University of Hawaii

Electrical Engineering

Design Experience Statement

A key aspect of electrical engineering education is a significant and meaningful design experience that is integrated throughout the curriculum. The design experience is necessary to prepare students in becoming professionals.

At UH Manoa, the electrical engineering and computer engineering curricula assign design credits to each course. A student graduating in electrical engineering or computer engineering is required to have a minimum of 14 design credits with 3 design credits coming from EE 496, the Capstone Design Project. EE 496 places significant design responsibility on the students as they must plan and execute a major design problem. To prepare students for EE 496, students must take at least 1 credit of EE 296 Sophomore Project, and 2 credits of EE 396 Junior Project. The project courses help students in getting design experience outside the classroom as they learn engineering concepts in the classroom. The project courses and capstone project give students opportunities to work in teams, develop leadership skills, and work on open-ended design projects similar to industrial experience.

Students can check their progress in obtaining design credits by checking with their advisor and looking at design credits and following their respective flow chart found on the curriculum page.