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Study the fundamentals of circuits and systems

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Explore nanoscale electronics, photonics and more

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Investigate robotics and artificial intelligence

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Emerging research in computer audition and audio acoustics

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Advance research in signals and communications

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Why ECE?

Electrical and computer engineering skills are critical in our digital age. The field impacts many others, from health care to energy, telecommunications to entertainment.

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in electrical and computer engineering.

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Studies

Robotics, medical imaging, emerging computing platforms, communications, and audio, can all be explored through our graduate program. 

Graduate Program

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Faculty Research

ECE faculty key partners in project to produce superconductive integrated circuits and systems

Distinguished Professor Eby Friedman and three colleagues at Rochester are key partners in an ambitious, $15 million project to develop next-generation, superconductive integrated circuits on chips that would be at least 100 times more energy efficient and operate more than 10 times faster than the technology currently used.

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Research includes signals, VLSI, computer architecture, physical electronics, and more.

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Electrical engineering is one of the best-paying majors, with an average starting salary over $84,000 for bachelor’s degree graduates.

2021 National Association of Colleges and Employers Survey

22full-time faculty

ECE has 22 full-time faculty members and is undertaking a multi-year expansion of its faculty to support its growing research and educational programs in multiple areas.

(l to r): Francesca Daszak, a NASA Lunabotics official, and Rachael He approach the Rochester team’s automated mining robot in the competition arena at Kennedy Space Center. (Image from NASA livestream of Lunabotics MMXXII)

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Performance under pressure at NASA’s Lunabotics competition

Rochester undergraduate students banded together to overcome multiple crises while fielding their robot on a simulated lunar surface at Kennedy Space Center.

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Recent News

Professor Sidney Shapiro passes away at the age of 90

September 20, 2022

Professor Sidney Shapiro, former chair of electrical and computer engineering, passed away on Septem ...

Thomas Howard Career Award Recipient

September 1, 2022

Five University researchers have received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Care ...

Professor Tom Howard and UR Robotics Students aim high at NASA robotics competition

June 14, 2022

The robotics team from the University of Rochester will put months of work and several all-nighters ...

ECE faculty are key partners in ambitious $15M project to produce superconductive integrated circuits and systems

June 3, 2022

Cloud computing that supports so much of our digital society—from Facebook to Google to Amazon ...

The ECE department mourns the passing of alumni Peter Halfdan Helmers

June 2, 2022

Peter Helmers passed away peacefully at home on April 22, 2022. He was 68 years old and resided in P ...

Commencement 2022

May 26, 2022

It was a beautiful weekend to celebrate the ECE and AME Class of 2022! View the commencement ce ...

Stephen Wu Receives Curtis Award for Teaching Excellence

May 19, 2022

“This had to be one of the best Covid-acclimated classes that I have taken in the last two sem ...

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Life After ECE

Learn more about where your education in ECE can take you.

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$9.8M Awarded Research Funding for 2021-2022

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering continues to play a prominent role in ongoing programs such as the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences, the Music Research Lab, the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound, and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE).

A total of $9,800,000 in grant funding was awarded to ECE research projects in 2021-2022.

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