Electrical and computer engineers develop and create products that change the world and make our lives easier. The cell phones we depend on, the computers used in national security, and the electrical systems that make our cars operate were all created by electrical and computer engineers. At WPI, we keep that progress moving forward with our innovative research and out-of-the box approaches.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at WPI challenges students to push themselves to understand society’s and technology’s complex issues in a broader context than what’s in front of them. We want our students—whether they are earning an undergraduate minor or a doctorate—to tackle society’s most pressing problems and uncover new ways of solving them. Whether it’s developing systems that can locate firefighters in the middle of a burning building or creating neuroprosthetics that look and function like natural limbs, our faculty and students are at the front edge of remarkable innovation.

While advancing technologies is at our core, we also take human connections very seriously in ECE. We pride ourselves on the family-like atmosphere we cultivate; faculty, students, and staff encourage each other’s every success and are there for the challenges both in the classroom and in life.

Collaboration Between Faculty and Students Is the Norm Here

WPI faculty and students work one-on-one on both undergraduate projects and graduate-level research.

Lessons Learned from Tragedies

When Worcester suffered the loss of six firefighters in the Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire in 1999 and when 9-11 first responders in New York City risked everything to help others, WPI faculty and students knew there had to be a better way to protect those in public service. 

Watch this video to hear WPI faculty talk about their passion to use technology to protect and help first responders.

Facts and Figures


student-faculty interactions

National survey of student engagement (2015)

Electrical Engineering major in the nation

College Factual (2015)

Top internship opportunities 

The Princeton Review (2016)

higher starting salaries than national average

National Association of Colleges and Employers (2015)

See Our Photos of What's Happening in ECE

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department is a close community of faculty, students, and staff. We will encourage your achievements, help you through the tough parts, and guide you on a path to career success.