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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Message from the Chairman

Dan Fleetwood

There is no better time than now to start your career as a computer scientist, computer engineer or electrical engineer! There is increasing demand for our graduates, and our alumni base can be found in prominent companies such as National Instruments, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Schlumberger and many other technology, energy-related, finance and consulting businesses in the United States and abroad.

The department strives for continuous improvement, and we adapt our undergraduate and graduate curricula to better meet the needs of today's students and tomorrow's practicing engineers, as well as for students who desire a strong technical background as preparation for a career in business, law, medicine, finance or a variety of other professions for which electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science provides a firm foundation.

Electrical engineering and computer science is the largest department in the School of Engineering, as measured by the number of faculty and amount of externally sponsored research awards. Our department is a dynamic and growing community of scholars whose shared passion for research and education is a hallmark of the Vanderbilt environment. Our internationally recognized core faculty members are diverse and participate in many interdisciplinary initiatives. These are the same faculty who teach our undergraduate and graduate classes.

The two largest research areas within the department are the Institute for Software Integrated Systems and the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics. These institutes include nearly one-half of the department faculty, as well as a large number of professional researchers who are engaged in leading-edge scholarship of significant importance to critical commercial and government systems. Other significant research programs include medical imaging processing, security and fault tolerance, carbon and nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, image processing and graphics, humanoid robotics and algorithms. As you navigate through these pages, you will see why I am excited about the future of our department.

On behalf of the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, I welcome you to browse our brochure and learn more about us. If you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student, please come visit us as we always have time to welcome new and talented students to our programs!


Dan Fleetwood

Dan Fleetwood