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Supporting the Electrical Engineering Department
Donations made to the Electrical Engineering Department support the educational objectives of undergraduate and gradute degree programs
The Electrical Engineering Department is proud to uphold the University of Arkansas mission to provide the education necessary to establish the best foundation for electrical engineers at all degree levels, and prepare them to be nationally competitive leaders, skillful at undertaking the current and future challenges facing our world.
The educational mission of the department is conducted through both the undergraduate and graduate programs.
Our educational objectives for the undergraduate program, which leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, is to produce graduates who:
- Are recruited in a competitive market and valued as reliable and competent employees by a wide variety of industries, in particular electrical engineering industries;
- Succeed, if pursued, in graduate studies such as engineering, science, law, medicine, business, and other professions;
- Understand the need for life-long learning and continued professional development for a successful and rewarding career; and
- Accept responsibility for leadership roles in their profession, their community, and in the global society.
Our educational objectives for the graduate program, which leads to a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and/or a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering, is to produce graduates who:
- Accomplish research that will address new and critical issues.
- Assume leadership roles in research and development teams.
- Advance quickly to management positions in research and development.
- Confidently take leadership roles wherever they choose their professional career.
Integrated Electrical Engineering Educational Experience for Undergraduate Students
Donations made to the integrated design experience helps our students become better prepared for real-world challenges by funding projects with practical design applications.
Our mission for our undergraduate students is to help them build a strong foundation that will make them successful in their transition from student to employee. Our undergraduate labs are designed to introduce students to subjects like leadership, entrepreneurship, and project management, as well as product design topics. The Integrated Design Experience, in particular, is helping our students become better prepared for real-world challenges.
Over the last couple of years, the labs have been restructured to make each student’s senior design experience more successful by integrating practical design aspects and real-world experience through industry sponsorship and cooperation.
In addition to the integrated design experience in the labs, the department started the Summer Design Experience with undergraduates who are on campus and want to know more about the design process. We want to expand this program to regular semesters where students can build and enhance their design foundation. As this new program expands, it will become more costly in terms of parts, projects, and manpower. To implement this plan, financial resources are needed for expenses such as:
- Graduate student support and training.
- Mentorship programs.
- Undergraduate student support.
- Travel expenses for guest speakers.
- Travel expenses for students to visit industry sites.
- The purchase of specialized equipment.
The William D. Brown and Margaret A. Brown Faculty and Staff Excellence Award
Donations made to the William D. Brown and Margaret A. Brown Faculty and Staff Excellence Award provide monetary rewards to faculty and staff who have demonstrated excellence in their service and work ethic.
Professor William Brown is known and remembered for his passion for education by the generations of students he taught and advised over his years serving the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Brown received an AA in Mathematics from Allen Hancock Junior College, his BSEE from the University of Arkansas, his MSEE from Penn State, and his PhD from the University of New Mexico. He joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas in 1977. In December of 1983, he was named Head of the Department, and later also served as Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering. After that, Dr. Brown served as Interim Department Head for one year, and retired in 2005. Dr. Brown was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineering in 1989.
Professor Brown was 73 at the time of his passing on March 30, 2017. The William D. Brown and Margaret A. Brown Faculty and Staff Award provides monetary awards to faculty and staff based on the following criteria:
- Faculty: Excellence in teaching, research, service, and collegiality (defined as actions and
efforts for improving spirit and morale in the department, creating conductive work
environment, promoting collaboration, enhancing mutual respect and producing a positive
image for the department.)
- Staff: Excellence in the following areas: Customer satisfaction, actions and efforts for improving spirit and morale in the department, contributions that improve the department operations, enhance the ELEG image or reduce expenses.
The Bryan Webb Scholarship
The Bryan Webb Scholarship provides financial aid support to undergraduate students enrolled in the electrical engineering program.
Professor Bryan Webb is known and remembered by generations of students at the University of Arkansas for his remarkable skills as an engineer and educator.
After serving in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II, Webb received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1949 and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1950. He was on the faculty of the University of Florida for two years and worked as a design engineer for Westinghouse in Pennsylvania for three years prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas in 1955. His work at Westinghouse resulted in three U.S. patents plus other foreign patents. He received a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship for advanced study and research at Northwestern University for the academic year 1960-61.
Professor Webb was 84 at the time of his passing on January 14, 2010.