Northeastern’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering produces world-recognized research across a broad spectrum while being dedicated to the education and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD programs, as well as an experiential education including Northeastern’s world-renowned cooperative education program for undergraduate and graduate students.

More than 65 tenured/tenure-track faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research funded by a wide variety of U.S. government agencies and over 20 industrial partners with for National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security-funded research centers.

Spanning all sub-disciplines within electrical and computer engineering, the department encompasses robotics, from control systems to embedded systems; the internet of things, from networking and communications to computer systems and architectures to security; and big data, from machine learning to signal processing to enabling technologies for data centers. The department has strengths in devices and microelectronics, RF/microwave materials, and power electronics and systems.

In addition to research conducted by our graduate students, undergraduates are welcomed and integrated into research labs and are regular co-authors on scholarly publications.

The National Academy of Engineering in the United States identified 20 technological achievements for humanity in the 20th century, and approximately half of them are attributed to the discipline of electrical and computer engineering. Our department is proud to cover the entire range of the discipline.

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Some Notable ECE Alumni

Roger W. Blethen BS’74
CEO & Founder
LTX Corporation
Westwood, MARobert Brooks BS’58, Hon. 97
CEO & Founder
Brooks Fibre Properties
St. Louis, MO

William J. Cadogan BS’72
ADC Telecommunications, Inc.
Minneapolis, MN

Michael J. Cronin BS’61
Founder and CEO
Cognition Corporation
Cambridge, MA

Victor A. Demarines MS’62
MITRE Corporation
Bedford, MA

Richard J. Egan BS’61,Hon.’95
CEO & Co-Founder
EMC Corporation
Hopkinton, MA

Jerald G.Fishman MS’70
Analog Devices, Inc.
Norwood, MA

Michael J. Mazzariello BS’82
Vice President
MidAtlantic Bank
Cedar Knolls, NJ

Yale Patt, BS’62
Regents Professor
University of Texas
Austin, TXLeonard C. Perham BS’68
Integrated Device Technology, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA

Dennis J. Picard LI 59, Hon.’89
Chairman (retired)
Raytheon Company
Lexington, MA

Robert J. Shillman BS’68
CEO & Founder
Cognex Corporation
Natick, MA

Walter E. Skowronski BS’72
Vice President and Treasurer
Boeing Corporation
Seattle, WA

Lisa A. Torraca BS’86
Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI

Stephen T. Walker BS’66
CEO & Founder
Trusted Information Systems
Glenwood, MD