Message from the Department Chair
Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Illinois Tech
The Illinois Tech department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) has a tradition of innovation dating back to 1901, when IIT faculty member Lee DeForest, widely recognized as the "father of radio" sent his first long-distance broadcast from the University. Furthermore, in 1906 he invented the first vacuum tube capable of amplifying an electrical signal. Other notable alumni include Marvin Camras the father of magnetic tape recording and Marty Cooper, inventor of the cell phone. ECE faculty, students and alumni continue to change the world by developing technologies from alternative energy resources and communications advancements, to improving medical imaging. Our students are engaged in the latest technologies of machine vision, medical imaging, sensor networks, deep learning, cyber security, wireless communications, power system operation, smart microgrids, electric vehicles, power semiconductor device technologies, microelectronics, Internet of things, cloud computing, and computer hardware and software capabilities.
The ECE Department at Illinois Tech is one of the finest in the nation with a distinctive hands-on, ABET accredited curriculum delivered by faculty who are world renown in their respective areas of research in emerging technologies. Our faculty hold the highest of professional honors: one faculty has been awarded membership to the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Inventors; five faculty are IEEE Fellows; two faculty are AIMBE Fellows and seven are distinguished Endowed Chairs. Several of our ECE faculty have received the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Career and Research Initiation Awards. Students will find opportunities to work side by side with these faculty researching the most pressing problems society will face in the coming decades.
Our Armour R&D Summer Research Immersion Program ensures that from the start of their undergraduate programs through to graduation, students actively participate in research. The graduate degrees (PhD and MS/MAS) offered by the ECE Department are highly diverse, reflect the needs of the industry, and integrate cutting edge research into a highly innovative curriculum. Research areas in the ECE Department are in the areas of power systems and electronics, image and signal processing, embedded systems and VLSI technology, cyber security, cyber physical systems, system-on-chip designs, and multimedia communication networks. Research coupled with our co-op and internship programs, elevates our students' readiness for industry positions and makes them highly sought after.
All of our ground-breaking research takes place in industry level, state of the art research laboratories and centers. The ECE Department has two research centers and 13 research laboratories. The Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation boasts Illinois Tech’s microgrid technology and the Medical Imaging Research Center builds devices, algorithms, and software methods for MRI, phase-contrast, x-ray, Mammography, CT and PET to address diseases such as Alzheimers, heart disease and various forms of cancer.
The ECE Department accounts for the largest number of students in IIT’s Armour College of Engineering. Below are our department’s 2017 Enrollment and Graduation Facts:
- 707 students enrolled in our programs including 381 Graduate and 326 Undergraduate
- 308 degrees awarded including 18 PhD degrees in 2017
The ECE department has been enjoying steady research and academic growth in terms of research expenditure, graduation rate, and job placement. These accomplishments are due to our dedicated faculty and engaged student body. We welcome you to the electrical and computer engineering department, and invite you to join us as we advance technology to “transform lives and invent the future”.
Jafar Saniie, Filmer Endowed Chair Professor and IEEE Life Fellow
Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering