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Academics - Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees. The department has a history of over 115 years with proud and accomplished alumni, students, and faculty. Our graduates are well sought after and in recent years two of them were selected by the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society as the most outstanding students in the nation. Explore our site for more information regarding our faculty and staff, facilities and laboratories, and curricula.

Computer Engineering involves the design and development of systems based on computers and complex digital logic devices. These systems find use in such diverse tasks as computation, communication, entertainment, information processing, artificial intelligence, and control. Computer engineers will be very much involved with the “Information Highway.”

A computer engineer, equipped with a broad background in electrical engineering and computer science, will be entering an exciting and rapidly growing profession with unlimited opportunities in industry, government, and education. Many of our students have already participated in that world through internships. Some examples of internship placements are: Engineering Intern, AT&T Computer; Engineering Intern, IBM Corporation; Computer Engineering Intern, Computer Science Corporation; Computer Science Engineer Intern, Intel Corporation; and Engineering Technician, Mitre Corporation.

Computer Engineering graduates are equipped for careers as engineers, electrical designers, electrical engineers, design and applications engineers, test engineers, power systems engineers, and product engineers.

Career fields for computer engineers include computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, hardware design, software design, integrated circuit design. Labs are very important to an engineering curriculum. Our facilities are modern and comprehensive. The labs support studies in microprocessors, digital design, computer architecture, robotics, machine vision, circuits, electronics, control, semiconductor devices, and microwave measurements. The department maintains a complex network of high-powered Unix-based workstations and PC and Macintosh computers in a number of clusters and labs.

These facilities, coupled with a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 12:1, provide an outstanding opportunity for students to put into practice the theories learned in class.

Electrical Engineering involves the use of electricity to solve problems related to energy, the environment, transportation, communications, health care, and a host of other areas that have an important impact upon society. Equipped with a broad background of theoretical and practical knowledge, the Electrical Engineering graduate has a wide range of careers from which to choose: research and design, teaching, sales, and management. Few professions offer the opportunity for diversity that is provided in Electrical Engineering.

The Electrical Engineering curriculum also provides an excellent “feeder” degree for those students uncertain about choosing a specific career. The knowledge gained through a study of the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, written and oral communications, humanities, and social sciences provides an excellent background for many career choices (e.g., medicine, business and law).

Electrical Engineering students benefit from practicing in internships, as well. Past sponsors of internships include: Bangor Hydro Electric Company, Lemforder Corporation, Great Northern Paper Company, General Electric Company, Amoco Laser Corporation, International Paper Company, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant, Mitre Corporation, Boise Cascade Paper Company, Ark-Less Company, Becon Construction, Fairchild Semiconductor and National Semiconductor.

Career possibilities for electrical engineers include power-creation, transmission, and distribution; communications; semiconductor devices design and manufacture; control processes and measurement; and electronics.


Donald Hummels
Professor / Chair
101 Barrows Hall
Fax: 207-581-4531


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