Electrical Engineering plays a role in everything involving electricity and magnetism. For instance, in the development of electrical motors for cars or the design of the very latest wireless chips for cell phones. Electrical Engineering is crucial in almost every modern technology: from reading information on a DVD to signal processing in medical equipment. At TU/e, for instance, we focus on wireless energy transfer. What does that mean for the future? Suppose the battery of your cell phone or tablet is always fully charged, then you won’t need a separate charger. And you can use your TV anywhere because you won’t have to plug it in!
Working on the future
Electrical Engineering is working on the future and this is evident in the field’s applications. This is why the study is geared to three societal themes that you become familiar with in the first year:
- Communication (The Connected World): such as a chip that works using light rather than electric signals, Bluetooth or WiFi
- Healthcare (Care and Cure): medical applications such as an MRI scanner or treating cancer cells using electromagnetic waves
- Environment (Smart and Sustainable Society): finite resources like oil and gas will eventually become exhausted. Alternatives are sun and wind. But the wind does not blow constantly. How can you store energy? How can you store electricity?
Typically Electrical Engineering in Eindhoven
Electrical Engineering in Eindhoven, with more than one hundred and thirty first-year students, is the largest electrical engineering study in the Netherlands. Yet Electrical Engineering remains a relatively small study with a stimulating environment in which you can create a good relationship with lecturers and fellow students. The department has not only got a range of international relations but also good contacts with leading engineering companies and research institutes in the Brainport Eindhoven Region. This means that the many part-time professors, inspiring guest lectures, internships and excursions provide that little bit extra. The electrical engineering student association Thor makes sure that in addition to your studies, there are plenty of other activities you can engage in with your fellow students.
Best rated in Guide to Universities
The Guide to Universities 2016 has designated TU Eindhoven the best technology university in the Netherlands for the twelfth time in a row. In the Guide of Universities 2015 the Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s program received the top rating ‘Top Rated Programme 2015’.
A study for you?
Is your main interest science subjects? Are you inquisitive about the world around you and do you see things that are needed for improvement? Do you want to wander off the beaten path, are you ambitious and do you become inspired by the thought that your efforts can help make a positive change in people’s daily lives? Then Electrical Engineering is something for you!