Why Join Iowa State’s ECpE Department

The Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) strives to provide an outstanding educational environment that enables our graduates to become leaders in their profession and our faculty to become worldwide leaders in technology research.


Groundbreaking research

By joining the faculty at Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, you’ll get to collaborate with internationally recognized, award-winning researchers. With research expenditures of more than $9 million annually, the department focuses on five key research areas. The department is associated with several locally and nationally sponsored research centers and institutes.

A tradition of excellence

ECpE faculty and graduate students have a long-standing tradition of success in cutting-edge research. For example:

  • In 1939, Iowa State professor and alumnus John Atanasoff and former ECpE graduate Clifford Berry built the world’s first electronic digital computer.
  • In 1971, ECpE graduate student David C. Nicholas invented the encoding process used in fax machines, making the machine a staple in office equipment.
  • In 2007, ECpE professor Srinivas Aluru was named a Computerworld Laureate and Finalist for the 21st Century Achievement Award, due to his interdisciplinary research efforts in sequencing the maize genome.

Bright, innovative faculty

Our department recognizes the achievements of our faculty, which include:

  • 12 NSF CAREER Award winners
  • 9 IEEE Fellows, 2 American Physical Society Fellows, and 1 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 9 endowed professorships and chairs

State-of-the-art facilities

With our new $16.5 million addition to our home in Coover Hall now complete, our facilities are truly state-of-the-art. Additional renovations to our space are planned in the upcoming years. Learn more about the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building Project.

Big city amenities in a safe community

Iowa State is located in Ames, Iowa, a small metropolitan city with big city amenities and cultural activities. Ames offers something for everyone—big time concerts and music theater events, Big 12 conference college sporting events, miles of parks and biking paths, dozens of restaurants and bars, movie theaters, and a shopping mall.

Plus, nearby Des Moines—a metropolitan area with about 500,000 people—offers additional entertainment opportunities. Other major Midwest cities such as Omaha, Minneapolis, and Kansas City are within a 3-hour drive, and Chicago is within a 6-hour drive.

Apply today!

To apply for a faculty or staff position in Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, go to www.iastatejobs.com.


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