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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—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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