Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2011-2012

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology
The Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology


The Bachelor of Science degree programs in Electrical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Committee (TAC) of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202 (

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

Your challenge: Create a computer-aided testing system. Your solution: Write software, design circuits, and demonstrate how the two work together. Your result: Technological expertise that translates into high-powered careers.

Highly ranked and nationally respected, our three engineering technology programs provide plenty of hands-on learning. Flexible schedules give you the option of attending day or night, and our faculty bring their consulting experience into every lab. In small classes and on team projects, you learn the practical skills needed in many careers, from design and test engineering to research and development, sales, management, and telecommunications network administration. Engineering technologists could fill four out of every five engineering positions in the U.S., and industry and educational leaders consider our graduates among the best.

For the first two and a half years, all students take a common curriculum of fundamentals, circuits, electronics, and data communication, as well as calculus and physics. Courses in speech, technical writing, and composition help develop your communication skills, which are key to advancement. Our Industry Advisory Board, which includes representatives from BellSouth, Georgia Power, Home Depot, and Lockheed, among others, helps keep our programs in line with industrial innovation. And student professional and honors organizations offer design competitions and networking opportunities that are both fun and practical.

Engineering Technology is a branch of engineering education that emphasizes the practical aspects of engineering rather than abstract concepts or theories. It is a blend of the application of science, engineering knowledge, and technical skills used in support of engineering activities. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department at Southern Polytechnic State University offers many diverse areas of study including communications, power, audio, digital design, controls, and computer design. Programs of study can lead to any one of the following degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology

Electronics has given birth to an industrial giant. Computers, medical electronics, automation, communications, instrumentation, radar, and robotics are but a few of the fields based on electronics. This demand has created a need for electrical engineering technology graduates in all phases of development, design, production, maintenance, and troubleshooting. Graduates of the bachelor degree program in electrical engineering technology are meeting this need.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering Technology

The development of the microcomputer has created a need for engineering technology graduates with a specialized knowledge of computers and control systems. The bachelor degree in computer engineering technology was created to meet this need. The degree program in Computer Engineering Technology utilizes a core of mathematics, physics, and electronics courses. These courses provide the scientific and technical background for an in-depth study of the hardware and software aspects of computers and related systems. The emphasis of the program is on microcomputers and their application to the solution of industrial problems relating to robotics, control, instrumentation, monitoring, data communications, networks, and automated testing.

Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology

The ever-increasing popularity of the Internet combined with significant advances in communications software and hardware has spawned an immense demand for individuals possessing the knowledge and skills required to design, implement, and maintain computer networking systems of all types. The BSTCET degree program is designed to provide individuals with the theory and hands-on knowledge necessary to meet the demand.

The Faculty:

Austin B. Asgill, Professor and Department Chair

Charles L. Bachman, Professor Emeritus

Craig A. Chin, Assistant Professor

Kim Davis, Associate Professor

Charles Duvall, Assistant Professor

Thomas Fallon, Associate Professor

Pamela S. Frinzi, Associate Professor

William R. Hodges, Associate Professor

L. Brent Jenkins, Associate Professor

Scott Larisch, Assistant Professor

Florian Misoc, Associate Professor

Adimathara P. Preethy, Assistant Professor

Walter E. Thain Jr., Associate Professor

Scott J. Tippens, Professor

Jeff H. Wagner, Assistant Professor

Daren R. Wilcox, Assistant Professor

Omar Zia, Professor

The ECET department has adopted the following Program Educational Objectives:

  • Possess an appropriate knowledge of the fundamentals of the discipline, mathematics, science and technologies in order to adapt to rapidly changing technologies.
  • Function and communicate effectively, both individually and within team environments, demonstrating ethical, respectful and professional behavior in all associations.
  • Apply creativity in the design, testing and maintenance of the discipline-specific systems, and think critically to identify, evaluate and solve complex technical and non-technical problems.
  • Recognize the need for a commitment to pursue continuous self-improvement and lifelong learning.
  • Be cognizant of contemporary professional, societal and global issues and be aware of and respect diverse cultures.
  • Obtain and maintain a meaningful employment in their respective disciplines and attain increasing levels of responsibility and leadership in their chosen career field.

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