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Electrical and computer engineering connects our world. It's also the most far-reaching major in the College of Engineering. ECE fields range from the nanoscale to the gigantic, from electronics for microscopic integrated circuits and biological systems to large-scale energy generators and the power grid­­­­­, from the maker movement to theoretical quantum mechanics.

At the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell, you'll develop intellectual strength in math, physics, and computers, learn to use sophisticated tools, and gain hand-on knowledge of the technology affecting today—and tomorrow. And not just about hi-tech gadgetry; ECE is the place where information intersects with physical reality. Whether you're transmitting, gathering, storing, computing, processing, or analyzing information, the core of ECE lies at the boundary of communications, information, and computing. ECE is crucial to the development of self-driving cars, drones, robotics, artificial intelligence, cell phones and handheld devices, the Internet of things, and much more. Everywhere you go, you see ECE.

Facts & stats
  • We have the best teachers in the College. Our professors have won the most awards and have the highest teaching rankings.
  • We have one of the largest research programs for undergraduates in the College of Engineering. Over half of our faculty regularly include undergraduates in their research groups. Many of these students co-author papers and attend international technical conferences where they meat technical leaders of both today and tomorrow.
  • ECE graduates enjoy high starting salaries. The 2015 average starting salary for a Cornell ECE Bachelor's degree recipient was $82,925 (based on grads that self-reported).
  • Women make up almost a third of the ECE Class of 2016.
  • Cornell ECE is consistently among the Top Ten nationally-ranked programs according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • 47% of our undergraduate class pursues advanced graduate degrees in engineering, medicine, law, and business at top schools.
  • 53% of our undergraduates find employment at companies ranging from large-scale multinational corporations to cutting-edge start ups.
Prospective students

Planning to visit Cornell ECE? Interested in meeting with a professor? Or sitting in on an ECE class at Cornell? Check out our online calendars for availability and information.

ECE Introduction to Engineering courses
  • ECE/ENGRI 1210: The Computing Technology Inside Your Smartphone
  • ECE/ENGRI 1280: Security, Privacy, and Information Network Design: Wiretaps to Facebook
  • ECE/ENGRI 1290: Energy—From Atoms to Zephyrs
  • ECE/ENGRI 1810: Electronics for Human-Machine Interfaces
  • ECE/ENGRI 1820: Electricity Lights Camera Action: Nanoengineering for the Future of Bits and Bites
Helpful ECE contacts
  • Associate Professor Farhan Rana, Associate Director
    Phillips Hall 220 · fr37@cornell.edu · P (607) 255-6317
  • Associate Professor David Delchamps, Advising Coordinator
    Rhodes Hall 329 · dfd1@cornell.edu · P (607) 255-6447
  • Charlene Lee, Undergraduate Program Coordinator
    Phillips Hall 222 · cal2@cornell.edu · P (607) 255-9442