Electrical Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S.; Ph.D.


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

  • Bioinformatics
Areas of Study
  • Analog/Digital VLSI Circuits and Systems
  • Biomedical Digital Signal Processing
  • Communications Engineering
  • Controls
  • Digital Systems
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electro-Optics
  • Ellipsometry
  • High Performance Electric Machines
  • Magneto-Optics
  • Materials and Materials Physics
  • Nanoscale Laser Material Processing
  • Optics of Nanostructure Materials
  • Power Electronics
  • Pulsed Power
  • Sensor Networks
  • Wireless Communications
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Contacts for Electrical Engineering

Graduate Chair

Dr. Wei Qiao



Graduate Secretary

Teresa Ryans


Campus Address

209N Walter Scott Engineering Center

Lincoln NE 68588-0511

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Electrical Engineering in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Statement of goals and objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Electrical Engineering
Fall: March 1 Spring: October 1


The Department of Electrical Engineering offers two degree programs, the Master of Science and the Ph.D. Active research areas exist in: biomedical engineering, digital and wireless communications, digital and VLSI design, digital signal processing, electro-optics, ellipsometry, mixed-signal circuit design, nanotechnology, optics of nanostructure materials, plasma processing, power systems, remote sensing and electromagnetics, and solid state devices and materials. These programs are funded by various federal, state, and private agencies with annual research expenditures exceeding $2 million.

The department has extensive research facilities for all areas of active research and graduate students have the flexibility to pursue their own research experience. In addition to computing facilities individually operated by each research group, the department administers a network of high-end UNIX workstations and PCs which are regularly upgraded. These facilities are used for classroom instruction as well as the individual needs of the students.

Courses and More

Students in Electrical Engineering are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Dennis Alexander
Electromagnetic Interactions; Theoretical Calculations; Pulse Propagation; Nanostructures; Thermal Wave Echo Imaging; Aerosols
Sohrab Asgarpoor
Electrical Power Systems; Survivability and Vulnerability Assessment of Energy Infrastructure
Ezekiel Bahar
Electromagnetic and Acoustic Wave Propagation; Optical Identification of Biological and Chemical Materials; Microwave Remote Sensing; Scattering Depolarization
Sina Balkir
CAD of VLSI Systems; Analog VLSI Design; Focal Plane Arrays for Image Processing
Mark Bauer
A. John Boye
Control Systems; Simulation and Modeling
F. Fred Choobineh
Design and Control of Manufacturing Systems; Modeling Uncertainty for Decision Making Under Risk
Eva Franke Schubert
Ion Beam Processing and Material Fabrication for Nano-Electromechanic, Magnetic and Optical Device Applications
Ming Han
Optical Sensors/Actuators for Structural Health Monitoring; Micro/Nano Photonic Devices and Structures; Optical Biochemical Sensors
Michael Hoffman
Digital Signal Processing; Joint-Source and Channel Coding; Data Compression
Tino Hofmann
Nanohybrid Functional Materials
Jerry Hudgins
Power Electronic Device Characterization; Silicon and Wide Bandgap Materials
Natale Ianno
Thin Film Deposition; Plasma Processing; Nanoscale Processing; Optical Process Monitoring
Yongfeng Lu
Nanoscale Laser Material Processing and Characterization; Nanoimprinting; Nanoparticle Formation; Thin Film Deposition
Don Nelson
Graphic Databases; Distributed Management Information Systems; Interactive Data Management and Retrieval; Interactive Management/Modeling; Communication Network Simulation; Load Analysis and Projection; Power Production Modeling
Dean Patterson
Efficient Electric Vehicles
Lance Perez
Health Care Monitoring of Medicare Patients
Eric Psota
Image Processing and Computer Vision; Signal Processing and Communications
Wei Qiao
Renewable Energy Systems; Microgrids; Electric Power Systems; Power Electronics; Electric Machines; Control Systems; Computational Intelligence
Liyan Qu
Modeling techniques to Facilitate the Analysis and Design of Complex, High-Performance Electric Energy Systems; Numerical Analysis and Computer Aided Design for Electric Machinery and Power Electronic Devices and Circuits; Electric Machines and Drives
Khalid Sayood
Gene Regulation Using uORFs in Yeast; Whole Genome Phylogeny; Characterizations of Microbiomes
Mathias Schubert
Nanoscience of Hybrid Optical Materials; Generalized Ellipsometry; Nanostructure Properties and Multi-Ferroic Heterostructure
Paul Snyder
Optical Properties of Semiconductors and Nanoscale Materials; Thin Film Structures; Real-Time Control
Rodney Soukup
Thin Film Semiconductors for Solar Cells; Tunable Antenna Applications; Hollow Cathode Deposition Technique
Hamid Vakilzadian
Modeling and Simulation of Digital Systems; Embedded and Fuzzy Systems; Field Programmable Gate Arrays; Interconnection Networks
Jerald Varner
Digital Signal Processing
John Woollam
Thin Films; Interfacial and Environmental Effects on Materials

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