Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University! We are deeply committed to training and educating the next generation of electrical and computer engineers through Northeastern’s experiential learning model and comprehensive pedagogy. We offer BS, MS, and PhD degrees in both electrical and computer engineering. As of fall 2021, the department is home to 902 undergraduates, 430 master’s students, and 295 PhD students.
Our rapidly growing and vibrant research profile in all areas of research in the field of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) is attested by over $48 million in external research awards in 2021. The department has 68 tenured/tenure-track full time faculty and 23 affiliated faculty from speech & language pathology & audiology, psychology, biology, mechanical engineering, physics, and computer science. As of 2019-20, our highly accomplished faculty include 41 Young Investigator Awards, including 18 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards and two PECASE winners, as well as 15 IEEE Fellows.
Our research strengths encompass the full gamut of cutting-edge ECE technologies: embedded systems and internet-of-things, robotics and cyber-human systems, networking (mobile/wireless as well as the Internet of the future), big data analytics and machine learning. Northeastern’s historic strengths in ECE include communications and digital signal processing, power and control systems, power electronics, RF/microwave magnetic materials, device technologies, and computer engineering.
Our research is funded by a wide variety of U.S. government agencies, such as NSF, NIH, DARPA, DOD, DOE, and DHS, as well as over 20 industrial partners. Our department has traditionally been a home for multiple engineering research centers, and currently hosts the DHS-funded Awareness & Localization of Explosive-Related Threats (ALERT) and the NSF-funded Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT). The department is also a partner in the NSF-funded George J. Kostas Nanoscale Technology and Manufacturing Research Center and the NSF-funded Institute for Information Assurance here at Northeastern.
A foundation of Northeastern’s education is its experiential learning approach, including research and our world-leading cooperative education program which is uniquely open to undergraduate and graduate students. Nearly all undergraduate students participate in our co-op program and are integrated into research labs as well as co-authors on scholarly publications. Our graduate students benefit from cutting-edge research in a multidisciplinary environment and have the opportunity to take advantage of our co-op resources and industrial connections to gain valuable professional experience.
I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our research, educational offerings, and opportunities for shaping the future as part of our vibrant educational and research community. Please do not hesitate to contact me or visit for more information.