Kirt Blattenberger wrote:
I just read a reader-submitted
letter in EE Times "Crosstalk" section from
a guy lamenting the lack of rigor in today's
engineering curriculums - in particular the
one at his alma matter, the University of Illinois.
"...the Signals and Systems
class and the first and second Circuits Analysis
classes have all been replaced by a single Analog
Signal Processing class. In addition, the Electronic
Circuits class is now optional."
is pretty sad if true. I recall taking two semesters
of Signals and Systems as well as two semesters
of Circuits Analysis. It is hard to imagine
how an engineer can be properly prepared for
the design world without them. What say ye?
Is his claim typical?
I think universities are now focusing a
lot more on the fundamental concepts in engineering
for its students, especially at the undergraduate
level. It is very hard to be a prepared candidate
for any kind of design job out of school, again
especially for a BSEE because a lot of the experience
had to come from real work experience or simply
just the years spent in the field. 4 or 6 years
or BSEE or MSEE is not enough to do that. I am a
recent graduate from a UC school and my school has
planned to get rid of 1 out of the 2 analog circuit
design courses, and some other circuit courses will
no longer be a requirement to get a degree. So,
i guess if one really wants to learn design, he/she
will have to dedicate theirselves to not just meeting
the graduation requirement, but to learn as much