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Message from the Chair

Miriam Leeser

Professor and Interim Department Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering
Northeastern University

I am honored to serve as interim chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, where I have served as faculty member for over twenty years. ECE has always been an extremely active department in both research and education, and I look forward to continuing this momentum.

Our research strengths include the full gamut of cutting-edge ECE technologies: embedded systems and internet-of-things, robotics and cyber-human systems, networking (mobile/wireless as well as the Internet of the future), big data analytics and machine learning. Northeastern's historic strengths in ECE include 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.   This research is funded by a wide variety of US government agencies, including NSF, DARPA, DOE, and DHS as well as over 20 industrial partners. ECE has traditionally been a home for multiple engineering research centers, and currently hosts the DHS-funded Awareness & Localization of Explosive-Related Threats (ALERT) and the NSF-funded Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks. ECE is also a partner in the NSF-funded George J. Kostas Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research Center and the NSF-funded Institute for Information Assurance here at Northeastern.

ECE has 54 full-time faculty and 20 affiliated faculty from speech & language pathology & audiology, psychology, biology, mechanical engineering, physics, and computer science. These faculty include 13 IEEE Fellows, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, 10 NSF CAREER awardees, 5 ONR/ARO/AFOSR/DARPA Young Investigators, and 1 PECASE winner. Our faculty are dedicated educators; we offer BS, MS, and PhD degrees in both electrical and computer engineering. Currently the department is home to 662 undergraduates, 291 master’s students, and 242 PhD students.

A foundation of Northeastern's undergraduate education is its experiential learning, and fully 92% of our undergraduates participate in our co-op program. In addition to solving cutting-edge problems in a multi-disciplinary environment, 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.

I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our research, educational offerings, and opportunities for shaping the future in Northeastern's ECE Department. Please do not hesitate to contact me or visit for more information.