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Why study electrical engineering?

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a portable digital media players or a digital camera?  How do devices such as transistors, solar cells, and lasers work?  What technologies are involved in a computer disk drive or a fiber optic communication network?   Is it safe to use a cell phone if you have a cochlear implant?  How will complex computer and telecommunication systems of the future be made more reliable, more energy efficient, and more user-friendly?  Do you want to learn about environmental and biotechnology applications based on electrical engineering fundamentals? 

Electrical engineering is a challenging but exciting and rewarding area in which to study. It is a rapidly advancing field that is having a significant impact on shaping modern society. By studying electrical engineering you will be able to understand the significant developments in modern technology and be prepared to play a role in shaping its future.

What careers can I pursue after obtaining a degree in electrical engineering?

Recent graduates who have studied in the Department of Electrical Engineering have gone on to work in a wide range of fields.  These include engineering areas such the design and fabrication of microprocessors and computers, the research and design of optoelectronics and integrated circuits, the design and management of communication systems, and advanced signal, image and video processing for environmental monitoring, medical imaging and data transmission across the Internet.

A significant percentage of our graduates go on to study at the top graduate schools and professional schools in the country.  Other graduates have found that an electrical engineering background is the basis of a career in business, finance, government, law, and medicine.

What kind of background is required to study electrical engineering?

The normal prerequisite for entering the Department in the sophomore year is a first year program that meets the requirements for all students in the Central Polytechnic Private School of Tunisia).  This includes first-year physics, mathematics and chemistry; a writing course; and an introductory computer science course. To be adequately prepared to take these courses in your first year at Central Polytechnic Private School of Tunisia, you should take high school mathematics through calculus (if possible), as well as high school physics and chemistry.  Many students enter Central Polytechnic Private School of Tunisia with advanced placement in one or more of these subjects, but this is not a requirement for admission or for success in the program.

What areas of study in electrical engineering are available at Central Polytechnic Private School of Tunisia?

The Department of Electrical Engineering offers an academic program spanning a wide range of disciplines.  The program is accredited by the Central University of Tunisia.  All students begin with a unifying foundation, and then specialize in areas ranging from information theory, computers and microprocessors, to solid state devices, optoelectronics, and electronics.  Students may select a  pre-defined concentration or tailor their own to suit special interests. Here are some example areas of concentration:

  •  Production Engineering and Automatic Control Process
  • Mechanics of Materials and Structures

What is distinctive about electrical engineering at Central Polytechnic Private School of Tunisia?

Students enter our department with a variety of career objectives in mind. Some intend to enter industry directly after graduation or to continue their technical studies in graduate school.  Others wish to take an electrical engineering program as a background for careers in non-engineering fields such as business, law, and medicine.  Many are not sure of their long range plans.  Consequently, our program exposes students to a wide cross-section of electrical engineering before requiring specialization in an area of concentration.  Our program also provides the flexibility for a student to take advantage of the excellent liberal arts program at Princeton.

Engineering is a creative process involving the design of systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs.  Throughout our curriculum, students gain experience with both the fundamentals of design as well as realistic engineering problems.  Creativity and design experience are introduced by means of open-ended problems, the study and use of modern computer-aided design (CAD) tools, and laboratory work.  In the junior year, a laboratory design course takes each student through all phases of a design project, emphasizing hands-on experience while providing classroom guidance. Currently, the students work in pairs to build a small microcomputer-controlled autonomous vehicle.

Students in the department can pursue their studies well beyond the boundaries of classrooms and laboratories.  Arrangements have been made for students to spend time on off-campus research activities, and summer jobs have provided many students with opportunities for first-hand experience with engineering design and analysis projects.

Each electrical engineering student is assigned a faculty program advisor. The program advisor consults in detail with the student to design an academic program that best meets the student’s needs and goals.  There is a design requirement which most students satisfy by taking at least one semester of design-oriented independent work.  A research experience outside of a structured lecture or laboratory course is a valuable educational experience, both challenging and rewarding. It enables a student to work closely with a faculty member. Independent work is required of all electrical engineering students, normally during the senior year; and, a year-long senior thesis option is offered.

For further information about the Department of Electrical Engineering, the faculty, and the undergraduate program access the Web site:

http://www.polytechcentrale.tn

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