Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Howard University. The department offers an ABET accredited undergraduate electrical engineering program. Fall 2002 we started a new computer engineering program and the official name of the department was changed to “The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering”.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Howard University is a dynamic unit within the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences. Over the years the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has established a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and service to Howard University, as well as the local, national, and international communities. For many years the department has been one of the top producers of African-American and minorities engineers at the bachelor, master’s and Ph.D. level. The department has some of the most highly regarded Centers and laboratories at Howard University where exciting research in innovative technology continues to attract students from all over the world. Also, our graduates are sought after by both private industry and government agencies. Many of our graduates continue to be accepted into top graduate programs in the nation. A large number of our graduates have migrated to leadership positions all over the world.

The department continues to attract and hire outstanding faculty members, in critically important fields such as computer engineering, signal processing and communications. We put a special emphasis in our undergraduate programs. We are continually improving our laboratories, curriculum and advising programs. We are establishing new mentoring and research programs for undergraduates, and we are working on developing better relationships with local and national companies.

This handbook contains a listing of courses designed for a four-year curriculum and a few other resources that you should find very useful. This Handbook does not provide a complete guide to information you need for your day-to-day stay here at Howard. You should consult other university and college publications such as the H-Book and the Howard University Undergraduate Bulletin. You should also visit the University web site for detailed information. You will be assigned an academic advisor shortly after registration and you should make a point to visit with your advisor as often as possible. You should meet with your advisor at least 3 times per semester for academic matters relating to your courses and career objectives.

You should feel free to visit the main departmental office located in Room 1022, L.K. Downing Building. You should also visit the Office of Student Services located in Room 1114, L.K. Downing Building and acquaint yourself with other academic and non-academic resources that are available in the College and the University.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s faculty and staff are committed to continuous improvement of our program. We encourage your comments on all aspects of our program. We are particularly interested in comments regarding program educational objectives, learning outcomes and the curriculum.

Again, we welcome you to the Department and wish you much success.


Mohamed F. Chouikha, Ph.D
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering


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