About Electrical and Computer Engineering

Welcome From the Department Chair Douglas Summerville


Professor Summerville, ECE Chairman

Welcome to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department website. Within it you’ll find information about the department, its graduate and undergraduate programs, its research, and–most importantly—its people. The students, staff and faculty are what make our department a great place to work and learn.

Electrical and computer engineering are dynamic fields that have greatly affected the world we live in. From the smallest nanoscale devices to large power systems spanning entire continents to communications networks blanketing the planet, electrical and computer engineers have played a leading role in shaping many of the Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th century.

Despite these achievements, you can’t turn on the news today without hearing about the major challenges we still face in areas such as healthcare, cybersecurity and energy. As you’ll learn within the pages of our website, our students and faculty are performing groundbreaking research to find solutions to some of these challenges. As a discipline, electrical and computer engineering will continue to lead in finding solutions to these and most of the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century. Our alumni will be among these leaders, researching and developing solutions that make lives better.

I hope you will continue to explore our website and learn about our research and academic programs. We welcome opportunities for partnership and collaboration. Please feel free to contact us about inquiries on our programs, research, or opportunities for collaboration.  

What is electrical engineering and what is computer engineering?

Electrical and computer engineering are closely related fields, both rooted in mathematics, science and engineering. Students trained to be electrical or computer engineers can pursue careers in information assurance, microelectronics and computer networks, communications, controls and signal processing. Electrical engineering deals specifically with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism in areas that affect power, electronics, control systems, signal processing and telecommunications. Computer engineering combines both electrical engineering and computer science and involves software design and hardware-software integration.

We design wireless and fiber optic systems to improve telecommunications, consumer electronics and medical imaging systems. We also analyze and design software and hardware to integrate into larger systems. We're changing your world.

Our students can earn degrees in both electrical or computer engineering at the undergraduate and master's levels, or a doctorate in electrical engineering.

Educational Mission and Goals

Our mission is service to the instruction and discipline of electrical and computer engineering; research to advance and aid in the economic development of the state and country; and service the university, region, state and country.

Our students can earn degrees in both electrical or computer engineering at the undergraduate and master's levels, or a doctorate in electrical engineering.

Program Objectives

The ECE Program Educational Objectives describe what graduates of the program are expected to accomplish within five years of graduation. Graduates of the Electrical and Computer Engineering programs should demonstrate progress in four areas:

  • Leadership: Graduates will be known for leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and responsibility as appropriate for their career stage.
  • Education: Graduates will continue their education through a combination of independent learning, continuing education and advanced degrees.
  • Adaptability: Graduate will demonstrate ability in a career that utilizes skills and knowledge gained in their undergraduate engineering program.
  • Participation: Graduates will be known as active participants in a wide variety of both professional and non-professional activities, including jobs, professional societies, community activities, and government service.

Student Outcomes

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. The ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economics, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
  4. The ability to function as an electrical or computer engineer on multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. The ability to identify, formulate, and solve electrical or computer engineering problems.
  6. The ability to understand the professional and ethical responsibilities of an engineer.
  7. The ability to communicate effectively.
  8. A broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical or computer engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. The ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for electrical or computer engineering practice.

Last Updated: 5/23/16