The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has as its mission the accumulation, generation, and dissemination of knowledge in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Central to the mission is a high quality research and educational program that benefits our students, the State of North Carolina, the nation and the world. The Department acts as a focal point for development, growth and entrepreneurship. The national and international reputation of the Department facilitates future growth in areas of fundamental economic importance to the State.
NC State University's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the premier engineering programs in the world.
Our faculty and students have earned international recognition for their strong multi-disciplinary and collaborative research.
The department's areas of expertise include:
Our department serves as a statewide focal point for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development. ECE is nationally recognized for attracting many of the best and brightest students from around the world and our graduates are aggressively recruited by leading engineering firms, startups, corporations, government agencies, and research universities.
NC State's extraordinary "Centennial Campus" offers a collegial setting for corporate, government, and non-profit organizations to work side-by-side with NC State innovators to solve real-world problems. This revolutionary campus-based research park promotes ongoing research and collaboration between industry located on the Centennial Campus and NC State students, faculty, and staff.
We offer state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, including 10 research centers, 42 teaching and research laboratories, and a 40,000-square-foot cleanroom. ECE is also a major participant in the National Science Foundation's Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center - dedicated to finding long-term solutions for secure, sustainable, and environmentally friendly energy.
The Raleigh-Durham area is consistently listed as one of the best places to live in the country. Located just a few miles from the "epicenter of innovation" - Research Triangle Park - our students and graduates have abundant opportunities for internships, co-ops, and employment with leading technology companies. When it's time to relax and take a break, the beaches and mountains of North Carolina are an easy drive from Raleigh.
The ECE Department offers programs of study leading to Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Electrical Engineering and/or Computer Engineering. The department's graduate program is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the premier engineering programs in the world, according to the US News and World Report.
Our elite ECE faculty includes 5 Alumni Distinguished Professors, 20 IEEE Fellows, and 13 National Science Foundation CAREER award winners (presented to the nation's most promising young faculty members). Dr. B. Jayant Baliga has been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation's highest honor for technological achievement. Also, Dr. Alex Huang developed "smart transformers" that made MIT Technology Review's list of the world's 10 most important emerging technologies in 2011. The U.S. Army's Commander's Award for Public Service was awarded to Dr. Michael Steer - the only civilian to have received it.
At NC State, we believe you'll get a significant return on your investment - a first-rate education from a comprehensive university. And we aren't the only ones who think so. NC State was ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report for 'best overall public university value.' As one of the nation's leading land-grant institutions, founded on the principle of helping others help themselves, educational parity is not just our commitment, it's our promise.
Consisting of a large and diverse student base of some of the brightest young minds in the engineering field, the ECE Department has demonstrated excellence and commitment in the areas of academics, student support, and community. In the 2011-2012 academic year, 217 Bachelor's, 178 Master's, and 39 Doctoral degrees were awarded. More than 150 graduate students are supported each year through fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Additionally, ECE students can participate in many well-respected and nationally recognized student organizations.
The large ECE graduate enrollment is sustained by a research program with an expenditure rate of approximately $9M per year. The research program of the ECE Department is organized into several different research areas whose disciplinary domains span a wide variety of diverse topics.