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|Temple University was founded in 1888 by a Baptist minister, Dr. Russell Conwell, with the philosophy that “in this country of ours every man has the opportunity to make more of himself than he does in his own environment, with his own skill, with his own energy, and with his own friends.” (Russell Conwell, Acres of Diamonds, 1913). The university beginnings can be traced to the recently renovated Baptist Temple, shown in Figure1, a performing arts center that serves as the cultural center of our campus. As one of the nation’s distinguished comprehensive universities, the resources of Temple University constitute an invaluable asset for the intellectual, economic, and social enrichment of Pennsylvania, while the international prestige of the University enhances the image of Pennsylvania throughout the world.||
|The technology origins of the university date back to 1921 when the TempleUniversity Technical Institute was organized to offer evening courses to Delaware Valley residents in the emerging electro-technology industry. The day technical institute was initiated in 1945, and shared a building with the Dental School (shown in Figure 2). In 1947, the Provost at the time, Dr. Millard Gladfelter, formally proposed an upgraded technical curriculum and the establishment of the Temple Technical Institute. Temple University subsequently became part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1966, and in 1968 a College of Engineering Technology was formally proposed.The modern origins of the Electrical and Computer Engineering program can be traced to the establishment of the College of Engineering Technology in 1970. In its early days, the Department offered a two and four-year program in electrical engineering technology. The Department initiated a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) degree in 1982. The Department also took the lead in establishing the College’s first Master’s degree in 1987 and Ph.D. program in 1989. The Bachelor’s of Science degree was first accredited in 1988 when the College received its first accreditation for the civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering curriculum.||
Figure 2. The original building housing the Temple University Technical Institute in 1945 is shown.
In 1997, the Department changed its name to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and established a concentration in computer engineering. Given our limited number of faculty, it was felt that the best way to serve this emerging area was to maintain both as concentrations under one degree program. In 2004, as interest in bioengineering began to grow within the electrical engineering discipline, we added a Bioelectrical concentration.
The Department currently has 13 faculty members, approximately 240 undergraduate students, 50 MS graduate students, and 14 PhD students. We also utilize several adjunct professors each semester to help with its teaching mission. We offer the Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE), a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering.
ECE remains committed to providing students with an undergraduate experience that emphasizes multidisciplinary studies, small class sizes and personal attention. We continue to evolve our curriculum to provide a strong education in all engineering disciplines so that students maintain maximum flexibility in the early years of their UG studies while they are still attempting to determine their major. Our program is designed to mix educational, research and professional experiences so that students are motivated to pursue engineering and fare well when ultimately seeking employment.
Job experience is becoming an increasingly important aspect of undergraduate education for two reasons. First, because so many students at Temple are first generation college students and first generation engineers, job experiences are critical to maturing our students and assisting them in career choices. Second, job experience is crucial to gaining employment in today’s globally-competitive job market. More than half of our students enter engineering with a significant high school engineering experience that helps them formulate a career plan and determine areas of specialization. Through summer internships and co-op experiences, we strive to give our students significant job experiences prior to graduation. We have placed increase emphasis on this during the period of this self‑study. The professional development of our students at Temple is a priority and something we stress in our program with an extended senior design experience that exposes to them to a very realistic engineering design process based on best practices in industry.
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