M.S. in Computer Engineering

Fairleigh Dickinson University's new Master of Science in Computer Engineering is designed to train and educate students to work as computer engineers who understand the design tradeoff and the interdependency between hardware and software in computers, computer-based systems, computer communications and computer networks. Computer-based systems are widely used in data acquisition, signal processing and conditioning, instrumentation, communications, control, automation and manufacturing. The curriculum provides students with design skills, theoretical concepts and a solid foundation in both hardware and software design in an integrated manner, as well as competency in advanced computer technology. The program emphasizes practical applications of computer engineering.

An FDU education means more than just classroom studies. Students are encouraged to work with faculty on research through independent studies or thesis.

Possible research areas for computer engineering students are

  • Digital System and Microprocessor Design
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic and Artificial Intelligence
  • Image Compression and Processing
  • Adaptive Noise Cancellation and Channel and Echo Equalization
  • Wireless Communications and Smart Antennas
  • Control
  • Database Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Fault Tolerant Computing

Career Opportunities:

Computer engineering is one of the newest and most popular engineering fields. It evolved from electrical engineering into a separate discipline because of the enormous demand for engineers with specialized knowledge in computer technology. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that computer engineering will continue to experience rapid occupational growth.

Employment opportunities for computer engineers are tremendous since practically all industries employ them. Graduates receive job offers from computer-related firms, consulting firms, electrical and electronic firms, utilities, telecommunication industries, engineering and surveying firms, aerospace companies as well as automotive and manufacturing companies. Graduates of MS Computer Engineering programs enjoy a starting salary of about $50,000 to $60,000.

Industry-wide Recognition and Support: The engineering and engineering technology programs atFairleigh Dickinson University have received wide recognition and support from the industry. The Jos. L Muscarelle Co., one of the biggest and most successful construction firms in New Jersey, donated funds and built the Muscarelle Center for Construction Studies - home of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology. AlliedSignal, (currently merged with Honeywell and soon to merge with General Electric) a conglomerate of high-tech companies in New Jersey, donated $1 million to support engineering and engineering technology programs. The School also received grants from the State of New Jersey, Motorola, and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). The new Master of Science of Computer Engineering program is expected to enjoy the same wide recognition from industry as our other existing engineering and engineering technology programs.

Special Facilities:

The Teaneck-Hackensack campus has six general-purpose computer labs with a total of nearly 200 Intel Core 2v Pro processor computers available for student use. Also available is a multimedia lab equipped with high-resolution color printers and scanners for the production of high-quality graphics, animation and multimedia presentations. Another computer lab in Muscarelle Center is dedicated for use by engineering and engineering technology students. All PCs are connected to the University Network and to the Internet. All buildings, including residence halls and library, are connected with either fiber or high-speed serial links.

Programming language compilers available include Visual BASIC.NET, C, C++, and Assembly. Software packages for engineering and engineering technology students are MathCAD, Electronic Workbench, AutoCAD, Primavera, PSPICE, Microsoft Office Suite, Motorola Digital Signal Processing Development Software, Simulink and MATLAB with various toolboxes such as Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Signal Processing, Image Processing, Communications, Control, System Identification and Symbolic Math.

Labs of interest to engineering students are the Computer and Graphics Lab; Electronics Lab; Computer Applications and Interfacing Lab; Control and Automation Lab; Electronic Communications Lab; and Digital Signal Processing Lab. In addition, the University has a state-of-the-art Photonics Lab, funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of New Jersey, for engineering students to conduct experiments and research on optics, lasers and optical communications

All students have the opportunity to participate in projects and competitions relevant to their major. For more information, please visit GHSCSE Student Projects and Competitions website.

For more information about the Electrical Engineering program, please contact

Prof. Howard Silver
Voice: 201-692-2830
E-mail: silver@fdu.edu