Why Study Computer Engineering?

Computer engineers are involved in exciting industries in which hardware/software interaction is critical, such as robotics and autonomous vehicles.

By incorporating strong elements of both hardware and software, computer engineers have the flexibility to work in many areas– whether you want to program computers or build them, computer engineering will prepare you for the future.

Computer engineers work for top companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Qualcomm, Boeing, National Instruments, Intel, and Amazon.

At High Point, students have access to state of the art equipment from top manufacturers, both in hardware courses such as electronics and in software courses, in which we have both excellent computer hardware and software.

A Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering is a professional degree program that prepares students for careers in computer-related industries. The degree prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of computer hardware, embedded systems, software systems and related equipment and facilities; and the analysis of specific problems of computer applications to various tasks. A computer engineering graduate is able to design and implement a computer system for general purpose or embedded computing. Students learn to incorporate best practices and state-of-the-art solutions into a variety of computing problems in an ethical and socially-responsible manner. This includes systems which have both hardware and software components, whose design requires a well-defined interface between the two, and the evaluation of the associated trade- offs. Graduates will have strong communication skills and are capable of communicating with a range of audiences, as well the ability to work as a productive member of an interdisciplinary team.

It is an exciting time for the Webb School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. We are welcoming the first class of students to experience all that the program and curriculum has to offer from the instruction of Dr. Claire McCullough.

Dr. McCullough is the Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at High Point University. She has over 30 years’ experience in engineering practice and education, including industrial experience at the Tennessee Valley Authority and the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and 20 years as a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is an ABET program evaluator for Electrical and Computer Engineering programs, and is a former member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission.

The inaugural academic year also welcomes a plethora of cutting edge tools and supplies including 3D printers, a laser cutter, shop tools, and much more. The current students have an active role in setting up lab and maker spaces for their, and future classmates, use. As students progress through the curriculum, they will get to experience and learn in the Circuits lab, ELVIS lab, and Robotics lab in subsequent semesters.

This semester, the Engineering students were able to build Rube Goldberg machines to learn the engineering design process and create a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. This project teaches critical thinking skills and how to evaluate usefulness in the machines that are used in their daily lives.

With the completion of improvements and renovations to our current home in Couch Hall right around the corner, we are actively exploring and developing curriculum for fields of study including Industrial Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

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