Electrical & Computer Engineering

Innovating the Future

Welcome! Our 350 ECE undergraduate and graduate students and our 24 professional staff and faculty members work every day to integrate learning, discovery, and engagement in the true spirit of the Morrill Act / Land Grant tradition. Whether you are a visitor, prospective student, or a longtime member of our community of scholars, we look forward to working with you.

Find out what it takes to earn a BS in Electrical Engineering or BS in Computer Engineering.

ECE Headlines

Portrait of Klein Gilhousen

Dr. Klein Gilhousen

The ECE Department is sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Klein Gilhousen, co-founder of Qualcomm, Inc., and benefactor of our Gilhousen Endowed Chair in  Telecommunications.
A public celebration of Klein's life was held 2:00 PM, April 30, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church.
[information]  [Wall Street Journal]  [Bozeman Chronicle]

Expanding Your Horizons, Prof. Snider

ECE supports MSU's Expanding Your Horizons event

ECE faculty, staff and students provided a hands-on learning session for Expanding Your Horizons, an annual event for middle school girls interested in engineering, math, and science.
[see newspaper coverage and TV coverage]

Asbjornson's 50 million

Asbjornson's $50 million Gift Transforms Engineering

Norm Asbjornson, a Montana State University engineering alumnus and Montana native from the small town of Winifred, has committed $50 million for the College of Engineering – the largest private gift in the history of the state.
[see MSU News Service Article]

Colors in Yellowstone

Optics Creates Colors in Yellowstone Hot Springs

ECE faculty and students enjoy learning in the spectacular beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
[see MSU News Service article and local TV news report]


Our academic programs emphasize hands-on laboratory experience at all levels and encourage student involvement in research, discovery, and dissemination of new knowledge. Even in the very first course, EELE 101, students get hands-on experience constructing and testing a custom robot project, and many students work in campus labs, such as MSU's Microfabrication Facility and the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory.


All faculty members in ECE engage in research and creative activity. Areas of research include embedded computing, mixed signal design, optics and optoelectronics, MEMS/MOEMS, acoustics and audio, complex systems and control, communication systems, digital signal processing, power systems, and power electronics.


ECE faculty, staff, and students are active volunteers for local, regional, and international engineering organizations and conferences. Faculty, staff, and students also volunteer for numerous outreach events each year, including FIRST Robotics, Expanding Your Horizons, outreach to K-12 education, engineering competitions, and summer research programs for under-represented groups in engineering.