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Computer Engineering

Computer engineering, also called computer systems engineering, is a discipline that integrates several fields of electrical engineering and computer science required to develop computer systems. Computer engineers usually have training in electronic 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 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.

The first accredited computer engineering degree program in the United States was established at Case Western Reserve University in 1971. As of October 2004[update], there were 170 ABET-accredited computer engineering programs in the US. Due to increasing job requirements for engineers, who can concurrently design hardware, software, firmware, and manage all forms of computer systems used in industry, some tertiary institutions around the world offer a bachelor's degree generally called computer engineering. Both computer engineering and electronic engineering programs include analog and digital circuit design in their curricular. As with most engineering disciplines, having a sound knowledge of mathematics and sciences is necessary for computer engineers.

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.

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University of Florida
Four or more years; Public; $25,276 average out-state tuition; $4,060 average in-state tuition
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Four or more years; Public; $23,751 average out-state tuition; $8,856 average in-state tuition
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Four or more years; Public; $17,988 average out-state tuition; $5,153 average in-state tuition
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Four or more years; Public; $37,588 average out-state tuition; $12,440 average in-state tuition
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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Santa Clara University
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San Jose State University
Four or more years; Public; $16,632 average out-state tuition; $5,472 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Computer Engineering Majors

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HBCU Battle of the Brains

HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC.

Up to $25,000 February 23, 2019 See Details

HBCU Battle of the Brains

HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC.

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Up to $25,000

deadline

February 23, 2019
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Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship

National Research Council

$24,000 January 08, 2019 See Details

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Diversity Fellowship

National Research Council

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$24,000

deadline

January 08, 2019
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FIRST Scholarship - Boston University

FIRST

$20,000 January 02, 2019 See Details

FIRST Scholarship - Boston University

FIRST

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$20,000

deadline

January 02, 2019
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FIRST Scholarship - Rice University

FIRST

$10,000 January 15, 2019 See Details

FIRST Scholarship - Rice University

FIRST

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$10,000

deadline

January 15, 2019
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ASDSO Scholarship Program

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

Up to $10,000 March 29, 2019 See Details

ASDSO Scholarship Program

Association of State Dam Safety Officials

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Up to $10,000

deadline

March 29, 2019
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Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

Up to $7,500 January 31, 2019 See Details

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence In Education Foundation

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Up to $7,500

deadline

January 31, 2019
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Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Udall Foundation

Up to $7,000 March 07, 2019 See Details

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Udall Foundation

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Up to $7,000

deadline

March 07, 2019
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PERC Graduate Fellowship

Property and Environment Research Center

$6,750 April 01, 2019 See Details

PERC Graduate Fellowship

Property and Environment Research Center

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$6,750

deadline

April 01, 2019
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FIRST Scholarship - Columbia University

FIRST

$6,000 August 15, 2019 See Details

FIRST Scholarship - Columbia University

FIRST

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$6,000

deadline

August 15, 2019
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NACE Foundation Academic Scholarship

NACE International

$5,000 January 01, 2019 See Details

NACE Foundation Academic Scholarship

NACE International

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$5,000

deadline

January 01, 2019
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