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About ECE

Northeastern's Electrical & Computer Engineering Department produces world-recognized research across the broad spectrum of ECE while being dedicated to the education and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.

Over 65 ECE and affiliated faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research funded by a wide variety of US government agencies and over 20 industrial partners with 4 NSF- and DHS-funded research centers. Our research strengths include sensing and imaging, communications and digital signal processing, power and control systems, power electronics, RF/microwave magnetic materials, device technologies, and computer engineering. Research is not limited to our graduate students; undergraduates are welcomed and integrated into research labs and are regular co-authors on scholarly publications.

Currently the department is home to 776 undergraduates, 297 masters students, and 222 PhD students.

Undergraduate Studies in ECE:

ECE is the most general purpose undergraduate degree in engineering. Northeastern ECE students learn to solve complex, open-ended problems methodically, efficiently, and meeting required system constraints. An ECE degree prepares our students for career options as diverse as medicine, law, business, graduate study in engineering, or even as an electrical or computer engineer.

Our accredited curriculum in both EE and CE encompasses widespread societal needs including sustainability/energy and biomedical applications. The sophomore year includes integrated lecture/laboratory courses on embedded systems ("Enabling Robotics") and circuits and systems ("Biomedical Applications") that provide both a theoretical and practical learning experience in ECE fundamentals.

Our curriculum allows both EE and CE students the flexibility to explore broadly or deeply their areas of interest, in computer software/hardware design, circuits and semiconductor devices, communications and signal processing, power and energy, or nanotechnology. Our curriculum is constantly evolving as our discipline is constantly evolving.

A foundation of Northeastern's undergraduate education is its experiential learning, and fully 92% of our undergraduates participate in our co-op program. From large-scale multinational engineering corporations to cutting‐edge start‐up companies, our co-op employers value the technical and leadership skills that Northeastern ECE students bring to their assignments.

Graduate Studies in ECE:

We offer PhDs in both electrical engineering and computer engineering, and MS degrees in EE, CE, and EE/leadership. Our graduate curriculum provides both foundational rigor and flexibility for multi-disciplinary studies. Northeastern's central Boston location ensures a constant stream of distinguished researchers from around the world who drop in to give a seminar or stay to collaborate with our faculty during extended visits. The result is a dynamic intellectual climate that encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration and outside-of-the-box thinking. Our graduate students can also take advantage of our co-op resources and industrial connections to gain valuable experience as part of their graduate education.