University of Hawaii

Department of 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 professional engineers.

At the University of Hawaii, the Electrical Engineering curriculum assigns design credits to each course.  A student graduating in Electrical Engineering is required to have a minimum of sixteen design credits with three design credits coming from EE 496 Capstone Design Project. Students can check their progress in obtaining design credits by checking with their advisor and looking at Design Credits and Curriculum Flow Chart. EE 496 places significant design responsibility on the students as they must plan and execute a major design problem. In order to prepare students for EE 496 students must take at least one credit of EE 296, Sophomore Projects course and two credits of EE 396, Junior Projects course. The project courses help students in getting design experience outside the classroom as they are learning fundamental engineering concepts in the classroom. The project courses provide students more project and design experience to better prepare the students for EE 496, the capstone design project. The current setup of project courses and capstone project gives students exposure to what they will see in engineering industry with opportunities to work on teams, develop leadership skills, and work on more open ended design projects.