc.
Dave Rush Software Engineer Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Paul Schaffner Director of Engineering: Test Development Benchmark Electronics
Blake Schipp Electrical and Automation Manager Nestle Health Science
Wei  Shi Program Director UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Austin Tadman Software Engineer Digi-Key Electronics
Ahmet Turkmen Associate Professor UW-Stout Eng. And Tech Dept.
Darren Ward First-Year Advisor UW Stout-Advisement Center
Ryan Weinberger Talent Acquisition Specialist Benchmark Electronics
Yuan Xing Assistant Professor UW-Stout, Eng. and Tech. Dept.
Holly Yuan Professor  UW-Stout - Computer Networking & Information Tech

 


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