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Brief History of Electrical Engineering Technology

1963 - An act of the state Legislature creates Metropolitan State College.

1965 - An Associate in Applied Science degree program in Electronics Engineering Technology was started when the college first opened in 1965.  It was a year of circuit analysis followed by one year of study of devices and applications, Mechanical and Civil engineering courses, English, Math, Physics, and social/humanity electives were required.

1969 - The Bachelor of Science degree was authorized (it was envisioned from the start). The program was based upon the 2+2 concept. Following additional courses in physics and calculus, advanced courses in circuit analysis were required. There were elective courses in computers, avionics, and communications. Additional humanities/social science electives were required. The electronics was very analog oriented with very little digital. 

1976 - By this year many digital and computer courses had been added to the curriculum. Still Digital I was the only course required in the EET major.

1977 - The Electrical Engineering Technology program along with the rest of the college moved to its new home on the Auraria Higher Education Center Campus.

1978/1979 - In 1979 TAC of ABET grants EET its initial accreditation based on the 1978-1979 academic year.

1979 - The original Associate in Applied Sciences degree was dropped circa 1979 when the Colorado Commission on Higher Education mandated that the college offer only Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees.

1983 - The EET program reaches a peak enrollment of 550 majors. Causing the then chair of department, Larry G. Keating, to state "The department chair wants a quality education...not an empire."

1984 - A year of important changes. A microprocessor course was required of all majors. As a result of feedback from graduates a speech course was required. Also added as requirements by EET majors were a communications course and a control systems course. The Avionics Emphasis was dropped, Controls strengthened, Power Emphasis added, Computers and Communications Emphasis remained with little change.

1987-1988 - Mechanical Engineering Technology courses in Statics and Dynamics and Heat transfer were added to the EET major giving the student better breadth in passing Engineering in training exam [now the Fundamentals of Engineering exam] which leads to the Professional Engineering (PE) exam for professional registration.  A required chemistry class was added for the same logic in later years.

1996 - The Electronics Engineering Technology degree is renamed Electrical Engineering Technology. Graduates and students requested this change to better define the fact we were an Engineering related degree not a technician degree. Just an interesting footnote to this; now some foreign embassies think we are a wiring/construction degree, can't win.

2000 - The areas of Emphasis are increased to five by the addition of INTEGRATED CIRCUIT (IC) DESIGN. The college starts calling areas of Emphasis "concentrations". These concentrations were liberalized by selecting electives that apply to the concentration not mandating each and every course in the concentration. From a high of 135 credits, the total required credits in the EET major is reduced to 130.

2000 - The enrollment of the EET program ends a decline.

2001 - The EET Industrial Advisory Committee moves to monthly meetings working to improve the curriculum of the EET program.

2002 - The number of concentrations are reduced to three: Computer Engineering Technology, Power and Control systems, and Communications. The old Computer concentration is replaced with the Computer Engineering Technology concentration. The Power and Control systems concentrations are merged. Communications concentration has more computer and data communications courses added to the concentration. After almost a decade of graduates telling the program that Statics and Thermodynamics are not needed in the major, they are moved to electives in the new Power and Controls concentration where they are most needed by the graduates. See section below about new Engineering Fundamental certificate. (Approved for Fall 2002 first appears in the 2003/2004 Metro State catalog). The total required credits in the EET major is reduced to 128.

2002 - The new minor in the Electrical Engineering Technology program area is created called Network Communications. This new minor Network Communications is also available as a certificate. The Old Electrical Engineering Technology Minor is also made available as a certificate. A certificate called Engineering Fundamentals is approved, requiring courses that cover questions on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam that most BSEET's and BSEE's would not normally cover in the degree program. Statics and Thermodynamics are part of this new Engineering Fundamentals Certificate.(Approved for Fall 2002 first appears in the 2003/2004 Metro State catalog).

2002 - The Electrical Engineering Technology program again requires a low level entry introduction class called "EET 1001 Electronics: An Introduction" it it hoped that this class will improve retention. This new class received "General Studies - Natural Science" designation allowing all Non-EET Metro State students to use this class to meet part of the colleges General Studies Natural Science requirements, this to improve exposure to the college population of the EET program.

2005 - At a dedication ceremony on Jan. 25, 2005 in Saint Cajetan's Center, Metro's Interim President Ray Kieft and Edward Moy, director of technical operations for the western service area of the FAA, signed a letter of understanding and a student intern working agreement. The agreement certifies that Metro is now an official FAA Airway Facilities Collegiate Training Initiative (AF-CTI) school, the only higher education institute in Colorado so designated.

The agreement initiates a program that will provide Metro students with paid internships, flexible schedules and the possibility of future FAA employment. "A third to a half of our work force will be eligible to retire in the next three years," said Moy. "So we'll definitely be looking to recruit new staff. … This institution is exactly what we're looking for."

2012 - April - An act of the Colorado State Legislature changes the college name from Metropolitan State College of Denver to Metropolitan State University of Denver.

2012 - May - The Electrical Engineering Technology labs and classrooms move to the Plaza building after being located in the South Classroom Building for Thirty Six years. The classrooms have separate adjoining laboratories instead of the lecture lab areas being one room. This gives increased student access to the labs for out of class lab work and increased access to the lecture areas by other engineering technology programs.

2012 - October - The offices of the Engineering Technology areas move to the Plaza building from South Classroom building.

2013 - Planning for a new campus building The new building will bring together MSU Denver’s programs in aerospace science and aviationphysicsindustrial design; and civil, mechanical and electrical engineering technology(and perhaps computer science and computer information systems) in a truly integrated space with the technology and laboratories to match. The result: a dynamic interdisciplinary learning space designed to support an integrated curriculum, foster collaborative research and drive deeper industry ties.

2015 - The Department's name is changed from Engineering Technology Studies (ETS) to Engineering & Engineering Technologyc (EAET)


History of EET Administration

Academic YearOrg. UnitDepartment/ProgramChair/Coordinator or Program Director
1963-1965   Planning and Development  
1965-1967 ?? ?? Harry A. Temmer, Coordinator
1967-1969 Applied Sciences Section Division of Technology / Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology Calvin E. Evans Division, Chair/ Harry A. Temmer, Coordinator
1969-1971 Applied Sciences Section Division of Technology / Electrical/Electronic Technology Calvin E. Evans Division, Chair/ Harry A. Temmer, Coordinator
1971-1972 Applied Sciences Section Division of Technology / Electronics Engineering Technology Calvin E. Evans Division, Chair/ Harry A. Temmer, Coordinator
1972-1974 School of Engineering Technology Electronics Engineering Technology Department Harry A. Temmer, Chair
1974-1978 School of Engineering Technology Electronics Engineering Technology Department Harold J. Bestervelt, Chair
1978-1984 School of Engineering Technology Electronics Engineering Technology Department Melvin E. Capehart, Chair
1984-1993 School of Engineering Technology Electronics Engineering Technology Department Larry G. Keating, Chair
1993-1994 School of Professional Studies Electronics Engineering Technology Department Larry G. Keating & John Synhorst, Chair
1994-1996 School of Professional Studies Engineering Technology Department / Electronics Engineering Technology Program George Rowley, Chair / John Synhorst, Program Director
1996-1998 School of Professional Studies Electrical Engineering Technology Department David L. Cummings, Chair
1998-1999 School of Professional Studies Electrical Engineering Technology Department Myron E. Sveum, Chair
1999-2003 School of Professional Studies Engineering Technology and Industrial Design Department / Electrical Engineering Technology Program John Schmidt, Chair/ Avinash Agarwal, Program Coordinator
2003-2004 School of Professional Studies Engineering Technology and Industrial Design Department / Electrical Engineering Technology Program John Schmidt, Chair/ Avinash Agarwal & Joseph P. Clark, Program Coordinator
2004-2006 School of Professional Studies Engineering Technology Department / Electrical Engineering Technology Program R. Keith Norwood, Chair / Joseph P. Clark, Program Coordinator
2006-2008 School of Professional Studies Engineering Technology Department / Electrical Engineering Technology Program Dr. Parris C. Neal, Chair / Joseph P. Clark, Program Coordinator
2008-2009 School of Professional Studies Engineering Technology Department / Electrical Engineering Technology Program Mr. Richard Pozzi, Chair / Joseph P. Clark, Program Coordinator
2009-2014 School of Professional Studies Engineering Technology Department / Electrical Engineering Technology Program Mr. Richard Pozzi, Chair / Dr. Megan E. Paciaroni, Program Coordinator
2014-Pres School of Professional Studies Engineering Technology Department / Electrical Engineering Technology Program Dr. Mingli He, Chair / Duane Swigert, Program Coordinator