Electrical & Computer Engineering

WPI's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, located in historic Atwater Kent Laboratories, is a community of world-class faculty and students conducting research on diverse subjects including machine learning, cryptography and information security, signal processing, autonomous vehicles, smart health, prosthetic control, analog and digital microelectronics, and wireless information networks. We have a strong tradition of making significant contributions to science and engineering, ranging from the invention of the negative feedback amplifier to laying the foundations of the first wireless local area networks.

Through our innovative Theory and Practice curriculum, hands-on laboratories, and project-based learning, the ECE Department continually strives to develop the next generation of engineers who will develop new technologies and seek creative solutions to society’s most pressing problems. We pride ourselves on our culture of creative scholarship; faculty, students, and staff work closely together and encourage each other through challenges both in the classroom and in life.

Degree is also offered online.
Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
Electrical & Computer Engineering bachelor minor certificate master phd
This degree is also offered Online.
Electrical & Computer Engineering (MEng) master

Spotlight on Engineering: Hardware Security Research

Patrick Schaumont, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is an expert in hardware security. As part of the Vernam Lab, where several key experts are working on various perspectives of secure system design, he aims to develop designs and prototypes and methods and tools. Partnering with WPI experts in this field can help industry collaborators transfer their own ideas into viable products.

ECE Professor Boosts Engagement with Creative Videos

ECE professor Maqsood Mughal has been a driving force in the success of providing high-quality hybrid learning to students throughout this past year. Learn more about Maqsood's expertise and how you can create interactive and engaging videos through OBS Studio in this blog article and in Mughal's YouTube video entitled: "Creating Interactive Scenes to Project on Zoom and Other Platforms Using OBS Studio."

Wireless Sensors for a New Prosthetics Device

Professor Ted Clancy, a local prosthetics company, and an occupational therapist with limb absence have teamed up to develop wireless sensors to improve the performance of prosthetics for individuals with upper limb amputations. “This wireless sensor technology will have a major impact for individuals with limb absence and allow them to control their hand and wrist prostheses,” said Clancy, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Driving Straight into an Autonomous Future

With self-driving cars promising to become part of our everyday lives, one MQP team took on the challenge of retrofitting a traditional vehicle to become a self-driving automobile. Under the supervision of ECE professor Alex Wyglinski, team members built a modular platform, using LIDAR, which uses lasers and sensors to measure distance, ultrasonic sensors, motors, and a high-performance computing module that can make any ground vehicle drive autonomously. 

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Jorgo Gushi
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

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BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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BS, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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BS Electrical and Computer Engineering

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BS, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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