Computer Engineering

Computer engineering is a discipline that integrates several fields of computer science and electronics engineering required to develop computer hardware and software. Computer engineers usually have training in electronic engineering (or electrical engineering), software design, and hardware–software integration instead of only software engineering or electronic engineering. Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of individual microcontrollers, microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. This field of engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into the larger picture.

Usual tasks involving computer engineers include writing software and firmware for embedded microcontrollers, designing VLSI chips, designing analog sensors, designing mixed signal circuit boards, and designing operating systems. Computer engineers are also suited for robotics research, which relies heavily on using digital systems to control and monitor electrical systems like motors, communications, and sensors.

In many institutions, computer engineering students are allowed to choose areas of in-depth study in their junior and senior year, because the full breadth of knowledge used in the design and application of computers is beyond the scope of an undergraduate degree. Other institutions may require engineering students to complete one or two years of General Engineering before declaring computer engineering as their primary focus.

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Scholarships for Computer Engineering Majors

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NSF SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Fellowship (NSF I-PERF)

American Society for Engineering Education

Up to $78,000 Varies See Details
 

NSF SBIR Innovative Postdoctoral Entrepreneurial Fellowship (NSF I-PERF)

American Society for Engineering Education

award

Up to $78,000

deadline

Varies
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U.S. to Australia Fellowship

American Australian Association

Up to $40,000 October 15, 2020 See Details
 

U.S. to Australia Fellowship

American Australian Association

award

Up to $40,000

deadline

October 15, 2020
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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

$25,000 Varies See Details
 

Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

award

$25,000

deadline

Varies
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SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

Up to $38,000 December 01, 2020 See Details
 

SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

award

Up to $38,000

deadline

December 01, 2020
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FIRST Scholarship - Boston University

FIRST

$25,000 January 01, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Boston University

FIRST

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2021
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FIRST Scholarship - Virginia Commonwealth University

FIRST

$16,000 January 15, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - Virginia Commonwealth University

FIRST

award

$16,000

deadline

January 15, 2021
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Air Force ROTC Express Scholarship

University of Iowa

$15,000 Varies See Details
 

Air Force ROTC Express Scholarship

University of Iowa

award

$15,000

deadline

Varies
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Scholarship for Service - University of Idaho

University of Idaho, College of Engineering

Up to $18,000 Varies See Details
 

Scholarship for Service - University of Idaho

University of Idaho, College of Engineering

award

Up to $18,000

deadline

Varies
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FIRST Scholarship - University of Texas Arlington

FIRST

$12,000 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

FIRST Scholarship - University of Texas Arlington

FIRST

award

$12,000

deadline

February 01, 2021
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Excellence in Engineering Award - John Brown University

John Brown University

$11,000 Varies See Details
 

Excellence in Engineering Award - John Brown University

John Brown University

award

$11,000

deadline

Varies
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