Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications is based on fundamental principles from mathematics and physics used to design and develop new electrical equipment and systems, solve problems and test equipment.
Electrical Engineering is a broad and creative field involving the design, development and management of systems and devices which contribute to our quality of life. An electrical engineer will use new, computer intensive technologies to create and manage complex hardware and software systems and reliable, cost effective devices.
Telecommunications Engineering is centred around communication information at a distance. It’s strongly associated with data communications because of the tendency to encode, compress and encrypt all information and because of the growing importance of digital and wireless networks.
Space Systems Engineering
Space systems engineering requires many engineering disciplines to work together. An electrical engineer working on a space project will work alongside mechanical engineers, thermal engineers, aeronautical engineers and systems engineers. At UNSW, space systems engineering learning resides in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications because of the electrical nature of many spacecraft design tasks.
Quantum computers will offer advantages for expansive databases, cracking modern encryption and modelling atomic-scale systems such as biological molecules and drugs. Quantum bits, or qubits, are the building blocks of this field, and when coupled together, these qubits will give rise to exponential increases in computing speeds.
This growing discipline has seen a range of renewable and low carbon energy sources being turned into electricity through advanced generators and power electronics. Electrical equipment and appliances are also being transformed to turn this electricity into useful energy sources such as LED lighting or high efficiency motors. Electrical engineers have the key knowledge needed to create a greener and more sustainable energy future.
Photonics is about generating, manipulating and detecting light or photons, and specifically light that is carrying useful information. This can include voice telephony, image data files or measurement signals. Photonic engineers unlock the enormous bandwidth of optical fibres and waveguides, their expertise provides the images which makes keyhole surgery possible and implement all-optical networks to enhance safety in environments where electrical signals present fire hazards.
This cross-disciplinary branch of Engineering Science emphasises physical and control systems but with methodology that applies to macroeconomics, finance and actuarial studies. Our collaborative activity with domestic and international colleagues has covered areas such as control algorithms and applications, signal processing, neural coding, econometrics and autonomous vehicles control.
We cover the study and manufacture of electronic devices and components in the nanometre and several hundreds of microns scale. With past contributions to the Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computations and Communication Technology, our research interests include silicon nanoelectronics and low power integrated circuit design.