The University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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ECE Facts

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers two undergraduate degree programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET: Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BS-CSEng) and the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BS-EE).  The department's has funded graduate research programs in Sensing systems, Communications and signal processing, Computer and embedded systems, Nanoelectronics and Internet systems.

Its microwave engineering program is nationally recognized with its Microwave Remote Sensing Lab (MIRSL) and graduated  NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA). ECE's emerging areas of research excellence include nanoelectronics, hardware and physical-layer security and IOT (Internet of Things).  The department aspires to create strength in bioelectronic devices and systems.

The B.S. degrees in Computer Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering have both an honors option and a five year B.S./M.S. option for qualified students.


  • 38 TT Faculty members
  • 5 NT Faculty members
  • 2 University Distinguished Professors
  • 11 IEEE Fellows
  • 13 NSF CAREER Awardees
  • 2 DARPA Young Faculty Awardees
  • 1 ONR Young Investigator Program Awardee
  • 5 University Distinguished Teachers



  • 104 PhD
  • 158 MS
  • 475 BS


Performance (average 2012-2016)

  • $9.3M research expenditures/yr
  • 14 PhD degrees/yr
  • 73 MS degrees/yr
  • 98 BS degrees/yr


Research Areas

Sensing Systems

  • Antennas and propagation
  • Biomedical electronics
  • E&M theory and computation
  • High-frequency circuits and devices
  • Microwave engineering
  • Radar networks 
  • Remote sensing
  • Thz electronics
  • Weather radar


  • Physics of nanodevices and nanocomputing
  • Computational nanoelectronics
  • Nanofabrication
  • Nanodevices and integrated systems
  • Nanofabrics, circuits and computing architectures

Computer and Embedded Systems

  • Experimental computer systems design
  • Embedded system security
  • Computer-aided design and test
  • Computer architecture
  • Fault-tolerant computing
  • Real-time  computing
  • VLSI design

Internet Systems

  • Network Science
  • Internet Routing
  • Sense-and-Response Sensor Networks
  • Network Security
  • High Performance Router Design

Communications, Signal Processing and Systems

  • Physical-layer communication theory and practice
  • Error control coding
  • Information theory
  • Compressive sensing
  • Image processing
  • Feedback control