College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering prepares students to meet the growing demand for electrical and computer engineers in many areas of our modern life. Our faculty includes worldwide experts in wind energy, smart grid technology, nanotechnology, medical devices, wireless communications, VLSI, computer systems, sensors, and magnetic materials.

Tradition of excellence

Established in the 1891, we were one of the first electrical engineering departments in the country, preceding MIT and Stanford. Our prominent alumni include a pioneer of early television research, the “father” of the supercomputer, the founder of Medtronic, and the inventor of Cheerios.

World-class academics

Today, our rigorous programs provide a strong foundation in science, mathematics, and computer systems. They encompass advancements in electronics that are enabling new telecommunications, smart grid technology, interplanetary robotic missions, and other advances. Our faculty developed curriculum to train the next generation of power systems experts; it will be used by more than 170 colleges and universities across the country. The Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE) and Bachelor of Computer Engineering (BCompE) are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Cutting-edge research

Faculty and students in our department have access to state-of-the-art research facilities including the Nanofabrication Center, Digital Technology Center, Medical Devices Center, and many other University facilities that draw researchers from around the world.

Research in our department is focused on the following areas:

  • Biomedical and biological computational methods, devices, and systems
  • Communications, signal processing, and networking
  • Computer engineering, VLSI, and circuits
  • Sustainable energy systems, power electronics, and drives
  • Fields, photonics, and magnetic recording technology
  • Micro and nano structures
  • Systems and control

Business and industry connections

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been an economic engine for our entire state with alumni founding many successful companies. Our department has long-standing ties with companies such as Medtronic, 3M, Xcel Energy, and IBM. Our researchers also received substantial funding from government agencies such as the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, our department’s Industrial Advisory Council provides feedback and guidance to the department and helps enhance relationships with industry and alumni.

National rankings

  • In the most recent National Research Council rankings, we ranked 18 in the nation in public universities.
  • Our graduate program was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top programs of its kind in the nation, ranking in the top 25.

Contact information

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota
4-174 Keller Hall
200 Union St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-3300
Fax: 612-625-4853



At a glance (five-year average)

151 undergraduate degrees awarded per year

88 master’s degrees awarded per year

30 Ph.D. degrees awarded per year

45 faculty