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CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE

 
 

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Department of Electrical Engineering (EE), King Saud University.  With more than four decades of continuous advancement in education, and with the expertise of more than 55 full-time faculty members and 45 technical and supporting staff members, the department offers  prominent programs which are highly reputed.  Being one of the largest departments in the college of engineering, the department attracts more than 500 of the best undergraduate students in the Kingdom, and more than fourscore graduate (MS & PhD) high caliber students.  A group of international students joins all programs of the department.

Graduates of the undergraduate program get a degree with major in Electrical Engineering (EE).  The program offers elective courses that allow students to get depth experience in one specialization area in electrical engineering, in addition to breadth knowledge in other areas.  The four specialization areas include: Electronics, Communication Systems, Electrical Power Engineering, and Automation and Intelligent Systems.  The program equip the students with all required basic courses, in addition to advanced topics that cover emerging technologies such as VLSI design, nanoelectronics, electronic warfare, wireless communications, optical communication, satellite communication, renewable energy, smart grids, artificial intelligence, computer networks, and real-time systems. The diverse areas of specialty provide the graduates with very good job opportunities both in the governmental as well as in the private sectors throughout the Kingdom.  The student experience is culminated by working as team on a senior design project for a full academic year.

Graduate students conduct active research in various aspects of electrical engineering, under supervision of the faculty members.  An MS student can choose a research topic of his thesis in one of advanced fields of electrical engineering. MS students can also choose to have a non-thesis option program, in which they take two research courses as part of their curriculum.  The department also offers a prominent PhD program that is designed to provide education and research ability to graduates who are competent in basic knowledge and research experience.  PhD candidates have to pass a set of written and oral qualifying exams in basic and advanced topics of electrical engineering. After passing these exams, a PhD candidate conduct a research that leads to innovative contribution to the field of electrical engineering, using the state-of-the-art facilities in the department.

The Electrical Engineering Department is continuously updating the curricula of all programs to keep pace with the national and international norms. In this regard, the Department is continuously upgrading education and research laboratories and class-rooms in order to keep pace with the latest technology advancements.

The department has maintained close working relation with public and private sector industries including government agencies, telecommunication companies, power generation and production companies, electronics companies, and automation & control companies. Students are provided various scientific trips to these companies through the electrical engineering club.  Undergraduate students also choose one company to have two-month practical training as part of the curriculum. The department also provides many services to the society.  Faculty members participate in consulting work related to technical aspects of electrical engineering, in addition to educating the public through newspaper and magazine articles about new technologies and possible dangers associated with their mal-use. Faculty members also provide short courses to enhance the skills of engineers and technicians in government and industrial partners.

I hope that this message would attract prospective students to join our prestigious program.  For current students, you should be proud that you will be an engineer with KSU degree in EE, and you should make all possible efforts to enhance the experience you gain from the program.  You will be a live demonstration of the professional engineer model that you learn here, when you develop innovative solutions to engineering problems, abide to ethics, preserve the environment and become an influential engineer in your workplace.  The EE program will then be proud to provide the society with successful alumni like you.

 

Dr. Abdulhameed M. Al-Sanie

Chairman of Electrical Engineering Department