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Computer Engineering

Computer Engineering

The computer engineering (CpE) major provides a solid core of technical knowledge within a liberal arts education. This balanced program integrates computer science and electrical engineering.


(USA Today College Guide 2017)

You will study hardware and software design principles and take courses in digital design, operating systems, network protocols, embedded systems and robotics. This understanding of both software and hardware will allow you to view design and development as two intimately linked parts of one activity.

"The possibilities at Union are endless. I’m excited about working with cutting-edge technology, 3D printing, drones, laser engraving – and learning useful skills that will come in handy in the workplace."
- Diego Bazan

As the field continues to grow exponentially, the opportunities for computer engineers increase accordingly. We prepare students for immediate professional employment, graduate study and entry into related professions such as medicine, law and business administration.

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Through our study abroad programs, our emphasis on undergraduate research and the personal attention that we give to each student, we educate well-rounded members of society who are poised to excel in an increasingly multicultural and technological world.

Union also offers a 5-year combined B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in electrical engineering in conjunction with Clarkson University (Capital Region Campus).

The computer engineering program is offered by the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering, with significant parts of the curriculum supported by the Department of Computer Science. The bachelor of science degree in computer engineering is accredited by the Engineering Commission of ABET.

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Meet some of our faculty

John Spinelli

John Spinelli

Ph.D., MIT
Special interests: Circuits and systems, probability wireless sensor networks

Chandra Pappu

Chandra Pappu

Visiting assistant professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso
Special interests: Probability and random variables, electric circuits, radar signal processing

Helen Hanson

Helen Hanson

Associate professor
Ph.D., Harvard University
Special interests: Communication systems, acoustic models of speech production, processing, electric circuits

Cherrice Trave

Cherrice Traver

David Falk and Elynor Rudnick-Falk Professor of Computer Engineering
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Special interests: Logic circuits, computer architecture, applications of embedded systems

After Union

Software engineer, Philips Healthcare

Senior systems engineer, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Senior engineer, General Dynamics C4 Systems

Systems analyst/software engineer, International Atomic Energy Agency

Consultant, AT&T

Database Developer, AcuStream

Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Producer, Vicarious Visions