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
Electrical and Computer Engineering Lab equiments

Curriculum

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.

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.

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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 & computer engineering students have many chances to get involved in campus chapters of professional organizations like the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Women in Electrical & 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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