Computer Engineering : Overview

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Contact Information

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
338 Davis Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-2000

Phone: 716.645.3180
Fax: 716.645.3464
Web Address:
Aidong Zhang
Ramalingam Sridhar
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Jaynee Straw
Undergraduate Advisor


Computer engineering, anchored in computer science, engineering design, physics and mathematics, is primarily concerned with the creation of information processing devices and systems. Computer engineers do design and development in all aspects of computing, including software and hardware at both the circuit and system levels, emphasizing the physical principles of computing hardware.

Computer engineers are engaged in designing a wide range of devices, systems, software, and services. They design the control systems for automated production lines in industry, create software for digital telephone switching systems, and develop the installation of a local area network (LAN). Thus, computer engineers work in every sector of industry, government, and society in general.

Computer engineers are well trained to address critical interface issues between hardware and software essential to many current and future applications. Reliability and availability of systems, performance evaluation and optimization, networking and computer communication, integrated circuit power reduction, embedded systems, and VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) are all within the scope of computer engineering.

The department aims to provide students with strong conceptual foundations, and expose them to the forefront of the developments in the field of computing and systems. Recognizing the applicability of computing to all fields of knowledge and practice, the department provides a variety of degrees and programs at each of the degree levels, and cooperates with other units of the university to provide interdisciplinary degree programs.

Graduates of the program will:
  • work productively as Computer Engineers, including supportive and leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams,
  • communicate effectively, recognize and incorporate societal needs and constraints in their professional endeavors, and practice their profession with high regard to legal and ethical responsibilities,
  • engage in life-long learning, such as graduate study, to remain current in their profession and be leaders in our technological society.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:46 EST