Strategy 2017-2020

 The mission

As a leading Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in Kazakhstan, our mission is to:

  1. Enable an environment for excellent human values and provide high-quality engineering training
  2. Be recognised as a school that carry out relevant, timely and high-level research at all levels of education taking into account the needs of society and industry
  3. influence positive social changes through intellectual contributions with external communities in national and international levels

The vision

Electrical and Electronics Engineering department in the School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University trains world-class engineering and researchers to be leaders who can bring about transformations in their respective fields. The supports the school’s vision to build a top Engineering School that leads the university to world stature. The department will rely on:

  1. Its ongoing efforts and ability to innovate in teaching and research practices
  2. Growing partnerships with industry
  3. Effectiveness and efficiency of its management processes

 

Faculty, Staff, and Resources

  • Brief History of the EE Department

The electrical and electronics engineering department is the newest department in School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University, started in 2012. The department started with a modest number of students (~20) in its undergraduate program, practically, having to build laboratory infrastructure from scratch. Over the years, EE programs have become the most popular program among students, with the majority of the students in engineering registering their first interest. Currently, the department hosts, 1 MSc, 1 B.Engg, and 1 Ph.D. program, with approximately 60 students per cohort in B.Engg, 15 students per cohort in MSc, and 5 students per cohort in Ph.D. The department had 11 FTE faculty members, with 9 more expected to join by the end of the year. In addition, from August 2017, the department will enlarge its infrastructure facilities from the current number of 4 labs to a major increase in 21 labs.

  • Laboratories

The department has currently 5 labs functioning in the areas of electronics, communications, and power engineering. The department is building its capacity to labs in digital communications, communication systems, RF circuits, Internet of things, circuits, power systems, electrical machines, high voltage systems, power electronics and signal processing. In total, we are expecting to have 11 teaching labs and 14 research labs. The thematic focus of the labs are in the following areas: (1) Electronics and Communications, (2) Power and Control Engineering, (3) Circuits and Systems for Internet of things, and (4) Signal processing and machine learning.

  • Research performance

Since the start of the university till 12th of March 2017, there are in total 158 articles published, within a SNIP of 1.47 (top 10% journals, these are 2225 out 22256 journals listed in Scopus). The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering has published 33 papers out of 158 articles, ie. 20.9% of all the papers published in NU. Overall, school of engineering contributes to more than half of the publications in NU.

Educational Programs

The objectives of the EE educational programs are that in two to five years after graduation, students are expected to:  

  • Build a career path with informed choices about its EE/CSE aspects.  
  • Be competitive in the EE/CSE job market.  
  • Contribute to the well-being of profession/community.
  • Contribute to the vision 2050 of Kazakhstan to be a knowledge economy

AND pursue one or more of the following:  

  • Graduate education in engineering or allied fields.  
  • Breadth of responsibilities in a small company environment including entrepreneurship
  • Specialised expertise within a large company environment.  
  • Sales/Marketing positions in technology companies.  
  • Basic and applied research to solve the complex problems of our times

  • Undergraduate Programs

The B.Engg program in Electrical and Electronics Engineering focuses on power engineering, and communication engineering, while, minor topics are on signal processing, circuits, and real-time computational systems. The department has been successfully running the program with many of our students placed in some of the top schools in the world for graduate study. Further, a large majority of the students find jobs well ahead of completing their degrees. This is the most popular program in School of Engineering and provides a range of opportunities including industry internships, projects and research projects. Many courses in the program follow project based learning, inquiry-based learning and research based learning, making students prepared to take up a high-flying career in Electrical/Computer Engineering. The undergraduate capstone project has resulted in several top ranking conference and journal publications and has been constantly appreciated by the external visitors, and students.

  • Graduate Programs

The department offers 1.5 years MSc program in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, with a research-intensive curriculum focused in the areas of communications, circuits, signal processing, and power engineering. The students are expected to prepare a high-quality research thesis, by the end of the 3rd semester, that is externally reviewed by an expert in the area. The program also heavily encourages industry collaborations for the research projects and has partnerships build with several of the international and local companies. The program is planned to be revised to a 2-year degree program with a longer research thesis duration to enhance the depth and breadth of the program. The focus of the programs will be in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering - which the department has very strong expertise as evidenced through the strong research outputs in the last 3 years.

 

Goals and Strategies - 2017-2020

Education

The main strategic goals in education are:

  1. Increase the quality of students and requirements for the entry into the programs
  2. Provide increased options for specialisations and courses for B.Engg and MSc programs
  3. Develop a 4-year B.Engg program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and a 2 year MSc program in Electrical Engineering in alignment with ABET requirements
  4. Enhance the recruitment of high-quality PhD students, including international PhD students.
  5. Provide a range of international and national internship opportunities in research and in industry

These goals are expected to be achieved by taking following action items:

  1. Rebrand the department to Electrical and Computer Engineering to be in alignment with North American universities familiar for ABET
  2. Use scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students as a selection tool
  3. Increase the number of faculty in the department and engage with industry to offer more specialisations
  4. Introduce research credits in the programs including a B.Engg research thesis in capstone projects
  5. Engage with partner schools and industries to support educational interactions
  6. Develop industry funding stream for PhD students as industry funded projects and graduate scholarships
  7. Engage in the development of websites for the Department and its online visibility
  8. Use IET/IEEE professional networks of the international faculties to provide new opportunities for students

 

Research

The strategic goals of research are:

  1. Increase the number of FTE faculty to at least 20 by fall semester of 2018
  2. Hire the faculty in the areas of power systems, RF circuits, Embedded systems, signal processing, and computational intelligence
  3. Hire faculty that has interdisciplinary focus areas of bioinspired systems, internet of things and power systems
  4. Develop closer relationships with industry and academia - internationally and nationally
  5. Develop closer collaborations with local industry

These goals are planned to be achieved through the following actions:

  1. Rebrand the department to Electrical and Computer Engineering to be in alignment with North American universities to attract faculty familiar with ABET system and who are in alignment with the thematic areas of department
  2. Use the professional network of the research-intensive Electrical Engineering faculty
  3. Encourage and support the faculty to apply for different research grants
  4. Actively pursue the purchase of industry-funded equipment and development of labs
  5. Engage IEEE leadership and industry leaders to give talks and workshops

Service

The strategic goals in service include:

  1. Increase the involve of students and faculty in professional societies, mainly, IEEE Kazakhstan; and in flagship, conferences funded by IEEE
  2. Improve the quality of student symposiums at all levels of education
  3. Discuss and engage students, staff and faculty on professional and ethical issues
  4. Develop a culture of mentorship support at work and encourage teamwork

The following actions support the service goals:

  1. Promote the faculty participation in conferences and IEEE, through meetings, websites and in local media
  2. Bring in invited IEEE distinguished lecturers to student symposiums
  3. Run ethics workshops in the department on yearly basis
  4. Develop a departmental mentorship program

Governance

The aim of governance is to create procedures and structures that:

  1. Enable a progress of faculty career
  2. Develop teamwork and community engagement
  3. Encourage a collaborative environment
  4. Improve efficiency of operational change management
  5. Bring in financial responsibility

These goals can be achieved by following actions:

  1. Perform annual review of faculty and provide timely performance feedbacks
  2. Provide travel support and funding for top conferences.
  3. Provide course realise based on excellence in research, teaching and services
  4. Continue regular department meetings and engagement with faculty
  5. Continue active engagement and discussion with departmental committees
  6. Collect feedback from faculty on a continued basis - realise communication as a key driver

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department, Nazarbayev University