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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is engaged in the latest technologies of artificial intelligence, deep learning, computer vision, medical imaging, sensor networks, cybersecurity, wireless communications, power system operations, smart microgrids, electric vehicles, power semiconductor device technologies, microelectronics, internet of things, cloud computing, and computer hardware and software capabilities. Learn more

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Illinois Tech’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has a tradition of innovation dating back to 1901, when faculty member Lee de Forest, widely recognized as the “father of radio,” sent his first long-distance broadcast from the university. In 1906 he invented the first vacuum tube capable of amplifying an electrical signal. Other notable alumni include Marvin Camras, the “father of magnetic tape recording,” and Marty Cooper, inventor of the cell phone.

ECE faculty, students, and alumni continue to change the world by developing technologies for alternative energy resources and communications advancements.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.). The department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (B.S.CP.E.) in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science. Both degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Click below to view our annual ABET-accredited program data: 

As part of our commitment to offering our students with the latest technologies and technical backgrounds in preparation for industry careers and academic research, the following ECE courses have been recently updated and newly introduced: 

ECE 407/408 Introduction to Computer Networks

ECE 412 Electric Vehicle Drives

ECE 420 Analytical Methods for Power System Economics and Cybersecurity

ECE 442 Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems

ECE 448 Application Software Design

ECE 503 5G Wireless Network: Architecture, New Radio, and Security

ECE 512 Electric Vehicle Drives

ECE 518 Computer Cybersecurity

ECE 523 Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices

ECE 537 Next Generation Smart Grids

ECE 566 Machine and Deep Learning

ECE 586 Hardware Security and Advanced Computer Architecture

Electrical and computer engineers are engaged in contributing to diverse and challenging application areas, from nanotechnology to large scale power grids, from miniature electronics device to networks of billions of nodes among others. Exciting career opportunities in these areas are provided by small to giant product development companies, manufacturers, and service providers in the fields of telecommunications, computer systems, energy systems, control systems, semiconductor, aerospace, health care, biomedical engineering, security, transportation and automotive along with government, defense, and space agencies. 

The Illinois Tech ECE undergraduate program tracks prepare students for successful careers in the corporate sector, government agencies, or for further study in graduate or professional schools and provides them flexibility consistent with their potential and interest. 

Can I attain a master’s degree through an online program at Illinois Tech?

The ECE Department at Illinois Tech has been offering ABET accredited online master’s programs since the early 1980s. The online courses are the courses we teach on campus, they are the same. All the material and requirements whether you are in the classroom or watching from your computer are the same. The only difference being a face-to-face meeting with the faculty can be attained through Zoom or other forms of video conferencing.

How do I enroll for online classes?

Dr. Saniie, chair of the ECE department, will meet with students via Zoom for online advising for course and individual project selections and choice of two transfer courses. You will then receive your PIN to register for courses. Once you are admitted email Joanette Catino, catino@iit.edu to set up a Zoom appointment with Dr. Saniie.

How do I register for classes?

Once admitted you will receive email instructions on how to register. Instructions are also available on the Registrar’s website under “How to Register”: https://web.iit.edu/registrar/registration/how-register

How do I pay for courses?

See the Student Accounting Website for payment plans, https://web.iit.edu/student-accounting and email them with any questions you have sa@iit.edu

Where is the list of courses offered online for fall 2020 for the ECE Department?

All ECE 400/500-level courses are online.

To find a list of courses available for fall 2020 click here.

To see all 400-level course offerings in the ECE Department go to http://bulletin.iit.edu/undergraduate/courses/ece/

To see all 500-level courses visit: http://bulletin.iit.edu/graduate/courses/ece/

What times are courses offered given the time difference? 

Courses have a scheduled time but are recorded so that students can access them at their convenience. Courses are taught via Collaborate Ultra, a secured account, that students will be provided access to through their MyIIT Portal. Instructors will send communications to you through Blackboard and email with instructions on how to submit homework and how exams will be conducted. The Office of Digital Recording proctor exams to ensure integrity of the test results.

How do I transfer my credits?

After you have chosen your courses for transfer credit with Dr. Saniie you will submit an e-form transfer request through the Graduate Degree Works in your MyIIT Portal.

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“I decided to pursue a degree in computer engineering based on my undergraduate coursework at Illinois Tech. I was instantly hooked on computer design after being a part of Dr. Borkar’s ECE 242 Digital Computers and Computing class. I found the machine languages that we were learning fascinating and the introductory material to pipelining made me interested in continuing to learn about computer organization and design.”

—David Arnold (EE/M.S. CPE ’19)

“It is a very rigorous program that works you very hard. This trains you for the real world so that you can come up with solutions to problems quickly.”

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Contact Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phone

312.567.3400

Email

ece@iit.edu

Department Type

Academic

Office Location

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Siegel Hall
3301 South Dearborn Street, Suite 103
Chicago, IL 60616