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Jaime Phillips, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering.

Greetings from Jamie Phillips

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

Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Delaware! Since 1891, we have been innovators in science and technology to serve society through research, education, and entrepreneurship.

We are certainly living in a transformative time, shaped by major societal challenges surrounding a global pandemic, climate change, and ensuring security and privacy in the information age. These are also exciting times, where we have a truly interconnected global community, are making strides towards achieving equality, continue to advance medical technological wonders to advance human health, and are even seeing a growth in private spaceflight. In ECE, we explore the science and technology that lies at the interface between the cyber and physical worlds, forming the basis for the complex systems that will lead the way in addressing these societal challenges.

Our research activities led by world-class faculty span from fundamentals in science, to exciting multidisciplinary initiatives that include 3-dimensional printed systems with embedded electronics, quantum technologies to detect dark matter, “agrivoltaic” systems that partner clean energy production and farming, advanced sensor networks to understand our ocean and coastal environment, and understanding biological systems to find vulnerabilities in drug-resistant cancer cells.

Our educational programs including Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, and Graduate Certificate programs in ECE and Cybersecurity prepare our students at all career stages with the fundamentals, experience, and innovative mindset to lead us to a better future. Our degree programs closely integrate theory, design, and practice, with a supporting infrastructure of our iSuite student community space, world-class research facilities developed by our faculty, and core facilities such as the Nanofabrication Facility and MakerGym at the University of Delaware.

I invite you to view our 2021 ECE Strategic Plan summary that outlines our vision and near term goals to continue a path of leadership in utilizing our unique skills and talents to address inter- and multidisciplinary societal challenges, strengthen external partnerships, and to foster a diverse and collaborative community.

Fast Facts

Outstanding Faculty

  • 1 NAE member
  • 14 IEEE/ACM/OSA Fellows
  • 15 NSF CAREER awardees
  • Two PECASE awardees
  • Six Named Professors
  • 30 total members

Thriving student population

  • 391 undergraduate students
  • 297 graduate students

World-class facilities & active research

  • 40,000 ft.² of department, laboratory, and clean room facilities
  • iSuite – encompassing Cyber Range, Maker Space & Collaboration Hub
  • Facilities are fueled by $10M/ year of research expenditures

Areas of student and faculty research strength include:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Signal Processing, Communications & Controls
  • Computer Engineering
  • Nanoelectronics, Photonics & Electromagnetics
  • Power, Clean & Renewable Energy
  • Biomedical engineering

The graduate engineering programs at the University of Delaware are in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report.

We’ve been recognized for our growing graduate program and record levels of research funding, which support leading research in computer engineering, signal processing and communications, controls, nanoelectronics, photonics and electromagnetics, bioengineering, and renewable energy. ECE graduate students studying in these areas work with award-winning faculty in state-of-the-art laboratories. Moreover, nearly all full-time graduate students in the ECE Department are supported by competitive teaching or research assistantships that cover tuition costs and living expenses. The graduates of our MSECE and Ph.D. students are sought out by top companies, research laboratories and institutions, and universities.

Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduate program offers Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering (BEE) and Computer Engineering (BCpE), both accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Graduate Programs

Options include Master’s, Ph.D., online graduate degrees, as well as a 4 + 1 combined Bachelor and Master program.