What Do Ole Miss Electrical Engineering Graduates Do?

According to the IEEE, the professional society for electrical and electronics engineers, there are about 10 key industry sectors in which electrical and electronics engineers are employed. These are the telecommunications, energy and electric power, computer, semiconductor, aerospace, bioengineering, manufacturing, education and research, transportation and automotive, and service industries.

The electrical engineering field may also be divided into several broad areas such as:

  • Circuits - all kinds of products depend on circuit development: car systems, audio systems, computers, televisions, DVD systems, aircraft, spacecraft, artificial limbs, an artificial heart, etc.
  • Communications - may involve development of the next generation cell phones or designing radars for detection and tracking of aircraft, ships, etc., or for auto collision avoidance.
  • Power - may involve the design, operation, and control of complex utility plants and power transmission systems.
  • Systems - may involve the development of a complex system using a diverse set of components. For example, use a battery, motors, computers, and electromagnetic and/or acoustic sensors to build a robot that can operate in a hazardous environment such as a collapsed building, a battlefield, or on another planet.
  • Signal processing - may involve the use speech processing, video encoding, imaging, and vision technology to design products for consumers, space communications, or medical imaging.
  • Chip design - may design microelectronic chips for a wide variety of applications.

Graduates of the electrical engineering program at the University of Mississippi have made their mark in many areas within the EE profession and elsewhere. Graduates have been employed in engineering and managerial positions by well-known companies such as Boeing, Canon, C-Spire, Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Exxon Mobil, FedEx, General Electric, Harris Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Motorola, National Semiconductor, Nextel, Northrup Grumman, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Western Digital, Weyerhaeuser, and Whirlpool, to name only a few. Other graduates have obtained medical degrees, worked for government or national laboratories, or started their own companies. Many graduates have gone on to obtain advanced degrees from various schools such as California Institute of Technology, Clarkson, Harvard, University of Illinois, Virginia Tech, and (of course!) the University of Mississippi.