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Overview

In the computer industry today, rapid innovation is the name of the game, and there is a great demand for computer engineers who can do it all.

In the computer industry today, rapid innovation is the name of the game, and there is a great demand for computer engineers who can do it all—from designing computer hardware, components and software to developing next-generation products and appliances that contain embedded systems. As computer technology becomes more essential to commerce and daily life, companies will need computer engineers who possess a well-developed set of skills and who can quickly adapt to change. To meet the challenges of the future, these companies will turn to their computer engineers for innovative solutions and technological leadership.

The Department of Computer Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology offers Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees as well as the dual BS/MS degree in Computer Engineering. The BS degree program was instituted in 1975 as a joint program between Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Technology at RIT. In 1980, the Department of Computer Engineering was formally established within the College of Engineering. As enrollment began to climb significantly in 1990s, the MS in computer engineering was established. With the continuous effort in improving its curriculum, the department had established a reputation for offering quality, career-oriented undergraduate education by the turn of millennium. Our students study in-depth software and hardware design, as well as computer systems integration and applications. Since early 2000s, the department has continued to advance its curriculum as well as research activities in several focus areas. 

Currently, the Department of Computer Engineering has 12 faculty and 5 staff members . Our faculty are actively engaging in state-of-the-art curriculum development and research activities. In terms of research activity, our faculty are working with our BS, BSMS, MS students as well as the Ph.D. students in the Computing and Information Sciences Program, the Microsystems Engineering Program, and the Imagine Science Program. The Computer Engineering programs focus on educating our students software, hardware and integration of systems.

Areas of Focus

  • High Performance Computing
  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Embedded and Control Systems
  • Networks and Security
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing

Our graduates are heavily sought by industry. The list below shows a sample of employers hiring our students. Additional information about Co-op and Career opportunities for CE students can be found through RIT’s Co-op office.

Sample List of Employers

  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • Apple Computer
  • Boeing
  • Cisco Systems
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Harris
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • National Security Agency
  • Sparta Technologies
  • Synaptics
  • Xerox
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Facts and Figures

Computer Engineering has a total of 1,290 alumni since 1978. They reside in many cities across 40 states, with some remaining in Rochester, NY.  Others are building their career and raising their families in, e.g., Austin, Brooklyn, Syracuse, Liverpool San Jose, Seattle, Buffalo, San Diego, and Portland.
 

 

Computer Engineering has a total of 1,290 alumni since 1978. They reside in many cities across 40 states, with some remaining in Rochester, NY.  Others are building their career and raising their families in, e.g., Austin, Brooklyn, Syracuse, Liverpool San Jose, Seattle, Buffalo, San Diego, and Portland.

Sample List of Employers

  • Advanced Micro Devices
  • Apple Computer
  • Boeing
  • Cisco Systems
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Harris
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • National Security Agency
  • Sparta Technologies
  • Synaptics
  • Xerox

 

ABET data associated with enrollment and degree information can be found at http://www.rit.edu/fa/irps/ (left-hand navigation menu item “ABET Accreditation”).

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Mission

"To provide outstanding career-oriented education in computer engineering."

 

The Computer Engineering program mission is

To provide outstanding career-oriented education in computer engineering.”

The Computer Engineering program mission is consistent with RIT’s Mission "to provide a broad range of career-oriented educational programs with the goal of producing innovative, creative graduates who are well-prepared for their chosen careers in a global society." In addition, the CE program mission is consistent with the Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE) goals "to prepare graduates to join the work force as sought-after engineering professionals and to provide them with the educational foundation to assist in entering select graduate programs."

 

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Accreditation

The BS in computer engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

 

The BS in computer engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Annual program enrollment and degrees awarded information can be found at:  http://www.rit.edu/fa/irps/.  The link is on the left-hand side navigation panel under “ABET Accreditation” (opens as a PDF).

The program educational objectives and program outcomes were approved by the CE faculty and the CE Industrial Advisory Board, and were shared with the program constituents. They are posted on this web site for reference. We welcome feedback from students, parents, alumni, employers, industrial affiliates and the general public.

RIT Computer Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The computer engineering department has established the following educational objectives for the computer engineering program, which describe the accomplishments of its graduates during the first few years following graduation:

  • Career focus: Graduates successfully contribute to the professional workforce typically by applying their knowledge in various areas of computer engineering related to hardware, software and/or systems.

  • Graduate Study: Many graduates have pursued, are pursuing, or plan to pursue graduate study in computer engineering, related disciplines or business.

  • Independent Learning: Graduates are engaged in lifelong learning and stay current with advancements in their chosen field through independent learning and/or continuing education.

  • Professionalism: Graduates conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner and function as responsible members of society.

RIT Computer Engineering Program Outcomes

By the time of graduation from the program, RIT Computer Engineering graduates must be able to demonstrate:

  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 on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  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
  12. acquired experiential education (through co-op) related to the broader area of computer engineering

Constituent Involvement and Communication

The following constituents are actively included in the CE process.

  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Prospective students and their Parents
  • Alumni
  • Employers
  • Industrial Advisory Board

Information is communicated to the CE constituents through:

  • Meetings
  • Surveys
  • Mailings
  • Open Houses
  • Informational Tours
  • Web page: www.ce.rit.edu

The Computer Engineering Process

Feedback and comment from parents, alumni and other constituents is welcome by emailing to comp.eng@rit.edu

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Industry Partners & Alums

 

RIT Computer Engineering has a long history of partnership with industry and government that contributes to the success of our education mission.

 

RIT Computer Engineering has a long history of partnership with industry and government that contributes to the success of our education mission.

Employers interested in hiring our students for co-op or full-time positions may visit the RIT Office of Cooperative Education & Career Services and the Job Zone. Employers are also encouraged to join the fall and spring career fairs at RIT. We are interested in exploring collaborations with industry partners to enhance our curriculum and facility. Our goal is to educate our students with state-of-the-art equipment and software. Several industry partners, including Altera, Agilent, ARM, Cisco, Dell, Freescale, Harris Communications, Motorola, NVIDIA, and Texas Instrument have made generous gifts over the years that greatly enhance our student learning experience.

Alumni are more than welcome to drop us a note or send us an email to comp.eng@rit.edu or directly to any faculty or staff in the department. It is always a joyful moment when alumni come by and say hello. We love to hear your story, both good and bad. We welcome your suggestions for the computer engineering curriculum, and certainly donations (cash, equipment, and/or software) that enhance the learning experience of our students. Alumni are encouraged to stay connected with RIT through Alumni Connections and can see some recent university news through University Magazine.

Industry partners, friends of the department, and alumni are interested in any form of giving may visit the Support the College page or the KGCOE Alumni page.

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Advisory Board

The Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consists of industrial, government and academic affiliates.

The Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consists of industrial, government and academic affiliates. The current Computer Engineering IAB consists of members from the following partners:

  • United State Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Alstom
  • Teletronics Technologies
  • Intel
  • Harris
  • Critical Links
  • Xelic
  • Fisher-Price
  • Freescale
  • Synaptics
  • Carestream

The IAB objectives and benefits to board members are listed below:

IAB Objectives

  • Review the department's goals, objectives and operational policies from an external perspective
  • Provide feedback related to curricula, research directions, and external interactions
  • Help identify external funding sources and profitable external interactions
  • Meet with the CE faculty for annual review meetings
  • Actively participate and provide comments, suggestions and feedback on departmental issues, especially with respect to the ABET 2000 accreditation criteria

Benefits to IAB members

  • Ensure that the CE students and graduates have received the best possible education and training in modern facilities
  • Gain exposure and visibility with CE students early in their program of study
  • Help shape the direction of research and graduate study in Computer Engineering to fit industry needs and future trends

The IAB meets annually for review and assessment of the Computer Engineering program. Maps and directions are available on the RIT Maps web site. For more information, contact the Computer Engineering Office at (585) 475-2987 or via comp.eng@rit.edu.

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Join the Team

Today's information age and technological economy is powered by computing systems designed and built by computer engineers.

 

Come join the Innovation Team in Computer Engineering!

Today's information age and technological economy is powered by computing systems designed and built by computer engineers. Working in computer engineering offers opportunities for all types of designs and innovations. Some computer engineers work on hardware, e.g., designing the architecture of a new computer, integrating electronics and sensors into a new embedded system, or optimizing the interconnects in a multicore processor. Other computer engineers work more on software, e.g., writing software programs for mobile devices, autonomous vehicles, Internet routers, or controlling the process of the smart grid. Many computer engineers work on cutting edge technologies that integrate hardware and software, for example, by building a network of sensors and cameras that need to operate for an extended period of time while powered on small batteries.

Everywhere you look, a career in computer engineering is a lifelong voyage full of exiting opportunities to innovate on diverse projects with a direct impact on our world. Computer engineers are hard at work designing the next generation of computing chips for smartphones that can do more while enjoying a longer lasting battery life. Computer engineers are responsible for the Internet and the cloud-based services that the smartphones connect to reliably. Work in computer engineering impacts the largest of imaginable scales—by designing the sensing chips that enables the Hubble space telescope to photograph millions of galaxies over expands of trillion of miles—to the smallest of possible scales, by building the supercomputing capabilities that record and analyze the collision of subatomic particles at CERN's Large Hadron Collider to uncover the actual substance of matter.

Computer engineering impacts every aspect of our life. Sensors and networking technology allow for the management of logistics and the inventory systems that facilitate the access to the foods and products necessary to daily life. Vehicles today are equipped with multiple computing subsystems that control the engine operation, breaking performance, in-vehicle infotainment, climate and much more. Hospitals and health care providers increasingly rely on computer engineering systems to provide medical services from administrative tasks to microsurgery using robotic arms. Computer engineers are the ultimate "majors" of the miniature city that is a microprocessor. Computer engineers decide on the number and configuration of processing units that perform billions of mathematical operations per second; they design the interconnected infrastructure between these processing units so they can exchange data at mind boggling speeds; and they build the memory architecture and other peripheral units that support the microprocessor operation.

Want to join this exciting innovation team of computer engineers? Come to the RIT Computer Engineering program, and you will grow with your peers, mentored by our dedicated faculty and staff team, and become an expert innovator in the next generation computing systems!!

For more information about applying to the RIT Computer Engineering programs, please visit our Prospective Students page.

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Contact Us

The Computer Engineering Department is located on the 3rd Floor of the James E. Gleason Building in the RIT campus in Rochester, New York. The department main office is in room 09-3480.

 

The Computer Engineering Department is located on the 3rd Floor of the James E. Gleason Building in the RIT campus in Rochester, New York. The department main office is in room 09-3480.

Mailing Address:

Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology
83 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603

Email:

comp.eng@rit.edu

Phone:

585-475-2987 (V)

Fax:

585-475-4084

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