Computing systems have expanded far beyond desktop machines or mainframes, and today are embedded in nearly everything including smartphones, appliances and medical devices. They now involve not only computation, but multi-modal sensing, signal processing, communications and control—enabling novel applications in domains ranging from homeland security, human-computer interaction, green computing and pervasive healthcare. Moreover, functions that were previously considered to be strictly software or strictly hardware can no longer be distinguished in that way. This is allowing the next generation of adaptive and intelligent computing systems to address emerging complex societal, health, security and sustainability problems.
Computer engineering is concerned with ways that the science of computation is applied to building devices, components and systems that perform the computation. It considers the design, analysis and optimization of systems that span nearly 10 orders of magnitude in scale—from components that are billionths of a meter in size to systems that occupy hundreds of square meters such as data centers.
Students with a graduate degree in computer engineering can reap the financial benefits of the growing job market in that field, as forecasts by the U.S. Labor Department forecasts that the demand for computer engineers will remain strong. Students with a Ph.D. in computer engineering have additional options for high-paying jobs, including academic positions, government and industrial research centers and senior engineering positions in industry.
Component manufacturers: The key components that are integrated into a modern computer system include system software, integrated circuits (IC) and boards. Significant players in this market with a presence in Arizona include Intel, IBM, Motorola, Microchip, ON Semiconductor, Freescale, NXP and Marvell Technology.
System integrators: The computing system components are integrated into finished end products by system integrators. Arizona is home to several major electronic control system integrators that cater to the aerospace/defense market including Honeywell, Raytheon, Boeing and General Dynamics.
System innovators: The software and hardware components are designed and structured in novel ways by system innovators to provide solutions to new problems or to solve old problems in a more efficient and effective manner. Arizona is home to several companies which do computing systems research including Intel and IBM.
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|Faculty members|| Database |
|Cyber and |
| Stochastic |
|Digital signal |
|Brain machine |
|VLSI architecture |
|Low power |
|Kasim Selcuk Candan||X|
|Charles J. Colbourn||X|
|John W. Fowler||X|
|Esma S. Gel||X|
|Andrea W. Richa||X|
|George C. Runger||X|
|Violet R. Syrotiuk||X|
|Konstantinos S. Tsakalis*||X|
|Sik-Sang (Stephen) S. Yau||X|
* denotes an additional research expertise for faculty members that work in multiple areas.