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COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Major Overview
The Computer Engineering program at Wilberforce University is offered by the Engineering and Computing Department. The program promotes the integration between computer hardware and software through computer science and electrical engineering curriculum and emphasizes the design of practical systems and bringing innovative solutions to complex problems. The CE program provides education in the areas of computer hardware and software, electronics and circuits and a solid foundation in the basic sciences including mathematics, physics and chemistry. In addition to that, students will take general requirement courses to enhance and broad their education in the areas of history, sociology, psychology, economics and religion.

Computer engineering students will gain broad knowledge in the fundamental theories, techniques, and tools relating to computer engineering and will have the ability to apply computer engineering principles in solving problems, creating products, and improving performance in hardware and software applications. Students will demonstrate the ability to address technical problems by identifying and implementing solutions using the proper tools, practical approaches, and flexible thinking. Hands on projects and labs will help to apply the theoretical subjects into practical. Student interactions with each others will enhance oral and written communication skills and the ability to deal with both technical and non-technical subjects when working with peers, supervisors, and the public.

Upon completion of this program student will have a strong knowledge and skills in the areas of mathematics, science, and engineering that will develop the building foundation for the lifelong learning journey. Students will gain training experience in state-of-the-art specialty areas in computer and electrical engineering and benefit from hands-on practical laboratory experiences that are closely integrated with coursework in both hardware and software oriented projects. Graduates will demonstrate an ability to design, test, analyze and draw logical conclusions from challenging design-oriented projects.

The outcome of the completion of this well rounded and balanced education through the required studies in selected areas of fine arts, humanities, and social sciences will provide students with the required knowledge and skills and will prepare them to make professional contributions while maintaining institutional and individual integrity

Faculty:
Prof. Khalil Habash MS, RFID+ khabash@wilberforce.edu Office (937) 708-5666
Dr. Deok Nam Ph.D. dnam@wilberforce.edu Office (937) 708-5624
Dr. Edward Asikele Ph.D. easikele@wilberfoce.edu Office (937) 708-5657
Prof. Herbert Stewart hstewart@wilberforce.edu Office (937) 708-5448
Prof A. Peel BS, MS, PhD Candidate apeel@wilberforce.edu (937) 708-5681

Most Popular Class:
The most popular class in the computer engineering program is Digital Integrated Circuits Design. This course is the capstone of the program and is a design oriented course. The course offers students with a solid understanding of digital operation principals and complex entities such as; Adders, Multipliers, and Arithmetic Logic Units. The course features essential concepts, spice verification, and design skills from small gates to large circuits. Computer Aid Software is used to build and run design simulations in addition to physical electronic chips and circuit boards.

Research Opportunities:
Computer Engineering students are involved in a variety of research project. Wilberforce University has received grants from the NNSA and the DOE for research in various areas. Engineering faculty and students worked together to design a system to predict and simulate damages to areas hit by natural disasters, such as New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Also, research was performed in the area of Radio Frequency Identification “RFID”, focusing on the technology, applications and security issues. Currently some faculty and student researchers are involved in building a High Speed Parallel Computing Lab. This lab will consist of state of the art quad core computers running on Windows Server 2003 and using the method of Message Passing Interface “MPI”.

Special Interest Story:
Every year engineering students apply for a summer internship at the University of Southern California (USC) to work at the Earthquake Center. Three students have been accepted in the past three years and spent around eight weeks doing research in the areas of geology, computer science and information technology. One of the students has been accepted for graduate school after completing her internship with a full tuition waiver. The following is a statement written by one of the students who attended the program:

“This summer consisted of many lessons and challenges that led to my growth as a student, researcher and overall as a person. I honestly can say that SCEC- USEIT 2008 was a wonderful experience career-wise and academically . I feel that doing research has greatly influenced my academic and career interests. I learned and gathered so much information, dealing with geology, computer science, and information technology. The “Grand Challenge” for SCEC U seIT 2008 was to communicate the value and content of the UCERF report to end-users and the public at large. I decided to join two groups that I thought would best fit my interest and personality. I had the privilege to be a part of two groups, the SCEC-VDO and U seIT-Movie groups. Both groups required dedication, hard work and creativity. By being a member of the SCEC-VDO group I knew I could display my creativity and gain more knowledge of the software. I had to make VDO animations that related exactly to the information in the report. I spent a lot of time reading the Alternative Deformation Fault Model section. This section basically explained how the scientists have come to the conclusion that there are a set of three different deformation fault models.”

Kewku Millner, Senior, WU, Spring 2009.

Publications:
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Khalil Habash, “Radio Frequency Identification “RFID, A Revolutionary Technology” Wilberforce University Journal, Fall 2008.
- Jiming Ge, Deok Nam, Khalil Habash, “Network Parallel Simulation of Transmission Grid”. Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Methods. MSV 2008: 84-88
- Jiming Ge, Khalil Habash, “Simulation of the Impact of Power Grid Failure under Catastrophic Event”. MSV 2007: 115-120

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