From cell phones to hair dryers and treadmills to solar panels, almost every consumer device, industry or business sector relies on expertise from the field of electrical and computer engineering. With a current focus on hardware, processors and digital circuits, electrical and computer engineers make a difference in the world with contributions in the areas of medical devices, robotics, aerospace, energy, communication, computers, bioengineering, optics, data storage, displays, smart vehicles, automotive, material processing, manufacturing, technical sales and many more.
Electrical, computer and energy engineering is about the science and technology of information and energy. A degree in electrical engineering or electrical and computer engineering provides graduates the opportunity to enter the profession of engineering and to engage in work as a design, production, testing, consulting, research, teaching or management professional in a wide variety of careers. Some graduates also go on to develop careers in other professions like law and medicine.
Two undergraduate curricula lead to bachelor’s degrees: one in electrical engineering, and another in electrical and computer engineering. Students of the program get a strong foundation in the fundamentals, as well as extensive elective courses that allow each student to specialize in a specific interest area. Areas of specialization include electromagnetics and wave propagation, optoelectronics, digital signal processing and communications, power electronics, solid-state materials and devices, controls and computer engineering. Curricular options in biomedical engineering and renewable energy and power electronics also are available. Electrical and computer engineering undergraduates gain handson experience through extensive laboratory components within the curriculum, in addition to undergraduate research projects, NASA-funded design and build projects with the Space Grant program, EarnLearn apprenticeships, internships and co-op positions in industry.
Three graduate degree programs are available to qualified students, including the Master of Science (MS) program, which offers the traditional graduate degree; the Master of Engineering (ME) program, which is broadbased and designed especially for students who want to further their education in more than just electrical engineering; and the PhD. The department’s goal is to help students build a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in electrical engineering and information technology.
Faculty include seven IEEE Fellows, three OSA Fellows and two RASEI Fellows. All of the faculty are active in research, with expenditures totaling nearly 9 million annually. Research is concentrated in nine areas and includes two interdisciplinary, industry-sponsored centers. Grants from NASA, DARPA, NSF, NOAA and collaborative industrial and military funding provide support for qualified graduate students. Unique facilities and equipment for experimental and theoretical training and for conducting subject-specific research is available.
The department hosts the Colorado Power Electronics Center and the Center for Environmental Technology, as well as the following research groups: biomedical engineering; communications and signal processing; computer engineering; dynamics and controls; electromagnetics; RF and microwaves; nanostructures and devices; optics and photonics; power electronics and renewable energy systems; remote sensing; and VLSI/CAD.