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The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is a high-tech center for excellence in education and research at both undergraduate and graduate levels. The department has a tradition of innovation dating back to 1906, when IIT faculty member Lee DeForest invented the first vacuum tube capable of amplifying an electrical signal. Another exemplary technical leader was Martin Cooper (EE ’50, M.S. ’57), who invented the cellular phone and continues to be a pioneer in the development of wireless communication. ECE faculty, students, and alumni continue to change the world by developing technologies from alternative energy resources and communications advancements, to improving medical imaging and computer hardware and software capabilities.

The ECE department accounts for the largest number of students in IIT's Armour College of Engineering. ECE department faculty members conduct research and teach courses within three areas of expertise: Communications and Signal Processing, Computers and Microelectronics, and Power and Control.

Enrollment Facts

  • 918 students enrolled in our programs
  • 638 graduate
  • 280 undergraduate
  • 305 degrees awarded in 2010 including 16 Ph.D. degrees