About

Tim GrotjohnWelcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. The Department has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research and is proud of its reputation as one of the premier programs in electrical and computer engineering. I hope these web pages will convince you that we continue to take our mission of providing an outstanding environment for training the next generation of students and researchers very seriously.

The electrical and computer engineering profession is dynamic and ever changing. Before today’s graduates celebrate ten years in the profession, advances in nanoscale technologies, computation, ubiquitous communications, biological and biomedical engineering, energy technology, and materials processing — and technical fields that have not yet been conceived — will require leadership and innovation from ECE specialists. An ECE degree also offers an excellent background for advanced training in medicine, law, business, and other analytical disciplines. With an eye to the future and the challenges and excitement it holds, we strive at MSU to continually improve program quality — in classroom instruction, laboratory research, industrial internship experiences, international exchange programs, and project teaming.

Our department offers ABET accredited B.S. degrees in both electrical engineering and computer engineering to over 500 undergraduate students. The computer engineering degree is jointly offered with the Computer Science and Engineering Department. Our students acquire a solid foundation in electrical and computer engineering theory. They gain experience in critical thinking and explore new and innovative ways to address advanced engineering problems. Design and hands-on labs and courses are offered in all years of the curriculum. The undergraduate capstone class engages students in teaming and open-ended problem solving. As a result, our students learn how to work with people from other science or engineering fields and are prepared for true-to-life work environments. In fact, over the past few years the department has put a strong emphasis on all the undergraduate students having opportunities for engineering experience outside the classroom by participating in cooperative education, internships, study abroad, and or undergraduate research. In a recent survey of graduating seniors, more than 90 percent have had some type of engineering experience outside the classroom.

The ECE graduate program is built on the quality of our 40 faculty and their research. Each year approximately 200 students are enrolled in our M.S. and Ph.D. graduate programs. Our research activities have witnessed strong growth in recent years with annual research expenditures now over $10,000,000. Our faculty members are leaders in their chosen field and are highly respected by their peers. While the ECE  faculty are continually investigating in new areas of research, our focus remains on Computer Engineering (computer architecture, computer networks, and VLSI/microelectronics),  Electrosciences (electromagnetics, electronic materials and devices, and nondestructive evaluation), and Systems (biomedical engineering, control and robotics, power electronics and systems, and signal processing and communications).

Please take time to wander through our website or visit us in person to see the possibilities available in a growing, research-centered, student-oriented department. These are exciting times and we do want to share our enthusiasm with you. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have a question to ask of us.

Timothy Grotjohn
Chair and Professor


Department Mission Statement

"The mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate education that is characterized by quality, access, and relevance; and to develop distinctive research programs in electroscience, systems and computer engineering, each with the promise of sustained excellence as measured in scholarship, external investment, reputation, and impact."