Department of Mathematics Colloquium
|This presentation will describe some of the
primary math skills that are required for electrical and computer
engineering (ECE) as well as some of the challenges that the
electronics industry faces. ECE is one of the most math intensive
degrees in engineering and most graduates nearly achieve a minor in
math by simply completing the required courses for the ECE
degree. An understanding of calculus with an emphasis in
differential equations is core to this field as well as vector
calculus, linear algebra, complex variables, numerical analysis and a
variety of other more specialized skills.
Engineers view these skills as tools that enable the design, simulation and fabrication of a wide range of electronic systems and products from the electrical distribution grid to cell phones and computers. Today in this industry there is a need for employees with strong math skills that can bring that expertise to bare on understanding the physical phenomena that occur within these products as well as to facilitate the design of the next generation of products. Several examples of electronic products will be described as well as the math skills required to enable these products.