Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Rochester. As of January 2011, the ECE Department has 20 fulltime faculty members who teach and perform research in the broad areas of Signals and Communications, VLSI and Computer Architecture, and Physical Electronics. Our research programs have broad societal impact: we have multiple programs related to energy, to health and medicine, to the connected world, and to music. Specific research programs span a wide range, including medical imaging, image processing, genomics, audio and music signal processing, analog, digital and radio frequency VLSI design, computer architecture, nanotechnology, spintronics, optoelectronics, wireless communications, sensor networks, microfluidics and MEMs.
The Department is home to high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on close interactions between students and faculty members. Over the past 10 years, many in our graduating senior class of 20 to 30 students have conducted research with faculty members and their graduate students. Most of our seniors either go to graduate school or take industrial positions. We are proud that many of them have had a major impact in fields as different as the microelectronic industry or music.
Our graduate program is the home to approximately 100 Ph.D. students and 40 Masters students who work closely with faculty members on cutting-edge research projects sponsored by federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, or various agencies from the Department of Defense, by New York State, and by many companies, from the largest ones to start-up companies. The research groups of a number of faculty members also include Ph.D. students who will earn their degree in other disciplines, such as Physics, Optics, or Materials Science.
ECE faculty members also lead many multidisciplinary efforts and play a major role in University-level centers and initiatives, including the Energy Research Initiative, the Center for Emerging and Integrative Sciences, the Music Research Laboratory, and the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound.