HISTORY & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The Electrical Engineering Department is one of the earliest departments established in the Kingdom’s universities. The department was established in 1382H (1962). The department has been in the forefront of the educational development process at King Saud University up to this year. Since its establishment, the department has effectively contributed to the rapid development of the educational system in the Kingdom by striving to offer graduates who are qualified to play a vital role in all development plans of the country and hold key positions in all governmental and private sectors. As is understood by its faculty and staff members, the main objective of the Electrical Engineering Program (EEP) is to educate highly specialized and qualified electrical engineers in different fields of electrical engineering who are capable of enhancing the rapid industrial, economic and social development taking place in Saudi Arabia. Accordingly, the EEP educates and prepares engineers on electrical power and the responsibilities associated in electrical power engineering stations, substations and high voltage transmission networks. The EEP also teaches students about electrical machines and the issues pertaining to the design, development and analysis of different types of electrical generators and motors in addition to their operation, maintenance and control through extensive knowledge of power electronics. In addition, the EEP qualifies electrical communication engineers capable of designing, developing, operating and maintaining networks including antenna systems, satellite, microwave and digital communications, in addition to signal processing. On the other hand, the EEP also teaches electronics in order to design, and maintain the electronic circuits and systems used in the fields of communication, automatic control and computers along with other systems of civilian or military nature. Moreover, the EEP prepares system engineers who are trained in the design and management of control systems using computers to operate and maintain various processes and fulfill other applications, such as computer networks and microcontrollers based industrial processes.
The EEP is continuously updating the curricula of undergraduate and graduate programs to keep pace with the national and international norms. In this regard, the EEP is fully equipped with advanced facilities and high-quality laboratories that cover all aspects of electrical engineering. These facilities are subjected to a continuous upgrades and improvements in order to keep pace with the latest technology requirements. The diverse areas of specialty associated with electrical engineering provide the graduates with very good job opportunities both in the governmental and in the private sectors throughout the Kingdom.