Computer Engineering is the engineering discipline that deals with the design and application of computer systems. These computer systems range in size from tiny embedded processors to massive database and network servers. IPFW offers a four-year computer engineering undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
Computer engineers have a broad technical background, covering both hardware (equipment) and software (programs). These two aspects of computer systems are inseparable: software cannot operate without hardware; without software, computer hardware can perform no useful function. In system design, it is often necessary to assign functions to hardware and software components, based on cost and performance criteria.
Our students, while drawn from diverse backgrounds, are all extremely able and committed to learning. IPFW delivers an exceptional educational experience to engineering students, encouraging collaboration and teamwork throughout the curriculum.
Student Learning Outcomes
As a framework for the continuous improvement policy, the Computer Engineering program has adopted a set of program educational objectives that describe the anticipated accomplishments of our graduates 3 - 5 years after graduation.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCmpE) program educational objectives are to produce graduates who:
- Function and communicate effective to solve technical problems
- Advance professionally to roles of greater computer engineering responsibilities and/or by transitioning into leadership positions in business, government, and/or education
- Participate in life-long learning through the successful completion of advanced degree(s), continuous education, and/or engineering certification(s)/licensure or other professional development
- Demonstrate a commitment to community by applying technical skills and knowledge to support various service activities
The graduates from the Computer Engineering program will demonstrate that they have:
a. An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. An ability to design computer systems, components, or processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health & safety, manufacturability and sustainability
d. An ability to function as a team member on engineering projects, laboratory experiments, and/or multidisciplinary activities
e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve electrical engineering problems
f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. An ability to communicate effectively
h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
j. A broad knowledge of contemporary issues
k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for electrical engineering practice
All Computer Engineering students are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for the BSCmpE program. Thus, it is essential that they develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing their academic career.
All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.