The Electrical Engineering department at KFUPM came into existence with the establishment of University of Petroleum & Minerals in 1967. It is one of the largest departments in the University with an average number of students being approximately 1000, 10% of whom are in the graduate program. The department provides 2 four-year undergraduate programs leading to Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Applied Engineering degrees. The graduate program offers Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Telecommunication Engineering.
The department has about 55 full-time faculty members in 6 specialized areas of research. The Groups in the department are: Energy Systems, Communications, Electronics, Control Systems, Electromagnetics, and Digital Signal Processing. Additionally, a pool of experienced engineers and technicians maintain more than 30 laboratories in the department.