The field of electrical engineering is the one that most profoundly affected our lives during the last 150 years. From the first days of experiments with electricity that brought telegraph 1815s today’s lasers used for communication and medicine, electrical engineering is indeed uniquely stands out among engineering fields as the ultimate field. Electrical engineering is closely coupled with physics and has a significant utilitarian focus. Every new invention made in physics, particularly in quantum physics, finds itself in the hands of electrical engineers who are either trying to make a new device or use it within a device.
Advances in electrical engineering brought us communication from telegraph to telephone, from interplanetary communication to mobile computing and communication. Invention of the transistor as the basic switching unit made today’s computers with enormous capability in speed and memory possible. Not visible to an ordinary citizen is there a great deal of electrical engineering inventions besides laser light, computers and communication. The interaction between electrical engineering and medicine created wonders in medicine: laser surgeries, robotics, biomedical imaging systems including MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging). Much of advanced medicine today uses methods, devices and systems designed by electrical engineers for diagnosis and therapy. The electrical engineering education at Istinye University is intense and highly concentrated; the first and second year we cover fundamentals. Besides calculus, analysis and differential equations, our students learn electrical circuits, quantum physics, electronic circuits, electromagnetics, and communications. The following two years we focus on particular areas of the field, for example, the interface of engineering in medicine, mobile communications and optics. These two years include courses in digital signal processing, image processing, microprocessors, optics and advanced electronics. Furthermore, our 3 departments, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science work very closely, offering several courses in the overlap areas of all three fields. These courses include Python, C, MATLAB and Mathematica programming, machine intelligence, embedded systems and microprocessors.