Electrical Engineering

Electricity is central to our lives and its role will continue to grow in the coming decades as green transportation and renewable energy rely more and more on smart electric energy. Electrical engineers also design communication networks, wireless systems, autonomous systems, computing systems, and signal and information processing systems. They invent advanced electronic and photonic devices, integrated circuits, or information processing systems.

Department Overview

The Electrical Engineering department is among the oldest in the United States and has a storied history including being at the foundation of modern radio communications, control engineering, and multimedia coding. And, every day we are hard at work at pushing new frontiers in Electrical Engineering with innovative teaching and state-of- the-art research.

Electrical Engineering at Columbia


Our undergraduate program gives students a rounded foundation in electrical engineering, with depth specializations in photonics & devices, circuits & electronics, signals & systems, and communications & networking. We also offer MS programs in Electrical Engineering and, jointly with the Computer Science Department, in Computer Engineering, as well as PhD/DES programs. Our Master of Science program is highly flexible to accommodate each graduate student’s needs, while offering the opportunity to study the newest and most important topics in depth. In all areas, we stress a hands-on approach, with theory strongly motivated by practical applications. Doctoral students in the PhD or DES program work closely with their faculty advisors on exploring the new frontiers in research to prepare them for academic or industrial research careers. Our doctoral students are a carefully selected group who will go on to be the leaders and innovators in tomorrow's electrical engineering field.


Our department makes important contributions in core engineering areas. Visit our Research pages to learn more about each one.



Our world-renowned faculty push forward the frontiers of knowledge in electrical engineering. They introduce students to a career of advanced research and development in either an academic or industrial setting. For a full list of faculty members, please visit the department faculty page.

Contact the Department

Department of Electrical Engineering
Columbia University
500 West 120th Street
1300 S. W. Mudd Building, Mail Code 4712
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-3105
Fax: 212-932-9421
Email: [email protected]

Computer Engineering Program

The Computer Engineering program combines key aspects of electrical engineering and computer science. Whether pursuing a BS or Master of Science degree, students learn the fundamentals of circuits, systems, and software associated with the design of programmable systems used in general purpose computing, communications, control, and signal processing.