American Public University System’s New Online BS in Electrical Engineering Program Uses Innovative Instructional Technologies to Bridge Theory and Practice

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va., July 14, 2014 American Public University System (APUS), a fully-online institution offering respected, innovative and affordable educational programs to adult learners worldwide, has  introduced a bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) program.  The new program offers American Military University and American Public University students hands-on instruction in both the theoretical and practical elements of the discipline.

The highly innovative program provides the student with a strong theoretical foundation through online classes integrated with rich hands-on labs that are conducted within the student’s residence using specialized hardware and software from National Instruments (NI).  This is one of the first fully online BSEE programs and is unique in terms of the robust home-based practical lab experience.

NI has a well-established reputation for equipping engineers and scientists with hardware and software tools to design, build, and test measurement and control systems. APUS and NI worked closely to integrate comprehensive teaching solutions to enhance the learning experience for students and faculty based on the same industry-grade technologies that professionals use.  Students will use graphical system design software that can be used to build instrumentation and control systems according to Dan Benjamin, dean of the APUS School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

“The home-based, hands-on labs ensure that students don’t just discuss engineering, they actually do it,” said Benjamin.  For example, students will build analog and digital circuits as part of their lab assignments and upload results to the online classroom. With student permission, instructors can use remote access to view students’ lab equipment to allow them to provide assistance and coaching.

BSEE Program Director Dr. Colin Doyle designed and developed a comprehensive curriculum to provide a solid foundation and to prepare students to meet the engineering challenges of the future. A team of credentialed practitioner faculty further adds value to the learning experience for the student. Dr. Doyle brings more than 20 years of industrial and teaching experience to APUS, including responsibilities at Tinker Air Force Base, AAI Corporation, Raytheon Systems Company, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Andrew SciComm, Texas Instruments, and Electro-Optical Imaging, Inc.

About American Public University System

American Public University System, winner of the Online Learning Consortium's Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and first three-time recipient of the Online Learning Consortium’s Effective Practice Award, offers more than 90 online degree programs through American Military University and American Public University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects. For further information, visit


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