Inside the Classroom
The Physics and Electrical Engineering Department at The University of Scranton gives students access to top facilities, along with the support to explore and pursue whatever interests they encounter during their education. In addition to advanced science and engineering facilities, the Jesuit approach at Scranton balances science and engineering courses with humanities and culture-infused understanding of the world, giving our students a holistic understanding of their disciplines, and where they fit in the world.
Gaining Experience Through Projects
Physics and engineering students at The University of Scranton gain incredible experience in their fields. Some amazing things happening in the department include:
- Collaboration on advanced projects, like the creation of robotic mice that can navigate mazes.
- Atomic microscopic research. With heavy-duty equipment, students are able to get hands-on experience early in their programs.
- Student contributions on real-world projects, like DVD productions for Warner Brothers.
- Grant-funded, student-supported course creation. Cohorts of students assisted one of our professors on the creation of a unique physics course, which became a published textbook!
Experience Through the Years
Each year, exciting things happen at the course level.
First-year students become engaged in their major through the Foundations of Physics and Engineering (ENGR 150) course. Through public speaking in their field, from casual presentations to technical presentations, they learn about professional responsibilities and engineering ethics. They work as teams to design and program Micromouse robots to negotiate a maze autonomously.
Sophomore projects become more focused on analog and digital circuits. Students propose and complete a project within realistic budget and time constraints. In the Introduction to Computer Engineering Lab (240L) students are introduced to the design, construction and testing of digital systems including microprocessors and/or microcontrollers, motor drive, sensing and timing circuits. In Circuit Analysis (241L), they analyze resistive networks, sources, op-amps, capacitors
Junior year, students gain experience (343L and 344L) in circuit simulation using Multisim and get an introduction to LabView software. Students also gain experience in the design of advanced digital circuits, implementation of combinational and sequential digital logic, the interdependence of hardware and software on computer design, memory and I/O concepts.
Seniors work on microprocessor programming and interfacing, data acquisition, manipulation and transmission, microprocessor support devices and common computer interfaces. In addition, they design a self-contained intelligent robot required to carry out a complex task. Each project involves creative conception, design, development, evaluation, economic constraints, reliability
These immersive experiences give our students the edge to get top internships while in school, and the reputation for top careers once they graduate. Our students are known by employers and educators alike — they are empowered to do anything they set their minds to — from continuing their education to working across diverse industries.