Georgia Tech has one of the top ECE programs in the country, with graduates who are recruited to work in almost every industry including aerospace, biomedical, energy, robotics, manufacturing, automotive, and computing.
Electrical engineers harness electrical energy for building devices and systems, from nanoscale implanted devices to multinational power and communication systems, including designing electrical components, software, and mathematical algorithms to make the systems work.
Computer engineers design hardware and software that is used in stand-alone computers and in embedded computer systems, where the computer's role is to connect and control other devices.
What is the difference between Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science?
Computer engineering spans across the disciplines of electrical engineering and computer science.
- Like computer scientists, computer engineers often focus on software systems, but computer engineering has a larger emphasis on the interaction between a computer and the devices attached to it, and on the speed and energy efficiency of the overall system.
- Like electrical engineers, computer engineers have a fundamental training in engineering complete with problem-solving skills and an understanding of physical phenomena, but computer engineers specialize in the design of computing devices.
EEs and CmpEs design and develop technologies that impact everyday life like desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, WiFi, smart phones, cameras, tablet PCs, TVs, cable TV, video games, toys, microwaves, and other household appliances. They impact society by developing medical diagnostic equipment, medical imaging methods, robots, Internet communications, cable TV, satellites, ships board technologies, airplane electronics, environmental controls, alternative energy, power generation, and hybrid cars.
Sure, EEs and CmpEs have been involved in almost all of the major new technologies of the past 25 years. What about the future? Bloomberg Businessweek listed their prediction of the 20 most important inventions of the next 10 years. ECE plays a leading role in 14 of the 20 and a supporting role in the remaining six:
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ECE graduates are well prepared for the high-tech corporate environment, graduate studies in engineering, and professional programs in business, law, or medicine. Top students can complete a combined B.S./M.S. program in ECE. Georgia Tech offer several career fairs each year with hundreds of companies participating. The average starting salaries for EE and CmpE students with a B.S. degree is around $65,000/year. The percent of students who report having received a job offer by graduation is 85%-90%, with most of the remaining pursuing other options such as advanced degrees.
ECE students can participate in undergraduate research and student competitions, join ECE student organizations, gain work experience at top companies, and study abroad.
- Our students have the opportunity to study abroad or work abroad to gain international experience. Many ECE undergraduates participate in the ECE programs in Lorraine, France and in China, where degree-related classes are taught in English by Georgia Tech faculty. These programs provide an exciting one- to two- semester international experience and offer substantial tuition reduction to out-of-state students.
- ECE students have many opportunities to get paid work experience as a co-op or an intern.
- RoboJackets, Solar Jackets, InVenture Prize, and Capstone Design are some of the many innovative activities that engage our students
- ECE has very active student-run organizations that provide professional development, academic help, and social outlets. Visit the ECE Student Organizations page.
- Many of the ECE students participate in undergraduate research. Visit the Undergraduate Research page.
Students pursuing a bachelor of science degree in either EE or CmpE can combine a Cooperative Education designator, International Plan designator, or Research Option with their degrees as well as minors in other disciplines such as Computer Science or Technology & Management. Top students may pursue a combined BS/MS program. Learn about ECE Undergraduate Degrees.
Our courses feature hands-on activities on ECE topics starting in the freshman year with our Introduction to ECE Design course and our hands-on labs in our core lecture courses. The culminating experience for our students is the capstone design projects done in the senior year. These projects are completed by teams of students working on their own inventions or ideas suggested by industry partners. Many of our teams are multidisciplinary with Biomedical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering students. View EE and CmpE Degree Requirements and ECE Courses and Syllabi.
Last revised on February 11, 2013.