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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ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

American Society for Engineering Education

Up to $75,000 Varies See Details

ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

American Society for Engineering Education

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Up to $75,000

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NSA Cooperative Education Program

National Security Agency

Up to $43,684 Varies See Details

NSA Cooperative Education Program

National Security Agency

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Up to $43,684

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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

$25,000 Varies See Details

Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

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$25,000

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SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

Up to $38,000 December 03, 2019 See Details

SMART Scholarship

Department of Defense

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Up to $38,000

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December 03, 2019
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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

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$15,000

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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

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Up to $18,000

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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

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$11,000

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Mas Family Scholarship

Mas Family Scholarships

Up to $10,000 Varies See Details

Mas Family Scholarship

Mas Family Scholarships

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Engineering Scholarship - Rice University

Rice University

$10,000 Varies See Details

Engineering Scholarship - Rice University

Rice University

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$10,000

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Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

$10,000 December 02, 2019 See Details

Keynote Scholarship

National Space Club

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$10,000

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December 02, 2019
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