The Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CE) curricula are administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The Educational Objectives of the department's programs are based on the mission of the department and the perceived needs of the constituents, and consistent with Engineering Criteria of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The mission statement has a preamble followed by declarations of four interconnected commitments: to students, to faculty, to alumni, and to the State of Illinois, with the understanding that the latter two include industry.
The Program Educational Objectives of the ECE curricula read as follows:
The University of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering programs will produce graduates having the choice, talents, and knowledge to:
- Pursue a diverse range of careers as engineers, consultants, and entrepreneurs.
- Continue their education in leading graduate programs in engineering and interdisciplinary areas to emerge as researchers, experts, and educators.
- Learn and create new knowledge in ever-changing environments of the 21st century, and communicate their work and ideas to colleagues and the public at large.
- Practice and inspire high ethical and technical standards, and lead their professional disciplines, organizations, and communities globally.
To prepare the student for the Program Educational Objectives to be achieved, a set of Program Outcomes, that is, statements that describe what students are expected to know and are able to do by the time of graduation, have been adopted. These Outcomes, which parallel the ABET EC2K Criterion 3 list of outcomes (see ABET Engineering Criteria 2000) and the applicable Program Criteria, are:
- Principles: ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- Design: ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- Communication: ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- Professionalism: ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- Teamwork: ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- Analysis: ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- Learning: ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies