What is Electrical and Computer Engineering?
What is Electrical
and Computer Engineering?
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is the creation,
innovation and design of technologies in robotics, computing, communications,
electronics or automation. ECE is at the crossroads of hardware and software –
the integration of these tools to create better, faster, safer technologies for
things like cars, aircraft, computers, smartphones, or surgical robots.
What is Rice ECE?
Rice ECE is: Rewiring the Brain. Lensless Cameras. Faculty RockStars (Really). Solar-Powered Steam. Invisibility Cloaks. Curing Epilepsy. Fighting Parkinson. Modifying Memory to treat PTSD. Reading and Writing Brain Activity. Oil Reservoir Exploration. Curing Cancer. Wireless to the Underserved. Breaking World Records. The Internet of Things. National Security.
Who are Electrical
and Computer Engineers?
Electrical and Computer Engineers are a diverse, smart,
creative group of problem-solvers who innovate, create, and design technology
that improves the world. Smartphones,
GPS, cars, and even things like healthcare and national security would not
exist as they do today without electrical and computer engineers. ECEs are at
the heart of the intersection of innovation and technology. They make cool
technologies to change the world.
ECE majors go on to work in almost every industry imaginable,
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In addition, the starting
salary for ECE majors is one of the highest there is – around $70,000. And
lifetime earnings for CE’s or EE’s hovers right around $2,000,000.
Want to know more about
what Rice students design?
Check out these student projects:
Want to try out
Electrical and Computer Engineering?
Visit the EtherNest,
a creative, student-run hackerspace, and attend one of their workshops. Introduction to
Electronics, Wearable Electronics, Building a 3D Printer, or even an Electric
Guitar Workshop – there is something for everyone.
Want to learn more
about what ECE graduates do?
The Rice IEEE Student Chapter
hosts weekly Friday lunches, with guests from Industry (typically Rice
graduates). All Rice students are welcome. Past guests have represented
companies and startups like: Chevron, National Instruments, Microsoft,
Rebellion Photonics, Schlumberger, Epic, Dupont, Atlas Wearables, HP, Micron,
ViaSat, Dell, Synopsys, and Meshify.
What resources are
available for women in ECE?
Women ExCEL is a network of women in ECE that aims to
provide community, mentoring, and cultural enrichment for students. This
network serves to promote career opportunities and cultivate women in
leadership. Click here for more information
on ExCEL and when their events are!
The Society of Women Engineers encourages women to pursue
and achieve their full potential in science and engineering related fields. Click here to learn more about them and when
their meetings are!
opportunities for study abroad?
Yes! ECE students can, and do, study abroad. As an engineer, you will be called to solve
problems and find solutions on a global scale; study abroad is the ideal
opportunity for you to gain the skills necessary to function in this global
context. For more information on Study Abroad, click here.