Broad-based Education Incorporating Software and Hardware
The computer engineering program blends practical computer science courses in computer organization, databases, operating systems, and networks with traditionally hands on electrical engineering courses in digital circuits, digital system, embedded microprocessor systems, computer programming, and digital signal processing. This combination gives you a broad-based education that ties software to hardware and theory to application.
- The program provides an excellent mix of theory and practical laboratory experiences, preparing you to solve real-world problems through the design and application of digital systems.
- For your senior year experience, choose from opportunities in cooperative education, industry-based projects or research projects.
- Engineering courses begin in your freshman year.
- Opportunities exist for you to work with faculty on current undergraduate research projects.
- You will study digital electronics, microprocessors, embedded microprocessor systems, assembly language programming, computer architecture, computer programming, digital design tools, digital signal processing, and networking.
The path to becoming a computer engineer is challenging but very rewarding. It involves completing a four-year curriculum that is filled with challenging classes in mathematics, computer science, the physical sciences, and, of course, engineering. At LSSU we strive to equip our students and to provide a learning environment that maximizes success in both their studies and future careers.
Since a typical LSSU engineering class has about 15 students, you will have the chance to work closely with your instructors, not graduate students, all of whom are full-time teaching faculty members. The small class size also promotes interaction in the lecture and the laboratory with other students and with your instructor.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Recognizing that learning comes through doing as well as listening, all LSSU engineering programs are designed to include a significant amount of engineering practice along the way. The core of computer engineering curriculum contains 12 engineering courses of which 9 contain a laboratory component. Additionally, most technical elective courses also contain laboratory components. Many of these laboratory activities include a capstone project. This means that you will have ample opportunity to learn through experience.
While the emphasis in the computer engineering curriculum is to provide a solid background in all related areas, it does contain significant computer programming, embedded systems, and digital electronics. Additionally, the computer engineering curriculum has two concentrations that allow students to tailor their study. These are Sustainable Energy and Robotics.
Senior Projects - Honing Skills
All LSSU engineering students participate in a senior project. Our senior projects span two semesters during the senior year and are usually sponsored by an industrial customer. A typical senior project team is comprised of four or five students having various engineering and engineering technology majors. The team works directly with their customer to complete the project. Skills such as leadership, team work, financial budgeting, project management, technical writing, presentations, and design reviews are just among the many soft skills that are honed through this experience. It truly prepares student for the future in both industry and academia.
The Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering, degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Concentrations are available in the following areas:
- Sustainable Energy
- Robotics and Automation
Program Objectives, Outcomes, and Enrollment Data
LSSU engineering alumni are successful and engaged in meaningful careers in both Michigan and internationally. Recent graduates of the computer engineering programs have worked for Camsensor, Yazaki, Honeywell Aerospace, QComp, and Gentex. Others have gone on pursue graduate degrees at institutions such as Michigan Technological University and Michigan State University.
- Computer Software
- Embedded Systems
- Image and Voice Processing and Recognition
- Machine Intelligence
- Robotics and Automation
- Computer Manufacturers
- Defense Contractors
- Nuclear Power
- Power Distribution
- Renewable Energy