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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 - we hope that you find it informative.  Below the signature, you will find some facts describing our undergraduate/graduate programs and our faculty.

Distinctions of our undergraduate program include its Senior Design Project and maker space M5.  These courses/resources provide hands-on project opportunities that complement our rigorous computer engineering and electrical engineering curricula.  One consequence I’ve noted over the recent past is the increased desire of our undergrads to participate in nationwide competitions such as the IEEE Micromouse Contest and to organize and lead one of the largest regional hackathons HackUMass.

Our graduate program is home to the 35 year-old Raytheon Masters Program, and has its research organized around the areas of sensing systems, nanoelectronics, computer and embedded systems, Internet systems and communications and signal processing.  Looking ahead, we will focus on bioelectronics (capitalizing on the campus’s investment in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences and the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring) and cyber security with an emphasis on hardware and physical layer systems.

Thanks for visiting, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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



ECE Program Characteristics


  • Two undergraduate degrees (computer engineering and electrical engineering), 470 students
  • Placement data (2014-2016 average): 90% placement, $70,200 average starting salary
  • 5 yr. BS/MS


  • MS ECE, 175 students
  • PhD ECE, 94 students
  • Raytheon Masters/Ph.D. Program
  • BAE Masters Program

Faculty Characteristics (36 Faculty Members)

  • 11 IEEE Fellows
  • 1 ACM Fellow
  • 2 DARPA Young Faculty Awards
  • 1 ONR YIP
  • 10 NSF CAREER Awards
  • $10M funded research