ECE News

Bid on Having an ECE Lab Named after You!

April 3, 2018

Have fun and raise money for ECE scholarships and labs.  

Bid on any of the six ECE labs.  A winning (highest) bid will name the lab after you and your family for one year (from May 2018 - April 2019). 


  1. Bids are in dollars and must be integers. 
  2. Bids start at $25. 
  3. You can bid as many times as you want on as many labs as you want. (So if someone outbids you, bid again!)
  4. Name must contain first and last name; you need only supply your e-mail and company for the first bid. 
  5. The link below lists the current high bids for each lab.
  6. Winning bids will be accepted until 7:30 PM on April 12th and announced at 7:45 the same evening.
  7. Proceeds will be placed in the Joe Watson Fund for the ECE department.

Current High Bids

Bid Here!

2018 ECE Alumni Open House April 12th

April 3, 2018

You and your family are invited to attend the 2018 ECE Alumni Open House on Thursday, April 12th from 6:15-7:45. Dinner will be at 6:15. Evening includes tour of the labs, demonstrations of this year’s systems projects, and stories and memories about going through the engineering program.   ECE is also auctioning off the names of all the ECE labs (for one year) as a fun way to raise money for scholarships.  At 7:15, there will be an update on the ECE program, which will include plans for the alumni to collaborate with the faculty to shape ECE’s future. The highlight of the evening will be a time to honor our local legend Joe Watson for his years of service to the department.

This event is family friendly, so you, your spouse and children are all invited. We ask you RSVP to by Monday, April 9th with a headcount of how many will be coming.

ECE Student Featured in Texas Instruments Magazine

December 1, 2017

OC Computer Engineering Student Featured in TI Magazine

Alex Edwards, junior computer engineering student from Lucas, TX,  worked as an intern for Texas Instruments last summer.  Some of his work was featured in Texas Instruments E2E blog.  Follow the link below to read more about his experiences.

Texas Instruments Blog

2017 ECE Alumnus of the Year

November 3, 2017

Congratulations to Brian Karguth (EE 94) for being selected as the 2017 ECE Alumnus of the Year

Brian received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma Christian University in 1994 and accepted his first job at Texas Instruments as a digital design engineer the same year. He is now the Platform Infrastructure Intellectual Property Development Manager for TI, where he leads a team of computer engineers who develop all the data movement technologies for the Embedded Processing division at TI.  He and his team have been involved in the development of revolutionary changes in diverse areas such as automotive, medical, personal entertainment, security and wireless applications.

His biggest achievement was being selected a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Texas instruments.  This prestigious designation is reserved for less than the top 3% of the engineering community and reflects Brian’s contribution as an engineer at a company which has profoundly changed all of our lives..   

Brian is committed to promoting the STEM fields in his community and is currently teaching a high school class and coaching a high school robotics team.

Brian’s advice to OC grads is “to never forget God.  Engineering is a fiercely competitive field full of passionate people and large egos.  Keep your focus on the big picture, the eternal picture.  No job or position is more important than being an ambassador for Christ.”

He is married to Dawn (Wells) Karguth (OC 1993), and has two children: David (17 and hopefully new Eagle @ OC next year) + Ashlyn (14).

2017 ECE Enrollment Numbers

September 1, 2017

The fall 2017 enrollment numbers are in!

There are 108 students in the department this fall, 58 in electrical engineering and 50 in computer engineering.  There are now more EE students than CE students (this flips a two year trend).  Of particular note is that we have a record number of seniors in Systems this year! There are 26 students in Systems II this fall.  (This tops the record systems students of 23 set last year.) Also of note is that 92% of possible ECE students in the spring returned to OC this fall.  ECE continues to set the national pace in graduation rates among engineering schools.  Our freshman ECE students go on to get engineering degrees at more than 2 1/2 times the national average.

ECE Enrollment Numbers

Engineering Summer Academy

August 13, 2017

45 incoming freshman students attended Engineering Summer Academy (ESA) this year.  ESA was held from August 13 to August 18 and serves as freshman orientation for engineering (a week before Earn Your Wings). Students are assigned to 9 different engineering teams, each with a current student as their mentor, and compete for becoming the top team.  They get credit for Introduction to Engineering, work on computer, electrical and mechanical engineering projects, and build strong friendships that are the basis of study groups throughout their academic years.  This year, the top three teams were:

  1. Team Navy (mentored by EE Senior David Kurt)
  2. Team Black (mentored by EE Sophomore Trent Naylor)
  3. Team Khaki (mentored by ME Senior Carter Lytal)
Engineering Summer Academy

ECE Slideshows & Systems Pictures

May 1, 2017

All ECE alumni are invited to look at ECE slideshows and ECE systems team pics.  Slideshows go back to 2007, and systems photos go back to 2004.  This is a group picture of all the systems teams from 2002.  If you have any systems team photos you'd like to contribute, feel free to e-mail them in and we will add them!  Note:  You will need your OC credentials to login in.

ECE Slideshows & Pictures

ECE Professor Earns Prestigious Faculty Award

May 1, 2017

Professor Pat Smith Selected as Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching

Our very own Pat Smith earned the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching. The award recognizes teaching excellence as well as innovation, creativity and effectiveness in working with students both in and out of the classroom.

OC vice president for academic affairs Dr. Scott LaMascus said Smith is unwavering in his commitment to educating, mentoring and enriching students. He said Smith is known for fun, out-of-the-box thinking that transforms the classroom into an engaging experience.

Congratulations to the first engineering professor to be selected for this award!

Faculty Awards 2017

Spring Graduation 2017

April 28, 2017

Congratulations to computer engineers: Josh Bilello, Travis Clark, Preston Kemp, Caleb Krut, Renee Pedersen, Tyler Sriver, Heidi vanBenthem, Christian Wagner,  and Corbin Young; and to electrical engineers Jesse Erickson, Gage Ervin, Andrew Garman, Aubrey Gonzalez, Erica Landes, Taylor Erickson, Emilio Lopez, Greg Nelson and Derek Seymour, who became the 327th - 344th ECE graduates from OC this spring. May God bless you in your future careers as Christian Engineers!

2017 Outstanding ECE Students

April 11, 2017

On April 11th at the ECE awards chapel, the ECE faculty announced the department’s outstanding students for the academic year.  You can see the full list in the link below.  Congratulations to an impressive group of students who combine academic achievement and hard work while being integral members of the ECE community.

Outstanding ECE Students

ECE Enrollment Numbers

September 15, 2016

The fall 2016 enrollment numbers are in!

There are 110 students in the department this fall, 53 in electrical engineering and 57 in computer engineering.  It marks the second year in a row that we have more CEs than EEs.  Of particular note is that we have a record number of seniors in Systems this year! There are 23 students in Systems II this fall.  Also of note is that 93% of possible ECE students in the spring returned to OC this fall.  ECE continues to set the national pace in graduation rates among engineering schools.  Our freshman ECE students go on to get engineering degrees at more than 2 1/2 times the national average.

ECE Enrollment Numbers