WHAT IS COMPUTER ENGINEERING?
Computer Engineering uses principles from computer science and electrical engineering to create hardware (physical components) and firmware (software that allows operating systems and applications to optimize hardware), used in a wide variety of products and industries. Computer Engineers research, design, develop, construct, and test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards, microchips, memory devices, networks and routers.
WHAT DOES A COMPUTER ENGINEER DO?
Computer Engineers work in a wide variety of industries. Some common tasks include:
Designing devices used in manufactured products that incorporate processors and other computer components (cars, home appliances, medical devices)
Working closely with developers to ensure computer hardware works together with software
Optimizing hardware for different applications with an understanding of how software interacts with the hardware (smart phones, electric vehicles, other related hardware/devices)
Increasing the reliability and security of computers
Supervising manufacturing and installation of computer or computer related equipment and components
Building controllers for robots to move, recognize objects, and draw conclusions of surroundings
Designing software that interacts with hardware for integration and optimization
Although not required, MSU Computer Engineering majors can add a concentration to align with a specific academic or career interest. Concentrations include
Robotics & Automation
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Internet and Software
Electronic & Computer Hardware
Number of CpE graduates placed per industry from 2018-2020.
COMMON JOB TITLES
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Number of CpE graduates placed for each of the top job titles from 2007-2020. Descriptions via The Center
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U.S. Department of Defense
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Connect with other engineering students by joining a student organization! Some of the organizations related to the CpE major include:
Association for Computing Machinery
FIRST Alumni and Mentoring Network
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Women in Computing