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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 at the University of Delaware, where we Dare to be first. Since 1891, we have been innovators in science and technology to serve society through research, education, and entrepreneurship.

Our faculty are leaders in research that span from fundamental theories to high impact applications. In Computer Engineering, we were pioneers in the development of the internet, and continue to advance high performance computing and cybersecurity. Our research in Nanoelectronics, Electromagnetics and Photonics introduces new materials for the next generation of hardware for information processing, theories for quantum computing, and high efficiency solar cells in collaboration with the Institute for Energy Conversion. Signal Processing, Communications, and Control at UD have established fundamental theories to advance wireless communications and imaging, to understand and model biological processes and diseases, and to explore the ocean and coastal environment.

We believe that education excellence in ECE should closely integrate theory, design, and practice. Our undergraduate curriculum incorporates hands-on laboratory experiences for each year of the program. 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.

Our students and faculty are entrepreneurs, leading to start up companies commercializing technologies such as the iPhone multi-touch interface, millimeter wave imagers that can see through brownout conditions, and 3D printed nonplanar RF components that can place sensors and radar components on systems where it was previously not possible. We foster an entrepreneurial mindset through courses developed in conjunction with UD’s Lerner College of Business and through the Horn Entrepreneurship program.

Our department culture is an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students to thrive in their professional and personal endeavors. We share a commitment to serve the benefit of society through not only our research and educational activities, but also through our engagement with the community and industrial alliances.

I welcome you to discover the individuals, projects, and programs that make our department unique, and to engage with our alumni – as they are truly 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.

Join ECE #Hengineers and Dare to be first!

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.