What can you do as a computer engineer?
Computer engineers use a combination of science, mathematics, and engineering to develop hardware and software based systems for solving today's problems. As a computer engineering student at the University of Idaho, you might design sensor systems for NASA, simulate brain waves for facial recognition or improve intersection safety for disabled pedestrians. Computer engineering involves the application of the principles of electrical engineering and computer science for the benefit of society.
Computer engineers design and use digital computers for instrumentation, control, communication, and power conversion systems. At the University of Idaho, computer engineering graduates have become productive engineers and industry leaders all over the world, and are actively recruited by major employers of electrical and computer engineers. Graduates of our program consistently score higher than the national average on the Fundamentals of Engineering examination administered by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
In a world dependent on a technology that is constantly changing, it is important that you are prepared to change with it. With a degree in computer engineering you will be able to apply your knowledge of science and mathematics to the solution of technological problems and design new products and solve new problems in computer engineering. You will be comfortable working independently as well as with a team, and will enhance your technical skills through lifelong learning. By the time you graduate, you will develop an understanding of the social ramifications of technological solutions and apply your engineering skills for the overall benefit of society.
Computer engineering students at the University of Idaho work with the U.S. Navy designing autonomous submarines, fabricate microelectronics that could be used in the newest minicomputer, and spend summers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At Idaho, our students have the opportunity to play a critical part at one of the nation's premier centers for power engineering research, education and collaboration between industry and academia.
Computer engineers use a combination of science, mathematics and engineering to develop hardware and software based systems for solving today's problems. As a computer engineering student at the University of Idaho, you might design sensor systems for NASA, simulate brain waves for facial recognition or improve intersection safety for disabled pedestrians.
By the end of your four years at Idaho you will be proficient in the use of modern theory, techniques and tools used to solve engineering problems. You will have designed new products and learned how to solve problems that are waiting to be discovered. Teamwork is important to Idaho engineers, but you will also be able to confidently take on individual challenges.
Our engineering graduates have become productive engineers and industry leaders all over the world, and are actively recruited by major employers of electrical and computer engineers. Graduates of our program consistently score higher than the national average on the Fundamentals of Engineering examination administered by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Pursuit of research excellence and practical application are guiding principles of the graduate curriculum at the University of Idaho and in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Program.
Classes are large enough to create the necessary creative interchange among students and faculty; at the same time, they are small enough to allow continual interaction between student and teacher.
The Department of Electrical Engineering, through the College of Graduate Studies, has the sole state-wide responsibility for offering Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) degrees in both electrical engineering and computer engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in electrical engineering.
The Master of Science degree is the option taken by on-campus students who will pursue writing a thesis, whereas the Master of Engineering is the non-thesis option usually pursued by off-campus students.
Areas of emphasis for the graduate student in Electrical Engineering include very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits, supercomputing, microwaves, communication systems, integrated circuit design, electromagnetics, control systems, signal analysis, network synthesis, digital systems design, and electric power systems.
Emphasis areas for the graduate student in Computer Engineering are digital hardware design, digital systems design, computer systems, and other related areas.
Candidates for graduate degrees have ample opportunities to work with faculty members on practical research projects vital to industry, including engineering prototypes of varying complexity. Whether the graduate is returning to college from industry, or continuing straight from an undergraduate program, students will find the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering an important stop in their educational endeavors.
If you are interested in applying for graduate admission, visit the University of Idaho College of Graduate Studies for more information.
Graduate Student Requirements for admission into the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program are:
- Fulfillment of admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 from an ABET-accredited institution.
- GRE is required for applicants who have not earned an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program.
- TOEFL of 550 is required of foreign students.
Find out more about the University of Idaho Admissions.