Overview

Electrical and Computer Engineering continue to be attractive professions that are in great demand. This is due in large part to the impact electrical and computer engineering had on our lives and will continue to have well in the 21st century. From energy, television, GPS and medical systems to robotics, domestic appliances, i-phones, computers and unmanned vehicles, the "fingerprint" of electrical and computer engineering fields is more than obvious. New processes and systems that impact our daily lives are being developed almost everyday. It is predicted that electrical and computer engineering will continue to play a major role in shaping mankind future all over the globe. It is indeed an exciting time to be an electrical and computer engineer. There continues to be a great national need for a large number of skilled electrical and computer engineers. Through the years Howard University College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences (CEACS) has been among top schools in the nation in the number of engineering degrees awarded to African Americans and minorities. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) made significant contributions in this area. The ECE offers courses leading to the B.S. in electrical engineering, BS in computer engineering; and M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Engineering. The following areas of concentration are offered: communications and signal processing, computer engineering, power and energy, control systems, solid-state electronics and microwaves, and antennas. Our undergraduate programs in electrical and computer engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Electrical and Computer engineering curricula are design-based and fully integrate science, engineering, and applications. The upper-level courses and electives provide further depth of study. More emphasis has been allocated to research and international experiences for undergraduates. Tools for assessing these programs are used for continuous improvement. Our programs are built on the following ECE mission and program educational objectives

The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is consistent with the College of Engineering Architecture and Computer Sciences and the University in that it strives to become a world leader in engineering research and education while dedicated to promotion of excellence among students, faculty and staff.

The mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is to:

Provide its students with the engineering knowledge and education experiences required for them to compete and succeed as engineers at the highest levels of engineering practice.

Engage in research that benefits Howard University and its local community, the United States and the global community.

Advance, in concert with the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences, Howard University's goal of becoming a Historically Black University that is among the best of all its peer institutions.

Program Educational Objectives

Our ECE undergraduate programs educational objectives (PEO) are reviewed periodically by our constituencies in order to ensure that they reflect current industrial and academic trends, and to adapt our Program to a continuously and rapidly changing globalized society.

  1. Howard University Electrical/Computer Engineering graduates will achieve successful careers in Electrical/Computer Engineering or other fields that require technical and/or professional skills and knowledge
  2. Howard University Electrical/Computer Engineering graduates will pursue continuous professional development, including advanced study and/or research in technical or professional fields
  3. Howard University Electrical/Computer Engineering graduates will demonstrate active engagement and leadership within professional/community activities, with a special emphasis on African-American and other underrepresented communities

Student Outcomes

Our electrical and computer engineering programs demonstrates that our graduates have:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

(l) an understanding of issues related to minorities and gender diversity, society and culture, and historical awareness of Africa and its Diaspora.


Howard's School of Engineering and Computer Science is among the top schools in the nation in terms of the number of engineering degrees awarded to African Americans and minorities. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has made significant contributions in this area. Graduates with a bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering find employment in many companies and government agencies including: aerospace, communications, microprocessor and embedded systems design, power distribution, consumer electronics, biomedical engineering, homeland security, patents and trade and the military. Many graduates pursue post-baccalaureate studies for advanced degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or related fields. Many of our graduates apply their technical expertise to engineering professions, as well as to business, law, and medicine. The department has several well-equipped, modern laboratories and research centers. Our undergraduate programs in electrical and computer engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

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