Nov 12, 2018  
2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 UMass Dartmouth Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Faculty and Fields of Interest

Brown, David A Professor of Electrical anComputer Engineering (1995), BS 1985 University of Rhode Island, MS 1988, PhD 1991 Naval Postgraduate School. Specializations: Acoustic transduction, fiber optic sensors and systems, underwater acoustics, acoustic properties of materials.

Buck, John R Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Marine Science and Technology (1996), SB 1989, SM 1991, PhD 1996 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Specializations: Underwater acoustics, signal processing, marine mammal bioacoustics.

Costa, Antonio H (Chairperson, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1985), BS 1983, MSEE 1985 Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth), PhD 1994 University of Rhode Island. Specializations: Mixed time-frequency representations, spectral estimation, signal processing, image processing.

Fortier, Paul J Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1994), BS 1978 University of Lowell (UMass Lowell), MS 1981 Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth), DSc 1993 University of Massachusetts Lowell. Specializations: Database systems, real-time systems, operating systems, computer architecture, networks, computer performance evaluation.

 Fiondella, Lance N Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2013), BA 1999 Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU), MS 2003 University of Connecticut (UConn), PhD 2012 University of Connecticut. Specializations: Reliability engineering, transportation engineering.

Gendron, Paul Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1999). Specialization: Statistical signal processing, detection and estimation theory.

Helgeland, Robert C Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1970), BSEE 1968 Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth), MSEE 1970 Northeastern University, Registered Professional Engineer. Specialization: Marine electronic systems.

Kasilingam, Dayalan P Professor of Electrical Engineering and Marine Science and Technology (1993), BA 1981 Cambridge University MS 1982, PhD 1987 California Institute of Technology. Specializations: Remote sensing, applied electromagnetics, adaptive signal processing and wireless communications.

Li, Yifei Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2007) BEng 1996 Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. MS 2001, PhD 2003 Drexel University. Specializations: RF/photonics, photonic integrated circuits, quantum electronics.

Liu, Hong Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1990), BS 1982, MS 1984 Hefei Polytechnic University, China, PhD 1989 Polytechnic University, New York. Specializations: Computer networks, compilers, programming languages.

Michel, Howard Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1999), BS 1975 New Jersey Institute of Technology, MS 1981 University of Southern California, MS 1988 University of Massachusetts Amherst, PhD 1999 Wright State University. Specializations: Distributed artificial intelligence, artificial neural networks, distributed computing, computer vision, computer networks.

Payton, Karen L (Graduate Program Director) Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1989), BS 1977 Carnegie-Mellon University, MSEE 1981, PhD 1986 Johns Hopkins University. Specializations: Digital signal processing, speech processing, speech acoustics, auditory perception.

Rancour, David Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1988), BSEE 1978 University of Vermont, MSEE 1982 Northeastern University, PhD 1988 Purdue University. Specializations: Semiconductor defects, solid state devices and materials.

Viall, Philip Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (1983), BSEE 1981, MSEE 1983 Southeastern Massachusetts University (UMass Dartmouth). Specializations: Computer networking, assembly languages, rehabilitation engineering.

Wang, Honggang Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2009), BE 1996, MS 1998, Southwest Jiaotong University, China, PhD 2009 University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Specializations: Wireless networks and communications, multimedia communications, networks and multimedia security, pattern recognition, embedded systems, biomedical computing.

Xing, Liudong Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2002), BE 1996 Zhengzhou University, China, MS 2000, PhD 2002 University of Virginia. Specializations: Complex system reliability, fault-tolerant computing, intrusion-tolerant computing, risk assessment.



Dr Karen Payton
Graduate Program Director
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
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North Dartmouth, MA. 02747-2300
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Graduate Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass Dartmouth

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Science Degree in either Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Electrical Engineering with options in either Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Key technical/research areas within Electrical Engineering are signals and systems; applied acoustics; applied electromagnetics; and electronics and solid-state  devices. Key technical/research areas within Computer Engineering are database systems, networks, embedded systems, artificial intelligence, Internet computing, biomedical computing, multimedia Communication, security, reliability, and fault tolerance. Additional information on program specializations is contained in subsequent sections. 

For students wishing advanced training without a degree, the department offers five formal 15 credit graduate certificate programs, in Electrical Engineering Systems, Communications, Digital Signal Processing, Acoustics, and Computer Systems Engineering.

All of our programs offer small classes, close contact with a diverse faculty, and easy access to well-supported research facilities to provide state-of-the-art learning and research experiences. Courses are scheduled to permit either full-time or part-time study, and are offered at times that are convenient for students employed in industry and government.

• BS/MS Undergraduate/Graduate Integrated Program Option 

The department offers an integrated program that allows qualified UMass Dartmouth undergraduate majors in either Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering to proceed directly to the master’s degree program and complete both degrees with a reduction in overall credits required. See the current General Catalogue for information on this option.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering maintains and operates a wide variety of facilities for applications in engineering education and research. Some special facilities include the Acoustic Sensors Laboratory, Marine Electronics Laboratory, Microcomputer Laboratory, Autonomous Networking Dependable (AND) System Laboratory, Microwave Laboratory, Remote Sensing Laboratory, Machine Vision Laboratory, and Ultrasonic Signal Processing Laboratory. In addition to undergraduate laboratories, the department maintains numerous Windows- and UNIX-based servers and workstations.

The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, housed in the College of Engineering; the Center for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST); and the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC)—described elsewhere in this catalogue—offer opportunities for applied research for engineering graduate students. The region, along with neighboring Rhode Island, is host to U.S. government laboratories and major industries, many of whom hire our graduates and support their professional development through financial support.

Admission Requirements

Students possessing a bachelor’s or master’s degree and a strong academic background in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or similar disciplines are encouraged to apply for admission to the master’s or doctoral programs. Applicants for a Certificate, MS or PhD program must submit the required application materials to the Graduate Office. In addition,

• Transcripts should show class rank if available. For the MS and PhD programs, three letters of recommendation should be submitted from persons in the field of the applicant’s academic major at the institution most recently attended or be from supervisors familiar with the applicant’s recent job performance. For PhD applicants, the recommendations must also address the student’s ability to conduct independent scholarly research. Certificate applicants do not need to provide letters of recommendation.

• For all programs, the personal essay should be from 300 to 600 words in length. This essay should indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, undergraduate and graduate experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are also applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in our decision on the assistantship award.

• Graduate Record Examination scores for the General Test must be submitted by MS and PhD degree seeking applicants, except by those who are or are about to be graduates of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth or who are or are about to be recipients of an ECE graduate certificate.

• Foreign students’ scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) should be 550 minimum for admission and 600 minimum to be eligible for a teaching assistantship (213/250 for TOEFL computer-based scores or 80/100 for internet-based scores). Admission to the MS and PhD programs is competitive. In general, students must exceed the minimum requirements stated below to gain admission. However, all students who meet the minimum requirements will be considered. In special cases, students who do not meet these minimum requirements, but who otherwise show evidence of strong academic, professional, or research ability, may be accepted upon approval of the ECE Graduate Committee.

• The applicant must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or related field of engineering, science or mathematics, from a college or university of recognized standing. Applicants with backgrounds different than those for the option to which they are applying may be admitted with additional course requirements needed to meet program prerequisites.

• Applicants to the MS program must have demonstrated scholastic competence. Typically, MS applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale for all engineering, math and physics courses will be considered. Applicants to the PhD program must have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement.

• In addition to exceeding the minimum MS program requirements, PhD applicants must also demonstrate a potential for conducting independent scholarly research. Recommendations are very important in the evaluation of research potential and should, therefore, specifically address the subject of research potential. Master’s theses or undergraduate projects are also considered in the evaluation of research potential. Course Availability and Offerings Graduate courses are usually offered before 10 am or after 3:30 pm once or twice a week, to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. Additional information on courses and their scheduling may be found on the web at

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of six credits may be transferred from another institution. A maximum of nine UMass Dartmouth credits earned prior to admission to an ECE graduate or certificate program, but all credits earned in an ECE certificate program, can be applied to a degree program.

Enrollment Without Degree Intentions

The department offers a choice of certificate programs which provide specific career benefits to working professionals. The courses in these programs are compatible with degree requirements, if students later decide to transition to a degree program. Certificate programs are described in detail in a subsequent section of this chapter. Students accepted to one of our certificate programs may subsequently apply that coursework to a degree without restriction in the number of credits.

In addition, individuals may enroll in graduate courses as non-degree students without applying for admission to a graduate or certificate program, when space is available and with permission of the instructor. Non-degree special students should have at least a 2.75 out of a 4.00 grade point average with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, computer engineering, other engineering disciplines, science, or mathematics. Before registering for a course, special students are required to discuss their preparation with the instructor to determine that they have sufficient background to be successful. Registration may be done at the first class meeting. If the non-degree student is later admitted to a graduate or certificate program, a maximum of nine credits of these courses may be transferred by written application to the Graduate Program Director.

Graduate Assistantships and Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to full-time graduate students on a competitive basis. Many full-time students have teaching assistantships or research assistantships within the ECE department, while others may be supported by fellowships or employed in other University departments. Requests for financial assistance should be made on the admission application. Other inquiries regarding graduate student financial assistance should be made to the Director of the ECE Graduate Program. For information about loans or other assistance, please consult the chapter on “Expenses and Financial Assistance.”

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