|New degree will educate next generation of computer engineers|
July 16, 2003
With worldwide sales of more than $140 billion, those programmable devices in everything from personal computers to phones, cars and coffee makers will continue to be an important source of innovation and jobs. To help prepare the next generation of specialists who design and apply digital systems, SFSU offers a new bachelor’s degree in computer engineering starting this fall.
The new degree program incorporates the core requirements of both electrical engineering and computer science -- two existing majors at San Francisco State -- with additional courses in computer engineering, high-speed system design, real-time systems, multimedia systems and project design.
"The widespread use of computer technology has created an enormous demand for workers who are skilled in computers and related areas," says Sung Hu, professor of engineering and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering. "Computers have become a main driving force in the California and U.S. economies, and long-term employment prospects remain good for computer engineers." The Semiconductor Industry Association reports $70 billion in U.S. industry sales for 2002.
The course of study combines electrical engineering with computer science, giving students a background in the design and application of hardware, software and systems. Because computer technology advances rapidly, the program will provide a broad background and emphasis on problem-solving skills so that graduates can continually adapt and learn as technologies evolve.
The program expects to admit about five first-time freshmen students and 15 transfer students this fall, and to grow to 180 majors by 2008.
Existing faculty, laboratories and equipment will be used to launch the new degree, but four new faculty hires are likely as the program grows and develops.
For more information, contact the School of Engineering at (415) 338-1174.
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