Throughout the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s (ECpE) history, faculty and students in our department have pioneered technologies such as the world’s first electronic digital computer, the encoding process used in nearly all fax machines, and an infant respiratory augmentor that helped premature babies breathe.
The department is committed to researching the major, high-impact technological problems of today and the next 40 years, in accordance with the department’s strategic plan. Our department focuses on five strategic research areas:
- Cyber infrastructure
- Distributed sensing and decision making
- Energy infrastructure
- Materials, devices, and circuits
Our research is funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Energy, among other government agencies and industries. Our research expenditures average more than $9 million per year.