The IEC Exchange


January 2022

Institutional Spotlight

Esther T. Osasanya 

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

University of the District of Columbia


It is a great honor to shine the spotlight on the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program at the University of the District of Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) by featuring representative senior design projects by students and faculty research. The ECE department is one of the four vibrant SEAS departments of the Civil Engineering (CE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), and Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) departments.  Through its programs UDC SEAS offers Bachelor of Science degrees and Master’s degrees, and a PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering. All our Bachelor degree programs are fully ABET-accredited, and we are very proud of the new Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering Program that has been initiated by the ME department. 


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has seven distinguished faculty members with expertise in a diverse set of areas, including Communications, Microelectronics, Nanotechnology Processes & Fabrication, Digital Signals Processing, Power Electronics & Energy Systems, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and Computer Engineering. The department houses both the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program and the newly launched Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering program. Our general electrical engineering program curriculum emphasizes Signals and Systems, Control Systems and Applications, Digital Communications, Microprocessors, Power Electronics, and Energy Conversions Systems. To adapt to current trends in ECE education, the formerly offered Computer Engineering Option of the EE curriculum has been recently upgraded and transformed in breadth and depth to provide a stimulating and competitive Bachelor of Science degree Program in Computer Engineering, which is currently in its first year of implementation. 


Our Computer Engineering curriculum focuses on in-depth hardware design and Software aspects of modern computers, Computer Algorithms, Operating Systems, Computer Aided Digital Design, Embedded Systems & Internet of Things, VLSI ASIC Design, and Computer Architecture. The program places great emphasis on hands-on learning and excellence in design (12 out of 18 classes have hands-on Labs), along with problem-solving skills. As such, our electrical engineering and computer engineering curricula enable graduates to enter the workforce environment with confidence and prepare them for the pursuit of advanced degrees in engineering. Our students can secure rewarding engineering jobs in federal agencies and reputable companies like Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Technologies, Intel, and Ford Motor company. We are proud of almost 100% placement each year in the job market or graduate schools.


With a focus on experiential learning, the ECE Senior Capstone Project Laboratory places a central role in our department. It gives hands-on experience to students with a focus on the design of digital and complex analog systems and their implementation using functional operation modules. As expected, Capstone Design Projects represent the culmination of the educational experience integrating the classroom with real world problems. The students handle open-ended engineering problems whose solutions require a synthesis of engineering knowledge, analysis, creativity, market needs, safety, and aesthetics. Projects are carried out by students over a two-semester period and supervised by instructors and industry mentors. We share below videos that showcase educational and research activities at UDC. 


  • Senior Capstone Project 2020: Electric motorbike Project by Victor Ramos, Ivan Torres and Cyree Beckett



  • STEM Outreach video for High School students and Young scholars:

  • Smart Grids and Artificial Intelligence (SGAI) Lab Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle (UAV) Research Lab Control and Engineering Measurement Lab


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Faculty Spotlights: To provide a complete picture of the expertise and research capabilities of the UDC ECE faculty, a link to faculty spotlight is provided below  



Esther T. Osasanya 

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

University of the District of Columbia


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