BSE in Computer Engineering
The enormous computational capabilities of modern computer technology offer the potential to create new applications and value that can be turned into concrete artifacts and services that improve our lives and create wealth.
Computer Engineering is the discipline that designs and engineers computer systems from digital circuits, through compilers and runtime systems, to networking and world-wide distributed systems. As an engineering discipline, the computer engineer must appreciate the physical aspects of computations
(energy, delay, area, reliability, costs) and be able to expertly navigate the multidimensional tradeoff space associated with implementing computations.
Computer Engineers write software and firmware for embedded and handheld systems, design chips, network and telecommunication hardware and software, and operating systems, and engage in robotics research.
Offered jointly by the Departments of Computer and Information Science and Electrical and Systems Engineering, Penn Engineering’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (CMPE) program is set up to capitalize on the strengths of both departments.
The flagship of the program is a series of coordinated sequential labs in which students progress from building a prototype computer system similar to an iPhone, to an embedded, real-time, life critical medical device tested for reliability, to a massively parallel computing system requiring extreme programming of a hard computational project.
Although current students may transfer into the CMPE program in the 2009-10 academic year, the first freshman class will begin the major in fall 2010.