Carnegie Mellon University

B.S. in ECE

Program objectives

The objectives of the ECE program represent our vision for what our students will be doing in their engineering careers five years after they have graduated. The principal behaviors we seek to foster in our students are expertise, innovation and leadership.

The ECE Academic Guide has everything you need to know about the Bachelor of Science degree in ECE, including:

For over sixty years, the Carnegie Plan of Professional Education has been a vital component of the educational objectives of Carnegie Mellon University. The ECE department continues to place great emphasis on problem solving and design based upon the traditions of the Carnegie Plan.

With the introduction of its innovative broad and flexible curriculum in 1991, the ECE Department revitalized professional problem solving and design in their proper role in the engineering curriculum. The goal of ECE's curriculum is to create a flexible undergraduate educational experience, comprising: mathematics, science, computer science and statistics; general education (humanities, social sciences and fine arts); written and oral communication; electrical and computer engineering core, breadth, coverage, depth, and capstone design requirements; as well as free electives.

By enabling multiple paths through our program, we can accommodate students with different backgrounds, interests, skills and career goals. Within the flexible requirements, the students can customize and configure their programs to meet their objectives and particular career goals. Traditional students can prepare for technological careers in industry, graduate school or the road to management. The more interdisciplinary students can utilize our program as a launching pad for professional careers in business, law, medicine, or public service.

The B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is a broad and highly flexible degree program structured to provide students with the smallest set of constraints consistent with a rich and comprehensive view of the profession. It is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students are encouraged and stimulated to explore multiple areas of theory and application. The Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering have adopted the following outcomes from ABET and have established the following objectives for the B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum:

Program educational objectives

The ECE program objectives are shown below. They represent our vision for what our students will be doing in their engineering careers five years after they have graduated. The principal behaviors we seek to foster in our students are expertise, innovation and leadership.

Our graduates will be:

Experts

  • They will solve problems by applying ECE fundamentals
  • Their solutions will reflect depth of understanding in their sophistication.
  • Their solutions will reflect breadth of understanding by drawing on multiple disciplines.

Innovators

  • They will demonstrate creativity in their engineering practice.
  • They will consider holistic systems-oriented approaches in their designs.
  • They will think strategically in their planning and execution.

Leaders

  • They will take initiative, and demonstrate resourcefulness.
  • They will collaborate in multidisciplinary teams.
  • They will be leaders in their organizations, their profession and in society.

Student outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. An ability to function in multi-disciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment and graduation data

Sophomores enrolled Juniors enrolled Seniors enrolled 5th year seniors enrolled Degrees awarded
2010 172 139 134 15 151

2011

155 158 121 12 131
2012 151 150 152 8 146
2013 183 136 123 24 124
2014 169 168 125 17 136
2015 174 156 141 22 149
2016 178 169 136 26 149
2017 192 177 161 22 163
2018 192 157 172 22

Graduation statistics represent enrollment as of the beginning of the fall semester. Degrees awarded information represents degrees awarded in the summer, fall, and spring semesters of the academic year.

The B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering is a broad and highly flexible ABET-accredited degree program structured to provide students with the smallest set of constraints consistent with a rich and comprehensive view of the profession. Students are encouraged and stimulated to explore multiple areas of theory and application.

The faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering have established the following objectives for the B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum:

Fundamentals

To teach our students the fundamentals of science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, and statistics and to develop in our students the ability to formulate and analyze problems and synthesize well designed solutions based on this knowledge and their intuition.

Depth and breadth

To provide our students with breadth and depth in disparate areas of electrical and computer engineering and the ability to apply knowledge from these areas to problem solving and system building.

Flexibility

To provide an environment that allows each student the opportunity to maximize their potential by providing the flexibility to pursue their interests and academic strengths and to thereby encourage flexibility in their thinking about their career.

Teamwork

To ensure that our students are able to work successfully in multidisciplinary teams with individuals whose expertise may span electrical and computer engineering, other engineering disciplines or beyond engineering (such as social sciences, public policy, etc.).

Strategic thinking

To develop in our students the ability to think in a sophisticated manner about technology and their careers. To encourage our students to always evaluate themselves and be engaged in lifelong learning.

System builders

To develop an appreciation of the techno-socio-political environment in which engineering is practiced and to define problems and formulate solutions from a systems perspective.

Leadership

To create societal leaders and to help our students become individuals who will evaluate how and why electrical and computer engineering is practiced and to pursue careers that will help improve the profession and society.

 

The department strongly believes in coupling the theoretical concepts introduced in the classroom with hands-on experience in laboratories or projects. Design experience emphasizes contemporary problems and provides a background for developing logic and computer design skills at the professional level. Faculty in the department are involved in research that is cutting edge and multidisciplinary, and undergraduate students of all levels of expertise (ranging from freshman to senior) are encouraged to be involved in research projects. Undergraduate research projects provide the student with the opportunity to earn academic credit while participating in the research programs of individual faculty members.