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Electrical Engineering

Overview

There is scarcely an aspect of our modern lives that hasn't been affected by the work of an electrical or electronics engineer.

People who imagine themselves designing the next must-have entertainment or communications device. Men and women who work on critical avionics, computer hardware, and communications and navigation systems. Professionals who develop the creation of everything from today's smarter automobiles to tomorrow's satellites.

Whether you see yourself as a team player in complex, multifaceted projects or a bold entrepreneur ready to set the world on fire, Hofstra's Electrical Engineering program is a great place to start.  

At Hofstra, students work to earn their BS in Electrical Engineering, with some electing to concentrate on the intersection of computer hardware and software with a Computer Option. Either path presents a wealth of opportunities to explore new ideas and expand your knowledge as you prepare yourself for a career that is both demanding and very much in demand.

As part of the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science (ranked #35 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for engineering programs that do not offer a doctoral degree), our electrical engineering students take advantage of an extraordinary array of sophisticated laboratory facilities. These include the Electrical and Signal Processing Lab, the Engineering Computer Lab, the Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems and Mobile Computing Lab, and 14 other engineering and computer science laboratories.

Every electrical engineering student at Hofstra is strongly encouraged to take their knowledge for a test drive in the real world. Our robust co-op education program has placed hundreds of Hofstra students at businesses and institutions throughout the New York metropolitan area and beyond.

Hofstra is deeply committed to fostering a welcoming environment where men and women from all backgrounds and cultures receive the kind of support and mentoring they need to prepare themselves to become leaders in their field.

Our average class size of 20 students encourages teamwork and the formation of close mentoring relationships with our faculty. Every class is taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants. You will find that they are highly accessible and enjoy mentoring the next generation of electrical engineers. Many of our adjunct faculty members are also practicing engineers, ready to provide personal insights into the everyday work of an electrical engineering professional. Additionally, the Engineering Department has a thriving Advisory Board made up of high-ranking pros from a broad range of industries and major corporations. They, and other industry leaders, frequently meet with our students to share their wealth of expertise and provide essential guidance to prepare them for successful careers.

Electrical engineering bachelor’s degree recipients in the New York region earn an average annual salary of $71,482, and job growth for this major is projected to increase 22.5% by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

If you are driven to use science, invention, and functional design to change lives for the better, Hofstra's Electrical Engineering program could be your ticket to help generate the world's next great technological leap.

Curriculum

Hofstra's BS in Electrical Engineering students can work toward a career in electrical engineering or opt to focus on those aspects of the field that relate to computer science. Either way, your first year will focus primarily on building a foundation in universal engineering theories, mathematics, and the physical sciences. From there, you will go on to more advanced courses essential to electrical and electronic engineering, including the exploration of electrical and digital circuitry, electromagnetics, electronics, and more. In your last two years, you will delve more deeply into your chosen field through required and/or elective classes such as:

  • Electrical Engineering Design
  • Principles of Communication Systems and Noise
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Transmission
  • Microprocessor Systems
  • Computer-Aided Circuit Design

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Electrical Engineering Requirements

Students pursuing the Computer Option may also take courses in the Department of Computer Science.

  • Data Structures, Algorithms and Object-Oriented Programming
  • Assembly Language Programming
  • Embedded Systems Design
  • Robotics

In addition, we encourage all our students to better understand the role of engineers in society at large through such courses as Designing the Human-Made World, Technology and Society, and Technology and Human Values.

Hofstra also offers a minor in engineering and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Whether they immediately enter the workforce or go on to pursue an advanced degree, electrical engineering students in the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science are highly competitive and ready to succeed.

Recent graduates of Hofstra's Electrical Engineering program are actively employed in a variety of settings, including:

  • Boeing Co.
  • Con Edison
  • Lizardos Engineering
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division

In addition to Hofstra, several electrical engineering graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in prestigious universities such as:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University
  • New York University
  • Princeton University
84% are employed, grad school or both
94% accept a position within six months
$62K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

Hands-On Learning

Research Presentation

No matter what niche of electrical and electronic engineering you choose, you'll find that the candidates most prized by prospective employers are those with a real-world track record. By emphasizing participation in our co-op and internship programs, Hofstra's Electrical Engineering program can give you a leg up on the competition.

The robust DeMatteis Co-op Program offers students an integrated educational and professional working experience at one of more than 200 corporate partners throughout the United States, providing both a salary and valuable insights that help prepare them for the working world. Seven in 10 of our engineering students also complete one or more internships at businesses and institutions within the New York metropolitan area while continuing their regular coursework. These programs help you build your professional network and dramatically increase your desirability with major corporate and government employers of electrical engineers.

Independent research and design projects are also important components of Hofstra's engineering programs. With the guidance of our expert faculty, students can delve into whatever project areas excite and challenge them through programs such as Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe), which allows students to pursue full-time research projects over the summer.

In addition to their coursework, work experiences, and Hofstra's broad array of extracurricular activities, many electrical engineering students share ideas and meet new people through student organizations such as the Hofstra chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. Some choose to join the local chapter of Theta Tau, America's oldest and largest coed professional engineering fraternity.

Meet Mauro Caputi PhD

Dr. Mauro Caputi

Dr. Mauro Caputi, associate professor of electrical engineering and director of first-year engineering at the DeMatteis School, is committed to making engineering education interactive, engaging, and fun. His introduction to engineering design course, Designing the Human-Made World, is legendary in Hofstra's Engineering Department.


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