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What is Electrical Engineering?

Imagine a world where humans have established a base station on the moon and launched a mission to Mars. Think of a place where renewable energy sources supply most of our electric power needs and electric vehicles roam the roads. Picture a future where 6G communication make digital transmission of data faster, where new electrical materials increase the resolution of smartphone cameras, and wearable electronics monitor our health condition in real-time. As an electrical engineer, you will be empowered to make these visions reality.


Student to Faculty Ratio


Average starting salary for our undergraduates in a full time engineering position

> 90%

Graduate School & Employment Placement Rate


Leading Research Centers


Annual Research Funding per Faculty


Number of Jobs in 2021

Degrees Offered

What areas can I study?

Electrical engineering is a diverse field that embraces many specialty areas.
Experience hands-on, active learning in the following areas.






Below is an overview of each of the specialty areas of study.
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Computer & Digital Circuit Design

Control Systems

Digital Signal Processing/Artificial Intelligence

Electronic Packaging

Thin Film Laboratory


Portable electronic devices like cell phones and iPods need to be as small as possible for convenience. In order to obtain high performance, a large amount of complex circuitry must be put into a very small package. Most of the circuitry in such devices consist of integrated circuit chips connected together by nearly microscopic metal film wires. Electronic packaging is the art of packing as many integrated circuit chips as possible into a very small package and wiring them together. In addition to saving space, packing chips close together inside a single package can improve performance by increasing speed and decreasing interference. The High-Density Electronics Center (HiDEC) at the University of Arkansas is devoted to research in electronic packaging. 

Micro-Electronics / Photonics



Micro-Electronics/Photonics (MicroEP) is a joint program between Electrical Engineering and the Physics Department. As the name suggests, this program emphasizes microelectronics and optical electronics. It also has a fairly strong emphasis on engineering management. MicroEP offers an undergraduate minor, and at the graduate level it offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Power Systems

RF, Microwaves, & Terahertz

Semiconductor Devices & Integrated Circuits

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Career Outlook

Electrical Engineers can do anything from developing new integrated circuits to helping a medical team create new devices to help save lives!

What You Can Do

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Controls engineer
  • Design computer chips
  • Design medical instruments
  • Embedded system engineer
  • Power Plant Designer
  • Substation Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Power Electronics Designer
  • Semiconductor engineer
  • Wireless communication engineer

Industries You Can Work In

  • Renewable and clean energy
  • Electric vehicles (land, ocean, space)
  • Robotics and automation
  • Smart phones and communication networks
  • Smart Grid
  • Nanotechnology & optoelectronics


> 90%

Graduate School & Employment Placement Rate



2021 Median Wage for Electrical Engineers*



Number of Jobs, 2021*

Research Resources

Research Centers

Department News

Magda El-Shenawee, Professor
Faculty Spotlight

Electrical engineering professor Magda El-Shenawee’s effort to develop a more accurate and less-invasive method for detecting breast cancer will benefit from a $424,545 grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

Magda El-Shenawee, Professor

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Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor
Faculty Spotlight

Mantooth Named to Arkansas Future Mobility Advisory Council. "We are here today to take a step into the future of mobility," which will "impact the options in transportation and supply chain deliveries for generations to come."

Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor

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Dereje Woldegiorgis and Yuqi Wei, Doctoral Students
Student Spotlight

Dereje Woldegiorgis and Yuqi Wei, earned best presentations at the Applied Power Electronics Conference. Woldegiorgis won for his presentation "Simple Carrier Based Capacitor Voltage Balancing Technique for Three-Level Voltage Source Inverters." Wei won two awards for presentations titled "A Fast and Accurate Simulation Tool for LLC Converters" and "A Family of LLC Converters with Magnetic Control."

Dereje Woldegiorgis and Yuqi Wei, Doctoral Students

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Myths About Electrical Engineering

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