June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
8.80.1 - 8.80.7
A New Baccalaureate Program in Wireless Engineering
Victor P. Nelson1, Richard O. Chapman2, Richard C. Jaeger1 Auburn University, Alabama
1. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 2. Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
The first baccalaureate program in Wireless Engineering in the U.S. was initiated within the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering of Auburn University in the Fall Semester of 2002. This new program has been designed to meet the needs of telecommunications companies, wireless network service providers, manufacturers of telecommunication network switching equipment, wireless application developers, and manufacturers of personal wireless communication appliances, such as telephones and personal digital assistants. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work on emerging and future wireless communications applications such as third- and fourth-generation (3G and 4G) cellular telephony, broadband wireless local loop, high-speed wireless local area networks, mobile Internet access, wireless information appliances, and supporting telecommunications network infrastructure.
The new Wireless Engineering Program in the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is a joint offering of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE), leading to the Bachelor of Wireless Engineering (BWE) degree. It is an interdisciplinary venture that blends the expertise and strengths of faculty and programs from ECE and CSSE. Building on traditional broad-based programs in these departments, the BWE program has been designed to provide the knowledge and skills required to practice engineering in the wireless telecommunications industry in these times of a mobile society. Graduates of this program will be able to analyze, design, test, administer and support wireless network systems, software, communication devices, and other components used in wireless computer and telecommunication networks. Examples of businesses who are interested in these graduates include wireless network service providers, manufacturers of telecommunication network switching equipment, wireless application developers, and manufacturers of personal wireless communication appliances, such as telephones and personal digital assistants.
Because the engineering needs of these businesses vary over a wide range, the BWE program offers two options: Wireless Electrical Engineering (Wireless EE), emphasizing the design of hardware and networks for the wireless industry, and Wireless Software Engineering (Wireless SWE), emphasizing the design of software and networks for the wireless industry. Each is based on undergraduate electrical/software engineering
Jaeger, R., & Chapman, R., & Nelson, V. (2003, June), A New Baccalaureate Program In Wireless Engineering Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12022
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