Computer engineering is a discipline that deals with the hardware and software of computing systems. With an ever-growing area of applications, computing systems are not limited to personal computers, but can be found embedded in a great variety of devices such as routers, phones, printers, remote controls, servomotors, and smart sensors, to mention only a few. Computer engineers write software and design computers, microprocessors, and embedded computing systems. LeTourneau University offers several paths for the study of computer engineering. The Department of Engineering offers the electrical engineering (EE) concentration and the computer engineering (CE) concentration. The EE concentration focuses on the hardware aspects of electrical systems, including microcontrollers, digital signal processing, and digital systems. In comparison, the CE concentration, while retaining many of the EE classes, adds a microcomputer design class and provides a stronger programming background by requiring additional computer science classes. Overall, however, the CE concentration emphasizes the hardware aspects of computer engineering.
The CE concentration offers a strong theoretical foundation as well as a rich hands-on experience. Practice is emphasized through projects, lab exercises, and the senior design project. Notably, for the microcomputer design class, the students design and build individually a single-board computer system. In recent years, typical senior design topics for CE students have been in the areas of robotics and telecommunications. Hands-on experience is supported by 3700 square feet of lab space dedicated to the electrical and computer engineering concentrations. A 4+1 option is available to students who are interested to begin working towards a master degree in their senior or junior year. Recent research topics for graduate students have been in the area of digital signal processing.
The concentration in computer engineering at LeTourneau University involves a curriculum of 130 semester hours and is one of six concentration choices within our Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.
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The goal of the Versatile ADS-B Communications System project is to design and make a prototype of a compact and versatile Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) communication card sponsored by Rockwell Collins Inc.
The goal of the Electronic Access Computer Station team is to design an electronic control system to automate a computer station’s vertical door system for hospital–hallway application sponsored by CCI group Inc.
This system will provide hands free access to the computers. The design should be cost efficient and practical for mass production.
With a degree in engineering, computer concentration, graduates may choose from a number of industry career options.
A few possible career choices include:
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