Electrical Engineering

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Electrical Engineering (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
    • Bioinformatics
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering (90 cr) with optional specialization:
    • Bioinformatics
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • 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

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Wei Qiao

Graduate Secretary
Teresa Ryans

Campus Address
209N Walter Scott Engineering Center
Lincoln NE 68588-0511

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Electrical Engineering

  • 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
  • Resume or CV

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

Application Deadlines for Electrical Engineering
  • For Financial Consideration: January 15 for Fall.
  • Otherwise: Rolling Admissions.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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

Faculty and research

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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 DepolarizationEmeritus

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

H. Andrew Harms

Statistical Signal Processing; Efficient Sampling and Processing of Signals; Information Theory; Signal Processing for Radar Systems

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 ModelingEmeritus

Hasan Otu

Bioinformatics; Systems Biology; Bayesian Networks; Genetic Variations

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 TechniqueEmeritus

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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