Electrical and Computer Engineering

2014-15 Tuition

Research degrees: $29,500; professional degree: $47,050

Application deadlines

Fall, Ph.D.: Dec.15, M.Eng.: Jan. 15 ; no Spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants


  • Ph.D. 
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL minimum scores of IBT Exam: Listening, 15; Writing, 20; Reading, 20; Speaking, 22

        M.Eng.

  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • TOEFL minimum scores of IBT Exam: Listening, 15; Writing, 20; Reading, 20; Speaking, 22

Degrees

  • M.Eng.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (Ph.D., M.Eng.)

Major concentrations

  • computer engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • electrical systems
  • electrophysics

The Ph.D. program is intended to train students for leadership positions in teaching and research. Entering students who already have a master's degree are admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. Before doctoral degree candidates begin the second semester of study, they must take a qualifying examination administered by their Special Committee.

The Master of Engineering (Electrical) program is open to students who hold a baccalaureate (or equivalent) in engineering or science. It is intended primarily for those who plan to practice engineering directly. The M.Eng. program is a thirty-credit program requiring an engineering design project rather than a research thesis. Additional information is available from the M.Eng. office.

Research and study opportunities
Ongoing research activities in electrical engineering involve both theory and experiment, and range from the atomic scale at which solid-state devices are studied to the global dimensions of geophysical plasmas. Projects currently underway concern the properties of materials, the fabrication of devices from these materials, the interconnection of devices to form systems, and the properties of systems, including control systems, computer systems, systems for transmitting power and information, and systems for processing signals and data.

    Communications, information theory, signal processing, and power and control. Pattern classification, neural networks, and signal processing; energy conversion and power systems; networks, coding, data compression, and information theory; adaptive and nonlinear dynamical systems; image and video processing and compression.

    Computer engineering. Computer architecture; parallel processing, distributed processing, and computer networks; image processing and computer vision; VLSI design, hardware verification, CAD, and simulation; software technology and applications.

    Plasma physics, space science and engineering, and electromagnetics. Upper atmosphere, ionospheric and magnetospheric science, radar, satellites, and sounding rockets; fusion, solar system, and fundamental plasmas; pulsed power, electron and ion beams, and plasma radiation; plasma fabrication; electromagnetics.

    Solid-state electronics and optoelectronics. Electronic and optoelectronic materials; microfabrication and nanofabrication technology; electronic devices, circuits, and system integration; optoelectronic, optical, and laser devices; millimeter-wave devices and systems; sensors, micromechanics, and nanoelectromechanics.

Application:

Applicants should have the equivalent of the fundamental work required by an accredited undergraduate curriculum in the area of their major subject. All applicants are required to submit formal transcripts from each university they have previously attended, as well as GRE general test scores. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must also submit three letters of recommendation; applicants to the M.Eng. program must submit two letters. Applicants from non-native English-speaking countries who have not studied in the United States for at least two consecutive years are required to submit a valid TOEFL score that meets or exceeds the following minimum score in each of the following four areas: 20-Reading, 20-Writing, 15-Listening, 22-Speaking. Applicants interested in a terminal Master's degree should apply to the M.Eng. program.

Steve G. Adie -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: Biomedical Imaging; Photonics; Signal and Image Processing; Holography; Inverse problems
Ehsan Afshari -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: novel high-performance circuit design using the mathematical theory of wave propagation
David Albonesi -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; computer engineering; Research interests: computer architecture, microprocessor design, adaptive architecture, power-aware architecture, multiprocessor systems, performance evaluation
Alyssa Apsel -- Concentrations: electrophysics; Research interests: electrical engineering; microelectronics; high speed CMOS design; optoelectronics
Dieter Ast -- Concentrations: electrical systems; Research interests: device physics; silicon devices; IC processing technology; thin film electronics; dry etching (dielectrics only)
Salman Avestimehr -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: information theory; theory of communications and its applications; wireless communication systems and networks
Carl Batt -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: development of systems to integrate biological and inorganic components to effect signal transduction and sensing
Christopher Batten -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; computer engineering; Research interests: computer architecture; energy-efficient parallel processing; interconnection networks; digital VLSI; architectures for emerging technologies
Serge Belongie -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Crowdsourcing and Human-in-the-Loop Computing
Sunil Bhave -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: MEMS
Eilyan Bitar -- Concentrations: electrical systems; Research interests: Stochastic optimization and control theory and their applications to the economics and operation of power systems with deep integration of renewable energy resources.
Adam Bojanczyk -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; computer engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: parallel algorithms and architectures for signal processing and scientific computing; numerical analysis
Mark Campbell -- Concentrations: electrical systems; Research interests: space systems; estimation and control; autonomy in aerospace systems; controlled structures
Tsuhan Chen -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; computer engineering; Research interests: computer vision; pattern recognition; computer graphics; multimedia coding and streaming
Hsiao-Dong Chiang -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: nonlinear circuits and systems; power systems; artificial neural networks; control systems; optimization theory
Harold Craighead -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: nanofabrication biotechnology; optical properties of nanostructures
David Delchamps -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: dynamical systems; control theory; hybrid systems; cognitive science; evolutionary computations
Peter Doerschuk -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: biological and biomedical imaging; statistical signal and image inference problems
David Erickson -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: nanobio applications; optoelectronics; laser devices
W. Kent Fuchs -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: dependable computer systems; testing and fault diagnosis of integrated circuits
Johannes Gehrke -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: database systems, data mining, sensor networks, peer-to-peer networks.
Zygmunt Haas -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: wireless communication and networks; mobile systems; computer networks; data communication; high-speed protocol; optical networks
Joseph Halpern -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: reasoning about knowledge and uncertainty, qualitative reasoning, belief revision, fault-tolerant distributed computation, modal logic, game theory, decision theory, security langtons
David Hammer -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: plasma physics; controlled fusion; intense ion beams; plasma radiation sources
Sheila Hemami -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; computer engineering; Research interests: image, video coding and transmission; signal processing; joint coding and network design; visual psychophysics
John Hopcroft -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: robust geometric algorithms; modeling and simulations; information captures and access
Daniel Huttenlocher -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: computer vision; geometric algorithms; time series
David Hysell -- Concentrations: electrophysics; Research interests: radar and remote sensing; upper atmospheric physics; plasma physics; numerical simulations
Edwin Kan -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: VLSI process, devices, and circuits; technology CAD; functional nanostructures; scientific computing
Michael Kelley -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: space/upper atmospheric science; radar; lidar; rocket and satellite instrumentation
Hadas Kress-Gazit -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; computer engineering; Research interests: robotics; hybrid systems; formal methods for robotics and automation; language and robotics
Bruce Kusse -- Concentrations: electrophysics; Research interests: plasma physics; Z-Pinch configurations; pulsed power
Amit Lal -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: microelectromechanical systems; physical acoustics; ultrasonic engineering; microsurgical MEMS; microfluidics; analog and digital circuit design
Michal Lipson -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: optics; photonics; optical communication; optical devices
Michel Louge -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; electrophysics; Research interests: capacitance measurements in effective media (snow, gas-solid suspensions); microgravity flows of grains and gas-solid suspensions; computer vision
Rajit Manohar -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: asynchronous VLSI; architecture; low-power design; concurrent systems; formal methods
Jose Martinez -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: computer architecture
Alyosha Molnar -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: circuit design; RF/analog circuit design; neural interfaces; retinal neuroscience
Andrew Myers -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: computer security, compilers
Thomas Parks -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: digital signal processing; wavelets; pattern classification and image processing
Clifford Pollock -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: solid-state and tunable lasers; fiber optics; ultrashort pulse generation
Mark Psiaki -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: estimation; Global Positioning System, guidance and control
Farhan Rana -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: semiconductor optoelectronics; quantum electronics and quantum optics; ultrafast optics; integrated micro- and nano-optics; spectroscopy
Anthony Reeves -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; computer engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: computer vision; biomedical image analysis; image processing; parallel processing
Richard Robinson -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests:
Ashutosh Saxena -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: artificial intelligence; machine learning; robotics; computer vision
Anna Scaglione -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: wireless communications; statistical signal processing
Charles Seyler -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: theoretical and computational plasma physics; space plasmas; relativistic electron beams
Maryam M. Shanechi -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests:
James Shealy -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: vapor-phase epitaxial growth of III-V compounds; optoelectronic devices and integration
Xiling Shen -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: systems biology; synthetic biology; nanotechnology
Emin Sirer -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: operating systems; distributed systems and networking; peer to peer systems; operating system support for ad-hoc networks; extensible systems
David Skorton -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: digital image processing; biomedical imaging; medical diagnosis
Michael Spencer -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: microwave, optical, high-speed, high temperature, high power switching of solid-state devices; deep level studies
Christoph Studer -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; computer engineering; Research interests: Digital very large-scale integration (VLSI) circuits and systems; signal and image processing; wireless communication systems; convex optimization; analysis of massive datasets.
G. Edward Suh -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: computer architecture; security
A. Kevin Tang -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: communication networks; control and dynamic systems; optimization and game theory and their applications
Robert Thomas -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: systems engineering with applications to electric power systems
Sandip Tiwari -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrophysics; Research interests: electronic and optoelectric devices at small dimensions; nano- and quantum structures; three-dimensional integration
Lang Tong -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: DSP; statistical signal processing; communication systems and networking; adaptive receiver design-estimation theory
Aaron Wagner -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: information theory and coding; communication networks; data compression
Yi Wang -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; Research interests: bio-electrical engineering; bio signal, systems and applications; image analysis; information systems and networks; signal and image processing
Hakim Weatherspoon -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: distributed systems; cloud computing; fault-tolerance; reliability; security; and performance of Internet-scale systems
Stephen Wicker -- Concentrations: electrical engineering; electrical systems; Research interests: wireless information networks; artificial intelligence; error control coding
Ramin Zabih -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: computer vision; image processing; medical imaging
Zhiru Zhang -- Concentrations: computer engineering; Research interests: Computer-aided design (CAD) for heterogeneous computing: high-level synthesis, hardware/software co-optimization for system-on-chips, reconfigurable and accelerated computing, and algorithmic design for CAD.

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Richard Liboff -- Concentrations: Research interests:
Ravindra Sudan -- Concentrations: Research interests:

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Outcomes and Assessment for M.Eng

The MEng degree at Cornell differs substantially from the MS and other primarily research degrees, being mostly regarded as a ‘professional masters’ program.  It has been the subject of two highly in-depth reports over the past decade which have looked extensively at every aspect of the degree program, many of these having very direct relevance to the current document.

In assembling the attached summaries of the 15 subject foci, it should be observed that each program has circulated drafts amongst their colleagues for approval, and each has agreed that over time they can gather the stated data for self-evaluation.  The express intent is not that each ‘outcome’ be assessed every year, but that each year one or more ‘outcomes’ will be investigated, the feedback from which can then be used to inform the conduct of the program.

Learn more about learning outcomes for the M.Eng degree.