The School of Industrial Instruction was founded in 1912 as the first industrial school in the country. In 1948, the school was upgraded to Provincial Taipei Institute of Technology and a five-year electrical engineering program was set up. The three-year and two-year Electronic Engineering and Refrigerating Air-Conditioning Engineering programs came to existence later on. In August 1994, the school was upgraded to National Taipei Institute of Technology, and the department officially renamed as Department of Electrical Engineering Technology.
The school acquired its official name National Taipei University of Technology in 1997. The department was renamed to Department of Electrical Engineering and established the graduate program for Computer Communication and Control (3C) with the department of Electronic Engineering. The departmental graduate school set up the masters program and the Ph.D. program in 1998 and 2003, respectively. On August 1st, 2006, came the establishment of The College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, under which the department became listed.
The Department of Electrical Engineering now consists of 12 classes of full-time undergraduate students, three classes of part-time two-year evening program students, and another three classes in the two-year Continuing Education program. The department also offers full-time master and Ph.D. programs and part-time master program. Additionally, there’s also an Industrial Technology Master Program, which is aimed specifically for professional advancement. As the biggest department of the university, the number of students we have make up one-ninth of the entire student body.
This department aims to develop specialized knowledge and to cultivate specialists in electrical engineering to meet the need of industry. Diversified courses of Electrical Engineering with as much emphasis on theory as on practice are provided to develop students' skills in designs, manufacturing, maintenance and applications. Graduates from this department are expected to apply their professional skills and inspire research creativity. The department emphasizes on the importance of cultivating professional ethics as well as the attitude and ability for cross-field teamwork.
There are two major disciplines of study in the department: ‘Power’ and ‘System’. Power could be further subcategorized into two areas: ‘Power and Energy’ and ‘Power Electronics’. ‘Control Systems’, ‘Communications’ and ‘Computer Systems’ are the three subcategories that make up the Systems field. The Department of Electrical Engineering has a quota of 45 full-time members of faculty to teach the above mentioned five branches of study according to their professional strengths and interest of research. The department is active in recruiting professionals for the advancement of our students and to achieve our educational objectives.
As of 2009, the number of full-time teaching staff is to reach 41. In addition to five recruiting professors, it includes ten professors, eighteen associate professors, four assistant professors, plus six lecturers and assistants. Approximately 90% of the faculty are assistant professors or above. There are two IEEE Fellows and one IET Fellow, plus two IEEE vice presidents (VP).
Students must acquire a minimum of 139 credits before they graduate. These should include 34 common required credits, 77 specialized required credits, and 28 specialized elective credits. There is a committee of 14 people responsible for the planning of the course modules and to make sure that they reflect the need of the industry and serve the educational objectives in order to promote the students’ core abilities. This department values highly the students’ practical and theoretical abilities, thus the five branches of study all have their required lectures as well as experiment courses. There are also cross-discipline courses to train their ability in practical teamwork. During recent years, the graduates of this department have become top five on the industry favorites list in Taiwan.
Space and Equipments
The Department of Electrical Engineering is located on the second to sixth floor of Complex Building and takes up a total of 4883 square meters. The space includes 3 conference rooms, 7 laboratories, and 31 research offices. All teachers and full-time postgraduate students have their individual offices. During the past five years, the department has received a great number of equipments either from Ministry of Education projects and the industry in the form of donations. These high quality equipments make up our fine laboratories, which guarantees the great practical abilities students acquired from training in them.
Graduates from this department have excelled in various fields of the industry and academia. Their superb performance in the professional world is an embodiment of our school motto: ‘Honesty, Sincerity, Proficiency, Dedication’. The Alumni Society, since its establishment in 2001, under the leadership of Mr. Jin-Tai Yeh and Mr. Chin-Jen Pai, has made much contribution to the department.
Financial aid and life on campus
High school graduate students who enroll in the university and have scored 65 or higher on the General Scholastic Ability Test would receive, over four years, a total of 200 thousand NT dollars. Students from four-year technical programs with high academic marks, either in electronic or electrical engineering fields could receive an ‘Outstanding Studentship’ of 50 to 70 thousand NT dollars. Students can apply for dozens of grants with the department and hundreds more with the university. There are many clubs and societies in the university holding interesting activities. The newly refurbished school dormitory is high quality and under fine management. Additionally, the department also offers evening enhancement classes, which started three years ago. The department hires TAs from a range of fifteen to twenty various subjects to help students strengthen their academic weaknesses after school. Approximately 60% or our first year and 90% second year postgraduate students receive TA and RA scholarship, which is enough to cover their living expenses. That allows them to focus on their research and not having any financial worries.
Interests of each research fields:
1. Power and Energy Field
Power Deregulation, Power System Stability, Power System Operation and Control, Power Distribution Automation, Power System Quality, Artificial Neural Network Applications, Expert System Applications, Renew Energy and Applications, Rail Power Systems, Unmanned Vehicles, Remote Monitoring and Control Applications, Power-Communication System Integration, Nanotechnology and Its Applications, Power Faults Diagnosis and Remedy for the High-Tech Industry, Power Risk Assessments.
2. Power Electronics Field
Power Electronics Applications, DC/DC Converters, AC/DC Converters, Inverter Control, IC Design for Power Electronics Control, Energy Monitoring and Control, Technology for Energy Storage, Co-generation, Photo-Electrical Energy, Electric Vehicle’s Power Train Design.
3. Control Systems Field
Fuzzy Control, Applications of Control Technology, Electric Machinery Control, 3C Integration, Home Automation, Remote Monitoring and Control, Robust Control, Systems Theory and Control, Robotics, Visual Servoing, Real-Time Visual Tracking and Applications, and Intelligent Transportation Systems.
4. Communications Field
Digital Signal Processing, Communication Systems, Coding and Information Theory,Wireless Communications, Mobile Networking, Speech and Audio Processing, Optical Fiber Communications, Photonic Devices and Materials, Image and Video Processing, Multimedia Communications, Internet, IP-Based Networking.
5. Computer System Field
Digital Systems, Computer Architectures, Reliability Modeling, Distributed System, Information Retrieval System, Distance Education, Database System, Electronics Design Automation, Embedded System, E-Health, Analog IC Design, Radio-Frequency IC Design, Motor control IC Design, Magnetic Sensor Design, High Speed Networks, Optical Networks, Wireless Networks, Multimedia Communications, Queuing Theory, Pattern Recognition, Remote Sensing Images Analysis.
In addition to the traditional strength of electrical engineering, the department also offers professional training in four areas relating to cutting-edge technology industry: power electronics, control systems, communication systems, and computer engineering. Those interested to excel in the field should not be deterred by stereotype impressions of the department.
The fine practical skills found on the basis of well-studied theoretic disciplines have lead the department of Electrical Engineering to many victories in numerous national competitions.
Honors and Vision
With the belief in ‘manage and discipline’ and our carefully plan courses, our students performed well in both theoretic and practical sides of the field. We have received high marks in the IEET evaluation and ranked 5-6 among EE postgraduate schools in ‘Industry recognition’ in the 2008 Common Wealth survey.According to Cheers, as of 2008, the general and academic ranking of this department has both entered national top-ten. The result is extraordinary, considering the postgraduate school has only been founded a decade ago. With determination and resolution, students and faculty of this department are to achieve much more greatness in the future.