Our long tradition of hands-on work means you’ll be immersed in cutting-edge projects that tackle modern challenges like safety for firefighters, controlling prosthetic limbs, and cybersecurity from your first courses.

Students in WPI’s BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering program are excited by the latest developments in everything from medical devices to cell phones and are inspired to improve it all. With guidance and encouragement from our world-class faculty, you’ll realize the freedom to explore what fascinates you in our close-knit, supportive community.

You’ll find WPI’s research focus areas are varied:

  • Analog Microelectronics
  • Communication and Signal Analysis
  • Computer Engineering
  • Cryptography and Data Security
  • Medical/Health Engineering
  • Power Systems Engineering
  • RF Circuits and Microwave
Electrical and Computer Engineering Lab equiments


You’ll take a range of courses to find the Electrical & Computer Engineering topics and fields that most interest you. Courses include a foundation in mathematics and basic science, and design of electronic and computer circuits and systems; but you may also explore your own interests in topics like artificial intelligence, wireless networking, radio frequency and microwave devices, or even biomedical imaging.

With our project-based approach, you’ll study new devices and techniques and work right away with those same instruments and techniques in a lab.

Students may also choose to pursue a BS/MS degree in just five years.

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

WPI’s academic foundation is based on transformative hands-on experience. Students have opportunities for project-based learning from their very first courses at WPI and find the process exciting, inspiring, and life changing.

Working alongside high-achieving peers and renowned faculty, students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems so they adopt a broad cultural, social, technical, and scientific perspective of issues.

WPI's Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.

At WPI, electrical and computer engineering students work on projects as varied as:

  • Ultra-low-power wireless smartphone monitoring of the electrical activity of the heart
  • A glove that senses hand gestures to control a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) device
  • More secure wireless signal exchange using visible light, targeted to provide new bandwidth options
  • Embedded computer vision system and image processing algorithms so an autonomous car can locate stoplights and navigate through traffic
  • Devices to track firefighters’ movements as they move through a burning building
Students and faculty on a boat at the Venice, Italy project center

Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Giselle Verbera
Giselle V.
Junior, BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering & Minor in Environmental Sustainability and Studies

WPI gave Giselle just what she wanted—the ability to combine environmental studies with electrical engineering and a high-powered community of women in STEM.

Rebecca DallOrso
Rebecca D.
Junior, BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

A junior Electrical and Computer Engineering major finds new experiences in team-based projects and lasting friendships in Greek life.

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Electrical and computer engineering students have many chances to get involved in campus chapters of professional organizations, like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Eta Kappa Nu honor society for electrical and computer engineering students, and Tau Beta Pi honor society for engineering students.

Students organizing project tasks with sticky notes on a whiteboard

After Graduation

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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