Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering comprises the physical systems, devices and processes that form the backbone for the Information Age, including: electronic devices and materials, integrated circuits, signal analysis and processing for communication and multimedia applications, computer architectures and processes, embedded and distributed systems and networks, and biomedical engineering.

Electrical engineering alumni from The Cooper Union have been very successful as professionals and leaders for the new economy emerging in the Information Age. Many pursue careers in other areas such as business and finance, law, medicine, applied mathematics and science.

The dedicated faculty and high faculty to student ratio ensure that students aren't just a name on a list, but get to know the faculty as soon as they step into Cooper Union.

Mission Statement

To develop a highly trained, consummate engineer:  able to lead, to practice in a professional manner, to grow with technological advances, to express himself or herself in written and in oral form, to function as a project engineer immediately upon graduation and to pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields.


The Bachelor of Engineering program in electrical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Enrollment and graduation data are compiled at the following links:

Program Objectives

  • Our graduates will have positions where they function as first-class project engineers.
  • Our graduates will have positions that require exceptional technical knowledge and professional design skills.
  • Our graduates will engage in activities that involve professional-level written and oral expression.
  • Our graduates will engage in activities that require demonstrating leadership skills.
  • Our graduates will engage in activities that demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, research, independent thinking and innovation.

The student outcomes are listed here:  Student Outcomes

Undergraduate Program

Electrical Engineering students begin with basic courses in electrical circuits, signal processing and computer engineering, as well as core courses in mathematics, physical sciences, humanities and an introduction to engineering design in the first and second years of study.  By the middle of the second year, EE students are required to select an area of study which will determine their choice of courses and electives for the remaining two years. Students choose from among the following three areas:

  1. Electronic Systems and Materials
  2. Signal Processing and Communications
  3. Computer Engineering

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will assist with the planning of electives in order to focus on the area of interest as well as with electives that will help broaden the educational experience. Students also have the option of taking graduate level courses while they are still undergraduates, once the necessary prerequisites have been taken, as part of the Integrated Master's Program.

The curriculum provides ample opportunities for practical work through team and individual projects along with strong theory, grounded in mathematics and science. Project work begins in the first year and culminates with year-long senior projects. The goal, by the time students reach the senior year, is they will be able to perform open-ended system design, implementation and testing, cost analysis and prepare written and oral presentations. There are also opportunities for numerous research and independent study opportunities involving close work with faculty and professionals from industry.


Graduate Program

The candidate for the Master of Engineering program must choose a full-time faculty member from the Electrical Engineering department as his or her advisor (or one of the co-advisors).

The Integrated Master's Program permits undergraduate students at The Cooper Union to take additional courses, if prerequisites are satisfied, that would count towards the Master's degree.


Learn more about this department at www.ee.cooper.edu


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  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

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  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.