Electrical and computer engineering are two very different disciplines, yet both deal with computers and communications. Computer engineers focus mostly on the design, implementation and applications of computers and computer-controlled equipment, including computer architecture and software engineering. Electrical engineers concentrate on the laws of physics that govern electricity, magnetism and light to develop systems and services. Clemson’s Milton W. Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has combined the two areas because both involve communications, digital systems and signal processing.
With two separate degree programs in computer engineering and electrical engineering, ECE students have a wide variety of specialties to explore.
ECE is one of the University’s largest departments, with an enrollment of more than 350 undergraduate students and more than 140 graduate students. Department faculty include nine IEEE fellows, two endowed chairs and six named professors.
Students interested in pursuing a specialty in communications explore information theory, electromagnetic theory, signal processing and electronics. The electronics emphasis includes solid-state devices and circuits and integrated circuit technology. Energy systems analysis and energy conversion are appropriate for students who plan to work for electric utilities, electrical equipment manufacturers or companies that rely heavily on electrical energy.