Computer engineering is a discipline that integrates computer hardware design with software design. Working with computing devices and systems, computer engineers use the principles of basic science and mathematics to analyze and design solutions to solve computing problems.
In keeping with our belief that engaged students are successful students, computer engineering students are active members of a professional community that connects through a living-learning community, association with industry representatives, common co-curricular activities and professional engineering organizations. They solve, analyze, design and build complex software and hardware components in diverse, collaborative teams to solve industry-informed, relevant problems. Students develop a commitment to professional and ethical engineering standards and a devotion to life-long learning.
What does a computer engineer do?
Computer engineers embed computers in other machines and systems, build networks to transfer data, and develop ways to make computers faster, smaller and more capable. The computer engineer designs, analyzes and implements computing technology into devices and systems that use computers as components or tools.
What’s the career outlook?
Graduates of the program acquire requisite skills like computer development, analysis and design that make them employable in multiple job positions throughout the computing industry. For example, “software engineer” and “software developer” are interchangeable for the software focus of our computer engineering degree.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists software engineer as the #3 best job of 2013, with a 30% growth and an average salary of $90,530. Opportunities for computer engineering exist in industry, education and the public sector, including aerospace, automobile, computer, defense, electronics, information technology, networking and telecommunications.
Why study computer engineering at UAlbany?
- Access an affordable engineering degree
- Examine global and societal issues with diverse and exceptional faculty across campus
- Examine current issues, diversity of thought, and culture at events with renowned speakers, performers and celebrities
- Experience engineering in the work environment through internships and co-ops
- Participate in multiple co-curricular activities including athletics and community outreach
- Join a Living and Learning Community
- Explore a wide range of courses and programs outside of engineering in humanities, social science, music and the arts
- Receive personal attention through academic and career advisement and tutoring
- Engage in an Honors College
- Be a Great Dane!