ECE at Maryland

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Led by 90 full-time and affiliate faculty members and 26 research faculty and postdocs, the research programs within the department cover a wide spectrum of activities in the following areas:
  • Communications, Networking, and Information Theory
  • Signal Processing and Machine Learning
  • Control, Robotics, and Dynamical Systems
  • Computer Engineering
  • Quantum Technology
  • Devices, Circuits and Electronic Materials
  • Bioelectronics and Systems
  • Electrophysics

Cross-disciplinary Research

Our close affiliation with a number of research institutes such as the Institute for Systems Research, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, and the Maryland NanoCenter provides our students and researchers the opportunity for team-oriented, cross-disciplinary research and access to the institutes' state-of-the-art laboratories. 

Cutting-Edge Research Opportunities 

ECE is a large department that offers a broad range of programs and research opportunities. Its research innovations are aimed at helping government and industry face today's most difficult global challenges. Employers and peer institutions recognize the prestige of Maryland's engineering programs.

Maryland's proximity to Washington, D.C., offers unique research opportunities with national and government laboratories such as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Army and Navy Research Labs. No other top Engineering program in the U.S. can provide such close proximity and access to national laboratories, the federal government, and the Department of Defense.

Facts & Figures

  • Founded in 1908
  • More than $30 million in research expenditures annually
  • 60 tenure-track faculty
  • 8 structural divisions 
  • 7 Distinguished University Professors 
  • Ranking: #23 in the nation according to 2018 U.S. News and World Reports
  • Enrollment: 1017 
  • Percentage of female students: 15% 
  • Students in College Park Scholars or University Honors: 51.6%
  • Ranking: #18 in the nation according to 2018 U.S. News and World Reports
  • Enrollment: 479 
  • Percentage of female students: 23%
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Meet the Chair

Joseph JaJa

Joseph JaJa has served as ECE's interim chair since July 2018.  JaJa holds a permanent affiliate appointment in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS).

JaJa received his Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1977. He joined the University of Maryland faculty in 1983 and served as director of UMIACS from 1994-2004. Under his leadership, UMIACS research funding grew from $2.5M annually to more than $18M. He also served as Interim Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Maryland’s Office of Information Technology from 2010-2011.

JaJa’s current research interests involve big data, computational neuroscience high-performance computing, and statistical machine learning. 

He has published extensively in several areas, including parallel and distributed computing, and serves on several editorial boards in the computing field. He has received numerous awards including the IEEE Fellow Award in 1996, the 1997 R&D Award for the development of software for tuning parallel programs, the ACM Fellow Award in 2000, and the Internet2 IDEA Award in 2006.

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