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Welcome to the Computer Engineering Program at UC Riverside!

Computer Engineering (CEN) in the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside has long been a popular major. In 2010 the Computer Engineering Program was created as an interdepartmental program between the Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering Departments to accommodate its rapid growth and enable future graduate degrees.

What is Computer Engineering?

Computer Engineering (CEN) has been a distinct discipline for over 30 years. It is concerned with the design, programming and use of computing structures, large and small.

Computer engineering is a discipline that embodies the science and technology of design,
construction, implementation, and maintenance of software and hardware components of
modern computing systems and computer-controlled equipment. Computer engineering has
traditionally been viewed as a combination of both computer science (CS) and electrical
engineering (EE).
[IEEE/ACM Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Computer Engineering, 2004]

Computer engineers have training in electronic engineering, software design and hardware-software integration. They are involved in many aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. This field of engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into the larger picture of the specific application.

Computer Engineering Careers

The career options for CEN graduates are extremely varied and diverse, ranging from embedded systems to large-scale servers; from software to hardware design etc. This major has seen and continues to see a very healthy growth in employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ranks this profession as one of the fastest growing employment opportunities. It projects a 38% growth between 2006 and 2016 in the United States.

  • Computer software engineers are one of the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the 2006-16 decade.
  • Excellent job prospects are expected for applicants with at least bachelor’s degree in computer engineering or computer science and with practical work experience.
  • Computer software engineers must continually strive to acquire new skills in conjunction with the rapid changes that occur in computer technology”.
[Job prospect for Computer Engineers”, from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition]

Please take a moment to browse the CEN Program web pages and find out more information about the program, educational opportunities and the internationally recognized faculty who participate in this program.


Sincerely,
Walid Najjar
Director, Computer Engineering Program
Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Computer Engineering Program
313 Materials Science & Engineering Bldg.
Tel: (951) 827-3383
Fax: (951) 827-3188
E-mail: alejandra@engr.ucr.edu

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