Student in lab with equipment

Electrical engineering deals with the technology of electricity and as an electrical engineering degree student, you’ll design, develop, produce and improve every kind of electrical device imaginable.

You’ll learn fundamental concepts about how circuits work. It helps to be good at abstract thinking because even though you’ll work with tangible items such as conductors, switches, capacitors, and transistors, many of the processes involved are not visible.

For more information on electrical engineering and information on technical specialties within the field, visit the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Career Cornerstone.

Program Type

Major, Minor

Program Format

On Campus
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Career Outlook

You’ll be in demand across many fields. Graduates work in almost every industry.

2020 median pay was $100,830/year*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

“My internship with BD has allowed me to make new discoveries regarding chemical reactions with 3D printed materials.” –Maddie, Senior, Electrical Engineering

What to Expect

Increased speed to graduation

Our new and redesigned curriculum makes it easier and faster for you to complete your degree. You’ll also find greater flexibility in the electives available to customize your experience. 

What makes our program stand out

The Electrical Engineering major at the College of Engineering & Applied Science is an exceptional hands-on, multi-disciplinary program designed to prepare students for successful careers or graduate study with top-tier universities.

Though we have curriculum requirements, electrical engineering students at UWM have the flexibility to choose the areas of study that interest them. Our students are encouraged to have a broad exposure to different technical areas rather than a narrow focus in one. In fact, we find that students who choose at least two technical tracks, such as electrical engineering and physics, are best prepared to achieve success.

Honors

You will be eligible for these honors in the major during your studies and upon completing your degree.

Students at UWM have many opportunities to earn honors recognition.

UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science program provides many opportunities to pair classroom learning with hands-on experiences outside the classroom. The college’s location in Wisconsin’s largest city, with a broad network of industry partnerships, gives you easy access to well-paid internships and co-ops, as well as other important opportunities to enhance your resume. 

The hands on experience I was able to receive from co-oping paired with the EE curriculum and resources offered by the college made it possible for me receive and accept a full time job offer before graduating.


Kalila (Career Launch at Milwaukee Tool)Alumna, BS Electrical Engineering

Did you know? 

  • 93 percent of UWM engineering and computer science students complete paid, work-related experiences including internships, co-ops and research opportunities 
  • 91 percent land a job or commit to graduate school before graduation. 

SOURCE: UWM First Destination Survey, December 2019  

Internships & Co-ops

Our students have had many hands-on opportunities to develop their skills and to determine what type of career experience they would like after graduation, while often earning a significant paycheck over summer breaks and even during the academic year.

Here are some of the businesses where our electrical engineering degree students have had internships, co-ops or begun their careers:

  • ABB
  • Eaton Corporation
  • GE Healthcare
  • Generac Power Systems, Inc.
  • Honeywell
  • Johnson Controls
  • Leonardo DRS
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Rockwell Automation
  • WEC Energy Group
Capstones / Senior Design Projects

In your senior year, you’ll team up with other students to complete a Capstone Project led by the Chief Electrical Officer at GE Healthcare. You’ll work as a group to use what you’ve learned in class to complete an experience similar to a real-world employer project.

Past students have created projects ranging from ________ to ___________.

Student Organizations

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

IEEE is dedicated to helping students by providing networking opportunities, mentoring, project guidance, and more.

Association of Energy Engineers

AEE promotes the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development.

Robotics Association

RA UWM gives students with a passion for robotics an outlet to express that passion through designing, building, testing, programming, and competing with our robots against universities from around the world.

For full descriptions and contact information for all electrical-engineering and other engineering-related student organizations and clubs, click here.

Resource Rooms & Teaching Labs

Electrical Engineering Lab

As an Electrical Engineering student, you’ll have plenty of hands-on learning opportunities in this lab, from computer simulation through building and testing phases of projects, whether for your freshman Electrical Engineering course or your senior capstone design experience, providing you hands-on experience that employers value. In addition to this general-purpose lab, the Electrical Engineering department has dedicated teaching labs for power electronics, electric machines, and digital/microcontroller design and testing.

Resource Rooms

UWM students have a wealth of additional resources available to them within the College of Engineering & Applied Science. From computer labs and tutoring resources to teaching labs and spaces to create or collaborate. Details here.

Research Opportunities

We’re a top tier R1 research university and our students have the opportunity to work with faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in areas such as artificial intelligence, batteries, data visualization, clean energy, power systems and grids, nanotechnology and sensors.

Undergraduates in Electrical Engineering also have the opportunity to get paid to do research with UWM’s SURF (Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows) Program which fosters a win-win situation for both faculty and students.

Both graduates and undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the annual Student Research Poster Competition to see who can best represent their research visually on a poster and verbally by describing it to judges.

Product Realization Course

This optional, elective course is co-taught by an engineering professor and an art professor. As part of an interdisciplinary student project team of engineers, artists and designers, you will learn how to work in teams, present ideas professionally, deliver presentations and take an idea from concept to design to prototype. Your team will be sponsored by an industry member, who will provide engineering a mentor to the team. More detail here.

Student Startup Challenge

Directed by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, the UWM Student Startup Challenge is an optional, co-curricular program that fosters our students’ innovative and entrepreneurial ideas. You can work alone or as part of a team as you gain the skills that come from entrepreneurial experience.

We’re Here to Help

We have a dedicated Career Services Department at the College of Engineering & Applied Science who works exclusively with our students to prepare them for a career after graduation.

What You’ll Do

Graduates of our electrical engineering degree program work in almost every industry because electricity has integrated itself into every aspect of modern life, and demand for electrical engineers is expected to grow 3% per year for the next decade so there is job security in electrical engineering. Careers in electrical engineering can involve:

  • Batteries
  • Bio-imaging and devices
  • Communications
  • Controls and automation
  • Embedded System Design and implementation
  • Energy generation and transmission
  • Motors
  • Optical and photonic circuits and devices
  • Power electronics
  • Renewable energy
  • Signal and image processing

For general information on electrical engineering as well as information on technical specialties within the field, visit the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Career Cornerstone.

Advising

Current, Tina
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning I-O
  • Prospective Transfer Student Liaison
Kaempfer, Sharon
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning A-H
Klumpp, Jennie
  • Senior Advisor, Undergraduate Advising
  • Students with last names beginning P-Z
  • Prospective Student Liaison

Tutoring

Steven Anderson
  • Retention Coordinator, Tutoring
  • Tutoring & Mentoring Center Coordinator
  • Freshmen Orientation Instructor

Faculty & Staff

Brian Armstrong
  • Professor, Electrical Engineerg and Computer Science
Rob Cuzner
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
William Dussault electrical engineering
  • Faculty Associate, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
faculty member yi-hu
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Department Chair, Electrical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
Jeffrey Kautzer
  • Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Executive Chief Electrical Engineer, GM Imaging Hardware Platforms, GE Healthcare
Nikolai Kouklin
  • Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Professor, Computer Science
Chiu Law
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
Devendra Misra
  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Department Chair, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Electrical Engineering
Lingfeng Wang
  • Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Professor, Computer Science
faculty image weizhong wang
  • Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Computer Science
Jun Zhang
  • Professor, Electrical Engineering
  • Professor, Computer Science
Accreditation

The Electrical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Contact
Electrical Engineering

Contact Info: ceas-ee@uwm.edu

Street Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
3200 North Cramer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mailing Address
College of Engineering & Applied Science
P.O. Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0784