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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate Degrees Offered

M.S., Ph.D., DE

Areas of Study

  • Circuits and Electronics: Network analysis and synthesis, computer aided circuit design, distributed circuits, communications circuits, and linear & nonlinear electronic circuits
  • Communication and Signal Processing: Coding, information theory, modulation, detection, filtering (both analog and digital), signal processing, image processing, wireless communications & wireless sensor networks
  • Controls and Systems: Sensor design, event triggered control, cyber-physical systems, resilient control, control of/over networks, embedded systems and control, digital control, process control, optimal control and estimation, robust control, neural networks, and fuzzy logic based control systems as typically applied to control of aircraft, space and underwater vehicles, automobiles, chemical processes, manufacturing, robotics, environmental systems, prognostics, and smart structural systems
  • Digital Systems Design: Computer architecture, digital circuits, high performance systems, parallel processors, testing, and VLSI design
  • Electromagnetics: Characterization of semiconductor devices, electromagnetic compatibility and signal integrity for high speed electronic systems, fiber optics, optical methods applied to structural monitoring, microwaves, millimeter waves and applications to nondestructive testing and evaluation
  • Embedded Computer Systems: Hardware/software co-design, microprocessor systems, real-time systems, smart sensors
  • Optics and Devices: Solid-state materials, sensors, electronic devices, and optoelectronics.  Applications are micro-fabrication, telecommunications, computing, instrumentation, lasers and fiber optics, sensing, and smart technologies
  • Power and Machinery: Power quality, reliability, relaying, stability, computer methods, load management, vehicular power and propulsion systems (submarines, ships, hybrid electric vehicles, air and spacecraft), power electronics
  • Systems, Intelligence, Software Engineering: Computational intelligence, computer networks, dependability, fault tolerance, image processing, neural networks, system security/survivability

Application Checklist:
Please note that the minimum standards of the ECE department may exceed general university requirements.  In case of discrepancies, departmental requirements supersede all others.

Required of ALL students:

Application for Admission

  • Accompanied by non-refundable application fee:
    • Undergraduate (Domestic & International) - $50.00
    • Graduate (Domestic) - $55.00
    • Graduate (International) - $75.00
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GRE scores from ETS
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Copies of journal and refereed conference papers (must be in English) - optional

Required of international students:

  • Official TOEFL scores
  • Financial Statement

Send required documents to:

Missouri University of Science and Technology
106 Parker Hall
300 W 13th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-0370

Admissions Requirements:

Master's degree minimum admissions requirements:

  • BS degree from ABET accredited university (or equivalent international)
  • GPA  3.3/4.0 or higher
  • Minimum GRE scores of:
  •       GRE Prior Scale                         GRE Current Scale
    • Verbal (420)                            Verbal (148)
    • Quantitative (760)                    Quantitative (160)
      Verbal + Quantitative (1180)     Verbal + Quantitative (308)
    •                                                   Technical writing (4.0)
  • TOEFL> 92 iBT – internet based test; 580 PBT – paper based test; 237 CBT - computer based test
  • IELTS = 6.5 minimum

Doctoral degree minimum admissions requirements:

  • Completed MS degree with graduate GPA>3.5/4.0
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Meeting all other requirements for admission to MS program
  • Securing a PhD Advisor from the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  --  Visit Listing of Faculty and Research area/interests to identify a faculty member with similar research interests as a potential PhD Advisor.
  -- Contact the faculty member by email.  Include a copy of your transcript and resume.  If they are willing to serve as your Phd Advisor, seek confirmation.
  -- Once you have an agreement, notify Graduate Support Staff-Admissions of intent and/or outcome by email.
  • Providing proof of funding, for example:  self-pay, scholarships, PhD Advisor, research assistantship, etc.


Application Deadlines              Domestic Students        *International Students
Fall Semester                            July 15                             *May 15

Spring Semester                       December 15                   *October 15

Summer Semester                    May 1                               *March 1

ECE Department application deadline for International Students set two months prior:   Additional time allows for department paperwork, deliberation, campus routing and international paperwork on campus during the semester along with off campus business such as sending international paperwork notifying international student, in a timely manner,which allows them preparatory time.



Most of the financial support available for graduate students is associated with specific research projects and is dependent upon the availability of grants from individual faculty members. 

Scroll down for faculty research interests, faculty name links to webpage with contact information.

TA (Teaching Assistantships) will be considered after completion of first academic semester on campus.

Students are encouraged to visit Funding Opportunities @ Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Students @ Student Financial Assistance Office


Listing of Faculty and Research area/interests


Levent Acar, Associate Professor

Research area:  Controls

Research interests:  Intelligent control of functional systems, neural networks applied to control, hierarchical design and control of large-scale systems, optimal and suboptimal control for interconnected systems, distributed computational methods of optimal control strategies


Daryl Beetner, Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Research area:  Digital system design

Research interests:  Design of integrated circuits, electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic immunity, detection, identification, and neutralization of electronic devices


Egemen K. Çetinkaya, Assistant Professor

Research area:  Networks & systems

Research interests:  design and analysis of resilient and dependable networks, development and simulation of network architectures and protocols, graph-theoretic approaches for modelling complex networks, graph algorithms, wireless and mobile networks, network security and game-theoretic approaches in networks


Minsu Choi, Associate Professor

Research area:  Computer architecture, digital system design; embedded computer systems; reliable and secure computing

Research interests:  Robust nano circuits and systems, asynchronous circuit design, reliable and secure computing


Mariesa L. Crow, Fred Finley Distinguished Professorship in Electrical Engineering

Research area:  Power engineering

Research interests:  Computer-aided analysis of power systems dynamics and security analysis, voltage stability, computational algorithms for analyzing stressed, non-linear, non-continuous systems, power-electronic applications in bulk power systems (FACTS), and parameter estimation


Kristen M. Donnell, Assistant Professor

Research area:  Electromagnetics

Research interests:  Embedded sensors, modulated antennas/scatterers, microwave/millimeter wave engineering, microwave material characterization, terahertz methodologies, electronics design


James L. Drewniak, Curators Professor

Research area:  Electromagnetics

Research interests:  Investigation of coupling physics and numerical modeling for electromagnetic compatibility in printed and integrated circuits, power electronics and electric machinery; electromagnetic packaging effects and signal integrity; MEMS; numerical electromagnetic analysis; and RF and microwave measurements


Kelvin T. Erickson, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research area:  Controls

Research interests:  Plant wide process control, model based predictive control, digital control system stability, system identification, fuzzy logic control, biochemical control, and control of manufacturing systems


Jun Fan, Associate Professor and Director for the Missouri S&T Center for Electromagnetic Compatibility

Research area:  Electromagnetics

Research interests:  Intra-system electromagnetic interference, radio-frequency interference, issues for mixed digital/RF systems, signal and power integrity for high-speed digital circuits


Mehdi Ferdowsi, Associate Professor

Research area:  Power electronics

Research interests:  Modeling, analysis, design, and control of power electronic converters, integrated power converters and their industrial applications, digital control of power electronic converters and motor drives, adjustable speed drives, brushless DC (BLDC) and switched reluctance motor (SRM) drives, automotive/aerospace power electronics and motor drives, electric and hybrid electric vehicles, uninterruptible power supplies and active filters, design and control of power factor correctors, and analysis and design of resonant converters and inverters


Steve Grant, Roy A. Wilkens Missouri Telecommunications Professor of Electrical Engineering

Research area:  Communications and digital signal processing

Research interests:  Digital signal processing for acoustics, speech, and communication and echo cancellation, SONAR, nonlinear filtering, speech coding


Chang-Soo Kim, Professor

Research area:  EM/Optics/Devices

Research interests:  Solid-state devices, micro/nanofabrication, sensor engineering, nanotechnology application, biological micro-devices and systems


Jonathan Kimball, Associate Professor

Research area:  Power electronics

Research interests:  Energy harvesting, switched-capacitor converters, microgrids, digital and nonlinear control methods for power converters


Kurt Kosbar, Associate Professor

Research area:  Communications & signal processing

Research interests:  Statistical communication theory, spread spectrum systems, computer-aided design of communication systems, stochastic process theory, digital signal processing


Randy Moss, Professor

Research Area:  Communications & signal processing

Research interests:  Machine vision systems including medical and industrial applications, pattern recognition and image-processing


David J. Pommerenke, Professor

Research area:  Electromagnetics

Research interests:  Electromagnetic compatibility, electronics, instrumentation and measurement techniques, electrostatic discharge, sensors and high-voltage systems


Jagannathan Sarangapani, Rutlege Emerson Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering

Research area:  Controls

Research interests:  Systems and Control, Neural Network Control, Event Triggered and Control/Cyber-Physical Systems, Resilience/Prognostics, and Autonomous Systems/Robotics


Sahra Sedigh Sarvestani, Associate Professor

Research area:  Design and modeling of dependable networked systems

Research interests:  Cyber-physical systems, critical infrastructure protection, simulation and analytical modeling of complex networked systems, system and information assurance and networked systems for remote structural health monitoring


Pourya Shamsi, Assistant Professor

Research area:  Power electronics

Research interests:  Smart-grids, stability assessment in micro-grids, energy management, switching power converters, VHF/UHF dc-dc converters, and motor drives


Yiyu Shi, Assistant Professor

Research area:  VLSI Design Automation, 3D ICs, renewable energy

Research interests:  VLSI design automation, 3D IC, renewable energy


R. Joe Stanley, Associate Professor

Research area:  Image and signal processing, computational intelligence, automation, computer engineering

Research interests:  Image and signal processing, computational intelligence, data fusion, automation, bioinformatics, computer-assisted medical diagnostic aides, non-destructive evaluation for structural health monitoring


Steve E. Watkins, Professor

Research and Teaching Interest:  Smart sensor systems, fiber optics, imaging, engineering education and pre-college education


Cheng-Hsiao Wu, Professor

Research area:  Device physics & optics

Research interests:  Quantum computing and cellular automata, quantum resistor network theory, mesoscopic devices and molecular electronics, optical/wave computing, simulation of amorphous silicon thin-film transistors and solar cells, dlts and optical dlts measurements in mos devices, algaas/gaas quantum well lasers and cds diodes, conduction in hetero-junctions, measurement of radiation and high temperature effects of mosfets, random walk theory and applications,surface and interface properties of materials, dielectric breakdown simulation, charge transport in composite and disordered materials, ic fabrication and processing for teaching purposes, dram and sram test structures and failure mode analysis


Donald C. Wunsch II, Mary K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Computer Engineering

Research area:  Clustering; Adaptive resonance and reinforcement learning architectures, hardware and applications; neurofuzzy regression; traveling salesman problem heuristics; robotic swarms and bioinformatics.

Research interests:  clustering, neural networks, reinforcement learning, approximate dynamic programming, adaptive dynamic programming, adaptive critic designs, adaptive resonance theory, fuzzy systems, evolutionary computation, particle swarm optimization, nonlinear regression, memristors, game of go (Baduk, Weichi), traveling salesman problem, prisoner's dilemma problem, robotics swarms, bioinformatics, self-healing critical infrastructure, smart grid and critical infrastructure and cybersecurity


Chengshan Xiao, Professor

Research area:  Digital Communications, signal processing, wireless communications

Research interests:  Multi-user and Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) communications under finite alphabet constraints, secure communications, information theory, idea-proof hardware implementation for wireless communications and underwater acoustic communications


Maciej Zawodniok, Associate Professor

Research area:  Networks and embedded systems

Research interests:  Wireless sensor networks, wireless ad-hoc networks, mote, energy-efficient protocols, network security, embedded systems, application of control theory and computational intelligence, prognostics, diagnostics


Yahong Rosa Zheng, Associate Professor

Research area:  Wireless communications and digital signal processing

Research interests:  Array signal processing, detection and estimation, real-time signal processing using MCU, DSP and FPGA, wireless communications and hardware implementation, underwater acoustic or Magneto-Inductive (MI) communications, and wireless sensor networks


Reza Zoughi, Schlumberger Distinguished Professor

Research area:  Electromagnetics

Research interests:  Electromagnetics, antenna design, microwave engineering, microwave and millimeter wave nondestructive testing, material characterization, near-field microwave measurements and modeling, modulated scattering techniques, microwave material characterization


Fast Facts

Where are S&T's Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates with advanced degrees employed?   Intel, Micron Technology, Hewlett Packard, Caterpillar, Motorola, Adtran, NCR, Sun, Guidant, Boeing, Tellabs, and the U. S. Air Force and others.

Median graduate full-time salary for graduates:  PhD: $102,000 per year MS: $95,000 per year*

 *These median salaries should not be interpreted as median starting salaries. Source: IEEE-USA Salary & Fringe Benefit Survey - 2001 Edition, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., Piscataway, NJ., 2001.


ECE Graduate application inquiries:

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Graduate Staff

Applicants, Admitted & Enrolled Graduate Students:

Please contact:

 Joni Matlock
 142 EECH

Graduate Faculty Coordinator

Jagannathan Sarangapani

Department Chair

Daryl Beetner

Department Address
Electrical and Computer
141 Emerson Electric Co. Hall  (EECH)
301 W. 16th St.
Rolla, MO 65409-0040
(573) 341-4519

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