Who we are in ECE

Proud of our past, focused on our future.

The story of the development of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at NDSU parallels the history of the technological revolution that has rocked civilization during the 20th century. It is the history of North Dakota State University and the College of Engineering, led by Deans and Chairs with great vision and courage.

It is a continuing story of dedicated faculty and staff members developing and improving programs and supplying industry with well-trained graduates.

It is a story of students who became grounded in the basic fundamentals of engineering principles and proved the value of personal attention by going out and becoming successful throughout the world.

Established in 1926, our Electrical and Computer Engineering department offers two of the eight engineering majors available at NDSU. While we are large enough to be recognized by all aspects of the industry, we're small enough that our students get personalized attention from our esteemed faculty.


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering strives to provide an excellent education for Electrical and Computer Engineering students while contributing to the state and national economy through research and technology development and transfer to industry.

Achieving Our Goal

  • Continually monitor and improve the curriculum
  • Increase departmental research without negatively impacting undergraduate or graduate education
  • Recruit, mentor, and retain excellent faculty, staff, and students
  • Build a collegial environment that encourages collaboration and rewards faculty for both teaching and research
  • Advocate on behalf of the department for needed resources

ABET Accreditation

The programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degrees at NDSU are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. ABET accreditation is important, as it ensures that our program:

  • Has received international recognition of its quality.
  • Promotes “best practices” in education.
  • Directly involves faculty and staff in self-assessment and continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Is based on “learning outcomes” rather than “teaching inputs.”
  • Can more easily determine the acceptability of transfer credits.

Through application of ABET’s quality standards, we seek to achieve a better-educated, geographically mobile, and diverse technical workforce well prepared to advance innovation and excel professionally in fields of critical importance to society. Earning a degree from an ABET accredited program:

  • Verifies that your educational experience meets the global standard for technical education in our profession.
  • Enhances your employment opportunities, as many companies require graduation from an accredited program.
  • Supports your entry into a technical profession through licensure, registration, and certification.
  • Establishes your eligibility for many federal student loans, grants, and scholarships.
  • Provides greater opportunities to work globally.


The department conducts research in the broad areas of: Power and Energy Systems, Wireless communication, Signal Processing, Electronics and VLSI, Embedded Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Electromagnetics, Photonics and Electric Materials and Nanotechnology. 

Sponsors for the department’s research include federal agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Institute of Scientific Research, Army Research Laboratory, and industries such as Intel, Medtronic, John Deere, and 3M.

Graduate Program Applications

Applicants to programs in the NDSU College of Engineering are required to submit an application to the EngineeringCAS (Engineering Centralized Application Service).

Current NDSU undergraduate students applying to an accelerated bachelor's to master's program are not required to submit an EngineeringCAS application. Accelerated program applicants can apply directly to the NDSU Graduate School here.

Learn More About Graduate Admissions

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