Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

Named in honor of one of the three founders of Texas Instruments, Inc. and of The University of Texas at Dallas, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science provides undergraduate degree preparation for professional practice as an engineer or computer scientist. Particular emphasis is placed on developing strong analytical and problem solving abilities as a foundation for graduate study in these fields.

The school's curricula emphasize electronic information processing devices and technologies that are involved with the acquisition, interpretation, transmission, and utilization of information. The school offers seven degree programs: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering; a minor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The Biomedical Engineering program offers students the opportunity to combine engineering with biology and physiology. The Computer Science program emphasizes the design and analysis of efficient parallel and sequential algorithms with applications in VLSI layout and routing, distributed networks and operating systems, image processing, computational geometry, automation and robotics. The Software Engineering program concentrates on all aspects of software development including requirements engineering, software architecture and design, program testing, validation, and quality assurance. The Electrical Engineering program offers students an opportunity to acquire a solid foundation in the broad areas of electrical engineering and emphasizes advanced study in digital systems, telecommunications, and microelectronics. The Mechanical Engineering program focuses on the analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical and thermal systems with particular emphasis on nanotechnology and robotics. The Computer Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering programs are interdisciplinary, as they require a blend of knowledge from the areas of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

All programs are based on a solid foundation of science and mathematics coursework. Students in these programs are given an opportunity to learn to extend their abilities to analyze and solve complex problems and to design new uses of technology to serve today's society. The Engineering programs provide an integrated educational experience directed toward the development of the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the identification and solution of practical problems in engineering. These programs ensure that the design experience is developed and integrated throughout the curriculum in a sequential development leading to advanced work and includes both analytical and experimental studies. Established cooperative education programs with area industry serve to further supplement design experiences.

The University of Texas at Dallas is located at the heart of a high concentration of companies that specialize in the areas of microelectronics, telecommunications, signal processing and optics. The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science maintains close relationships with these companies and has established cooperative programs through which students can obtain industrial experience to complement their classroom instruction. Details of specific cooperative programs between Computer Science and Engineering students and local companies are available in the respective program offices.

Industrial Practice Programs

The Industrial Practice Programs (IP Programs or IPP) of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science include the school’s Cooperative Education, Internship, and Curricular Practical Training Programs. These programs combine classroom learning with paid work experience. Qualified students are referred to participating employers seeking candidates for career-related, pre-professional work assignments. The programs enhance a student’s education and career preparation by integrating classroom theory with on-the-job performance, providing an understanding of work environments and professional requirements, testing career and professional goals, developing confidence, maturity and skills in human relations, and establishing contacts and interests.

Students are expected to register with and follow the rules of the IP Programs when working in any position titled by the employer as an Internship or a Cooperative Education assignment. Also, the Jonsson School offers one credit hour ECSC courses (may be used towards free elective requirements), and a three-hour course (may be used towards advanced free elective requirements) that provide students the opportunity to evaluate their work experience.

For more information about the IP programs, call (972)883-4363. The IP Programs Office is located in the Student Services suite (ECS South 2.502).

Prefixes:

In the 2010 catalog, the prefixes ECS and ENGR were used for classes that are major degree requirements in multiple programs in the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science. These classes were cross-listed in previous catalogs and most of them are again cross-listed in this catalog update. For example: ECS 4348 was used in place of the set {CE 4348, CS 4348, SE 4348, and TE 4348}; ENGR 3301 was used in place of the set {CE 3301, EE 3301, TE 3301}. ENGR 2300 continues to replace {CE 2300, EE 2300, and MECH 2300}; similarly, ENGR 3300, ENGR 3341, ENGR 4334 continue to replace CE/EE/MECH 3300, 3341, 4334 respectively.

The correspondence to the previous prefixes for grade over-writes, prerequisite checks, degree audits and related uses will be implemented in the Orion, DARS systems. Contact your advisor if you have any questions.

Department of Bioengineering

Biomedical Engineering (B.S.)

Faculty

Professors: Dinesh Bhatia, Steven Levene, Raimund Ober, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, Michael Zhang

Associate Professors: Jinming Gao

Assistant Professors: Leonidas Bleris, Lan Ma, Hyun-Joo Nam, Hyntae Yoo

Mission of the Department of Bioengineering

The mission of the Bioengineering Department is to provide a state-of-the-art, highly interdisciplinary, teaching and research environment for undergraduate and graduate students. Whether at undergraduate or post-graduate levels, our students will be able to reach across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and work effectively with experts in engineering, life sciences, and medicine. At the Bachelors level, our graduates will be ready to meet the rapidly growing demand for bioengineers, and tackle challenges in emerging areas, including but not limited to personalized medicine, biomedical devices, and targeted drug delivery. At the Masters and PhD levels, our graduates will undertake original cutting-edge research at the forefront of scientific and technological developments in bioengineering.

 

Department of Computer Science

Computer Science (B.S.) and Software Engineering (B.S.S.E)

Faculty

Professors: Farokh Bastani, Ramaswamy Chandrasekaran, Ding-Zhu Du, András Faragó, Gopal Gupta, Dung T. Huynh, Jason Jue, Dan Moldovan, Simeon C. Ntafos, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Balaji Raghavachari, Hsing-Mean (Edwin) Sha, Ivan H. Sudborough, Bhavani Thuraisingham, Klaus Truemper (Emeritus), I-Ling Yen, Kang Zhang, Si-Qing Zheng.

Associate Professors: Sergey Bereg, Lawrence Chung, Jorge A. Cobb, Kendra M.L. Cooper, Ovidiu Daescu, Sanda Harabagiu, Vasileios Hatzivassiloglou, Latifur Khan, Neeraj Mittal, Ivor P. Page, Ravi Prakash, Kamil Sarac, Haim Schweitzer, S. Venkatesan, Yuke Wang, W. Eric Wong, Weili Wu, Rym Zalila-Wenkstern.

Assistant Professors: Xiaohu Guo, Kevin Hamlen, Murat Kantarcioglu, Yang Liu,Vincent Ng.

Senior Lecturers: Rekha Bhowmik, Tim Farage, Herman Harrison, Sam Karrah, Feliks Kluźniak, Linda Morales, Greg Ozbirn, Miquel Razo-Razo, Cort Steinhorst, Laurie Thompson, Jay Veerasamy.

The Computer Science Department offers the B.S. degree in Computer Science and the B.S. degree in Software Engineering. Both are based on a solid foundation of mathematics, including calculus, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics. These programs of study are designed to offer students opportunities to prepare for an industrial, business, or governmental career in a rapidly changing profession and to prepare for graduate study in a field in which further education is strongly recommended. The two programs have the same basis in core computer science, including the analysis of algorithms and data structures, modern programming methodologies, and the study of operating systems. The Computer Science program continues with courses in advanced data structures, programming languages, telecommunications networks, and automata theory, while the Software Engineering program include courses in requirements engineering, software validation and testing, and software architecture, culminating in a challenging project course in which students must demonstrate use of software engineering techniques. Both programs offer a rich choice of elective studies, including courses in artificial intelligence, computer graphics, databases, and compiler design.

The school offers a "fast track" B.S. / M.S. option; see Fast Track Baccalaureate/Master's Degree Program.

Mission of the Department of Computer Science

The mission of the Department of Computer Science is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for productive careers in industry, academia, and government by providing an outstanding environment for teaching, learning, and research in the theory and applications of computing. The Department places high priority on establishing and maintaining innovative research programs to enhance its education quality and make it an important regional, national and international resource center for discovering, integrating and applying new knowledge and technologies.

Department of Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)

Faculty

Professors: Naofal Al-Dhahir, Poras T. Balsara, Dinesh Bhatia, Andrew J. Blanchard, Cyrus D. Cantrell III, Yves J. Chabal, John P. Fonseka, Babak Fahimi, William R. Frensley, Andrea F. Fumagalli, Bruce E. Gnade, Matthew J. Goeckner, John H.L. Hansen, C.R. Helms, Louis R. Hunt (Emeritus), Nasser Kehtarnavaz, Kamran Kiasaleh, Moon J. Kim, Jeong-Bong Lee, Gil S. Lee, Philipos C. Loizou, Duncan L. MacFarlane, Aria Nosratinia, Kenneth O, Raimund J. Ober, Lawrence J. Overzet, William J. Pervin (Emeritus), Carl Sechen, Don W. Shaw (Emeritus), Mark W. Spong, Lakshman S. Tamil, Robert M. Wallace, Dian Zhou.

Associate Professors: Gerald O. Burnham, Yun Chiu, Jiyoung Kim, Jin Liu, Dongsheng Ma, Hlaing Minn, Won Namgoong, Mehrdad Nourani, Issa Panahi, Mohammad Saquib, Murat Torlak, Eric M. Vogel.

Assistant Professors: Bhaskar Banerjee, Leonidas Bleris, Carlos Busso, Nick Gans, Rashaunda Henderson, Walter Hu, Roozbeh Jafari, Hoi Lee.

Research Professor: Sam Schichijo.

Research Assistant Professor: Wooil Kim.

Senior Lecturers: Pete(Charles) Bernardin, Nathan B. Dodge, Edward J. Esposito, Muhammad A. Kalam, Jung Lee, Randall E. Lehmann, P. K. Rajasekaran, Ricardo Saad, Marco Tacca.

The Electrical Engineering Department offers a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. The Electrical Engineering program offers students an opportunity to acquire a solid foundation in the broad areas of electrical engineering and emphasizes advanced study in digital systems, digital signal processing, communications, analog systems, RF/microwave, and microelectronics.

The Electrical Engineering program offers students a solid educational foundation in the areas of electrical networks, electronics, electromagnetics, computers, digital systems, and communications and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Mastery of these areas provides students with the ability to adapt and maintain leadership roles in their post-baccalaureate pursuits through the application of fundamental principles to a rapidly changing and growing discipline.

Students in the Electrical Engineering program a broad general program in electrical engineering and can then take advanced courses in computer hardware and software; the analysis and design of analog and digital communication systems; analog and digital signal processing; the analysis, design, and fabrication of microelectronic components and systems; and guided and unguided wave propagation. A broad choice of electives (within and external to electrical engineering) allows students to broaden their education as well as develop expertise in areas of particular interest. In keeping with the role of a professional, students are expected to develop communication skills and an awareness of the relationship between technology and society.

The Electrical Engineering program is based on a solid foundation of science and mathematics coursework. Students in this program are given an opportunity to learn and extend their abilities to analyze and solve complex problems and to design new uses of technology to serve today's society. The engineering programs at UT Dallas provide an integrated educational experience directed toward the development of the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the identification and solution of practical problems in Electrical and other related engineering fields. These programs ensure that the design experience, which includes both analytical and experimental studies, is integrated throughout the curriculum in a sequential development leading to advanced work. Design problems are frequently assigned in both lecture and laboratory courses. Each student is required to complete a major design project during the senior year. In addition, established cooperative education programs with area industry serve to further supplement design experiences.

Mission of the Electrical Engineering Program

The focus of the Electrical Engineering degree is to provide excellent education in modern electrical engineering practice. Our graduates are uniquely qualified for rewarding and successful careers in materials, devices, circuits, digital systems, signal processing, and communications. In the spring of 2005 the EE faculty adopted a new set of Program Educational Objectives that refined the prior objectives and established measurements and benchmarks to monitor progress. A feedback mechanism using Alumni Surveys (by the ECS Office of Assessment) and other tools are used to measure progress toward these objectives.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty

Professors: Andrew J. Blanchard, Cyrus D. Cantrell III, Yves .J. Chabal, Bruce E. Gnade, Matthew J. Goeckner, Louis R. Hunt (Emeritus), Moon J. Kim, Jeong-Bong Lee, Mario Rotea, Mark. W. Spong, Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, Robert M. Wallace.

Associate Professors: Gerald O. Burnham, Kyeongjae Cho, Jiyoung Kim.

Assistant Professors: Fatemeh Hassanipour, Walter Hu.

Visiting Professor: Greg Lee.

Objectives

The objective of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering is to produce Mechanical Engineering graduates who will be capable of undertaking challenging projects that will require knowledge of the fundamentals of the design of mechanical and thermal systems. The primary educational objective of the program is to train Mechanical Engineers to meet the design and development needs of local and state industry as well as to educate them to be innovators and policy makers. The proposed BSME degree program will provide the necessary training and education for future engineers who can effectively identify new problems and develop innovative solutions, including new manufacturing and fabrication technologies.

Facilities

The Engineering and Computer Science Building and the new Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory provide extensive facilities for research on micro-scale and nano-scale systems. A Class 10000 microelectronics clean room facility, including e-beam lithography, sputter deposition, PECVD, LPCVD, etch, ash and evaporation, is available for student projects and research.

In addition to the facilities on campus, cooperative arrangements have been established with many local industries to make their facilities available to UT Dallas graduate engineering students.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science offers Bachelor of Science programs in Computer Engineering and in Telecommunications Engineering. These programs are delivered by faculty from the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and are led by Program Heads, Drs. S.Q. Zheng for the Computer Engineering Program and Andrea Fumagalli for the Telecommunications Engineering Program.

Computer Engineering (B.S.C.E.)

Affiliated Faculty

Professors: Poras T. Balsara, Farokh B. Bastani, Dinesh K. Bhatia, Cyrus D. Cantrell III, Ding-Zhu Du, Andrea Fumagalli, Gopal Gupta, Kamran Kiasaleh, Vojin Oklobdzija, William J. Pervin (Emeritus), Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Carl Sechen, Edwin Sha, Lakshman Tamil, Kang Zhang, S.Q. Zheng, Dian Zhou.

Associate Professors: Jorge Cobb, Ovidiu Daescu, Mehrdad Nourani, Ivor Page, Issa Panahi, Ravi Prakash, S. Venkatesan, Yuke Wang.

Assistant Professor: Roozbeh Jafari.

Senior Lecturer: Nathan Dodge.

The Computer Engineering program is interdisciplinary. It was designed by the combined faculties of the Computer Science Department and the Electrical Engineering Department. Computer Engineering requires a blend of knowledge from the areas of hardware (Electrical Engineering) and software (Computer Science). The focus of the Computer Engineering degree is to provide excellent education in modern computer systems and prepare its graduates for outstanding careers in the rapidly changing and growing profession and for further continuing education.

The Computer Engineering program is based on a solid foundation of science and mathematics coursework. Students in this program are given an opportunity to learn to extend their abilities to analyze and solve complex problems and to design new uses of technology to serve today’s society. This program provides an integrated education experience directed toward the development of the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the identification and solution of practical problems in computer engineering.

The Computer Engineering curriculum ensures that the design experience, which includes both analytical and experimental studies, is integrated throughout in a sequential development leading to advanced work. Design problems are frequently assigned in both lecture and laboratory courses. Each student is required to complete a major design project during the senior year. In addition, established cooperative education programs with area industries may further supplement a student’s design experiences.

Mission of the Computer Engineering (CE) Program

The mission of the Computer Engineering Program is to provide education in the theory and practice of modern computer engineering. We will prepare our graduates to have rewarding and successful careers in a diverse range of computer engineering fields, including materials, devices, circuits, digital systems, signal/speech processing, and communications.

Telecommunications Engineering (B.S.T.E.)

Affiliated Faculty

Professors: Farokh Bastani, Cyrus D. Cantrell III, Andras Farago, Andrea F. Fumagalli, John L. Hansen, Jason Jue,  Kamran Kiasaleh, Philipos C. Loizou, Duncan L. MacFarlane, Aria Nosratinia, William Pervin (Emeritus), Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Balaji Raghavachari, Lakshman Tamil, S.Q. Zheng.

Associate Professors: Jorge Cobb, Latifur Khan, Neeraj Mittal, Ravi Prakash, Mohammad Saquib, Kamil Sarac, Murat Torlak, S. Venkatesan, Yuke Wang, Eric Wong.

Senior Lecturers: Charles Bernardin, William Boyd, Nathan Dodge, Muhammad Kalam, PK Rajasekaran, Marco Tacca.

The Telecommunications Engineering program is interdisciplinary. Telecommunications Engineering requires a blend of knowledge from the areas of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Economics/Policy. The focus of the Telecommunications Engineering degree is to provide excellent education in modern communications networks and systems and prepare the students for outstanding careers in telecommunications, data communications, network architecture, wireless, and optical networking.

The Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering programs are based on a solid foundation of science and mathematics coursework. Students in these programs are given an opportunity to learn to extend their abilities to analyze and solve complex problems and to design new uses of technology to serve today's society. The engineering programs provide an integrated educational experience directed toward the development of the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the identification and solution of practical problems in electrical and telecommunications engineering. These programs ensure that the design experience, which includes both analytical and experimental studies, is integrated throughout the curriculum in a sequential development leading to advanced work. Design problems are frequently assigned in both lecture and laboratory courses. Each student is required to complete a major design project during the senior year. In addition, established cooperative education programs with area industry serve to further supplement design experiences.

Mission of the Telecommunications Engineering (TE) Program

The focus of the Telecommunications Engineering degree is to provide excellent education in modern communications networks and systems. Our graduates are trained in a variety of subfields of telecommunications engineering at the systems level. This prepares them for rewarding and successful careers in telecommunications, data communications, network architecture, wireless, optical networking and next generation networks.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Faculty

Professors: Yves Chabal, K.J. Cho, Bruce Gnade, Moon Kim, Don Shaw (Emeritus), Robert Wallace.

Associate Professors: Jiyoung Kim, Eric M. Vogel, Amy Walker.

Assistant Professors: Chris Hinkle, Walter Voit.

Research Professors: Husam Alshareef, Wiley Kirk, Padmakumar Nair, Manuel Quevedo.

Minor in Nanoscience and Technology

Goals for the Minor in Nanoscience and Technology

As the field of nanotechnology develops further, particularly in the north Texas region, The University of Texas at Dallas has an important role to play in the education of knowledge workers for the industry. While the addition of the Materials Science and Engineering program provides a means for the graduate population to pursue nanotechnology, there currently exists no avenue for undergraduate students to familiarize themselves with the concepts and principles of nanotechnology. This minor serves to fill that void.

This minor has been designed around three core NANO designated courses, the content of which is exclusively related to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The remaining nine hours of courses may be chosen from the list of courses below.

The contents of the courses BIOL 4461, CHEM 3322, and PHYS 4301 are similar enough that only one of these three courses may count toward the minor. In addition, several lower-level electives have been included to provide streamlined access to the available upper-level electives.

Since the three core courses are all upper-level electives, only one of the remaining nine hours must be an upper-level course, although students may choose to challenge themselves by pursuing all nine hours as upper-level electives.

In concordance with the creation of this minor, the Nanoscience (NANO) course designation would be added to the course catalog for use in designating future Nanoscience-specific courses as they are created.

Educational Objectives for the Minor in Nanoscience and Technology

On completion of the Minor program, students will:

  • Have a comprehensive general education background
  • Have a working knowledge of nanotechnology and nanoscience principles and industry applications
  • Be able to apply key concepts in materials science, chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering to the field of nanotechnology
  • Understand the societal and technology issues that may impede the adoption of nanotechnology
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively
  • Be able to become successful professionals and, if they desire, be able to pursue graduate study
  • Be able to identify career paths and requisite knowledge and skills for career change towards nanotechnology

Requirements for the Minor in Nanoscience and Technology

I. Minor Requirements: 18 hours (9 hours from the courses below)

    NANO 3301 Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
    NANO 3302 Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Nanotech Instrumentation
    NANO 4V95 Undergraduate Research in Nanotechnology

II. Other Requirements: 9 hours

Students are also required to complete at least nine hours chosen from the following courses. At least one of the courses must be upper-level (3000 or 4000):

III. Elective Requirements: 3-4 hours

Students may take only one of the following courses to count toward the Minor in Nanoscience: