Department Profile

Mission and Objectives

Educational Mission:

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department strives to contribute to the state, nation, and world through the education of outstanding professionals and leaders in engineering. Our educational focus is on a broad, rigorous education in all areas of electrical and computer engineering with significant hands-on experiences. The program will provide students with an understanding of engineering problem solving at all levels and an appreciation for engineering as a profession.


Technical competency: Graduates will have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals in electrical or computer engineering that allows them to analyze and solve technical problems, to apply hardware and software tools, to create and evaluate technical products, to learn independently, and to succeed in the workplace and in graduate school.

Engineering perspective: Graduates will be capable of understanding complex projects including their evolution and abstraction and the optimization of associated decisions and risk, both locally and globally.

Professional skills and knowledge: Graduates will have the ability to communicate well in both oral and written form, to interact in teams, to manage and lead technical projects, to manage their career, and to conduct themselves with an understanding of ethics, economics, and intellectual property.



ECE Department History

This is a brief history of Electrical Engineering at Missouri S&T.  About 100 years have passed since the first Electrical Engineering courses were offered at MSM, and 75 years have passed since the EE department was created.  It is interesting to note that it took an act of the Missouri legislature and a Missouri Supreme Court ruling to get Electrical Engineering offered as a degree at MSM. Only 30 years later, EE had become the largest department on campus.

In the Beginning...

The Missouri School of Mines had been offering classes in Electrical Engineering through its Physics department since the 1890's, but no EE major existed. In order to add a BS degree in Electrical Engineering to the MSM curriculum, the Missouri General Assembly passed the Buford Act in 1915. The Buford Act was to allow degrees in Electrical Engineering, as well as other engineering disciplines. But the UM Board of Curators voted 5-3 to ignore the Buford Act. So a case was brought before the Missouri Supreme Court, with MSM student Harry Tobias Heimberger named as the plaintiff. The court ruled that the Buford Act should be followed, and Electrical Engineering was offered as a degree at MSM. In 1917, Hiemberger became the first student to graduate from MSM with a BS in EE. At first the Physics department was in charge of offering the EE degree. But in 1924, Electrical Engineering officially became a separate department.

Timeline of EE at Missouri S&T

- 1890's: The first courses in Electrical Engineering are offered by MSM Physics department.

- 1915: MO General Assembly passes the Buford Act, allowing MSM to offer a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. UM Board of Curators vote to ignore Buford Act, 5-3. The case is brought to the Missouri Supreme Court. Court rules the the Buford Act should be followed.

- 1917: Heimberger is first MSM BSEE grad.

- 1924: Electrical Engineering becomes a separate department.

- 1924: Student chapter of American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) is started.

- 1944: Jean McCaw Lloyd becomes the first female graduate in EE at MSM.

- 1946: After World War II, 400 new students enroll in Electrical Engineering. Electrical Engineering becomes the largest department at MSM.

- 1946: Master's degree in EE is offered for the first time.

- 1948: Student branch of Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) is started.

- 1950: Theta Mu chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) established.

- 1951: Theta Mu chapter of HKN is officially recognized.

- 1959: The new Electrical Engineering building is completed.

- 1962: PhD program in EE is offered.

- 1963: AIEE and IRE merge to become the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

- 1964: The Missouri School of Mines changes its name to the University of Missouri - Rolla.

- 1996: Construction and renovation of Emerson Electric Co. Hall begins.

- 1998: In January, renovation on the EECH building is completed.

- 1998: On June 11, the EE department becomes the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The name change reflects the BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Computer Engineering that are now being offered.

- 1999: 75 years have passed since the EE department was created.

Much of the information on this page comes from: Jack B. Ridley, Completing the Circuit: A Century of Electrical Education at Miner, 1984


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