Welcome! We focus on fostering leadership and creating engineering solutions for energy, health, information technology, nanotechnology, and security.

The department’s research and instructional expertise is particularly strong in six strategic impact areas: energy, health and bio-engineering, computing and information, nanotechnology, security, and fostering tomorrow’s leaders. Our research activities within these impact areas concentrate in four subdisciplines: computer engineering, applied physics, systems, and power engineering.

Thank you for your interest in our department. Please feel free to visit us on the web, by phone (608-890-0804) or in person!

Quick Facts

In partnership with our students, it is the mission of this department to:

  • critically examine, refine, and transfer to practice society’s body of knowledge in electrical and computer engineering;
  • expand this knowledge through research into new technologies, design methods, and analysis techniques that advance the state of the art;
  • make available special expertise in electrical and computer engineering in service to the state of Wisconsin, our nation, and the world.

Program Educational Objectives for the EE and CMPE Programs

Our graduates should be engaged in activities such as:

  1. Employment in industry, government, academia, or non-profit using their degree knowledge or skills for professional functions such as teaching, research and development, quality control, technical marketing, intellectual property management, or sales. Graduates may eventually reach a leadership position supervising others.
  2. Continuing education through self-study or short courses and workshops through their employer, local or online educational institutions, or attendance at professional events such as conferences.
  3. Taking a principal role in starting a new business or product line.
  4. Pursuing a post-graduate degree.


Student Outcomes for the EE and CMPE Programs

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.


Our department’s electrical engineering program and computer engineering program are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/

You can verify our ABET accreditation by visiting:


  1. Institution: Select “Wisconsin-Madison, University of.”
  2. Program Area: Select “Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering.”
  3. Click the “Search” button.

Enrollment, Fall 2017

Electrical Engineering: 435

Computer Engineering: 408

ECE Graduate Program: 252


Degrees conferred, 2016-2017  

BS Electrical Engineering: 119

BS Computer Engineering: 69

Master’s: 63

PhD: 37


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