WPI’s academic foundation is based on transformative hands-on experience. 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. As an electrical & computer engineering major, you may find yourself working on projects in areas like biomedical electronics, embedded systems, signal processing, robotics, microwave engineering, or cryptography.
Our long tradition of hands-on work means you’ll be immersed in cutting-edge projects that impact our world—like design of electronic circuits for use in wearable medical and health sensors, autonomous vehicles, solar-powered devices, and cybersecurity—from your first courses.
Students in WPI’s BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) 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, learn, and research what fascinates you in our close-knit, supportive community.
Recent student project topics:
- Development of a solar powered electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Wireless electrocardiogram
- Traffic light detection and navigation for self-driving cars
- Semi-autonomous wheelchair
- Analysis of Intel processors for high throughput computations
- Radio communications for an unmanned (robotic) aerial vehicle
- Robotic sailboat
- Location detection using an "iBeacon"
- Side channel cryptosecurity assessment
- Solar panel maximum "power point" tracking for efficient solar power
- Real-time system for timing calibration of airborne radar
- Digital music synthesis
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 power systems, wireless networking, radio frequency and microwave devices, or signal processing and instrumentation.
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.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.