Welcome to the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Penn State. With more than 84 faculty members, 2500 undergraduate students, and 400 graduate students, we are one of the largest and most prominent units at Penn State and in the country.
The School of EECS, led by one director, is organized into two vibrant, renowned departments: computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering. Each department has its own faculty head and they report to the director of the school.
We offer B.S. degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering, and graduate degrees (M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.) in computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering, respectively.
The combination of disciplines in electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science will be the principle forces behind 21st century technology in critical areas: computation, communications, applications and basic science. These technologies will have huge impacts on everything from consumer electronics, manufacturing, exploration, transportation, safety, medical treatments and services. They will also lead to disruptive changes to the way we interact with our environment, for example via the Internet of Things and through the exploitation of massive data sets.
The School of EECS has combined these three disciplines and provides a unique opportunity to execute interdisciplinary education and research to put Penn State at the forefront of 21st century research and education. At EECS, you will find an unparalleled, student-centered collaborative curriculum between our electrical engineering, computer science and computer engineering programs that address the critical need for innovative and creative engineers for the cutting-edge economy of today and tomorrow.
Our school focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands to prepare EECS students to be leaders in extensive aspects of electrical engineering and computer science. We are world leaders in security, materials research, computer architecture and communications and networking. Our world-class faculty are involved in research in the broad areas of: electronic and optical materials, devices, sensors, power systems; remote sensing and space systems; signal/image processing and computer vision, controls and communication theory; physical, algorithmic, and software aspects of the internet; theoretical computer science, networks; security and distributed systems; machine learning, data science; and, high performance computing.
Please take the time to look at our programs, faculty and research opportunities. On behalf of the entire school, thank you for visiting.
-- Tom La Porta, Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Tom La Porta joined Penn State in 2002 and was appointed director of the School of EECS in 2016. He is the founding director of the Institute of Networking and Security Research. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Columbia University. He researches mobility management, signaling and control for wireless networks, mobile data systems, protocol design and mobile and wireless security. The holder of 38 patents, La Porta is the director of the Quality of Information-Aware Networking Thrust, under the Network Sciences Collaborative Technology Alliance, which is the major network sciences research initiative sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Lab. He is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) fellow and a Bell Laboratories fellow.