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Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Maryland offers one of the most renowned 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 faculty members, 1,000 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students and over $36 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 ECE department offers degree programs in Computer Engineering (in collaboration with the department of Computer Science) and Electrical Engineering.
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Applying for Admission
For information on how to apply to the University of Maryland Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate programs, please visit the Maryland Undergraduate Admissions site: http://www.uga.umd.edu/apply/
Did You Know...?
- According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2007 Job Outlook Survey, Electrical and Computer Engineering were among the top 5 most “in-demand” majors.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering were two of the four highest paid majors among recent college graduates.
- At University of Maryland, Electrical and Computer Engineering are the most requested majors for employers conducting campus interviews.
Why Study Electrical Engineering?
The work of electrical engineers directly affects the everyday lives of most of the world's population. Electrical engineers are uniquely responsible for designing and developing innovations to help solve a wide variety of global problems. Electrical engineering is the largest of the engineering disciplines, encompassing electronics, microelectronics, nanotechnology, communications and signal processing, power systems, electrophysics, computer architecture, circuits, antennas, and control systems. Engineers develop fiber optics technology, use lasers in applications such as biomedical engineering, create software for robots, design electronic weapons systems, develop advanced wireless networks, and create sensors modeled after the brain's neural system . Electrical engineers were primarily responsible for the recent revolutions in the music and telecommunications industries, and are poised to lead the next revolutionary innovations in nanotechnology, robotics, and other technologies.
Students in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Maryland are advised by faculty mentors in their major, as well as by the staff in the Undergraduate Studies office. Students meet periodically with advisors and faculty mentors to plan course work, career and cooperative educational experiences, as well as to discuss possibilities for independent projects. Despite the large size of the ECE department, students receive personalized attention to help them develop into successful graduates.
Unique Internship and Co-Operative Opportunities
The ECE department's proximity to the Washington, DC area and government laboratories has allowed students to participate in significant research collaborations with government-funded agencies. The Department has long-standing partnerships with many federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Army Research Laboratory, the National Security Agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Naval Research Laboratory, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology. As a result of these partnerships, ECE students at Maryland enjoy special internship, co-operative, and employment opportunities with these organizations outside the classroom.
Research strengths of the Department are also reflected in our collaborations with industry. Many of the Department's faculty members are engaged in cross-disciplinary research efforts that branch off into such areas as biology, chemistry, physics and business. These efforts are advanced by several centers and institutes established by the University of Maryland to foster inquiry that stretches across disciplines. This cross-disciplinary research encourages faculty collaboration and offers ECE students the opportunity to become well-rounded engineers.
Did you know that...?
The average starting salary for Maryland's Electrical and Computer Engineering B.S. graduates last year was $ 55,900 , the highest in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
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