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Unformatted text preview: ECE 1100: Introduction to ECE 1100: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering David R. Jackson Professor, ECE Dept. Spring 2008 Notes 5 Slides adapted from lectures by Dr. Dave Shattuck Introduction to Engineering Introduction to Engineering What is engineering? What are the areas of ECE? Introduction to Engineering Introduction to Engineering What is engineering? “The science concerned with putting scientific knowledge to practical uses ” (Webster New World Dictionary) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) What is engineering? "Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind ." (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) What is science? “Systematized knowledge derived from observation, study, and experimentation carried on in order to determine the nature or principles of what is being studied” (Webster New World Dictionary) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) How can you tell an engineer from a scientist? In some areas of theoretical engineering, the distinction is very fuzzy. • A scientist's goal is to learn fundamental truths. • An engineer's goal is to use those truths to solve practical problems. Introduction to Engineering (cont.) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) What is an engineer? A person skilled or occupied in some branches of engineering (Webster New World Dictionary) [Rare] a person who makes or operates engines. Introduction to Engineering (cont.) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) Where does the word “engineer” come from? (Webster New World Dictionary) From the Latin word “ingenium” meaning something like “ingenuity” Introduction to Engineering (cont.) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) What is electrical engineering ? Engineering connected with the science or use of electricity. (Webster New World Dictionary) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) Introduction to Engineering (cont.) Areas of ECE Description of disciplines within ECE, taken from the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center http://careercornerstone.org/eleceng/elecengprep.htm Electromagnetics Electromagnetics Electromagnetics deals with the transfer of energy by radiation, such as light waves, and radio waves, and the interaction of such radiation with matter. Engineers apply electromagnetics in optical-fiber communications, radio broadcasting, wireless communications, coaxial cable systems, radar, antennas, sensors, and microwave generators and detectors, for example. Engineering researchers are examining the potential of electromagnetics in advanced computation and switching systems. Electromagnetics is one of the most analytical fields of electrical engineering in that it relies heavily on mathematics to express physical effects such as the complex...
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