Message from the Chair :: ECE :: UD

Kenneth E. Barner
Professor & Chair

About ECE

Greetings from Kenneth E. Barner

Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Delaware

Welcome to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Delaware. Established in 1891 as the Electrical Engineering Department and renamed in 1996 to reflect the importance of computer engineering within the field, UD's ECE department is among the oldest in the discipline but remains one of the most innovative.

The ECE Department offers fully accredited B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, superb faculty, and excellent research facilities that place the department among the country’s premier research departments.

Our program is laboratory and research-intensive. Hands-on laboratory experiences start in the freshman year and are integral to the program, as are out-of-the-classroom research experiences. The Carnegie Foundation recognized the University of Delaware as one of five leading institutions providing active learning experiences, while the National Science Foundation recognized UD as one of 10 institutions exhibiting leadership and meaningful results in the integration of research and education.

We encourage entrepreneurship. A company founded by ECE faculty and students developed the key technology in the iPhone’s multi-touch interface, and Professor Guang R. Gao's high-performance computing startup company just received a $15M contract from the Department of Defense. Multiple faculty and former students have founded start-up companies; the entrepreneurship courses we developed with UD’s Lerner College of Business and our departmental culture foster such developments.

I encourage you to browse through our individual faculty, departmental center, and education & research program pages to discover the many innovative individuals, projects, and programs that together make the UD ECE program truly unique. You are welcome to talk to our alumni, who have become leaders in all areas of the ECE discipline—they are the greatest testament to the depth, vitality, and lasting value of a degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Delaware.

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