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College of Engineering YOUR ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE.

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering Iowa State’s computer engineering program has a range of resources and services to help you be creative in your field of study and life. Your adventure will take you places you can’t begin to imagine!

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egins here. Discover your passion Computers aren’t just on your desktop or laptop anymore. They’re embedded everywhere—in cars, smartphones, televisions, refrigerators, laundry machines, pacemakers, airplanes—the list goes on. Computer engineers design essential hardware, software, systems and networks that enable the electronics you use every day for work and play. Computer engineers work in almost every industry from mobile phones and banking to avionics and manufacturing. They invent new technologies and make current devices faster, smaller, cheaper, smarter and safer. Computer engineers also help: Improve Internet security to protect information and foil hackers. D  esign faster processors to make high definition graphics possible.

D  evelop biomedical equipment and systems to monitor patients and enhance lives. I mplement sensor networks to make robots smarter and more human-like. C  reate smart power grids to manage energy distribution. S  equence genes to better understand living organisms.

ENGINEER YOUR FUTURE Many of our graduates have built successful careers not only as engineers, but also as managers, entrepreneurs, sales representatives and consultants. The average starting salary of computer

engineering graduates is more than $72,000/year.

Co-op and internship salaries for our

students average more than $19/hour. More than 500 companies visit the

College of Engineering each year to recruit our students.

97 percent of our computer engineering

students have in-profession placement within six months of graduation.

Computer engineers are among the most in-demand professionals in the country, and opportunities continue to grow. Computer engineers work not only with building traditional desktop and laptop computers and the Internet, but also enjoy careers in emerging areas such as bioinformatics, bioengineering, robotics, information and networking technology, and cybersecurity.

Be greater than you imagine The computer engineering major at Iowa State offers the latest technology, cutting-edge research and world-renowned faculty—making it one of the best programs in the country. Freshman Engineering Lab: Get hands-on experience during your first year in our freshman engineering lab. This is a great opportunity to create innovative programs that interface with Nintendo Wii remotes or develop miniature robots.

Specialty areas of study: You can study in one of these specialty areas: Computing and networking systems

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S  ecure and reliable computing S  oftware engineering systems V  ery large scale integration (VLSI) design E mbedded system design Career options: Computer engineering is a highly interdisciplinary field with endless career options. In your future career, you’ll get to develop and work on technology you can’t even imagine today. Consider these career area options: S  ecurity and networking: Use your networking skills to make Internet purchases safer, protect personal information and block viruses from invading computers. R  obotics: Create systems and software to allow robots to learn and interact in humanlike ways. Give unmanned aerial vehicles the ability to fly and navigate without direction from operators. Computing: Develop and improve the performance of mobile phones, tablets and the next  generation of computers. Enhance computer system performance and reduce energy consumption.

Be passionate. Be creative. Be greater than you imagined in computer engineering at Iowa State University.

Enjoy your adventure. More opportunities. More possibilities. More potential. At Iowa State you’ll find all of these things and more. Immerse yourself in a university where top-notch academics and a vibrant student life form the ultimate college adventure. Open your mind. Broaden your horizons. Make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy your computer engineering adventure. Campus visits: Apply for admission: Financial support: Electrical and Computer Engineering: College of Engineering: 2620 Howe Hall | Ames, Iowa 50011-2272 515 294-8355 | 800 262-3810 ext. 8355 Email:

College of Engineering Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Robinette Kelley, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email

Computer Engineering at Iowa State University  

Overview of computer engineering at Iowa State University for prospective undergraduate students.

Computer Engineering at Iowa State University  

Overview of computer engineering at Iowa State University for prospective undergraduate students.