Computer engineering examines the theory, design and application of computers and information-processing techniques. It emphasizes integrated-circuit and information technologies, with a focus on embedded computer systems in consumer products such as televisions, car stereos and cell phones. Students choose a focus track in hardware or software engineering.
Computer engineering research at MSU focuses on computer architecture, computer networks and very-large-scale integration/microelectronics. Major research centers include the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, the Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Laser Applications, and the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research.