Welcome incoming freshmen! We hope that your studies are off to a great start. We understand that as someone who is new to the Speed School, you still may be unsure what engineering field is best for you. To help you make your decision, we’d like to introduce you to the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, and tell you a little bit about what we have to offer.
What is Electrical and Computer Engineering?
Electrical engineers study applications of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. This encompasses a wide range of fascinating topics including electronics, power systems, control systems, image processing, signal processing, communications, and micro/nanoscale electronics. Students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department learn both hardware design and the programming and logic design required to operate the hardware. For example, ECE students recently developed a battery management system for electric vehicles which requires both the sensor hardware to interface with the battery cells and the software to manage and interpret the measured data.
Is ECE the right fit for me?
If you are interested in both hardware and software design, the ECE department is the place for you. ECE graduates obtain high-paying jobs in microelectronic design, controls systems, power systems, and process engineering. You’ll find recent ECE graduates working for large local companies (General Electric, LG&E, KU, and UPS); high flying local start-ups (QSR Automation and Genscape), and well known national corporations (Intel, IBM, Micron, and Google).