Department of

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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From the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Electrical and ComputerMary Vollaro Engineering at Florida Poly. Florida Poly provides leading-edge degree programs that prepare graduates to take on today’s fastest growing fields—including those of semiconductor design and manufacturing, computer-system design and development, embedded systems and operating systems development, and the control and security of physical systems—physical systems that include power grids, autonomous vehicles, and physical plants. Our mission is to serve students and industry through excellence in education, discovery, and application of engineering and applied sciences. I am proud to head up a faculty of experts in all of these fields, and our commitment to education will be clear to you if you take any of our classes.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers three different undergraduate degree programs:

  • Electrical Engineering (includes semiconductor design and manufacturing, electromagnetics and wireless communications technology, the control of complex physical systems, the design of power systems, and other topics),
  • Computer Engineering (includes microprocessor and memory-system design, operating systems design, embedded systems design, digital VLSI circuit design, the design of complex systems such as autonomous & electric vehicles, and other topics),
  • And a newly created offering in Cybersecurity Engineering (includes hardware-systems security, security of industrial control systems, smart grid development, and other topics)

In addition, the department offers a combined graduate track in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. The undergraduate programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are both ABET-accredited; Cybersecurity Engineering is in the process of ABET accreditation.

All of our degree programs are focused on education and applied research; these are STEM education-based curricula that yield highly skilled graduates with strong knowledge in the fundamentals of their disciplines and who are able to apply that knowledge to design and implement solutions for arising challenges. In addition, the programs prepare students for clear and concise communication when working in a team environment and for careers in industry, government, and academia.

I am excited to be the interim chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The faculty here are working with our students and staff to make meaningful contributions in the broad and important fields that span Electrical & Computer Engineering, and to graduate students that are job-ready on day one. The ECE Department covers the world’s most exciting disciplines today, and we look forward to seeing you in our classrooms.


Dr. Mary Vollaro
Interim Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


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Program and Student Outcomes

For each of the programs in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, students are expected to be able to know and do the following upon completion of their selected program:


an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics


an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors


an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences


an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions


an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

Meet the Faculty - Electrical Engineering

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Meet the Faculty - Computer Engineering

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Supportive Environment

Many elements of Florida Poly life come together to create a rich and successful student experience.
A student talking with her academic success coach.


Florida Poly's academic success coaches are available to meet with students about many topics, including registration and academic success coaching.
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Career Development

The Office of Career Development provides comprehensive career services to students, alumni, and employers. Our highly trained staff is dedicated to helping you make your career dreams a reality.

Capstone Design Projects

Electrical and Computer Engineering students work together in an interdisciplinary, year-round industry sponsored Capstone Design Project, providing high impact solutions in a variety of fields. Some examples include working to improve surgeries and creating next-generation risk assessment tool.


Innovation Labs

Our Innovation Labs give students the opportunity to test their big ideas on the same advanced equipment used in leading industrial and corporate environments.

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Internships are a central part of the educational experience at Florida Poly. Our staff helps students find available internships, reviews resume, and helps students plan their ideal career path after graduation.

Electrical and Computer Engineering students have successfully completed internships in organizations such as the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), among others.


Co and Extra Curricular Activities

Florida Poly has more than 35 student clubs that are run by students for students. Students are encouraged to pursue their passions and explore new interests by joining a club. The clubs below are just a few of the organizations that electrical and computer engineering students often get involved with.

The Cybersecurity Club is a collective of Florida Poly students who want
to learn both offensive and defensive cybersecurity and covers a broad range of topics relating to cybersecurity.

Florida Poly’s IEEE branch is geared towards empowering all students through professional development, workshop, and academic research.
IEEE-HKN Mu-Omega is Florida Poly’s IEEE-HKN chapter-Florida Poly’s first academic honor society, recognizing students who excel academically and among their peers.
Members of the Media Club work to provide students with the equipment to discover and explore current and emerging forms of media, including video production, game development, and audio production. 
Florida Poly’s Programming Club is a place where people with an appreciation of programming and any level of skill can go and learn and have fun. 
Students focus on building Combat, VEX, and other robotics and entering them in competitions around the region and across the nation. The Purple Fire Robotics team welcomes students of all skill levels to join. 


Facilities and Resources

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering includes a number of facilities used by faculty members and research staff to conduct scientific research with the involvement of undergraduate students.

Some of the most important include:

Signal generator, Oscilloscope, Power Meter

Optical Spectrum Analyzer, Optical Table, Laser diode, Translation Stage

STM32F207 evaluation board with Cortex M series processor, Function generators, Oscilloscopes, Digital Kit set including several digital ICs for logic design, Altera-DE2-115 FPGA boards, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, XBee modules, software-defined radio modules, Digilent Analog Discovery 2 modules (each is a computer-operated oscilloscope, multimeter, voltage source all in one)

A small cluster of Dell PowerEdge compute servers running Linux.

Modelsim, Multisim, Keil uVision, COMSOL Multiphysics, HSPICE, MATLAB/Simulink, C, C++. Python