Top Pick for Students With an R&D Mindset
Earn a bachelor’s degree, with online options, in a well-integrated electrical and computer engineering program at one of the best-bang-for-the-buck universities in the nation. Learn to think analytically, answer the big questions and work on anything from wearable medical devices, smart phone apps and computer chips to massive smart grids, cybersecurity and driverless cars.
As the world’s technology advances at a rapid pace, the lines between electrical engineering and computer engineering have blurred. And, in an interconnected world, hardware and software in complex systems must work together seamlessly. Thus, undergraduates in ECE earn a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering or a BS in Computer Science & Engineering.
All UA Engineering students gain a solid foundation in analytical thinking, problem solving and technology. The programs foster skills in ethical leadership, communication and teamwork.
Core classes are interactive and incorporate discussion, one-on-one help, hands-on activities and real-life team projects.
Outside the Classroom
An invaluable part of the ECE student experience takes place in student clubs – such as IEEE and HACKS – on interdisciplinary research and design teams, and through participation in internships. The success of ECE students in these activities is a big part of what makes them work ready and highly employable.
Nearly every industry in every sector has a place for electrical and computer engineers, and constant advancements in technology keep them in demand. UA ECE graduates are working at companies such as Raytheon, Intel, IBM, Qualcomm, Motorola, Microsoft, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, GM, Agilent, NASA, Boeing and Pixar.
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Students in the Spotlight
For his senior capstone, electrical and computer engineering student Brad Zimmermann helped create a low-cost drone tracker that uses visible light to detect drones.We learned a lot of stuff that we weren't taught in classes, because they can't teach it in classes, because you have to learn through experience.
Cultivating National Honors
Iota Xi, the UA student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers–Eta Kappa Nu honor society, received the organization’s Outstanding Chapter Award in 2015, for the fourth time. Megan Pritchard, BS 2016, was vice president at the time.Iota Xi is an extremely active chapter, and the IEEE-HKN board of governors was impressed by several of the programs we described in our annual report.
Hexapod in High Demand
During his senior undergraduate year, Matt Bunting built a six-legged robot for class. Not only did Intel Corp. order two of the robots, but an Arizona robotics company asked the undergraduate to lend his software development expertise to the company.I did not want to preprogram any of those walking algorithms, I wanted it to figure out how to walk straight forward on its own. It has the ability to figure it out itself.
An Engineer’s Ear
Jonathan Gross, BS 2011, was the first UA student in 25 years to earn an engineering degree and a piano performance degree simultaneously. He was named a 2011 laureate by national engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi.UA Engineering helped me along my path in many ways. I am especially grateful for the personal care, attention, and opportunities to excel that I received while serving as an Engineering Ambassador.