The Department

The Department

 About Us

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in the electrical engineering, computer engineering, and software engineering fields. Students get to interact with our departments’ diverse student body and faculty, and obtain practical experience to prepare them for exciting careers where they can make a difference in people’s lives. Research in our department focuses on five high-impact interdisciplinary areas: bioengineering, cyber infrastructure, distributed sensing and decision making, energy infrastructure, and small-scale technologies.

Quick Facts

Here’s a quick look at some facts about the ECpE department, which was established in 1909.


  • Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,340
    • Electrical Engineering: 606
    • Computer Engineering: 601
    • Software Engineering: 133
  • Total MS and MEng student enrollment: 127
  • Total PhD student enrollment: 193
  • PhDs awarded: 42 (2011-12)
  • Total Degrees Awarded: 207 (2013)
    • Electrical Engineering: 104
    • Computer Engineering: 80
    • Software Engineering: 23
  • Scholarships awarded to students: More than $300,000 annually


  • Faculty: 58 faculty
  • Endowed chairs and professorships: 10
  • NSF CAREER/PYI award winners on faculty: 21
  • IEEE Fellows on faculty: 15



  • Alumni: More than 11,000
  • Job placement: Nearly 90 percent of Iowa State electrical, computer, and software engineering bachelor’s degree graduates have accepted job offers by the time they graduate (2012)
  • Starting salaries: Averages more than $64,000 (2014)


  • Research expenditures: $11.9 million (2014)
  • Research centers and institutes: 11
  • Research laboratories: 20


  • Top 25 ECpE graduate programs among public programs (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)