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Photonics – the use and study of light

EE majors may take photonics courses for EE elective credit, or may follow requirements to earn a Concentration in Photonics – which is listed on the diploma.

View a sample Photonics Concentration flowchart (2018-2019).

Photonics is using light energy to do work: sensing, imaging, communication. Photonics entails the control of photons in making systems faster, more efficient and more accurate, in a wide range of applications from energy generation to detection to communications and information processing. Robotic sensing and vision, space photography, medical instrumentation, imaging, and satellite communication are a few areas using photonics.

Students study laser systems, optics, and the control of photons/light.

EE2190, Introduction to Photonics, offered spring semesters beginning Spring 2019

EE3090, Introduction to Geometrical and Wave Optics is offered in Fall semesters.  Last offering: Fall 2018. Replace with EE2190.

EE3190, Optical Sensing and Imaging, Spring semesters.  Prereq: MA3521/20; JR/SR.

EE3290, Photonic Material, Devices, and Applications, Spring semesters. Prereq: EE3140 or EE3090 or PH2400.

EE4490, Laser Systems and Applications, check schedule for semester offered.  Pre-req: EE3140.

Companies hiring MTU photonics majors include Raytheon, NAVSEA and CRANE. To add the Photonics Concentration, submit a request in MyMichiganTech curriculum changes .

Photonics elective courses (6 credits minimum with the concentration): BE4250,BE4410,EE4240,EE4252, EE4253,  EE4290,  MSE/PH4292, PH3410,PH4510,PH4640

We are unique!  Very few universities offer an undergraduate photonics program.  For additional information on courses, SPIE, OSA or getting involved in research, contact:

  • Dr. Durdu Guney,  EERC 729,    dguney@
  • Dr. Chris Middlebrook,  EERC 628,  ctmiddle@
  • Dr. Mike Roggemann,  EERC 503,  mroggema@

Cool Beams!


Engineering Design Prerequisites

Whether you are doing Enterprise or Senior Design, you will need to meet the same requirements before enrolling. Be “Senior Design Ready” before registration in ENT 4950 or EE 4901 or MEEM 4901 or BE 4901.

CpE’s:  Complete EE3901 and EE3131. EE3173 can be taken before or with EE4901 or ENT4950.

EE’s:  Complete EE3901 and EE3131. EE3171 can be taken before or with EE4901 or ENT4950.

RE’s:  Complete EE3901 and EE3280. EE3261 or MEEM3750 can be corequisite or prerequisite with EE4901 or ENT4950.

EE3901 (Design Fundamentals) is required for all ECE students.

EE3171 (EE’s) or EE3173(CpE’s) or EE3261or MEEM3750 (RE’s) is a prerequisite for the second half of your final design path (EE4910 or ENT4960) and must be completed successfully before you enroll in those courses.

Photonics majors – see Judy for prerequisite waiver of EE3171.

As a reminder, your Engineering Design requirements may be completed with a one-year senior design project in EE4901-4910, MEEM4901-4911 or by completing Enterprise project work using ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950, and ENT4960. Plan on having two semesters remaining after completion of prerequisite courses to complete engineering design at the senior level.

Enterprise students who have completed ENT3950 and ENT3960, but are not ready to take ENT4950 may enroll in ENT3980 if you want to stay in your enterprise while you’re completing your design prerequisites. ENT3980 does not apply to your Engineering Design Requirements.


Photonics Electives – for Concentration

BSEE Photonics Electives          (see flowcharts)

A minimum of  6 credits of the following are required with the Photonics Concentration:

Be sure to look up latest pre-reqs and semester offerings in the online course descriptions and Schedule of Classes.

BE4250 (3) Biomedical Optics,    Spring      (Lin Alg, Diff Equ, and MA3160)

EE4252 (4) Digital Signal Processing and it’s Applications,  Fall     (EE3160)

EE4253 (3) Real Time Signal Processing,  Spring    (EE4252)

EE4256 (3) Fourier Optics,  Fall      ((EE3090/2190 or EE3140) and EE3160)

EE5522(3) Digital Image Processing,   Spring  (EE3190 and EE3160) Not Spring 2014.

EE4290 (3) Optical Communication,   Spring    (EE3291)

MY3292 (3) Light and Photonic Materials,   Spring    (Ph2200 or EE3090/2190 or EE3140)

PH4510 (2) Introduction to Solid State Physics,   Fall   ((PH2300 or 1360) and PH2400 and (CH11150/51) and Diff Equ)

More about the BSEE – Photonics Concentration.


Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

Linear Algebra and Differential Equations:  what EE and CpE majors need to know

  • MA2321 and MA3521 are Accelerated and taken in same semester.
  • Lin Alg (MA2321 or MA2320) is the pre-req for Diff Eq(MA3521 or MA3520)
  • Students must pass MA2321 to continue on in MA3521
  • MA2320 is same course as MA2321, but uses full semester to complete
  • MA3520 is same course as MA3521, but uses full semester to complete after MA2320.
  • MA2321/MA3521 is the accelerated-pace option (take at least 14 credits)
  • MA2320 and MA3520 is the two-semester option
  • Diff Eq (MA3521 or MA3520) is a pre-req to Circuits II (EE2112)


Last Day to DROP

Fall 2013:
Last day to drop a full-term course with a REFUND (if applicable) is Wednesday, Sept. 11th.

Friday, Sept. 20, by 5:00 PM  :  Last day to drop a full-term course without a grade appearing on your transcript. NO REFUND.

Last day to switch a course to “Audit” is Wednesday, Sept. 11th.

Courses dropped after Sept. 20 through Nov. 8th, will record “W“.

Classes may not be dropped after Friday, Nov. 8th by 5:00 PM.  In cases of extenuating circumstances, go to the Dean of Students Office. 906-487-2212

All drops after Week 1 must be done in the Student Services Center – Admin Bldg.


ECE Learning and Help Center: EERC 123

The ITC Learning and Help Center is hosting limited Virtual Hours for Fall 2020  via this Zoom Link during the following times:

Afternoons:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:  1 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday: 1 pm – 3 pm

Evenings:
6 pm – 8 pm Sunday through Thursday

Can in-person coaching sessions be scheduled? If you need face-to-face help, feel free to contact one of the coaches and see if they can meet you in EERC room 123 at a mutually convenient time.


CpE and EE Double Major

If you enjoy both hardware and software, or can’t decide between EE and CpE, consider a double major (or a Master’s degree – even better!)

To  Add a double-major and/or change your primary major, use the Curriculum change portlet in MyMichiganTech.

Meet all requirements for both majors.
Flowchart: Here is a sample CpE + EE Double major 5 year plan. This can be done in 4.5 years with heavier credit loads, or if you are ahead on course completions.

Meet with Judy for questions and help with planning.  You can start out following the CpE flowhart and add additional courses later on.  It is usually best to make CpE your primary major and EE your secondary major.  You may switch those prior to graduation, if you’d rather have EE as your primary major on your diploma.