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Welcome to Electrical & Computer Engineering at UMass Amherst!

Dear Visitor: Welcome to the UMass Amherst Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering website. You’re here for a reason: you want information. So, let me help out a bit, and briefly highlight the Department.

If you are interested in our graduate research program, then let me start off by saying that the 2013 US News and World Report ranks our graduate research programs in computer engineering and electrical engineering 10th and 11th in the Northeast respectively – and this includes all public and private institutions. Our microwave engineering program is one of the best in the nation, and we host the prestigious NSF Engineering Research Center (CASA) building the next generation of weather radars. Our research areas are contemporary and comprehensive, and we are expanding into new areas such as biomedical electronics, cyber-physical systems, high-dimensional signal processing and nanoscale -computing. Our Faculty members are acknowledged experts, boasting 12 IEEE Fellows, 5 NSF CAREER and 2 DARPA Young Faculty Awardees.


For prospective undergraduate students, our curriculum is rigorous and up-to-date, and offers a 5 year B.S./M.S. option. You will be in the classroom with professors who conduct research at the forefront of their fields, and who pride themselves in being excellent teachers and caring about students’ progress. Two of our Faculty members have received the highest teaching award that the UMass Amherst campus offers – and have been dubbed accordingly as University Distinguished Teachers.

As for jobs, our graduates are sought after by the nation’s leading technology companies such as IBM, Raytheon, Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and Qualcomm. Over 75% of the 2012 graduating class had either jobs or graduate school admission at graduation.
Finally, two unique resources, when taken together, provide opportunities and experiences to undergraduate students, that are second to none: M5 and Senior Design Project. You have to check them out.

Thanks for visiting, and please contact me if you have any questions.

C.V. Hollot, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head