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Computer Engineering

What is a computer engineer?

Computer engineers use hardware and software to produce devices ranging from robots to supercomputers and microcontrollers to read data from sensors and implement control functions in order to drive motors and other mechanical devices. In an increasingly automated world, they also build cell phones, antennas, smart grids, and new stealth materials.

Computer engineering students design and build submarines, operate a radio station, and build and control robots in groups like the Lunabotics Team, which competes annually at NASA's mining competition.


Average Starting Salary

  • Rockwell Collins
  • Garmin
  • L-3 Communications
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Microsoft
  • Nucor
  • Digi-Key 
  • EchoStar
  • NASA
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  • robotics, search and rescue
  • military reconnaissance and surveillance
  • intelligent automation and specialized systems
  • mobile, web, and software engineering
  • alternative energy production and control
  • avionics
  • manufacturing automation
  • supercomputing
  • smart antennas

Internships & Co-ops

75% of Mines students gain real-world experience through internships, co-ops, and research opportunities at an average salary of over $17 an hour at 240 employers in 39 states. Computer engineering majors have worked at Dow Chemical, Digi-Key, Burns & McDonnel, LyondellBasell, Caterpillar, and Copper Nuclear Station.              

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Global Experiences

Experience the adventure of international travel and apply your science knowledge to humanitarian efforts with Engineers & Scientists Abroad. Mines students have completed projects in Suriname, Chile, Mongolia, Haiti, Guatemala, Egypt, Colombia, and Tanzania.

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Not just academic experts, faculty in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering consult with industry and government on important regional, national and global projects.

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