Ever since Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity with his famous kite, it has been one of the most felt phenomena of modern life. But for electricity, not many of modern amenities would have been possible. Electrical engineering is a broad professional engineering discipline that deals with the study and application of electricity and electromagnetism but also encompasses many subfields including those that deal with power, control systems, electronics and telecommunications.
Although studies with electricity have been going on for long, it was initially considered a part of physics. It was as late as 1883 that Cornell University offered the first degree in electrical engineering. From the building transformers to electric power generation, electrical engineers are responsible for a wide range of technologies. They design, develop, test and supervise the deployment of electrical systems and electronic devices. For example, they may work on the design of telecommunication systems, the operation of electric power stations, the lighting and wiring of buildings, the design of household appliances or the electrical control of industrial machinery.
The distinction between Electrical and Electronics engineering is not rigorously maintained everywhere, like in North America. However in UK and other European countries, electronics is a major discipline allied with electrical engineering. Electronics engineering is a professional engineering discipline that deals with the emission, behavior, and effects of electrons (as in electron tubes and transistors) and with electronic devices, systems or equipment. Electronics engineering evolved from radio and television development, the term catching on as late as the 1950s. Today electronics engineering is a vast area of work, and is responsible for research in many fields. Electronic engineering is involved in chip design, signal processing, telecommunications, instrumentation, and computer engineering.
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