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Undergraduate Program

Message from Cornell ECE's Associate Director

David H. Albonesi

The Cornell ECE Bachelor's Degree is the most versatile undergraduate degree for your future career. In the Cornell ECE program, you will learn to solve complex and open-ended problems in a methodological and efficient way. When others may give up and declare a challenge as impossible to solve, you will learn to break up the question into solvable sub problems and to methodically work through until you have developed an appropriate solution - elegant, functional, and meeting required constraints. These skills will serve you well not just in a career as an electrical engineer, but in your life ahead regardless of what you end up doing! Remember, ECEs Can Do Everything!

So... what might you end up doing with a Cornell ECE degree?

ECE is the most general purpose undergraduate degree in engineering that you can earn, preparing you for careers in medicine, law, business, graduate school in engineering, or even as an electrical engineer!

Our discipline has three technical foundations:

  • Physics: circuits, semiconductor devices, and optical systems
  • Computers: microprocessors and computing devices
  • Math: information, networks, and systems

Our recent graduates have gone on to...

  • 47% of our recent undergraduates have gone on to graduate study in engineering, medicine, law, and business at top schools such as Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, and Colombia University.
  • Employers of our 2013 graduating class include Accenture, Citigroup Global Markets, Draper Laboratory, Epic, Ernst & Young Consulting, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Intel, JRI-America, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Proctor & Gamble, Qualcomm, Raytheon, Ropes & Gray, Space Systems Loral, The Nielsen Company, and the U.S. Air Force.
  • The 2012 class mean starting salary for a Cornell ECE Bachelor's degree recipient was $79,504 with a mean signing bonus of $7,600.

We are extremely proud of our alumni—you can meet some here.

Examples of Other Recent Cornell ECE Employers

  • Intel, Analog Devices, NVIDIA, Cavium Networks
  • Oracle, Microsoft
  • Cisco Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm
  • Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, BAE Systems
  • Garmin, General Electric, Siemens AG, Lutron Electronics, LG Electronics, Toyota
  • Sandia National Labs, Draper Labs, Jet Propulsion Lab, MITRE, Semiconductor Research Corporation
  • Con Edison, Southwest Power Pool
  • Deloitte Consulting, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deutsche Bank, Capital One, UBS, Bloomberg, multiple law firms
  • ESPN

What makes Cornell ECE special?

  • Top five nationally ranked program. Cornell ECE has been consistently ranked in the Top Ten according to U.S. News and World Report. Surveyed in two categories by U.S. News, the 2014 Report has ranked Cornell 5th for Computer Engineering and 7th for Electrical Engineering.
  • World-class research with faculty members dedicated to teaching. Our faculty include 12 IEEE Fellows, 10 National Science CAREER recipients, 5 DARPA/ONR/Air Force Young Investigators, 2 PECASE recipients, and 1 MacArthur Fellow, just to name a few.
  • State-of-the-art undergraduate curriculum. Cornell ECE is constantly updating our curriculum in order to keep our students on top of leading edge topics. These include everything from yearly Special-Topics courses on brand-new technologies to an overhaul of our curriculum every six years (we are ABET accredited).
  • Undergraduate research opportunities. Over half of our faculty regularly includes undergraduates in their research groups. Many of these students co-author papers and attend international technical conference where they can meet the technical leaders of both today and tomorrow.
  • A phenomenal undergraduate placement record. Fully 47% of our undergraduate class go on to pursue advanced graduate degrees, while 53% find employment at companies ranging from large scale multinational engineering corporations to cutting-edge start-up companies.
  • A Professional Master of Engineering Degree Program. Our one-year M.Eng Program provides our students with an outstanding opportunity to continue their technical education beyond their undergraduate degree with an additional year of courses and an intensive design project directly supervised by an ECE faculty member. Our undergraduate students have the opportunity to tailor their coursework accordingly to provide them with a head-start on their graduate study here in ECE.
  • ECE is the degree for every career path. Even the most basic of ECE material is at the core of a tremendous array of scientific and technical areas, including financial engineering, biomechanics of motion, and remote sensing of the environment, just to name a few! ECEs can do everything.

Prospective Students interested in VISITING Cornell?

Interested in visiting with a professor? Or sitting in on a real ECE class at Cornell? Check out our online calendars for availability and contact information here.


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