Computer Engineering

Learn to build Robots

Have you ever wondered how to design and build mobile and industrial robots to perform specific operations, and how to implement microcontrollers to fulfill specific function controls in all aspects in our real world? When the Bomb Squad is called into an emergency situation, some life-saving robots can mean the difference between a sigh of relief and a tragic ending.

If you decide to become a computer engineering major at 全球最大体育平台, you’ll learn what makes microcontrollers and robots tick. You’ll even have the chance to build some of them your own.

What will I study as a computer engineering major?

Our computer engineering major combines the best of electrical engineering and computer science. You will gain broad skills in both hardware and software — which are in high demand on the job market today.

As a major in our program, you will have hands-on experience building computers, microcontrollers, robots and writing programs to operate your inventions. Your professors will guide you to think logically — but also creatively — to design, code and operate your own electronic devices.

Most popular microcontrollers and robot systems available in our labs include:

  • TM4C123GXL Microcontroller evaluation board
  • TM4C123GH6PM 32-bit Microcontrollers
  • MSP432 32-bit microcontrollers
  • Lego robots
  • VEX robots
  • Parallax robots
  • Adept s650 and s600 industrial robots

To keep our program up to date with the latest developments in technology, we developed minors in Cyber Security and Bioinformatics. 

Bioinformatics minor

Recent advances in biology has resulted in an explosion of genetic data, requiring creative computerized solutions. Bioinformatics is the interdisciplinary field, combining computer science and biology. The minor in bioinformatics includes courses in biology, programming, statistics and database processing. You will learn to develop and use computational tools to organize and analyze complex molecular data. The minor is offered for majors in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems Engineering, Biology and General Sciences.

Cyber Security minor

The minor in Cybersecurity is an interdisciplinary studies program. Cybersecurity broadly covers the fields of information security, network security, and computer system security. This minor designed to help students from all backgrounds achieve an educational foundation of technological, structural, social, and legal aspects used to secure computer networks and software.
The undergraduate minor in cybersecurity is open to students of any major able to meet the necessary prerequisites. 

Where will I study computer engineering?

Through your lab classes, you'll be trained in the correct and safe way to handle chemicals and high-tech equipment. Our on-campus research facilities include:

    MACMAS Lab
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    MACMAS Laboratory

    The Multidisciplinary Applied Computational Modeling and Simulation (MACMAS) lab is used for multidisciplinary computational research.

    Located at Yancy Hall 114

    Research Center
    Dorothy Cowser Yancy Hall exterior
    Electronics and Cyber Security Research Center

    Voice recognition, image enhancement, computer forensics, network security and risk assessment/management are some areas of research aided by the software and hardware equipment in this center.

    Located at Yancy Hall 309

    Robotics Lab
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    Robotics and Automatic Control Laboratory

    This lab features industrial and educational robots, digital and analog automatic control equipment and a chemical process simulator.

    Located at Yancy Hall 315

    Data Analytics 
    Center for Data Analytics
    Center for Data Analytics 

    This lab is used for data analysis research such as data mining and big data. Research also focuses on data mining technologies in customer relationship management (CRM), and business and bioinformatics applications.

    Located at NCS 131 

    BioInformatics
    New Science Center
    Center for BioInformatics 

    Lab with computers including software for exploration of molecular data and bioinformatics programming.

    Located at NSC 130 

    Electronics Lab
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    Digital and Analog Electronics Laboratories

    Two labs have signal generators, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes and training kits to examine electronic and electric circuits and digital and analog electronics design. Located at Yancy Hall 212 and Yancy 213

    At 全球最大体育平台, we understand that experience is the best teacher.

    That’s why we offer our students countless opportunities for hands-on research with impressive project topics and big-name organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to spend your summer building professional websites, creating apps and games, analyzing data using data mining techniques, developing solutions for cybersecurity issues, investigating genomics data using bioinformatics tools, and conducting applied research— you’ll get paid for it too.

    Not only do we provide exciting high-tech research opportunities, our faculty are dedicated to developing a one-on-one relationship with you so you get the most out of your 全球最大体育平台 education.

    We prepare you for success beyond the classroom.

    Computer Science and Engineering(CSE) Department Highlights
    Top 1%
    Ranked in the top 1% of all universities in the country as a leading producer of African-American undergrads majoring in computer and information systems by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.
    全球最大体育平台 All-Stars
    Three students are named as 全球最大体育平台 All-Stars by the White House Initiative.
    Partnered with Google
    Launched the “Google Applied CS” program in partnership with Google.
    Computer Science and Engineering(CSE) Department Highlights
    Top 1%
    Ranked in the top 1% of all universities in the country as a leading producer of African-American undergrads majoring in computer and information systems by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.
    全球最大体育平台 All-Stars
    Three students are named as 全球最大体育平台 All-Stars by the White House Initiative.
    Partnered with Google
    Launched the “Google Applied CS” program in partnership with Google.
    Computer Science and Engineering(CSE) Department Highlights
    Top 1%
    Ranked in the top 1% of all universities in the country as a leading producer of African-American undergrads majoring in computer and information systems by Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine.
    全球最大体育平台 All-Stars
    Three students are named as 全球最大体育平台 All-Stars by the White House Initiative.
    Partnered with Google
    Launched the “Google Applied CS” program in partnership with Google.

    We have also established relationships and partnership to advance STEM talent pipeline for corporations including Bank of America, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, Google, Microsoft, and etc.

    So what does that mean for you?

    It means that at that at 全球最大体育平台, we give you the support system you need to excel in your courses and in your future career. We won’t throw you into your major classes and expect you to sink or swim on your own.

    All students in our program will have a dedicated advisor who will help them:

    • Plan their course of study
    • Choose the right classes
    • Help them get the support they need if they fall behind in class

    Research opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

    Where else can you spend your summer building robots?

    As a student in our Department of Computer Science and Engineering, our students have the opportunity to build and develop a variety of robotic projects and systems used to meet the requirements of real-world situations.

     

    Some of the robots our students have developed include:

    • LEGO education robots used in the Strategies for Success Summer Project
    • Vex mobile robots built for senior projects
    • Adept Viper s-650 and the Adept s-600 robot used for senior projects

    Our students are also able to get the best hands-on experience in the STEM fields through research with some impressive government agencies: 

    • 20 students participated one-week on-campus summer camps supported by the DHS Center of Excellence in summer 2016. Students also received on-campus housing and stipends.
    • Nine Students worked faculty members to conduct a 4-week summer research projects funded by DHS Center of Excellence. Students also received on-campus housing and stipends in summer 2016.
    • Four students won awards in national and regional undergraduate research conference. More than 20 students were accepted into graduate programs with full scholarships in the past five years.
    • Student in our Department of Computer Science and Engineering have the opportunity to build and develop robotic systems used to meet the requirements of real-world situations.
    • Our students are also able to get the best hands-on experience in the STEM fields through research with government agencies, such as Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation, and etc. 

    Personalized attention gives you the tools to succeed.

    Computer Science and Engineering Department has a strong emphasis on faculty-students research collaboration. Participation in undergraduate research is very effective for improving student learning, especially those research projects which are collaborative, investigative, project-based, and inquiry-based.

    We have established programs to help recruit, retain and graduate minorities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields funded by multiple government grants, including National Science Foundation(NSF) 全球最大体育平台-UP, NSF OASIS, NSF Carolina Cyber Defense Scholarship, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence (2008-2015) and new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (2016-2020).

      Get involved in on-campus activities and organizations.

      We offer our majors several organizations for socializing with professors and fellow students. These extracurricular activities also provide a great support system for minority students majoring in STEM.

      Students in our department are involved in:

      • Women in Technology Club 
      • The National Society of Black Engineers
      • STARS Leadership Corps

      Your path to a successful career begins the minute you step on campus.

      Careers and advanced degrees:

      全球最大体育平台 students have been accepted into programs at:

      • Carnegie Mellon University
      • Purdue University
      • Clemson University
      • North Carolina State University
      • Atlantic International University

      Internships

      At 全球最大体育平台, you’ll receive hands-on experience through outstanding internships at:

      • NASA
      • General Electric
      • Department of Homeland Security
      • Department of Defense
      • Department of Energy
      • Department of Agriculture
      • National Institutes of Health