About Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah


University of Utah

  • Tier 1 Research University
    Carnegie Classification of Institutions in Higher Education
  • #1 University for Technology Transfer
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  • #33 Best Public Universities
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  • #49 Best Computer Engineering School
    U.S. News & World Report
  • #51 Best Engineering Schools
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  • #63 Best Colleges for Veterans
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The State of Utah

  • #1 Economic Outlook Ranking
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  • #1 Best State for Employment
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  • #2 Best State to Start a Business
  • #2 Best States for Higher Education
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  • #3 Best States for Business

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and computer engineering is a discipline that drives technological advancements, industrial productivity, and real-world results. The University of Utah’s College of Engineering is the home of groundbreaking research that propels the field forward and educational opportunities that prepare the next generation of engineers for successful careers. Utah has established its place as the state’s top engineering institution, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has built a powerful international profile.

As one of the fastest growing departments in the university, ECE now includes over 40 faculty members and more than 120 doctoral students. The department’s work attracts up to $11 million in annual funding for advances that span the discipline’s most exciting and relevant strategic areas. Utah faculty lead research teams with focuses such as micro systems fabrication, digital signal processing, nanotechnology, and semiconductor and photovoltaic materials.

The Center for Engineering Innovation (CEI) is a vibrant environment for teaching advanced technical skills, prototyping new technologies, offering advanced engineering services to local industry, and connecting students and faculty with commercialization opportunities. The Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative has been instrumental in these endeavors, funding the CEI and several outstanding faculty members.

In both traditional classes and the online program, ECE instructors draw on their experience in boundary-pushing research and private enterprise to deliver a world-class education. The ECE Department prepares students for a lifetime of creative problem-solving, professional success, and constant learning. The department is devoted to innovation and entrepreneurship, equipping students with the resources to pursue their own projects and commercialization.

The University of Utah

The University of Utah

The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City, near the base of the Wasatch Mountains. Founded in 1850, Utah is the state’s oldest and flagship institution of higher learning. Committed to its mission as a public university, the U serves over 31,000 students from a diverse range of backgrounds. They can choose between undergraduate and graduate programs in almost 100 academic departments, organized into 17 colleges and schools.

As a tier one research institution, Utah is home of groundbreaking innovations in a wide array of fields, including science computing, technology, and engineering. With a strong focus on entrepreneurship and a commitment to maintaining strong local partnerships, the U powers economic growth and innovation in the region. Faculty and students produce inventions and technologies that have resulted in hundreds of spin-out companies and thousands of jobs. Utah has been nationally recognized for its educational excellence, productive connections with private business, and exceptional value.

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