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College of Science and Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Electrical Engineering department offers two related specialties, one in electrical engineering and the other in electrical engineering with a computer engineering specialization. 

The electrical engineering major offers a broad curriculum that covers most of the various subfields of the profession. As its name implies, the specialization in computer engineering major focuses more specifically on software and hardware topics related to computer and other digital system design. 

Both curricula lead to the same degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. 


Within the rich tradition of Jesuit education, it is the mission of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to teach and prepare broadly-educated, socially-responsible, articulate, and skilled engineers for leadership in electrical engineering and related fields.

Program Educational Objectives

The electrical engineering program, in harmony with the university mission statement, strives to prepare graduates who will:

  • Make professional contributions through the attainment of a position in electrical engineering or related field (Professional formation).
  • Engage in personal and professional growth through the completion of advanced degrees or other forms of continuing education (Educating the whole person).
  • Contribute to society or the profession through the involvement in professional organizations or other service activity (Empowering leaders for a just and humane world).


ECE Faculty Member/Author Alan Johnston Featured in Seattle University News!

Professor Johnston was featured for his new novel, Returning to Zero, which was published in late February 2017 and is the sequel to his novel Counting from ZeroReturning to Zero takes a fictional dive into the murky waters of botnets, cyber- criminal networks and malicious nation-state intelligence operatives. The story pits a "white-hat" (aka Good Guy) hacker against an exploit writer whose botnet threatens to wreak cyber havoc. 

Congratulations, Professor Johnston! 

Jason Snodderly ('18) Awarded IEEE PES Scholarship

Congratulations to Jason Snodderly '18, who was awarded an IEEE Power and Energy Supply Scholarship. The goal of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative is to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in power and energy engineering. Jason was selected based on his superior academic performance, his personal achievements, volunteer activities, and work experience, and the strength of our ECE program. Great work, Jason!

ECE Awarded Keck Foundation Grant

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We are delighted to announce that the W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to support the development of an Internet of Things-based Innovation Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The grant will enable the faculty in ECE to add Internet of Things-related skills to the undergraduate curriculum and will foster the growth and success of the new Innovation Lab being created in Bannan 210. The award will also “support undergraduate research and help cultivate an informal learning environment that inspires curiosity, exploration, and discovery,” according to Shiny Abraham, the Principal Investigator on the grant.

 Please join us in congratulating Shiny Abraham (PI) and Agnieszka Miguel (co-PI).

 What a great way to start 2017!





Muhuru Bay Micro-grid

This project highlights the commitment of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department to support projects that create engineers for just and humane world.


What is Great about Electrical Engineering?

Student Cedar Cloyd says "...No matter what you're working on you are working on something that is going to make a difference in somebody's life or the world today."

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