Electrical and Computer Engineers have been uniquely responsible for developing many of the innovations that have brought us modern life. Today, they are urgently needed to help solve a variety of global problems, including challenges related to energy, communications, health care, climate change, and national security. More»
Did You Know...?
- According to statistics provided by the State of Maryland, there is currently a 44% projected shortage in ECE graduates in Maryland compared to annual openings.
- Despite a growing national demand for their skills, the number of engineers graduating from American universities is going down, according to a survey released by the American Society for Engineering Education.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering are at the top of Forbes' Most Lucrative Majors list.
- According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook Survey, Electrical and Computer Engineering were among the top 5 most “in-demand” majors.
- At University of Maryland, Electrical and Computer Engineering students are the most requested majors for employers conducting campus interviews. In fact, we hold our own ECE Career Fair, attracting 40 big name employers each year.
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About the Department
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of the top engineering programs in the country. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students are working on some of the most challenging and exciting research projects of our time. With approximately 85 full time and affiliate faculty members, over 600 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students and over $37 million in research expenditures, the department is one of the most active education and research units at the University of Maryland.
At the undergraduate level, the department offers undergraduate degree programs in Computer Engineering (in collaboration with the department of Computer Science) and Electrical Engineering. Both programs are accredited by the Enginering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
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Why Study Electrical Engineering?
Electrical engineers create innovative technology solutions to help solve a wide range of global problems. They create technology for handheld communications to solar panels; from cardiac pace makers to autonomous robots; from wireless networks to bio-engineered sensors that detect dangerous pathogens, and intelligent surveillance systems that perform face and motion recognition.
Electrical engineering underpins all other engineering disciplines, encompassing biomedical devices technology, micro- and nanoelectronics, information systems, wireless communications and signal processing, power systems, lasers and optics, electronic devices, computer software-hardware integration, and control systems.
Employers visiting campus seek out electrical (and computer) engineering students for recruitment more than any other major at the University of Maryland.
Why Study Computer Engineering?
Computer engineers perform hardware-software integration and develop software and computer systems that are embedded in a variety of modern electronics, from MP3 players to biometrics security devices, and other technology applications. Computer engineers design virtual reality simulations, control systems found in hybrid cars and aircraft, next-generation operating systems, and innovative gaming systems. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, Computer software engineers are one of the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the next decade.
Computer Engineering tops Forbes' Most Lucrative Majors.
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