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Computer Engineering

Why Computer Engineering?

• Because you want to spend your days designing computers, microprocessors, supercomputers, robotics, biomedical devices and automobile control systems

• Because you are fascinated by the hardware that makes up computers

• Because you want to solve technologically challenging problems using your critical thinking skills and interest in math, science and engineering

Computer engineers who graduate from Lehigh University go on to design individual microprocessors, personal computers, supercomputers, biomedical devices, automobile control systems and industrial robotics. They work in areas like circuit design, embedded systems, communications and networking. They solve technologically challenging problems using their critical thinking skills, specialized knowledge of computer engineering and fundamental knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles.

Computer engineers differ from computer scientists and programmers because they focus more on hardware, while computer scientists focus more on software. However, computer engineers address the relationship and interactions between software and hardware in solving real engineering problems.

What sets us apart

Lehigh's computer engineering program offers students a rigorous curriculum and opportunities to work with professors on challenging and engaging research projects. Students benefit from the personal attention typical of small colleges while having access to the active research environment typical of large research universities.

In Lehigh's program, students learn to design and analyze complex systems, work in teams with their peers to develop digital systems and software, and solve real-world problems by creatively applying the fundamental principles of system design. The program prepares students for careers in established and emerging fields that require combining hardware and software skills.

The computer engineering faculty at Lehigh maintain research projects in interconnected networks, computer architecture, multimedia, processor design, embedded systems, computer arithmetic, digital signal processing, software engineering, computer graphics, robotics, Internet technologies and computer vision. Students play an active role in these projects through research opportunities where they learn by designing hardware and software solutions with direct applicability to industry needs.

The program strongly encourages experiential learning via undergraduate research, summer internships and participation in team-based design projects through senior design projects and Lehigh's Integrated Product Design (IPD) program. Students learn how to function effectively on multidisciplinary teams using their technical knowledge and effective interpersonal and communication skills.

This program is accredited by the Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012.