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Greetings from Scott C. Smith

Former Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Dakota State University

On behalf of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Dakota State University (NDSU), I would like to welcome you to our department. Established in 1926, the ECE Department has a strong tradition of offering excellent educational programs and involving students in cutting-edge research, technology development, and transfer to industry. The ECE Department offers Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in both Electrical Engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CpE), and Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (ME), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Both the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

ECE class sizes are relatively small, especially in the junior and senior years, where lecture size typically ranges from 15-60 students, with labs sections of around 20 students. Close to 100% of students graduating with a BS degree from the ECE Department find employment with companies such as 3M, Rockwell Collins, Microsoft, Black and Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, IBM, Micron Technology, Ottertail Power, Great River Energy, John Deere, and Packet Digital, with 2012 average starting salaries of $70,400 and $62,300 for CpE and EE graduates, respectively.

ECE faculty are actively involved in research, and receive funding from a large variety of agencies, such as NSF, NASA, DARPA, DoD, DoE, NIH, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, SRC, foreign governments, and private industry. ECE offers opportunities for top undergraduate students and graduate students to work on cutting-edge research under the tutelage of a faculty mentor, and offers generous graduate assistantships and tuition waivers to qualified students wanting to pursue a graduate education.

NDSU is one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities in the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education’s elite category of “Research Universities / Very High Research Activity.” NDSU is located in Fargo, ND, which is ranked among the best places in the country to live, work, attend school, and conduct business. See for details.

Please peruse our website for additional information about ECE undergraduate programs:, ECE graduate programs:, and the specific research interests of the ECE faculty:  

Scott C. Smith, PhD
Professor and Former Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
North Dakota State University

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