Here are some of the major milestones in ECE history:
1986. The Department of Engineering is formed with Dr. Troy Pemberton as its first department chair. Two 5-year degrees are offered: Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Lynn Nored serves as the first electrical engineering program director. Students could choose from five emphases: communications, computers, controls, electronics, or general.
1988. OC graduates its 1st EE student (James Dang)
1990. First graduating class of engineering students include 10 EE students.
1991. Prince Engineering Center opens.
1991. The EE Program receives accreditation from ABET.
1997. The School of Engineering is formed and includes three new departments. One of these is the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Jeff Bigelow becomes its first chair.
1999. The EE program is reduced to 140 hours (4 1/2 years)
2000. OC graduates its 100th EE student
2001. The department adds Computer Engineering, and changes its name to Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Sam Visalli becomes 1st computer engineering student.
2003. OC graduates its first computer engineering students (Transfer students Chuck Robinson and Jonathan Taliafero)
2004. The CE program receives accreditation from ABET.
2007. Both CE and EE degrees become 4 year programs (128 hours).
2008. The ECE Department exceeds 100 students for the first time.
2010. OC graduates its 200th ECE student
2012. OC graduates its 200thEE student
2014. The ECE department celebrates a record enrollment of 117 students.
2015. OC graduates its 300thECE student
2015. In response to industry, the departments adds an emphasis in Software Engineering to both its EE and CE programs.