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Message From The Chair

Rama ChellapaRama Chellappa

ECE Department Chair
Distinguished University Professor
Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and Chair

Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland.

Our department offers one of the strongest education and research programs in the nation. For over a century, our vibrant department has established a tradition of excellence in research and education innovation, and I see a future that is even brighter. Led by 58 faculty members and many more research staff, the research programs of the department cover a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary activities.

Our location near Washington, D.C. offers unique opportunities for students to engage in research at national and government laboratories, including NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Institutes of Health, and the Army and Navy Research Laboratories.

We place particular emphasis on enriching the student experience. Our department is strongly committed to undergraduate education, and offers students the opportunity to participate in programs like our Undergraduate Teaching Fellows Program (UTFs), our Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFs) and our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), as well as the GEMSTONE program. The undergraduate program in computer engineering is jointly administered with the computer science department. Our undergraduate students benefit from continuous revision (updating of our courses so that the excitement in ongoing technological advancements can be shared in classrooms.

At the graduate level, our students engage in cutting edge research projects facilitated by our close affiliations with a number of research institutes such as the Institute for Systems Research, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, the Maryland Energy Research Center, the Maryland Cybersecurity Center, and the Maryland NanoCenter. These interactions provide our students and researchers the opportunity for team-oriented, cross-disciplinary research and access to state-of-the-art laboratories. 

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Our faculty research is supported by annual expenditures of over $42 million. Our level of research expenditures places the department among the very top electrical and computer engineering departments in the nation, a reputation that is supported by national rankings.

With approximately 1000 undergraduates, 310 master’s students, and 290 Ph.D. students, we are the most vibrant and prestigious academic department within the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the fastest rising engineering school in the country. Our alumni find themselves in high demand for positions in some of the top corporate, government and education institutions and continue to make significant contributions to the field.

I invite you to learn more about our department and the exciting experiences that await you here at Maryland. 

Rama Chellappa
Distinguished University Professor and Chair

Also see:
A Message from the Dean
Message from the President