The mission of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department is to produce graduates who are capable of taking a leadership position in the broad aspects of electrical engineering and computer science. Our graduates:
Understand the basic principles that underlie modern electrical, electronic and computational technology;
Are able to apply creatively their understanding of science and engineering principles to the solution of problems arising in whatever career path they choose;
Are sensitive to the environmental, social, safety and economic context in which their work is done, and possess a strong commitment to ethical practice within that context;
Are able to communicate their ideas and positions clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
Are aware of the requirement for and possess the ability to engage in lifelong learning which will be necessary for continuing high performance in whatever career path they choose.
Undergraduate students in the department take a common core of two subjects that serves as their introduction to electrical engineering and computer science. They then systematically build up broad foundations and depth in selected intellectual theme areas that match their individual interests. This is done through a small set of foundation subjects, on top of which students select a set of header subjects that build on the foundations, and lay further foundation for exploration in a selected set of intellectual themes. Laboratory subjects, independent projects, and research opportunities provide engagement with principles and techniques of analysis, design, and experimentation in a variety of fields. The department also offers a range of programs that enable students to gain experience in industrial settings, ranging from collaborative industrial projects done on campus to term-long experiences at partner companies.
Graduate study in the department moves students towards mastery of areas of individual interest, through course work and significant research, often defined in interdisciplinary areas that take advantage of the tremendous range of faculty expertise in the department and, more broadly, across MIT.
Given the breadth of faculty within EECS, the department pursues a wide range of research topics. These range from theoretical computer science, computer systems and architecture, graphics, robotics, computer vision, machine learning, computational applications in medicine, computational biology, communications, information theory, control systems, large scale systems analysis, circuits, devices, power and energy, numerical computing, novel materials for devices, nanotechnology, manufacturing, biotechnology, speech and hearing, prosthetic devices, analog and hybrid circuits and devices, and many, many more.
The department’s faculty members are widely recognized as leading figures in their fields. Included are more than 40 members of the National Academy of Engineering, more than 10 members of the National Academy of Sciences, several National Medal of Technology winners, as well as many Fellows of professional societies, such as the IEEE, ACM, APS, AAAI and others.