Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineering is an adventure.

It begins here.

Iowa State’s electrical engineering program has a wide range of resources and services to help you be creative in your field of study and life. Your adventure will take you places you can’t begin to imagine!

Engineer your future

Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants.

  • The average starting salary of electrical engineering graduates is almost $63,000/year.
  • Co-op and internship salaries for  our students average $19/hour.
  • More than 500 companies visit the College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.
  • 98 percent of our electrical engineering students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

Discover your passion

Electrical engineers are at the foundation of all electronic devices—such as your mobile phone, laptop, tablet, LED lights and your car. They create technologies that connect the world and work in various industries from power and communications to health care and avionics. Electrical engineers:

  • Develop wind, solar and traditional energy systems and make hybrid electric vehicles run.
  • Design controls and communications systems for smarter robots.
  • Help victims of brain injuries.
  • Create biosensors to monitor crops.
  • Enhance image processing and diagnostics instrumentation used in hospitals.
  • Develop nanotechnologies to study microorganisms.
  • Design computer chips to speed up networks and processors.
  • Communicate with high-orbiting satellites.

Electrical engineers are in high demand. They work not only with traditional electric power systems, but also enjoy careers in emerging areas of alternative and renewable energy, biomedical imaging, consumer electronics and wireless communications.

Be greater than you imagine

The electrical engineering major at Iowa State offers the latest technology, cutting-edge research and world-renowned faculty—making it one of the best programs in the country. Freshman engineering lab: Get hands-on experience during your first year in our freshman engineering lab. This is a great opportunity to experiment with infrared imaging, magnetic levitation and GPS units. Specialty areas of study:

  • Communications and signal processing
  • Electromagnetics, microwaves and nondestructive evaluation
  • Electric power and energy systems
  • Microelectronics and photonics
  • Systems and controls
  • Very large scale integration (VLSI) design

Career options

Electrical engineering is highly interdisciplinary work, giving you plenty of career options in nearly any industry imaginable. Consider these career area options:

  • Energy: Help the world go green! Design solar, wind and traditional electric power systems and make them more secure, reliable and affordable.
  • Information: Create human-like robotic systems and enable them to communicate and learn. Solve problems in electronic controls for aircraft flight control systems, car antilock braking systems and more.
  • Bioengineering: Develop therapies with ultrasound, magnetic waves and other technologies to help doctors treat cancer and other diseases. Make biomedical imaging technology more valuable so MRI signals and images are easier to process and read.
  • Electronics: Enhance the speed, materials and flexibility of electronics we work and play with every day. Work with lasers, make computer chips smaller and faster and improve solar energy and smartphone technology.

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