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what is computer engineering?

Computer engineering concerns the design, construction, implementation and maintenance of software and hardware components of modern computing systems and computer-controlled equipment. A combination of computer science and electrical engineering, computer engineering prepares students for careers that deal with computer systems from design through implementation.

Computer engineers work with computer systems in a wide range of products, including vehicle fuel-injection systems, MRI scanners and other medical devices, cell phones and other communication technology, and a vast assortment of household devices. Computer engineers design computer systems and components, develop and test prototypes, and help take them to market. Computer engineering has evolved over the past three decades as a separate discipline of its own. It is solidly grounded in theories and principles of computing, mathematics, science and engineering, and it applies these theories and principles to solve technical problems through the design of computer hardware, software, networks and processes.

The University of Texas at Dallas began its existence as the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, which was founded in 1961 by three of the founders of Texas Instruments, J. Erik Jonsson, Cecil Green and Eugene McDermott. In 1969 the Texas Legislature approved the creation of The University of Texas at Dallas as an academic component of the University of Texas System.

The Electrical Engineering Department was established in 1986. In 1996, the Industrial Advisory Board of the Jonsson School recommended that the University of Texas at Dallas offer degrees in Computer Engineering. The Master of Science Degree in Computer Engineering was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1997.

The first Ph.D. Degree in Computer Engineering was granted in December, 2006. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Engineering was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
in 2007. The first BSCE Degree was awarded in Spring 2008. The degree builds on a young but healthy graduate program. Since Feb. 1, 2011, CE program was administratively moved under EE Department. EE Associate Department Head is now responsible for coordinating the CE program.