The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University is ranked among the top academic units engaged in scientific research in the United States on a wide variety of subjects from novel transistors for the next generation integrated circuits to concepts that will revolutionize how computers work.
With our department's strong industry research tradition, we maintain extensive connections with companies large and small - from IBM and RedHat to smaller established firms and start-ups. Much of our research makes the transition to commercial applications, and we often transfer technology to industry through agencies like the National Science Foundation.
The research of our faculty and students continues to earn international recognition, and our current strengths include Computer Architecture and Systems, Bioelectronics Engineering, Communications and Digital Signal Processing, Nanoelectronics and Photonics, Networking, Power Electronics & Power Systems, as well as Analog, RF & Mixed Mode Technologies.
Easy access to state of the art, modern facilities add to the department's appeal. The Monteith Research Center, completed in 1996 and located on Centennial Campus, is a major draw to faculty and students as well as to companies with which we maintain partnerships. Made up of two buildings, some of the largest testing equipment in the nation is located at the center. Our faculty, staff and students dedicate countless hours to research and development, making the department one that is full of innovation and new discoveries.
The coooperative research effort of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty at NC State University and its corporate partners has produced significant results over the years. By the Fall of 2005, the Department's Research had secured 211 distinct patents and created 4 cutting edge prototypes for market development. 16 of the Departments Faculty memebers have been featured in the National Science Foundation Magazine and are together responsible for over 1,206 unique publications. Operating on a $6.4 million dollar budget, there is still room to grow.
With a research expenditure of $9 million per year, ECE funded 128 research projects. Located conveniently to NC State's students and faculty are a total of 8 research centers. Additionally, 44 teaching and research laboratories are available for use. These facilities are top of the line with most having been built within the past 10 years. Advanced Electronic Materials Processing Center, Advanced Transportation Energy Center, Center for Advanced Computing and communication, Center for Efficient, scalable and Reliable Computing, Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Network Technology Institute, Power Semiconductor Research Center, Semiconductor Power Electronics Center and Triangle National Lithography Center are all of the centers.