Director's Welcome

Welcome to the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Penn State. With more than 85 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.

Our school has undertaken many exciting initiatives in the past year in its two vibrant, renowned departments: computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering.

We now offer B.S. degrees in computer science, computer engineering, data science 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.  They will 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.

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. We are world leaders in security, materials research, computer architecture, 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.

In the past year we have started to revamp our undergraduate curriculum to better integrate electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science.  When complete, the new curriculum will give students more flexibility in choosing their major, and will provide opportunities for a more tailored education.  We are developing a minor in cyber security computing foundations, one of the most important emerging areas in EECS.  We are also working diligently to increase our online course offering.

The School of EECS is dedicated to improving our outreach and diversity.  For the first time, we will hold a summer camp in computer science tailored for young women in middle school and early high school. 

Please take the time to look at our programs, faculty and research opportunities. On behalf of the entire school, thank you for visiting.

La Porta

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.



The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and data science and graduate degrees (master's degrees and Ph.D.'s) in electrical engineering and computer science and engineering. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Pennsylvania State University

207 Electrical Engineering West

University Park, PA 16802


Department of Computer Science and Engineering


Department of Electrical Engineering