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

Bullet name award deadline Link
 

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

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Up to $78,000 Varies See Details
 

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

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

award

Up to $78,000

deadline

Varies
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Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Up to $30,000 Varies See Details
 

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

award

Up to $30,000

deadline

Varies
See Details
 

Jesse Jackson Fellows - Toyota Scholarship

PUSH Excel

Up to $25,000 May 31, 2024 See Details
 

Jesse Jackson Fellows - Toyota Scholarship

PUSH Excel

award

Up to $25,000

deadline

May 31, 2024
See Details
 

Trustey Family Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Trustey Family Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2025
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Stinson Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Stinson Scholars Program

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2025
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Besio Family Scholarship

University of Notre Dame

$25,000 January 01, 2025 See Details
 

Besio Family Scholarship

University of Notre Dame

award

$25,000

deadline

January 01, 2025
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Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

$20,500 Varies See Details
 

Engineering Honors Scholarship - Greenville University

Greenville University

award

$20,500

deadline

Varies
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Cybersecurity Public Service Grant

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

$20,000 Varies See Details
 

Cybersecurity Public Service Grant

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

award

$20,000

deadline

Varies
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CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Central Intelligence Agency

Up to $25,000 June 30, 2024 See Details
 

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Central Intelligence Agency

award

Up to $25,000

deadline

June 30, 2024
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Astronaut Scholarship in Science and Technology

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Up to $15,000 Varies See Details
 

Astronaut Scholarship in Science and Technology

Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

award

Up to $15,000

deadline

Varies
See Details