2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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Steven Hietpas, Department Head
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Daktronics Engineering Hall 214
E-mail: steven.hietpas@sdstate.edu



Dennis Helder, Steven Hietpas, Qiquan Qiao, Alireza Salehnia, Sung Shin

Associate Professors

Robert Fourney, George Hamer, Yi Liu, Manki Min, Songxin Tan

Assistant Professors

Timothy Hansen, Zhen Ni, Rienaldo Tonkoski, Myounggyu Won, Hyeun Joong Yoon


Kenneth Gamradt, Paula Kurtenbach, Cory Mettler, Kimberly Prohaska


Jerry Cooley


Madeleine Andrawis, Gerald Bergum, Virgil Ellerbruch, David Galipeau, Marvin Petersen, Duane Sander


The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department combines all aspects of electricity, electronics, hardware, and software into one multi-disciplinary unit. The department has well-established, nationally and internationally-known research programs in materials, image processing and power and energy systems.

Department Objectives

The EE and CS program educational objectives are to equip individuals who, after graduation and initial work experience,

  1. provide innovative and state-of-the-art approaches to solving complex technical problems through application of sound electrical engineering and computer science principles and make high quality technical decisions based on accumulated knowledge, experience, wisdom and common sense.
  2. create positive organizational impact through individual contribution and teamwork with a commitment to working with others of diverse culture and interdisciplinary backgrounds.
  3. demonstrate professional stewardship and ethical responsibility and exemplify a productive member of society by serving their communities and society.
  4. illustrate initiative and successful career growth through measureable and impactful contributions that strongly support the organization’s core high-level goals, accompanied by lifelong learning through graduate work, professional development, and self-study, leading to increases in organizational responsibility.




Graduate Programs*

  • Computer Science (M.S.)
  • Electrical Engineering (M.S.)
  • Electrical Engineering (Ph.D.)

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & Services

The department is housed in a 45,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art engineering facility, with over 15,000 sq. ft. in laboratory space. Students will enjoy 24-hour security-card access to undergraduate and research labs, student organization rooms, computer resource labs, robotics club room, and specialized student study areas.

Student Support & Engagement Opportunities

The department offers opportunities for student engagement through research and student organizations. Many outstanding professional activities are available through the student chapters of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery, the Society of Women Engineers, and an active Robotics Club. Student honors groups include the Upsilon Pi Epsilon for computer science majors and Eta Kappa Nu for electrical engineering majors.

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