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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Computer Engineering Mission statement, Objectives and Outcomes

Mission of the Vanderbilt Program in Computer Engineering

The program in Computer Engineering will prepare undergraduate students to accept and fulfill responsibilities across a broad spectrum of activities, including:

  • The practice of Computer Engineering.
  • Academic careers in Computer Engineering.
  • Other areas in which a preparation in Computer Engineering will support significant contributions to the field, including finance, medicine and law.
  • Service to the engineering community and the community at large.

Objectives

Within 2-4 years of graduation, Computer Engineering program graduates will demonstrate, or be prepared to achieve:

  • Successful careers, as reflected by advancement to positions that include greater responsibility and intellectual challenge
  • Successful performance in graduate or professional degree programs

Outcomes

Graduates of the Computer Engineering Program are expected to demonstrate:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • Complex is defined as: Complex engineering problems include one or more of the following characteristics: involving wide-ranging or conflicting technical issues, having no obvious solution, addressing problems not encompassed by current standards and codes, involving diverse groups of stakeholders, including many component parts or sub-problems, involving multiple disciplines, or having significant consequences in a range of contexts
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.