Computer Engineering

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The work of computer engineers is all around us, in smartphones, smart homes and smart cars. Computer engineers are experts in the hardware and software that make up all computer systems—and the networks that connect them. Computers are the brains inside nearly every piece of modern technology, be it cell phones, household appliances, automated manufacturing systems or medical instruments. This means computer engineers are in high demand and have the potential to impact nearly every facet of daily life.

Computer engineers can be found driving innovation in a wide range of industries. Here are just a few examples:

  • Automotive: developing controllers and software to reduce gas mileage in hybrid cars and improve safety and reliability
  • Computers: developing application software; designing and manufacturing multicore processors, massive memory and peripherals
  • Communication: securing smartphones and softphones; designing processors for 4G cell phones
  • Health Care: creating secure databases for electronic health records; programming medical instruments
  • Video Games: designing thousand-core graphics processors for realistic 3-D gaming
  • Banking: creating hack-proof Internet connections for transferring electronic funds
  • Defense: designing controllers and software for smart weapons, drones and satellites

Graduate Programs & Research Opportunities

Research and graduate education in computer engineering focuses on hardware platforms, software applications and computer networks. As part of an Electrical & Computer Engineering Department that has one of the nation’s top doctoral programs, BU’s computer engineers work with support from some of the nation’s leading funding agencies. Computer engineering faculty and graduate students conduct research in areas such as:

  • Computer Architecture and Design
  • Digital and Analog VLSI
  • Embedded and Reconfigurable Computing
  • Mobile Computing
  • Networking for Communication and Sensor Systems
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Electronic Design Automation
  • Bio-Design Automation and Synthetic Biology
  • Multimedia Systems
  • High Performance and GPU Computing

Where Do Our Alumni Work?

  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Akamai
  • General Dynamics
  • Lincoln Lab
  • Mathworks
  • Merck
  • Genzyme
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Why Study at BU?

Two words: our faculty. As leaders in their respective fields, they are well grounded in the latest technologies and are often the masterminds behind them. Faculty members provide undergraduate students with one-on-one advising and opportunities to work in their research labs.

In addition, our high-tech instructional labs provide an unparalleled environment for coursework, extracurricular exploration and teamwork. Our challenging curriculum prepares students for both the workforce and graduate school—many of our graduates go on to study engineering, business, law and medicine at top-ranked schools.

Our graduate students have opportunities to work in cross-disciplinary topics, ranging from computer systems to fiber lasers to cybersecurity. They collaborate with researchers throughout the BU campus and work with other Boston-area universities and companies. We expect our graduate students to present their work at national and international conferences, publish in leading journals and become active members of our community, and we offer excellent possibilities for funding and support.

Degrees Offered in Computer Engineering

Starting Fall 2018, the MS/MEng in CE/EE programs are being merged into the new MS ECE degree, to which new students should apply.

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