The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department consists of several different, yet interconnected disciplines. To find out more about each of these disciplines select them from the list below. We are also a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE/IAE) designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. For more information explore: KU CAE/IAE.
Computer scientists study the very nature of computing and information in order to advance the state of the art. They often specialize in software design and implementation through web development, interface design, mobile computing, and other areas. Computer scientists address fundamental computing problems, such as the efficient and secure collection of information. From medicine and business to video games and films, they are devising new ways to use computers. Integrating the theoretical aspects of computing with real-world applications offers an array of industry and research opportunities for computer scientists. Information technology (IT) professionals have a complex demanding job that requires a solid foundation in applied computing and management skills. In overseeing the IT infrastructure, they must select and integrate the appropriate hardware and software to meet the needs of the organization. They must define the requirements of the system and then design, deploy, integrate, and maintain system throughout its lifecycle. In addition to their vast computing knowledge, IT professionals must be able to communicate the impact of technology decisions to non-technical coworkers along with the latest policies and trends in IT.
Computer engineers combine expertise in software design and implementation with fundamental engineering skills - a highly valuable skill set. They design and maintain websites, networks, massive databases, and other applications, in the process developing and integrating new software and hardware. Computer engineers specialize in the development of computer systems designed to carry out specific functions in real-time, known as embedded systems, which operate airplanes, cell phones, vending machines, medical equipment, etc. Their vast computing knowledge and problem solving skills make computer engineers an invaluable asset to industry. As individuals and corporations become more dependent on computers, there is an abundant need for well-trained computer engineers.
Electrical engineers design, test and manufacture electrical and electronic systems and devices. They collaborate on the development of hybrid vehicles, wireless communications, flight control systems, radar systems and numerous other innovations. Electrical engineers can specialize in power transmission, motor control and other facets of large electrical systems or in microprocessors and integrated circuits within small-scale electronic systems. Armed with technical knowledge and skills, electrical engineers have career opportunities in a variety of industries and research organizations.
Information Technology professionals combine specialized knowledge and practical know-how to plan and maintain computing infrastructure and assist users with various IT needs. By understanding IT needs within an organization, specialists can better tailor requirements. They design and deploy IT resources and manage them through their lifecycle with the goal of increased productivity and competitiveness. IT specialists integrate information assurance practices into all systems to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. On the hardware side, IT specialists design and install network infrastructure and build or upgrade computer systems. With software, they install and update software and applications, troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning systems, and build and maintain databases. They ensure that the information technologies, which every business and organization depend upon, operate safely and securely and at maximum performance and efficiency.
The EECS Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) and the Masters of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) are offered at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park and are catered to working professionals in South Johnson County and the Greater Kansas City Metro Area.
Interdisciplinary computing graduates collaborate with scientists or other professionals, applying their computing expertise to large-scale problems. They might use grid computing to study the first few picoseconds after the Big Bang or process enormous data streams from telescopic mapping experiments to analyze the orbits of potential Earth-crossing asteroids. They could manage and expand biological databases to study the causes of worldwide biodiversity decline, apply machine learning techniques to design better chemotherapies, or develop optimization techniques to locate tornado sirens for maximum population coverage.
INTER DISCIPLINARY FOCUS AREAS
Interdisciplinary Computing students choose one of the following 6 scientific fields to pair with their computational coursework.