Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Maryland, College Park offers one of the strongest and most highly-ranked programs in the nation. Led by 89 full-time and affiliate faculty members and 50 research faculty and postdocs, the research programs within the department cover a wide spectrum of activities in the areas of:
- Communications and Networking
- Signal Processing
- Control, Robotics, and Dynamical Systems
- Computer Engineering
- Optics and Photonics
- Circuits and Systems
- Electronic Materials and Devices
- Bioelectronics and Systems
- Applied Electromagnetics
Chair: J. JaJa (Professor and Interim Chair)
Professors: E. Abed, P. Abshire, T. Antonsen, J. Baras, A. Barg, R. Barua, S. Bhattacharyya, G. Blankenship (Associate Chair, External Affairs), R. Chellappa (Distinguished Scholar Teacher; College Park Prof), Y. Chembo, M. Dagenais, C. Davis (Res Prof), C. Espy-Wilson (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), R. Ghodssi (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), J. Goldhar, N. Goldsman, R. Gomez, M. Hafezi, A. Iliadis, A. Khaligh, J. Kim (Prof Of Practice), P. Krishnaprasad, R. La, W. Lawson, W. Levine (Res Prof), A. Makowski, D. Manocha, , N. Martins, I. Mayergoyz (Distinguished University Professor; Alford L. Ward Prof), H. Milchberg (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), T. Murphy, P. Narayan, Y. Oruc, P. O'Shea, E. Ott (Distinguished University Professor), G. Qu, S. Shamma, M. Shayman, J. Simon, P. Sprangle, A. Srivastava, A. Tits, S. Ulukus (Distinguished Scholar Teacher; Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Research), U. Vishkin, E. Waks, R. Walsworth, M. Wu (Distinguished Scholar Teacher, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs), D. Yeung (Associate Chair, Undergrad Education)
Associate Professors: B. Babadi, D. Dachman-Soled, T. Dumitras, M. Franklin, T. Horiuchi, A. Papamarcou
Assistant Professors: K. Daniels, C. Gong, S. Shah
Lecturers: W. Hawkins, Y. Leng, N. Mogul, D. Romero, J. Wu
Adjunct Faculty: K. Grutter, J. Munday, P. Pierre
Affiliate Professors: A. Agrawala, J. Aloimonos, S. Anlage, I. Appelbaum, N. Chopra, M. Cukier, R. Duraiswami, S. Feizi, M. Fu, A. Harris, J. Hollingsworth, F. Huang, D. Jacobs, J. Katz, A. Kollar, D. Levin, M. Lin, M. Mazurek, C. Metzler, C. R. Ocampo, D. Paley, L. Pessoa, R. Phaneuf, W. Regli, N. Roy, G. Rubloff, E. Smela, P. Tokekar, X. Wu
Affiliate Associate Professor: T. Goldstein
Affiliate Assistant Professors: L. Hu, P. Tokekar
Professors Emeriti: D. Barbe, R. Chellappa, L. Davisson, F. Emad, A. Ephremides, N. Farvardin, V. Granatstein, R. Harger, P. Ho, C. Lee, P. Ligomenides, K. Liu, S. Marcus, J. Melngailis, R. Newcomb, J. Orloff, M. Peckerar, H. Rabin, M. Rhee, C. Striffler, S. Tretter, K. Zaki
Assoc Professors Emeriti: J. Pugsley, C. Silio
All ECE students have mandatory advising every single semester, provided by the professional advising staff of the ECE Undergraduate Studies Office. Departmental permission is required in order for students to register and for all courses in the major. The Department's Undergraduate Studies Office (2426 A.V. Williams Building, 301-405-3685) is the primary point of contact for undergraduates with advising questions and detailed curriculum requirements, registration information, and advising and mentoring procedures can be found on the ECE Undergraduate Advising website: ece.umd.edu/undergrad/advising.
Undergraduate Research Experiences
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is affiliated with more than 40 specialized laboratories, supporting activities including: speech and image processing, high performance systems, mobile computing and multimedia, communication networks, robotics, control systems, neural systems, systems integration, VLSI design and testing, experimental software engineering, semiconductor materials and devices, photonics, fiber optics, ion beam lithography, real-time systems, human- computer interaction, and virtual reality. Undergraduate students are encouraged to engage in research at some point during their education. Active participation in research not only allows students to apply what they have learned in class, it also gives them greater insight into a specific area within ECE and an appreciation for the subtleties and difficulties associated with the production of knowledge and fundamental new applications. Research experience also prepares students for the demands of graduate school and the work force. Information on participating in undergraduate research can be found at ece.umd.edu/undergrad/courses/400-level/enee499.
Information on internships can be found at eng.umd.edu/careers. Other internships are advertised by the ECE Department's Office of External Relations and Office of Undergraduate Studies.
Participation in a Cooperative Education Program or internship with private industry or a government agency is strongly encouraged. See the A. James Clark School of Engineering catalog entry for details.
Electrical and computer engineers were primarily responsible for the recent revolutions in the music, telecommunications and medical device industries. They remain at the forefront of cutting edge developments and innovations in nanotechnology, robotics, and other technologies. Electrical engineers also have wide ranging employment opportunities in other fields including electronics, microelectronics, communications and signal processing, power systems, electrophysics, computer architecture, circuits, and control systems. Specific jobs include developing fiber optic technology, lasers for biomedical applications, software for robots, electronic weapons systems, advanced wireless networks, and neuron-like sensors for various applications.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Honors Program is intended to provide a more challenging and rewarding undergraduate experience for students pursuing the baccalaureate in Electrical or Computer Engineering. The program requirements have recently changed, so please visit the ECE Honors website for program course requirements. Students completing all program requirements with a "B" average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all undergraduate work will have their participation noted on their B.S. diploma. Students may opt into the program at any time, and will work with the ECE undergraduate office to ensure they have completed the appropriate requirements.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
The ECE Department has an active student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Information and instructions for joining can be found on their website: terplink.umd.edu/organization/ieee-umd. Equally active is the Gamma Xi chapter of Eta Kappa Nu honor society which is dedicated to recognizing excellence in electrical and computer engineering. Information on eligibility can be obtained by visiting their website: ece.umd.edu/hkn.
The ECE Department also offers the ECE Peer Mentoring Program sponsored by Texas Instruments. ECE peer mentors provide insider knowledge about the department and college as well as share helpful resources to ensure academic and social success. The ECE Peer Mentor Program offers various programming throughout the year including workshops, guest speakers, and social events to build community within ECE. More information about the ECE Peer Mentoring Program can be found at ece.umd.edu/undergraduate/peer-mentoring.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Several scholarships are administered through the department and many others through the Clark School of Engineering. To be considered for these awards, students must submit an application by May 31st of each year for the following academic year. For more information visit: ursp.umd.edu/scholarships/index.html.
In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: financialaid.umd.edu.
Each spring, the ECE Department recognizes its talented and committed students with departmental awards. The ECE Chair’s Award is presented to graduating seniors in Electrical and Computer Engineering for outstanding academic performance. The ECE Outstanding Academic Performance Award is presented to a junior for demonstrating outstanding academic excellence. The ECE Service Award is presented to a graduating senior(s) who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to both their fellow students and the department.