Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

EECS Overview

It has been more than a century since the first course in electrical engineering was offered at the University of Michigan in 1888. The EECS Department, which represents nearly one-third of the College of Engineering, is organized into two divisions, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). CSE includes software, artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science, computer architecture and hardware. ECE includes solid-state electronics, integrated circuit design, electromagnetics, optics, communications, signal processing, and control.

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department is among the leading departments in the nation, with a diverse program of nearly 100 courses per semester, 90 faculty members, 800 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. The Department offers Bachelor degree programs in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Computer Engineering. EECS offers M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering: Systems, and Computer Science and Engineering. Presently, the Department graduates approximately 400 B.S., 150 M.S. and 70 Ph.D. students per year.

The National Advisory Committee (NAC)

The EECS National Advisory Committee is a group of leaders from academia and industry who comprise the main external advisory board to EECS at The University of Michigan. The NAC considers pressing issues and opportunities facing the EECS Department, and offers their support through discussion and counsel. In recent years, the NAC has addressed issues such as major curriculum reform, organizational structure of the department, and freshman programs.


  • Mark Abel, Director of Solutions Architecture and Initiatives, Intel
  • Nicolaos G. Alexopoulos, Dean of Engineering, U-C, Irving
  • David L. Avery, Sr. Manager, Electronics Software, Visteon
  • Jack Breese, Affiliate, Washington Advisory Group
  • David DeWitt, John P. Morgridge Professor, University of Wisconsin
  • Ramesh Jain, Farmer Chair and SRA Eminent Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • James Kurose, Professor, University of Massachusetts
  • Frode Maaseidvaag, Formerly Director of Ford Research Center
  • Michael S. Barnes, VP, General Manager HDP Business Unit, Novellus Systems, Inc.
  • William H. Sanders, Professor, UIUC
  • Mark J. T. Smith, Michael J. & Katherine R. Birck Professor, Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University
  • Sandip Tiwari, Professor, Cornell University