The Impact of Digital Technology on Electrical Engineering Education

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Digital technology has revolutionized electrical engineering education. Students entering engineering schools have a strong background in discrete mathematics that is often augmented by a knowledge of programming and of microcomputers. The electrical engineering curriculum has changed to include digital techniques in all major fields. Computer science and engineering, a discipline that may be taught in either computer science or electrical engineering departments, continues to grow. Software engineering is gaining increasing stature. Digital technology has affected instruction in electrical engineering and other university-level subjects less than it has affected curriculum, but significant computer-assisted or computer-managed instruction can be found. The practice of electrical engineering has changed with its acceptance of the computer as a design tool and the advent of the microprocessor. Copyright © 1978 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

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Proceedings of the IEEE