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The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) is the largest department in the Faculty of Engineering at NUS, with about 100 tenured / tenure-track faculty and about twice the number of staff (teaching, research, technical support and administrative support).
ECE offers education programs to some 2000 undergraduate students and 800 postgraduate students. About half of the total postgraduate students are enrolled for the PhD program while a third of those reading the Masters programs are doing so through the research-based Master of Engineering program.
At the undergraduate level, ECE offers two full-time and one part-time degree programs. The full-time programs are the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) and Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Engineering). The part-time program is the Bachelor of Technology (Electronics Engineering). All have curricula that enable students to design customized programs comprising a specific set of modules, tailored to meet their individual interests and career goals. Engineering design is emphasized through various project modules and through a specialized Aerospace Systems Design track that ECE hosts through the Faculty’s Design Centric Program.
At the first stage of each program students receive a broad-based training that seeks to establish a strong foundation in Math, Science and Computing. At the second stage, students read core modules that focus on fundamental knowledge in Electrical and/or Computer Engineering. These core modules provide the essential foundation for a variety of specialized technical areas in the many sub-disciplines of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Students specialize in any of the sub-disciplines in their junior and senior years through reading relevant elective modules which are categorized as either breadth or depth modules. A breadth module enables students to achieve a broad understanding of concepts in the particular sub-discipline while a depth module is a higher-level module that provides greater depth and coverage in the particular sub-discipline.
Since academic year 2010, ECE’s programs have been revised to emphasize greater contextualization of theory with practice /application and to include more experiential learning activities.At the postgraduate level, ECE offers two research degrees, Master of Engineering (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and one coursework-based degree, Master of Science (Electrical Engineering).The research-based degrees are awarded on the basis of independent research in a topic, culminating in the submission of a major dissertation. ECE also offers joint Doctoral programs with leading global engineering universities such as the Ecole Superieure D’Electricite (Supelec) in France, Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e) in The Netherlands, and Imperial College in the United Kingdom. The coursework-based MSc(EE) is structured around lectures and end-of-semester examinations and students may opt for part-time or full-time study. The available areas of specialization include Automation and Control Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Engineering and Microelectronics.
ECE is a research-intensive department. Our faculty and research staff and students are engaged in cutting-edge research activities that span a diversity of areas. These include Communications & Networks; Control, Intelligent Systems & Robotics; Integrated Circuits & Embedded Systems; Power & Energy Systems; Microelectronic Technologies & Devices; Microwave & RF; and Signal Processing & New Media. ECE attracts more than S$20m of new competitive research grants every year. I am happy to note that this level of funding together with our well equipped laboratories and facilities have raised our research productivity and output to place us amongst the top Electrical & Computer Engineering departments globally in recent years.
Professor John THONG
Head of Department