Optical Engineering Education at Northeastern


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Graduate Program

Northeastern University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Electromagnetics, Plasmas, and Optics. Students may conduct their thesis research in optics, to prepare for an exciting career in optical communications, environmental measurements, optical sensing, biological or medical optics. This program combines courses in electromagnetics with courses addressing current topics in optics, and has a strong research component.

MS requirements include two core courses (choose from Math Methods in EE, Applied Probability & Stochastic Processes, Electromagnetic Theory 1 and 2, Computational Methods in Electromagnetics, Math Methods in Electrical Engineering), subject area courses, and thesis for a total of 32 semester hours. The PhD program normally requires 24 additional semester hours, including 8 of a minor in another concentration area of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Elective courses cover Optical Engineering, Lasers, Detectors, Optoelectronics, Fourier Optics & Binary Optics, Optical Properties of Matter, Quantum Optics, Infrared Instrumentation, Computer Vision, Image Processing and Communications. Several courses are available to students from disciplines outside the ECE Department.

For program information, contact Faith Crisley, f . crisley @ neu.edu

Undergraduate Program

The ECE department offers electives in Electromagnetics, Optics for Engineers, Biomedical Optics, along with directed-study courses in specific areas such as modeling optical propagation in tissue, optical instrumentation, and image processing.

For program information, contact Ellen Zierk, ezierk @ ece . neu.edu