EECS student and SuperUROP scholar Emily Damato. Photo: Gretchen Ertl
"EECS is everywhere."
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is the largest department at MIT, annually preparing hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students for career leadership in fields such as academia, research, and the high-technology industry. MIT EECS consistently tops the U.S. News & World Report and other college rankings and is widely recognized for its world-class faculty, who provide outstanding education and conduct innovative and award-winning research.
As of January 2020, EECS has more than 1,400 undergraduates, nearly 744 graduate students, and 270 master's in engineering (MEng) students. Undergraduates can enroll in 6-1 (Electrical Science and Engineering), 6-2 (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), 6-3 (Computer Science and Engineering), 6-7 (Computer Science and Molecular Biology), or 6-14 (Computer Science, Economics, and Data Science), offered jointly with the Department of Economics. Newer joint majors include 11-6 (Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science), launched in 2018 with the Department of Urban Science and Planning, and 6-9 (Computation and Cognition), launched in 2019 with the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.
Nearly 130 EECS faculty members find their research homes in four major affiliate labs:
- The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
- The Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS)
- The Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL)
- The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE)
Faculty members' interdisciplinary approach and collaborative thinking cut across these labs, throughout MIT, and into industry and academia worldwide.
From robots that perform with professional dance troupes to medical electronic devices that harvest energy from differences in body temperature, EECS's work improves the quality of life for people throughout the world. Think of some things you use every day; chances are that EECS has had a hand in them. For example: the web (Sir Tim Berners-Lee, CSAIL), the conversion of analog to digital TV (Jae S. Lim, RLE), building more reliable grids through development of systems behavior algorithms (work of Munther A. Dahleh, LIDS and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, or IDSS), new MRI scanning technologies (Elfar Adalsteinsson, RLE), and many more.
Meanwhile, EECS students enjoy a wide variety of programs and resources, including the Advanced Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (SuperUROP), the EECS Communication Lab, the 6-A MEng Thesis Program, and more. EECS also sponsors Postdoc6, a networking and support program for its dozen of postdoctoral research associates, and launched Rising Stars, a program designed for women graduate students and postdocs who are considering academic careers.