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Electrical Engineering: Practical Experience

Internships and Research

Students from the electrical engineering program at The University of Scranton gain a lot of experience in and out of the classroom throughout their education. By their junior year, nearly all electrical engineering students secure paid internships. Last summer, one of our students worked with NASA in California. These kinds of experiences give our students the chance to explore their career interests in the field and find great jobs once they graduate.

Our students are interning at places like:

  • Honda
  • NASA
  • PECO
  • Tobyhanna Army Depot
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Penn DOT
  • Sanofi Pasteur
Featured Through his summer research at Binghamton University, Peter Kulick '19, an electrical engineering major, worked in a computational physics lab analyzing battery chemistry on the molecular level. He wrote his own Python scripts to analyze and process data generated by battery simulations. This primarily focused on the decomposition of the electrolyte with different battery materials. In addition, he began a second project looking into different electrolytes called ionic liquids that can potentially stop batteries from overheating due to loss of conductivity at high temperatures. Read more about Kulick here.

Opportunities

A University of Scranton electrical engineering education keeps students competitive with exciting opportunities, like:

  • Early access to specialized equipment. Use state-of-the-art tools to challenge yourself as you push the limits of technology — our students regularly win competitions with their devices across the region. On the software side, all students have ease of access to the most important mathematical software packages (Matlab, Mathematica and Maple) used in top universities.
  • Collaborative exploration. Work closely with peers and faculty mentors as you explore advanced systems. The electrical engineering program encourages a team-based approach like you will encounter in the real world. The continuous exchange and feedback will push your achievements farther than you thought possible.
  • Industry exposure. Build your resume and your network as your get real-world inspiration in the field. Get insight from industry professionals who regularly visit campus. Explore your interests with faculty-mentored projects. Challenge yourself by competing in engineering competitions.

Above: Scranton students take second place in the IEEE Micromouse Competition. 

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Alex Ranieri '19 in his own words about a summer intership experience:
MG Engineering is an engineering firm in Manhattan, New York, that works in designing and maintaining buildings. The company is comprised of engineers in the electrical, mechanical, HVAC, plumbing, and computer fields, and is split into three teams- green, gold, and blue, all specializing in different aspects of planning and operating buildings. My work as an electrical engineering intern on the Green Team involved designing and planning the electrical layouts for new, environmentally friendly, buildings or additions to buildings. My job involved using the computer design program CAD to design floor plans and electrical panels for residential apartments and retail spaces, looking at detail sheets for parts to make sure that the equipment we order matched what we needed it to, and communicating with electricians and other engineering fields to make sure that we didn’t encounter any issues while implementing our plans. The experience was extremely rewarding and made me feel ready to be an engineer and experience what it is truly like to work in the field.

“Scranton engineering graduates come out with a breadth of knowledge and the speaking and communication skills that bigger universities may not have. I graduated in 2006 and started an engineering job, and one of the first things that my manager noticed was how well I could brief customers. My manager was impressed, and is the norm for Scranton students — very well-spoken problem solvers, who can think quickly on their feet.”

Nick Truncale ’06, Faculty Specialist in the Physics/EE Department

Featured Nathan Williams '16, electrical engineering major, on Industry Exposure: As a member of the Reflective Solar Tracker (RST) collaboration, as an undergrad, I was given the opportunity to present our device at the Third Annual Conference on the Physics of Sustainable Energy. The conference was held at the University of California, Berkeley and had in attendance some of our nation’s leading advocates and practitioners of sustainable energy. There were back-to-back “mini” lectures about new studies and developing technologies to help battle our energy and environmental crisis. During our presentation, I was able to discuss sustainable energy and protecting our world’s environment with likeminded people. This was a unique opportunity for me, and one I took full advantage of. 

At the Forefront

The electrical engineering program at The University of Scranton is home to a unique group of faculty and students who continue to push the limits of the engineering and science. With constant exchange and collaboration, the electrical engineering program stays on the forefront of exciting research and experimentation.

Above: Sumo robot competition.

"As future engineers in a society that is seeing rapid increase and change in many technological fields, we need to be ready to think for ourselves, using what we know to solve an innumerable variety of issues, regardless of leadership, resources, or coworkers. The professors teach us what we need to know and expect us, as electrical engineering students, to have the creativity and desire necessary to pursue our own interests and projects."

Daniel D'Agostini '19, Electrical Engineering Major

At left: Peter Kulick '19, Bradley Houdesek '17, John Bowers '18 and Wilson Ortiz '18 compete in the Brown Bag competition at The University of Pittsburgh's IEEE Student Activities Conference (SAC). Scranton was listed in the SAC conference program as the school bringing the most students from Region 2.

IEEE Region 2 includes Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and parts of Kentucky and New Jersey.