Why ECE @ UF?

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers two majors for undergraduates: Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CpE).

EEs master a broad mix of electromagnetics, power, devices, electronics, controls, communications, signal processing, and computers—the building blocks for the high-tech revolution that continues to transform our world.

CpEs focus on the computer-related aspects of EE but with an additional focus on programming, data structures, and algorithms, provided by the CISE department.

Besides the Big Five research areas, research at ECE Florida focuses in many exciting areas at the leading edges of engineering. Areas where ECE Florida, in concert with the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, seeks to shape the future of the things that matter to you. If the areas below interest you, then ECE Florida is the place for you.

Cybersecurity The global economy loses over $400B annually due to cyber theft and the problem is rapidly getting worse as increased connectivity causes greater vulnerability. At UF, ECE faculty have partnered with CISE faculty to form the Florida Institute for Cybersecurity (FICS) Research. FICS is particularly strong in hardware and systems security.
Biomedical Engineering EEs are in great demand in the biomedical industry. They design biomedical sensors, instruments, and signal processing systems to treat patients and save lives. At UF, EE faculty are designing brain-machine interfaces and fabricating nanoscale devices and sensors for biomedical applications.
Software Some are surprised to learn that many electrical engineers spend their careers developing software. It’s really not surprising, considering electrical engineers first invented the computer! EEs’ engineering problem-solving skills, mathematical sophistication, and hardware knowledge are well-suited to build state-of-the-art simulations and software products. Electrical engineers are among the founders of “software” companies such as Amazon and Yahoo.
Automotive & Aerospace Modern cars, aircraft, missiles, rockets, and satellites are packed with electrical engineering—sophisticated sensors and electronic circuits, scores of microprocessors programmed to run various control loops, communications systems, and state-of-the-art signal processing algorithms. “Electric” vehicles are becoming commonplace and sophisticated machine learning algorithms are driving the current autonomous vehicle revolution. EEs develop electronics, power systems, computers, control & guidance systems, communication modules, networks, and signal processing hardware & software.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Machine learning is advancing rapidly and will have a major impact on every industry—from robots and autonomous vehicles to education, healthcare, and cybersecurity. Quite simply, AI represents a major part of the fourth industrial revolution. EEs’ mathematical sophistication, signal processing experience, and computer hardware background put them among the leaders of the AI revolution. AT UF, ECE faculty lead the NSF Center for Big Learning.
Internet of Things (IoT) By connecting many billions of smart devices, the internet of things (IoT) will transform how we live, learn, work, and play. IoT is part of the next industrial revolution, and will soon become a multi-trillion dollar industry. IoT relies on many of the traditional strengths of EEs, including sensors, embedded processing, communication, networks, cloud computing, and machine learning. At UF, ECE is leading the Nelms Institute for the Connected World together with partners throughout the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.
Smart Power ECE powers the world—the power grid represents 100 years of EE innovation. However, the antiquated power grid must evolve into an intelligent energy delivery system that provides everyone abundant, affordable, high-quality, environmentally conscious, efficient, and reliable electric power. At UF, ECE faculty are building power electronics and power distribution systems for more efficient charging of electric cars, interfacing with solar energy panels, and building the smart grid.