"...In both teaching and research, Electrical Engineering is an academic department of great distinction and should be treasured by Israel as a major national resource"
The Department of Electrical Engineering of the Technion is ranked among the "top 10" Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments in the world. The department is the major source of engineers who lead the development of advanced Israeli technology in the fields of electronics, computers and communications.
The department acts as a center of excellence in applied and theoretical research, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in electrical and computer engineering in Israel and throughout the world. The department activities constitute an important facet of the technological and scientific infrastructure of the State of Israel. Some 2000 undergraduate students study in the department for a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering / computer engineering / computer and software engineering, and 400 graduate students study for the higher degrees of M.Sc. and Ph.D. The department has extensive relations with industry as well as academic and industrial special liaison support programs.
At both undergraduate and graduate levels, the curricula of instruction have been ranked as "excellent" by the recent international Review Committee.
The undergraduate labs, the projects, and the student quality
has been ranked by the Committee as "second to none".
The department offers B.Sc. programs in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer and software engineering, and also graduate programs leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. Students with outstanding academic achievements are rewarded with special conditions. Graduates of the department hold leading positions in Israeli high-tech industries.
By providing a very wide and basic scientific background, strict selection of candidates, and high level of academic studies, the department enables the absorption of knowledge changing at a rapid pace. This allows graduates to not only cope with engineering problems of today, but also to face future challenges as well.
The B.Sc. programs are on average four-year programs, divided into three parts. The first part establishes a broad scientific foundation in mathematics and physics. During the first two years of study, the student devotes most of his time to general scientific subjects. The second part comprises the compulsory departmental courses, including laboratories, which the students usually enroll in towards the end of their second, and during third, year of study. These courses enable the students to come in contact with the different areas of computer and electrical engineering, ensuring that they gain a wide range of knowledge, not restricted to a narrow field. The student acquires practical experience by performing experiments and projects in a wide range of subjects. The third and final stage of the study program comprises a choice of elective courses. The elective courses are organized into clusters in various areas of interest. Each of the clusters affords the student to specialize in a specific branch of electrical and computer engineering, and the method of clustering ensures a deep knowledge in each one of a number of different branches. The wide choice of elective courses allows each student to choose according to their own interests and preferences. Undergraduate Studies
The best undergraduate students are encouraged to continue their studies towards M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees, thereby allowing them to expand their knowledge and interest, and to delve into a research topic. This is how the department educates and trains such outstanding scholars among its graduates, who go on to become leaders of technology and academia.
The department has an extensive graduate activity with 400 students studying for higher degrees (M.Sc. and D.Sc.). They play an important role in the teaching and research activity. In the future they will also play an important role in guiding and channeling the most important needs of high-tech industry, science, and academia of the State of Israel. Graduate Studies
The research activity of the department encompasses a wide range of topics in the fields of electrical and computer engineering. Theoretical and experimental research is carried out by faculty members individually, or in collaboration with colleagues at the Technion and at other leading centers of research. Experimental research is carried out within the framework of various research centers and laboratories, and incorporates graduate research projects as well as projects carried out by undergraduate students as part of their course work. The research activity covers all areas of electrical and computer engineering. The most noteworthy expansion has recently been evident in the areas of optoelectronics, microelectronics, communications, signal processing, computer vision, computer networks and parallel information systems.
The recent Review Committee ranked the department as "second to none" in several research areas. Research Areas
The following areas are covered by the Department`s research:
- Parallel computing and systems
- Computer communication networks
- Electronic systems and devices
- Computer-aided design
- Very large scale integration (VLSI)
- Signal processing
- Image processing
- Computer vision
- Communication and information theory
- Automatic control
- Power systems and electrical drives
- Wave propagation and electromagnetic engineering
- Electronic and microelectronic devices
- Solid-state electronics
- Electro-optics and opto-electronic systems
- Biological signals and systems