ECE at the University of Utah – Computer Engineering Major

ECE at the University of Utah – Computer Engineering Major


[Arlene Padilla Arenaz]
Hi, I’m
Arlene Padilla Arenaz, the Academic Advisor
for Computer Engineering at the
University of Utah. If you’d like to learn
more about the computer engineering major,
please visit our website at www.ece.utah.edu, then click on the
undergraduate tab and choose
“computer engineering.” Computer Engineering
is a joint program offered by the School of
Computing and Electrical and Computer
Engineering Department. Computer engineering
is essentially the study of computer systems. This combines elements of
both electrical engineering and computer
science as they relate to computer
hardware and software. Computer engineers
design and study computer systems
at many levels. They study the circuits
that make up computers, and the architecture
and processors of computer subsystems. They also study the
programming interfaces of those processors,
and how to write effective programs for computer
systems of all sizes. Computer engineers
focus not only on how computer systems
work, but also how they integrate into
a larger context. For example, how are
computers of all sizes, from the smallest
embedded controllers, to the largest
super computers, used as a part of
a complete system? Consider that embedded
computer systems are everywhere, like cars, airplanes,
cameras, and cellphones all contain multiple
embedded computers. Designing effective computer
systems in this context usually involves an interesting mix
of software and hardware and the integration
of both skills. In the CE programs, you will
have access to both computer science courses, and
electrical engineering courses, so you can focus on
either hardware or software or a
combination of both. You will have 18 hours
of technical electives that you can choose
which classes you take. With an undergraduate
degree in computer engineering, you can expect
a starting salary above $60,000. Many companies,
both small and large, hire CE’s from the
University of Utah. With the flexibility
provided by a CE degree, you can effectively work as
either a hardware designer, like an electrical
engineer, or a programmer, like a
computer scientist. You can find out
more about employment opportunities by
visiting Career Services in the Student
Services Building or online. CE students can get
involved in the undergraduate research
opportunities program. This provides students
to collaborate directly with faculty in research
and creative activities. If you’d like to set up
an advising appointment, you can email me at
[email protected] Once again, I’m
Arlene Padilla Arenaz, and I will be happy to
meet with you to design a program of study.

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