Because this is where imagination takes shape
Think noninvasive surgery, targeted drug delivery, better quality of life. Think smart homes, portable devices, internet of things. Think bearingless motors, alternative energy sources, power systems. Think artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, accurate weather predictions. Think electrical engineering. Think computer engineering.
Electrical and computer engineers provide the key building blocks of a wide variety of industries, from information technology to software engineering, from power and energy systems to biomedical engineering. Committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education and research, our world class faculty guide students as they explore subjects such as circuit design, controls, digital design, signal processing, optics, robotics, and communication. With a wide network of resources available to students, they are encouraged to pursue research and innovation within electrical and computer engineering, as well as cross borders and engage in interdisciplinary research.
Our students are hired by companies such as Seagate, 3M, Xcel Energy, Nest, Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Tesla Motors. The average starting salary for students who have completed their undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering from our department is $68,000, and can go as high as $105,000. A recent salary survey from IEEE found that, on average, an electrical or computer engineer from all experience levels made $138,000 in 2017.
Students in ECE engage in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that help them strengthen their understanding of core concepts taught in class, apply them to improving existing products and processes, and solve real-world problems that benefit people all over the world. Volunteer research opportunities with faculty, the Undergrad Research Opportunity Program, student groups such as Engineers Without Borders, Tesla Works, Solar Vehicle Project, IEEE, and Innovative Engineers are some of the avenues open to students to apply their classroom knowledge. Our students also have access to resources such as the Exceed Lab (within ECE) and other maker spaces throughout CSE, and the Envision Fund to pursue independent extra-curricular projects that have electrical or computer engineering content. Many of our students choose to study abroad through for credit learning abroad programs or through our many socially engaged student groups who use their engineering skills to solve problems all over the world.