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Key Statistics

  • Established in 1893
  • The first woman student at NC State in 1921, Lucille Thompson enrolled in Electrical Engineering
  • 62 primary faculty, 9 research faculty, 15 visiting faculty, 52 adjunct faculty and 41 staff
  • Home of NC State's two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers (NSF-ERC); awarded in 1988 and 2008
  • Enrollment Spring 2009:
    Undergraduate 1004
    Master's 299
    Doctoral 201
  • Incoming Freshman Fall 2009:
    • Average GPA (weighted): 3.9-4.4
    • Average SAT: 1170-1350
    • Average ACT: mid-to-high 20s
  • Degrees Conferred 2008-2009
         Undergraduate:  238
         Graduate:  177
  • Facilities:
    • Monteith Research Center built for the first NSF-ERC, with 40,000 sq-ft clean room
    • Engineering Building II in Fall 2005 on centennial Campus
    • 10 Research Centers
    • 27 Research Groups and Laboratories
    • 15 Teaching Laboratories
    • Joint Programs and Laboratory Facilities with Biomedical, Materials and Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and the College of Management

Faculty Honors

  • 18 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellows
  • 9 National Science Foundation CAREER Award Recipients
  • Commander's Award for Public Service Recipient
  • NSF Presidential Early CAREER Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) Recipient
  • Changjiang Scholar
  • National Academy of Engineering Member
  • Young Achievement Award Recipient
  • 5 Distinguished Professors
  • 4 Named Professors
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award Recipient
  • University and College of Engineering Outstanding Advisor Award Recipient
  • NCSU Bell Tower Lighting in honor of faculty member receiving 100th US Patent


  • Located in the area known as the Triangle (Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh), close to the Research Triangle Park (RTP), with many opportunities for internships are from the ECE Department
  • Average starting salaries, May 2009:
         BS:  $61,125
         MS:  $71,611
  • Top Consumers of ECE Graduates: Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, IBM, Mentor Graphics, Northrop Grumman, Progress Energy, Red Hat, and Tekelec


Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Double Major in EE and CPE
  • Renewable Electric Energy Systems (REES) Concentration within the BS EE degree program
  • Accelerated Bachelor's Master's (ABM)

Graduate Degree Programs

  • Master and PhD Degrees in Electrical Engineering
  • Master and PhD Degrees in Computer Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Networking
  • Renewable Electric Energy Systems (REES) Certificate
  • On Campus or via Engineering Online

Areas of Expertise

  • Bioelectronics Engineering
  • Communications and Signal Processing
  • Computer Architecture and Systems
  • Control, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Electronic Circuits and Systems
  • Nanoelectronics and Photonics
  • Networking
  • Power Electronics and Power Systems

The faculty fosters strong multi-disciplinary and collaborative research with other disciplines within NC State such as biomedical engineering, textile engineering, genomics, materials science engineering, mathematics and statistics, other universities, industry, government agencies and laboratories and other partners in the Research Triangle area.


  • Research wth faculty--research centers and groups, scholars and honors programs
  • Applied learning--capstone project courses: Senior Design, Engineering Entrepeneurs Program (EEP), Design Day
  • Student Organizations: leadership skills, service, networking, informal learning
    • ECE Graduate Student Association
    • Eta Kappa Nu Honors Fraternity (HKN)
    • Insititute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • Material Research Society
    • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
    • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
    • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
    • Underwater Robotics Club
  • Numerous companies actively partnered with the department via sponsored programs, scholarships, projects and initiatives